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UNCDF Microfinance Distance Learning Course

Welcome to UNCDF's free web-based distance-learning tool.

Who should take this course?

The Microfinance Distance Learning Course was designed for new entrants to the field of microfinance and has appealed to a broad range of people, including policy makers, donors, practitioners, academics and students. Staff of microfinance operations have found this course extremely useful - a chance to step back and see how their work fits into global microfinance initiatives.

Through the self-training online tool, new staff of agencies working in development or staff engaged in other fields are able to expand their knowledge of microfinance as an important part of efforts to fight poverty and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The University of Washington has even offered the CDRom/textbook-based version as a graduate-level course, sponsored by the Evans School of Public Affairs.

The curriculum

The course curriculum is delivered through a user-friendly, interactive and attractively presented interface. Using the main menu as a road map, an expert narrator guides the student through eleven modules.

Case studies come alive as customers talk about microfinance services and products. Students interview staff members, the board and management of different microfinance institutions to assess the institutional strengths and challenges for growth.

Exercises and computer graphics make financial statements easy to understand and analyze.

Get Started

You will need to create an account to begin the course.

You may need to adjust your computer's video settings for optimal display. Instructions for adjusting your video settings are available in the help section.

Many supplementary materials are available with this course, including the course workbook. A list of additional readings is also available.

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Blended Learning Course

The Tokyo Development Learning Center and its partners periodically offer a fee-based Microfinance Training of Trainers blended learning course based on the content of this free online course. The blended learning course provides additional lectures, opportunities to ask questions, tutoring, homework, and exams. Successful completion of the blended learning course also provides a certificate of completion to successful students, whereas this free online course does not. Please visit the Microfinance Training of Trainers Course information page for more details on this course

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