MICROFINANCE EVENT: Microfinance, Economic Development and Global Health, presented by Princeton Microfinance Organization 1st May 2009

Microfinance, Economic Development and Global Health, presented by Princeton Microfinance Organization 1st May 2009

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Cost: Free

Summary of Event: This event will include both individual and panel presentations by leaders in the fields of microfinance and global health and will address innovative approaches in microfinance and economic development, with a special emphasis on their effects on worldwide health. 

Background on Organizer: The Princeton Microfinance Organization (PMO) was founded in January 2008 by a group of Princeton students interested in microfinance. The goals of the group are to explore, promote and apply innovative approaches to economic development. They seek to coordinate the efforts of students and community members by both encouraging discussion and promoting active involvement in the emerging field of microfinance.

Event Themes and Discussion Topics: This event aims to encourage the dissemination of information related to microfinance and health and provide a networking opportunity for students and leaders in the microfinance field.  The following talks will be given throughout the day: Microloans to Thieves and Other Revolutionary Acts that Demand Championing; Digital Giving as a Catalyst to Awaken Dormant Capital; Financing Microfinance Institutions; Sarala is Going Beyond Providing Credit; Developing Microinsurance in Latin America; Microfinance: Then and Now.

Who Is Invited to Attend: This event is open to the public

About the Presenters:  Keynote speakers are Sam Daley-Harris, director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign; Susan Davis, president and CEO of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) USA; and Elissa McCarter, director of development finance at CHF International. 

The first Microcredit Summit was held in 1997 in Washington DC where over 2,900 people from 137 countries gathered to launch a nine year campaign to reach 100 million of the world’s poor by the 2005. The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a project of the RESULTS Educational Fund; a US based non profit grassroots advocacy organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.  Refer to this MicroCapital Paper Wrap-up for a summary of the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2009.   

BRAC USA‘s mission is to raise awareness of BRAC’s successful community development model in developing nations, mobilize resources and develop business partnerships to support its global expansion.  BRAC USA seeks to improve the well being of the poorest in Africa and Asia, particularly women and children and supports building scalable, sustainable institutions that lead to wealth for the poor, promote health and social development and advance education and entrepreneurship.

CHF International works in over 30 countries and seeks to design programs with appropriate social, environmental and economic solutions to ensure communities can manage and sustain their future development.  By designing and delivering a variety of financial services CHF International shares expertise and provides technical assistance to hundreds of credit unions, microfinance institutions (MFIs), cooperatives, non-governmental organizations and commercial banks.

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For additional information, please contact: Jacob Hiller jhiller@princeton.edu


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Event Type: Conference

Event Starts: 10 a.m. Friday May 1, 2009

Event Ends: 5 p.m. Friday May 1, 2009

Location: Peter B. Lewis Library, Bowl 120

Street: Washington Road and Ivy Lane,

City/Town: Princeton, New Jersey

Website: http://princetonmicrofinance.wordpress.com/spring-colloquium/  

Organized By: Princeton Microfinance Organization


By Sally Levy, Research Assistant

Additional Resources:

Princeton News: Colloquium focuses on microfinance, economic development and health

Princeton Microfinance Organization (PMO): Home

MicroCapital Paper Wrap-Up: ‘State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2009?, by Sam Daley-Harris, February 2, 2009


Microcredit Summit Campaign: Home



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