2015 Microfinance Course in collaboration with Coady International Institute
In order to receive a Toronto International Microfinance Summit-Coady International Institute Certificate of Participation
Toronto International Microfinance Summit in collaboration with Coady International Institute is offering a full day course in Toronto on Understanding Microfinance. This will be the third such course. This year, The MasterCard Foundation is providing financial assistance for course expenses and scholarships to participants who apply, are accepted, register and attend the Understanding Microfinance course. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of Jerry Buckland’s book, Hard Choices, courtesy of Alterna Savings.
When: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (light lunch and refreshments will be provided)
Where: OCAD University, 205 Richmond Street West, Room 7420 (4th Floor, Building 7)
Toronto, ON M5V 1V3 (nearest subway stop: Osgoode station)
Anuj Jain, Senior Fellow Microfinance and Development, Coady International Institute - He is returning to facilitate for the third time.
Jerry Buckland, Professor of International Development Studies, Menno Simons College, University of Winnipeg and author of Hard Choices: Financial Exclusion, Fringe Banks and Poverty in Urban Canada
Javed Sakhawat, Toronto International Microfinance Summit
While the term “microfinance” is well known and people have heard of it, many do not really know what microfinance is. People have all sorts of ideas and misgivings. Individuals coming to microfinance from a financial or for-profit business background may have a different understanding and perspective than people coming from development NGOs and the non-profit sector. Depending on where people come from, microfinance is defined and practised using different principles and sometimes opposing methodologies.
The answers to many of the questions require intensive study and research, for which there are plenty of courses in institutes, colleges and universities. For those seeking the basics, Toronto International Microfinance Summit and Coady International Institute are collaborating to provide a one-day course on the various models of microfinance, its international application and the prospects for the future. In addition, this year, for the first time, we will also be examining financial exclusion and poverty in Canada. The morning will focus on international applications and the afternoon, domestic.
The objective of this course is to introduce participants to the fundamentals of microfinance and to enlighten them on available paths. The course will include a brief introduction, the various terminologies, and different approaches. It will provide a broader picture of the world of microfinance and its use as a tool in the fight against poverty.
The course is open to all interested in microfinance. Acceptance to the course is dependent on the applicant’s educational background and the relevance/benefits of gaining microfinance knowledge. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s academic pursuits, career or voluntary occupation in the non-profit sector.
Please click here for an application form. Once the completed application form is submitted, the course organizers will assess the application. If accepted, the applicant will be informed by email and a unique code will be provided which the applicant must input during online fee payment. The amount to be paid will be the net amount after the scholarship amount, if any, is deducted from the gross fee of $125.
$125 per person. Scholarships for up to $100 available. Limited seating. Apply now!
Thanks to the generous financial support of The MasterCard Foundation we are able to provide scholarships of up to $100 to most candidates accepted in the course. Applicants for scholarship are required to complete the relevant section on the application form.
All participants who attend the full course will be awarded a Toronto International Microfinance Summit-Coady International Institute Certificate of Participation.
Javed Sakhawat, Course Coordinator, Toronto International Microfinance Summit