Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
Course on Community-Based Microfinance for Financial Inclusion
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Coady International Institute hosts a certificate course!
Discussions are shifting from providing microcredit and microfinance to achieving financial inclusion for all. Access to appropriate financial products and services is now accepted as being crucial for enabling everyone to have sustainable livelihoods for themselves and to participate more effectively in local economies. With an estimated 2.5 billion people remaining outside the formal financial system, community-based approaches to microfinance are proving to be effective for contributing to financial inclusion goals and reaching those who are currently not served by banks or other financial institutions. These approaches not only provide access to financial services at doorstep, but they also build community institutions, strengthening solidarity and social capital. Community-based approaches to microfinance are particularly useful in remote areas and especially popular among women, though they have also proven successful in urban regions.
This certificate course aims to enhance knowledge of community-based microfinance models and approaches and build practical skills in applying them; the emphasis is placed on savings-led models such as village savings and loan associations (VSLAs), self-help groups (SHGs), caisses populaires, savings and credit cooperatives, credit unions, and other member-owned microfinance institutions from various parts of the world. These models build on individual and community savings and assets that support the local economies and form the basis for creating linkages with external financial institutions.
The course will discuss the latest developments and innovations in the field, such as the use of mobile phone banking; exploration of linkages with formal financial institutions and value-chain finance through in-depth case-studies; field visits; mutual learning among participants; and interaction with senior field practitioner guest faculty. The program balances practice and theory with the intention of strengthening the participants’ understanding of links between macro financial system and microfinance as well as providing them with practical program design and management tools.
For more information on the course's benefits, fees, scholarships, and application process, please see the course website here.