The objective of this section is to list training courses and workshops that are being offered at international and national level in the field of development banking, rural or micro finance, enterprise development and other related topics.
Courses may include university and training institute programmes that lead to qualifications, as well as ad hoc short courses for awareness raising or in-service training. Exchange visit and distance learning opportunities will also be listed when available.
Savings Groups (SGs) are community-based, self-managed groups, in which members mobilize and manage their own savings, investing this money in a loan fund from which they can borrow in amounts as small as $5. This approach is proving to be low cost, highly sustainable, and extremely profitable for the member-owners and achieving significant scale, especially in remote rural areas. It is estimated that SGs are now established in more than 75 countries worldwide, reaching more than 12 million members in over 600,000 groups.
The "philosophy and practice" of access to financial services by the poor and financially marginalized communities is generally believed to be an effective instrument against poverty and important policy intervention to promote gender mainstreaming. Conceptualization of poverty as restricted access to financial capital intensifies the importance of microfinance. Assessment of microfinance industry is imperative in many ways.
This is an executive education program aimed at providing high-level management and leadership training to those shaping the microfinance industry, including CEOs of leading microfinance institutions and executives of mainstream banks entering the microfinance market. This course will combine lectures, case studies, and use of practical tools to allow participants to explore inclusive financial services models.
This training is designed for senior and middle management (credit supervisors, credit officers, senior credit officers, micro credit managers responsible to managers) of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other financial institutions for the purpose of strengthening their knowledge and build their capacities in the field of loan portfolio management.
The Harvard Business School (HBS)-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance is the first executive education program of its kind to provide high-level management and leadership training to those shaping the microfinance industry, including CEOs of leading microfinance institutions and executives of mainstream banks entering the microfinance market.
This one‐week course aims to introduce the implications and lessons learnt from financial inclusion for regulators and policy makers. Participants will get a chance to comprehend and understand what mechanisms across the globe have been used historically, as well as what are emerging processes to boost financial inclusion via financially affordable and socially acceptable processes to serves the ultimate purpose of inclusive growth and shared prosperity.
The challenge is to design financial products that meet the needs of low-income populations while ensuring the sustainability of financial providers. Government loans for the poor often meet with high default rates, while insurance products encounter very low take-up. An estimated 2 billion working-age adults globally have no access to the types of formal financial services delivered by regulated financial institutions.
The School of African Microfinance (SAM) is an annual two-week training designed to build capabilities of institutions by developing individual knowledge and skills in order to achieve growth, impact and profitability.
Drawing from its experience working with institutions in Africa, SAM courses and forums are tailored to impart knowledge, skills, insights and ideas to make better decisions, have better practices and mindsets to serve the African markets. SAM is led by a team of experienced faculty who introduce participants to fresh perspectives and best industry practices.