'Financial Services for the Poor' Professional Training Programme (Introductory Course)
the Alliance Forum Foundation and BRAC Development Institute
We are pleased to announce the following courses:
The 'Financial Services for the Poor' professional development course brings together the experience of various microfinance institutions in Bangladesh and expert faculty to provide a comprehensive and well-rounded picture of the state of the pro-poor financial services industry.
The courses will be led by Dr. Syed M. Hashemi, Director of the Development Institute of BRAC University and Senior Microfinance Specialist of CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and leading practitioners and academics from across the field of microfinance.
This introductory course is intended for those with little or no knowledge of microfinance. It provides
a broad global picture of the state of microfinance, its emergence and challenges, and its future. The course content is grounded in the experience of Bangladesh and will introduce a range of issues in microfinance so that participants can gain a holistic understanding of the industry. The course will be team taught using different pedagogical methods and will include experential field visits to a vareity of MFI's.
Sample Course Outline
|1.||The emergence of microfinance:
Bangladesh and Bolivia.
|2.||Financial inclusion and exclusion and the range of delivery models:
NGO, credit unions, cooperatives, state and rural banks, specialized financial institutions, commercial banks, etc.
|3.||Sustainability and reaching the poor:
balancing the twin objectives.
|4.||Operations of a microfinance institution
- Disbursement & collections
- MIS systems
- Setting interest rates
-Planning for growth
|5.||The range of financial products:
savings, credit, insurance, pension, money transfers, etc.
household and macro level; how do MFI clients fare in the current global financial crisis.
|7.||The regulatory framework:
how does government set microfinance policy and supervise MFIs?
donors, governments, social investors and the private commercial sector.
|9.||The future of microfinance:
commercial players, branchless banking and the integration of the financial sector.
Observational Field Visits to Microfinance organizations:
Previous course lecturers (in alphabetical order)
Mr. Shameran Abed (Microfinance Program Manager, BRAC)
Ms. Tamara Abed (Director of Aarong and Social Enterprises)
Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed (Ex Governor, Bangladesh Bank and Director of PKSF)
Dr. Pranesh Banik (Director of BURO Capacity Building)
Mr. Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury (Chairman, BRAC BD Mail Network Ltd)
Mr. Billal Hossain (Director of SafeSave)
Dr. Mahabub Hossain (Executive Director of BRAC)
Dr. Khairul Islam (Country Representative of Water Aid Bangladesh)
Mr. Nazrul Islam (Program officer / Training Officer of BURO)
Dr. Mohammed Maniruzzaman (President of SafeSave)
Ms. Lamiya Morshed（Executive Director of the Yunus Centre）
Ms. Rabeya Yasmin (Head of Ultra Poor Program, BRAC)
Dr. Sajjad Zohir (Researcher of Economics Research Group)
Fall September 29 - October 5, 2013
Winter December 7 - Devember 14
Language: classes to be taught in English
Location: Bangladesh (Dhaka, Bogra and surrounding areas)
Numbers: limited to 15-25 participants per course
Course Fee: $1,700 (Not including airfare)
Be over 18 years of age, be highly motivated, and involved in international development or have a strong interest in pursuing a career in international development and/or microfinance.
How to apply
Download the 2013 MF Course Application Form here
To apply to the AFF - BRAC 'Financial Services for the Poor' Programme, please download an application form and send the form to the email address below.
Contact us at:
Alliance Forum Foundation
Email: mfcourse # allianceforum.org
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