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    Jun 23, 2024  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
    
American University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SIS-632 Microfinance (3)


This course examines the conceptual and practical dimensions of financial strategies that low-income families use to protect their assets, manage risk, and grow their incomes. It explores how the combination of age-old social constructs and the latest technologies, including microfinance, is revolutionizing the way poor people are accessing and leveraging financial services. In addition to introducing the basic principles of financial inclusion, the course presents an opportunity to develop practical tools, and examines the vigorous debates taking place in the industry around the evidence of impact, gender dimensions, the role of the state, and appropriateness of profit making. Usually Offered: alternate falls (odd years). Grading: A-F only.