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Spring 2019
May 19, 2019
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MSFS 651 - Financial Inclusion
The continuing need for financial inclusion is real. Without access to financial tools, millions of low-income families around the world are still unable to make the most of the limited assets they have. They do not have the necessary instruments to smooth cash flow, secure basic needs, manage risk, and take advantage of economic opportunities. These hurdles damage their capacity to earn, and ultimately their ability to work their way successfully out of poverty.

Microfinance was an early leader in proving that even the world’s poorest had the capacity to be viable consumers of finance, but it failed to achieve significant scale and massive levels of inclusion remained elusive. Today, however, surging levels of private investment capital, transformative technologies, and crowd-funding are fundamentally changing the ecosystem, putting the prospect of meaningful financial inclusion within reach.

The aim of this course is to stimulate a rigorous debate around the goals and tools of financial inclusion. What do the financially excluded of today need beyond basic access? Do new entrants to the market represent the vanguard of productive inclusion, or will they make consumers even more vulnerable? Can socially-oriented providers harness emerging technologies to achieve scale and robust financial sustainability while remaining focused on the long-term meaning of responsible finance?

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

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