MFTransparency’s Expanding Training Program: Microcredit Summit and Beyond
by Jordan Filko
MFTransparency is increasingly building our education and training program, offering materials and tools, technical assistance and workshop sessions to a range of microfinance industry stakeholders. Recently this has included a special policy workshop for the Bank of Zambia, training sessions for Grameen Foundation‘s Bankers without Borders and collaboration with other industry initiatives such as Oikocredit‘s social performance sessions in Accra, Ghana and the Microfinance Council of the Philippines’ (MCPI) annual conference.
In the coming months, MFTransparency will further expand on these training offerings. As part of the upcoming Global Microcredit Summit, CEO Chuck Waterfield is authoring a paper for the workshop “Is Transparency Enough: What Is Fair and Ethical When It Comes to Interest Rates in Microfinance?” and will lead a Day Long Course at the Summit to be held November 14-17, 2011 in Valladolid, Spain. The course is titled: “Facilitating Transparent & Responsible Pricing in Microfinance.” COO Alexandra Fiorillo will also present at the Summit, as part of a panel on on developing effective financial literacy programs for clients.
In addition to participating in international gatherings hosted by our peers in the industry, MFTransparency also hosts our own training sessions. Ms. Fiorillo recently completed a trip to Zambia where she provided customized technical assistance services to eight MFIs. In the coming weeks Mr. Waterfield will also travel to Tanzania to deliver technical assistance to MFIs. MFTransparency offers this service in response to demand from the local institutions. Sessions include training on implementing responsible pricing practices, pricing analysis, client financial education and product development. MFTransparency believes that education is equally important as pricing disclosure, and we are pleased to offer these training services to a range of partners in the industry.
More about the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit:
The Summit will bring together more than 2000 participants from over 100 countries. Confirmed participants include H.M. Queen Sofía of Spain, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Sir Fazle Abed of BRAC. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in 6 plenary sessions, more than 50 workshops, over 30 associated sessions, a variety of day-long courses, as well as field visits to leading institutions around the world in the days before the Summit. Delegates from over 60 countries are already confirmed! Register before September 30th and receive 10% of your registration fee using this code: MCSDIS. For more information go to: http://www.globalmicrocreditsummit2011.org/