This comprehensive two-week program emphasizes a livelihoods approach to microfinance, enterprise, and community economic development. The curriculum is built upon a foundation of the Five Capitals of sustainable livelihoods—natural, physical, human, social, and financial. It emphasizes tools and strategies of transparency and good management practices that honor the Triple Bottom Line (financial, social, environmental) of sustainability. Students will learn the theories behind the practice of microfinance, microenterprise, and sustainable agriculture and community economic development. We will explore social entrepreneurship, impact investing, savings led development, community supported agriculture, and fisheries through both classroom and field-based investigation.
The SMDP Certificate offers a unique perspective by examining programs implemented in poor communities overseas, as well as economically challenged areas within the United States. Classes will include lectures, case studies, student projects, field research, and field visits to explore microenterprise and farm-to-fork development at the community level.The SMDP Certificate is intensive and suitable for those either new to the field or mid-career practitioners looking for a deeper understanding of poverty, poor people, and the development strategies and initiatives which work to build sustainable livelihoods and communities in both developed and developing economies. This includes mid- to upper-level managers of microfinance NGOS or banks, donors funding or exploring support for microfinance programs, microfinance regulators, other development field practitioners who wish to learn about microenterprise development, individuals who are new to the field, NGOs who wish to design and initiate microfinance, enterprise development and impact investment programs, employees of government agencies and programs who are promoting microfinance, business professional interested in social entrepreneurship and impact investment, and students new to the field.
Deadline for registration is June 17, 2012