Microfinance: problems, critiques, solutions

Date/Time: Thu 09 Nov / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Monash College

School of Social Sciences (SoSS)

Anthropology Public Seminar

Microfinance: problems, critiques, solutions

Co-presented with the Oxfam Monash Partnership

Microfinance and financial inclusion programs have become central to both international aid and local community development programs. Our speakers will critically discuss these activities and how they hope to affect various dimensions of poverty and the economic and social empowerment of poor. The seminar aims to engage academics, students and practitioners in policy-relevant debate over the efficacy of programs to alleviate poverty.

This event is supported by the Research for Development Impact Network and the Oxfam-Monash Partnership, which is hosted by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/5iSJvIi7I9CzdBfH2

For more information, please contact Courtney May at cvmay1@student.monash.edu 


Dr. Philip Mader is a research fellow at the well-known Institute for Development Studies in the UK, where he also convenes a Masters degree in Globalisation, Business and Development. His 2015 book The Political Economy of Microfinance: Financializing Poverty traces the evolution of microfinance from a civil society initiative to a financial industry, examining the workings of the modern global microfinance sector, and the crises it has produced.

Sophie Romana joined Oxfam America in August 2011 to lead its Saving for Change (SfC) program. She merges social justice and financial innovation to lead a community finance initiative that increases resilience and financial assets. Working with 680,000 members in rural villages throughout 13 countries, SfC trains groups of women to save regularly, borrow from their group’s fund, and repay loans with interest.

Thursday 9th November

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Monash College
Level 7, 271 Collins Street

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