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The MBA Project Partners

The Microfinance Management Institute (MFMI) supports an international network of six graduate institutions in four countries to develop research-based teaching and training programs in microfinance management. In early 2005, it also began to support International Fellows at additional universities. The MBA Project Partners are the Asian Institute of Management of the Philippines, INCAE of Costa Rica, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, the Institute for Rural Management at Anand in India, and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

MBA Project Partners will create a new and diverse body of teaching materials dedicated to microfinance management that will demonstrate how general business and management practice can be applied to microfinance. Each institution currently offers at least one elective in microfinance management on an annual basis. Several institutions offer degree specializations in microfinance management, centers of excellence in microfinance, microfinance incubators and other executive programs specifically oriented to microfinance practitioners.

Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
Manila, Philippines
Contact: Professor Ron Chua

MBA Project initiatives:

  • develop papers, learning and teaching materials (such as exercises and case studies) in traditional, electronic and distance-learning formats
  • offer non-degree certificate courses for microfinance practitioners (from three days to four weeks in duration)
  • offer microfinance elective courses ranging from 10 to 20 sessions in the Institute's MBA and Master of Development Management Programs
  • offer a master in entrepreneurship—a degree program for microfinance entrepreneurs—in the Philippines, with possible expansion to other Southeast Asian countries
  • offer a major in microfinance in the university's Master in Development Management Program
  • open a center for microfinance to enable research and development of learning materials, professional course design, workshops, seminars and student internships

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INCAE
San Jose, Costa Rica
Contact: Connie Jones

MBA Project initiatives:

  • offer short-term electives in microfinance targeted at microfinance practitioners
  • offer group-based field consulting projects to second-year MBA students as a coursework equivalent
  • support supervised internships at microfinance institutions for second-year MBA students
  • develop teaching case studies each year on microfinance management themes
  • conduct short research projects on innovative topics to foster the provision of microfinance services to the poor

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Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)
Ahmedabad, India
Contact: Professor M.S. Sriram

MBA Project initiatives:

  • offer a 15- to 25-session elective for second-year general management and agribusiness students
  • offer development programs to practicing microfinance managers (up to two weeks in duration)
  • encourage faculty members of other business schools who attend IIMA's well-established Faculty Development Programme (FDP) to participate in developing and teaching courses on microfinance management
  • develop five case studies each year

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Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
Bangalore, India
Contact: Professor R. Srinivasan, Saleela Patkar

MBA Project initiatives:

  • develop and house a regional center for microfinance for the education of managers and policymakers who are already working, or have demonstrated an interest, in the field of microfinance
  • microfinance incubator for start-up and fledgling microfinance institutions
  • offer a microfinance elective in the Graduate Management Program
  • develop case studies each year
  • mentor student dissertations in microfinance

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Institute of Rural Management (IRMA)
Anand, India
Contact: Professor H.S. Shylendra

MBA Project initiatives:

  • develop case studies and other teaching materials each year
  • organize annual workshops on various microfinance management themes for microfinance practitioners
  • offer an elective on microfinance in the IRMA Professional Graduate Program
  • offer short courses on themes in microfinance management
  • place students in MFIs for traineeships
  • offer three doctoral fellowships in microfinance management

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Centre for Microfinance
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
Contact: Professor Gerhard Coetzee

MBA Project initiatives:

  • develop and house a regional center for microfinance
  • offer a specialization in microfinance management consisting of four courses plus a research project. The specialization will begin in 2005 and be made available to MBA students for credit and MBA graduates for non-credit
  • offer an executive management program in microfinance
  • offer continuing education short courses for microfinance practitioners
  • conduct research on issues pertinent to developing and expanding the microfinance market
  • sponsor a limited number of students to work on five research programs
  • organize biannual conferences on microfinance topics of importance for the region and continent
  • liaise and organize workshops and seminars with institutions currently engaged in knowledge dissemination on microfinance

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