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Micro-credit and Risk Management in Development PG (8768.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit introduces the students to a wide range of micro-credit and microfinance concepts, strategies and practices, in rural and urban contexts. Micro-credit has developed into a worldwide movement, as a tool for eradicating poverty. Governments and development organisations are increasingly involved in various academic, scholarly and practical endeavours dealing with micro-credit as a tool to achieve Millennium Development Goals.This unit examines the role of microfinance as a poverty reduction strategy. It explores the role of microfinance institutions and identifies techniques for assuring its viability and sustainability. The unit will look at risks that microfinance clients might face and identify techniques that protect against risks and reduce vulnerability. This unit equips students, who will be working as development planners and practitioners, for planning, managing and providing technical advice to microfinance institutions.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of micro-credit and the relationship between micro-finance and international development in the current context;

2. Understand the role of micro-credit in alleviating poverty and the impact of micro-finance and micro-enterprise on household and community well-being;

3. Understand the decision rules of a rural finance system (adopted by Grameen Bank);

4. Understand major approaches of finance delivery mechanisms, and identify ways to ensure the sustainability of microfinance institutions;

5. Identify the risks associated with micro-finance activities and design strategies that help in mitigating risk and coping with loss; and

6. Demonstrate the skills required to articulate and present critique appropriate for studies at post-graduate level.

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