MSc Development Finance
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Environment, Education and Development|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The global context of microfinance
The institutional Basis - Basic theory; how is it supposed to work, and how does it work?
Microfinance products - product diversification. The 'customer centred approach; competition and linkage with commercial banking
Microinsurance - Causes of failure in insurance markets; microfinance models and their history
Microfinance Regulation and Social Protection
Gender and microfinance - reasons for 'female bias' of microfinance
Microfinance and poverty
The macroeconomics of microfinance
Case studies from Asia, Africa and Latin America
Future of microfinance
During the last three decades, a 'microfinance industry' has developed that seeks to provide low-income people with micro-financial services while being financially self-sustaining. The literature on microfinance has been characterised by different trends during this period and this module aims to analyse these trends in detail, particularly in developing countries and to explore key contemporary issues in the sector. This course will explore the history, theoretical base, development and challenges in the sector.
On completion of this course unit, students will be able to:
Critically demonstrate the awareness of current issues and debate in the field of microfinance
Analyse, and evaluate microfinance experiences and case studies and critically assess proposals for microfinance initiatives
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and tutorials
End of term assessment
Need to answer two questions out of four - 2000 words each (100%)
Re-sit Assessment: Need to answer two questions out of four - 2000 words each (100%)
David Hulme and Thankom Arun (2009), Microfinance - A Reader, Routledge.
Rhyne, E (2009) Microfinance for bankers and invetsors: Understanding the opportunities and challenges of the market at the bottom of the Pyramid. McGraw Hill.
Beatriz Armendariz and Jonathan Morduch (2010), The Economics of Microfinance (second edition), MIT Press
Ditcher Thomas and Malcolm Harper (2007) What's wrong with Microfinance? Practical Action Publishing.
|Independent study hours|
|Yin-Fang Zhang||Unit coordinator|
Programmes on which course unit is offered:
DF(core); DEP; PID
Semester 2 (weeks 1-10)