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C. Leigh Anderson
PB AF 577
Seattle Campus

Topics in Microfinance

Provides an overview of the basic issues and debates around microfinance. Students gain an analytical understanding of the opportunities and motivation for small scale financial services, and the limitations.

Class description

This course is a blend of microfinance theory and practice. It is intended to familiarize students with the basic issues and debates around microfinance, and to get them to think critically about microfinance as a tool for poverty reduction and development. It is also designed to use economics and other theories to think about improving some essential tools of microfinance operation, such as program design, financial management, and program evaluation. This is an overview and introductory course, and intended for students with no, or with extensive, experience in microfinance organizations who are interested in a more academic perspective on the role of credit in development.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 07/17/2009