Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income clients or solidarity lending groups including consumers and the self-employed, who traditionally lack access to banking and related services.
This course is designed for all those who deal with investments in or funding for microfinance, financial sector development, or rural development in developing countries.
Participants have a graduate degree and several years of working experience. The course language is English.
Participants gain an advanced understanding of the way financial systems function and of the main issues, problem areas and current trends in financial systems development. They can explain how microfinance product development responds to demand and addresses financial market imperfections. They apply instruments for monitoring and evaluating the financial and social performance of investments in microfinance and financial sector development. Participants can also characterize different microfinance investment instruments and vehicles and understand the key principles of risk management of microfinance investments.
Dr. Annette Krauss, Center for Microfinance, University of Zurich
|Dr. Annette Krauss||Managing Director Center for Microfinance||Department of Banking and Finance UZH|
|Hans Ramm||Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development SDC||Bern|
|Dr. Konrad Ellsässer||President and Managing Director of FIDES||Zurich|
|Christoph Dreher||CSSP-Center for Social Sustainable Products AG||Vaduz|
|Roland Steinmann||MicroInsurance Centre||Zurich|
Active classroom attendance and case study homework
Attestation of participation (1 ECTS for Introduction to Microfinance, 2 ETCS for Microfinance - State of the Art).
The credits can be transferred to the CAS in Sustainable Finance executive degree program or to the MAS/DAS in Finance.
Presentations of conceptual frameworks with practical exercises and applications, complemented by discussions and exchange of experiences, group work exercises, and case studies. Course content is presented by renowned practitioners and specialists from academia.
Place & Date
|Lecture: Introduction to Microfinance||June 25, 2018||Zurich|
|Lecture: Microfinance - State of the Art||June 26, 2018||Zurich|
|Lecutre: Microfinance - State of the Art||June 27, 2018||Zurich|
Application deadline: May 31, 2018
Introduction to Microfinance: CHF 800 tuition, which covers all materials and breaks.
Microfinance – State of the Art: CHF 1 700 tuition, which covers all materials and breaks.
For both courses: CHF 2 300.–