Accion, with the support of the MetLife Foundation and in partnership with the Chinese Association of Microfinance (CAM), announced today the launch of its International Microfinance Management and Leadership Program. The new program aims to develop management and leadership capacity in microfinance in China.
Through this program, Accion plans to extend the reach and quality of financial services and products to underserved entrepreneurs and communities throughout the country. The program’s multiple classes will impact more than 1 million microfinance institution (MFI) clients.
The International Microfinance Management and Leadership Program is the first holistic, systematic microfinance training and capacity building initiative in the market that addresses key growth issues that many MFIs – and their leadership teams – routinely face. Participants will develop their leadership and management skills and develop sound technical knowledge in microfinance operations and human capital management.
Over the course of the nine-month program, participants will attend in-classroom lectures, monthly webinars, and participate in a field visit to an MFI that exemplifies many industry-leading best practices needed to manage operations responsibly and effectively. This blended approach – combining classroom and experiential learning – will help participants retain information for longer, strengthen core skills, and promote practical application of the lessons they learn.