BRAC offers 2 week professional development program

BRAC’s two week professional development course, titled “Financial Services for the Poor” will be held in Bangladesh from February 3rd through 17th, includes field visits, and is open to motivated microfinance professionals or those interested in pursuing a career in microfinance. For more information, visit: http://www.allianceforum.org/english/developing/microfinance/mfpro-info.html

Lumana Benefit Fundraiser, September 22nd

From our friends at Lumana: Come join us for a night of inspiration and fun at Lumana’s Annual Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction! As an attendee, you will be supporting Lumana in creating empowered communities and meaningful opportunities for active youth leaders worldwide, while experiencing a truly exciting program with our evening’s theme: “Learning From … [Read more…]

World Vision Seattle Seeks Brand Advisor

The brand advisor will work with VisionFund’s global marketing and fund-raising director, marketing manager, and communications director to develop, review, manage, facilitate, advise, and implement the brand and re-branding of affiliated micro-finance institutions within the VisionFund network. For more information, see the full description.

Job Posting: ACCION International

Job Title: Senior Vice President, Product and Services Job Location: Boston, MA Organization ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. By providing “micro” loans, financial services and business training to poor men and women who start their … [Read more…]

Microfinance News Roundup: June 16

CGAP announces this year’s microfinance photography contest winner: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/cgap/50702/ Unitus announces its new approach: http://unituslabs.org/ And the CGAP blog has a great post about reaching the poorest of the poor with savings instruments: http://microfinance.cgap.org

Will Insurance Prove More Valuable than Credit or Savings in Microfinance?

Microfinance in all its forms–credit, savings, insurance–has always been a story in part about technology. Without technological advances in information management, communication, and transportation, the delivery costs of all of these financial services would simply be too high to be sustainable. As such the spread of sustainable microfinance has followed a predictable pattern: coverage has … [Read more…]

The Global Implications of India’s Microcredit Crisis: May 9th

Global Washington is hosting a discussion with microcredit experts on the current crisis in India, its causes, and its implications for the microfinance industry worldwide. Many experts are considering the current crisis India to be microfinance’s most serious challenge in the industry’s short history.The government of Andhra Pradesh proposed an ordinance that would place strict … [Read more…]