Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program - New Hampshire Certificate

Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program - New Hampshire Certificate

This two-week certificate workshop is held on the University of New Hampshire campus

Workshop Dates: June 16 - 27, 2014

Registration Deadline: May 30th

"Our Sixteenth Year"

Begins with an online Principles of Microfinance Pre-course

The Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) New Hampshire Certificate is offered on campus at the University of New Hampshire by the Carsey Institute. The SMDP is designed for practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the fundamentals of microfinance, microenterprise development and sustainable community economic development.


This comprehensive two-week program emphasizes a livelihoods approach to pro-poor economic development that encompasses both financial and non-financial strategies. The curriculum starts with review of some of the basic principles and practices of microfinance which is a required component of the certificate. The face-to-face class starts with the poor -- how they earn their livelihoods and the complexity with which they manage their financial situations. Students will gain an overview to the landscape of financial services that serve (and often do not serve) the poor, contrasting formal and informal forms of finance, including the Savings Groups movement, the Self-Help Group movement in India and commercial microfinance. Students will also assess the opportunities and threats inherent in the rapidly evolving service delivery options associated with mobile banking. Because financial services, including microfinance, are only one part of the economic development picture, the curriculum incorporates the theory and practices associated with social entrepreneurship, pro-poor value chain development, and community supported agriculture and fisheries. It emphasizes tools and strategies of transparency and good management practices that honor the Triple Bottom Line (financial, social, environmental) of sustainability.

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 primary objectives are to:

  1. Provide participants with an understanding of the history, theoretical principles, methodologies, business models, products and services, and players in the global development finance field.
  2. Understand from the client perspective the challenges of extreme poverty, the survival strategies the poor use to make ends meet and how microfinance, enterprise development and other development models can be useful (or not) in making impacts to stem poverty.
  3. Explore community-led responses to poverty, the globalization of food production and the impacts of climate change from local agriculture and fisheries, social enterprise and other economic development models.

Participants who would benefit from attending this course are both seasoned or recent entrants into the field of development finance who want to expand their knowledge of the fundamentals of the microfinance, microenterprise, value chain development and social enterprise. This includes:

  • Professionals changing careers
  • Current employees of MFIs, development finance agencies, NGOs
  • Social impact investors, central bankers, private donors and foundations

MasterCard Foundation Microfinance Scholars Program

If you are eligible, you may receive a full tuition and room and board scholarship to attend. See Registration page for more information.

Deadline: CLOSED

There are limited slots for the SMDP New Hampshire Certificate. Registration is on a first paid basis and you are urged to make payment as early as possible.


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William Maddocks
Director, Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program

Malcolm Harper
Chairman of M-CRIL, Emeritus Professor, Cranfield School of Management, UK

Candace Nelson
Independent Microfinance Consultant

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Schedule Format:

Course Dates:
June 16 - 27, 2014
Daily Sessions:
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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