CGAP/MFMI Funder Training: "Building Inclusive Financial Systems: How Can Funder...

Sep 2008
Washington, United States, September, 01 2008 - The next CGAP/MFMI training course for funders, "Building Inclusive Financial Systems: How Can Funders Make a Difference?", will be held in Croatia, September 8-12, 2008. A highlight will be visits to microfinance institutions in Croatia and neighboring Bosnia and Montenegro.

This one-of-a-kind course is tailored specifically to donors, investors, and policymakers interested in keeping up with the rapidly evolving world of microfinance while gaining practical skills in microfinance appraisal and performance-based management. Join over 480 participants from 70 countries that have benefited from previous courses.

Course schedule for 2008

Training in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 8-12, 2008 - in English

Formation à Kigali, Rwanda, November 10-14, 2008 - in French 10-14 novembre 2008 - en français   

Who should attend the course? 

The course is specifically designed for staff from public and private funding agencies and policymakers who will benefit from a deeper understanding of microfinance to conduct their work more effectively. Specifically, participants from the following organizations are welcome: Bi-and multi-lateral development agencies and UN agencies Development finance institutions (DFIs) Socially responsible investors Microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) Foundations International non-government organizations (INGOs) Central banks and other relevant government agencies.

What will participants learn?  

An overview of contemporary microfinance State-of-the-art principles and practical recommendations for how donors, investors and policymakers can effectively help build financial systems that serve poor people Criteria for appraising microfinance projects and investments Techniques and tools for performance-based management of projects and investments Recommendations for fostering policy frameworks that promote financial services for poor peopleHow to develop agency-specific strategies and action plans for microfinance projects and investments   

What do alumni of the course say? 

Over 500 participants from 70 countries attended the courses organized in the last five years and have consistently rated it highly; average ratings have been 4.5 out of 5. This is what some of them said:   

"The training was excellent -- and the field visit was the highlight of my trip. Bringing the training to the field was a plus factor because it highlighted how dynamic and varied the microfinance field is."   

"I have really enjoyed this training; I have just been assigned a new microfinance portfolio therefore the timing is just right."   

"I would like to thank you again for providing us with such a wonderful five-day workshop. I think we learned a lot about internationally recognized practices and methods."   

"Very impressive preparation and course, excellent selection of participants, very rich and diversified course content."   

Course methodology 

The methodology and learning tools that are used throughout the course reflect the state-of-the-art in active, participatory-based, adult education. Course sessions will focus on applying learning to real-world situations and include presentations, case studies and interactive group work. The course is highly practical and participants will apply the techniques learned step-by-step to analyze, decide about and design microfinance interventions. Course participants will also have the opportunity to visit good practice financial institutions in the country where the workshop is being held, unless otherwise noted.

Source : CGAP

Research Analysis Tools

The fund indexes, institution benchmarks and other market information displayed here are all Symbiotics designed analysis tools, created in-house by our analysts and experts. Symbiotics has one of the oldest track records in microfinance investment analysis dating back to the late 1990s; its indexes and benchmarks have been regularly used as markers by investors, asset managers, financial institutions and practitioners. These, as well as several other research products, are available through the Research Account. Click on the link below to find out more.

Learn More