This seminar introduces the pioneering field of impact investments, investing in microfinance, and the financial inclusion of underbanked populations in developing economies, along the entire investment value chain.
Target audience and qualifications
This course is designed for all those who are interested in investments or funding for microfinance institutions and financial sector development. The target audience includes social microfinance investors, asset and portfolio managers with a focus on socially responsible investments, staff of development agencies and NGOs-family offices, and consultants. Participants have a graduate degree and several years of working experience.
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 learn about the main characteristics of microfinance clients and how microfinance product development responds to demand, and addresses financial market imperfections. They learn about the different types of suppliers involved and compare their main characteristics. Participants furthermore get to know different types of funding opportunities from the perspective of the microfinance institutions.