Professional Development Program on Community Based Financial Inclusion and Microfinance, 26 February to 9 March 2018

This two week program is designed to provide concept and practice of Financial Inclusion and Microfinance as well as to provide a holistic perspective to participants. The program is ideal for entry level and middle management participants from financial institutions and banks operating or opening a microfinance desk.

Learning topics:        Participants will learn a wide spectrum of Financial Inclusion and Microfinance concepts and activities that include:

Real time experience sharing through field visit case studies / special guest lectures

  • Financial Inclusion / Microfinance & Livelihood Finance
  • Behavioral Economics of the Poor and Financially Excluded
  • Microfinance Resources, Access to Finance & Delivery Channels, Structures
  • Microfinance Products, Product Designing & Interest Setting
  • Using Technology
  • Risk Management in Microfinance
  • Managing Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)
  • Sustainability, Ethics & Governance of MFIs
  • Discussion on Regulations in countries of participants
  • Impact on Livelihoods, Enterprise Creation and Social Performance
  • Challenges, Bridging Gaps & Looking Beyond MFIs
  • Transformation of MFIs
  • Various Experiments & Experiences in the sector

Objective: Participants would be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the concepts of Financial Inclusion and Microfinance
  • Practice them in their work place better
  • Learn how microfinance helps livelihoods through Micro Enterprise and Job Creation
  • Understand risks better and learn techniques to mitigate them
  • Managing finances better and add up to the bottom lines
  • Help in innovating new products and set interest rates
  • Better understand issues such as Governance, Gender etc.
  • Manage microfinance institutions better  

Program dates: 26 February to 9 March 2018

Venue: AIT Campus, Thailand and Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Course director:  Dr. Sundar Venkatesh

Course Coordinator(s): Ms. Kluaymai Thongkham and Ms. Farah Nashid Hossain