Turin Session 2014
20th Anniversary in English and French
July 7 - 25, 2014
at ITC / ILO in Turin, Italy
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Programs are offered in Spanish (March 3 - 14, 2014 - Arequipa, Peru), English and French (July 7 - 25, 2014 - Turin, Italy).
The 19th Annual Boulder MFT in English and the 9th Annual Boulder MFT in French took place in Turin, Italy from July 15th to August 2nd, 2013. There were 286 participants from 71 different countries. We had the largest French program ever and the first participant from Botswana in the history of the MFT.
58 courses and 17 special sessions were delivered by 65 world-renowned experts covering a broad range of topics and viewpoints.
This year, we offered two new exciting opportunities for our Boulder MFT English and French program participants.
1) We proudly presented “The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion” that took place for the first time this year at the Lingotto Congress Centre in Turin on the 19th and 20th of July where 429 participants from 86 countries attended. Speakers with the most innovative approaches were introduced to the Microfinance Community by Rita Roy, President of MCF and Robert Christen, President of Boulder Institute. This is an annual separate event where participants of the Boulder MFT programs were invited to attend in order to reflect upon the role of clients in the decision making and design of programs, with the scope of putting clients at the center of financial inclusion.
2) Also during those same dates, in a parallel event, exclusively designed for our regulators and policymakers, we offered the first Seminar on “The Roles of Government in Financial Inclusion” on the ITC-ILO campus. This event was designed jointly by CGAP and Boulder Institute and drew 85 participants from the English and French programs representing Central Banks, Ministries of Finance, other government institutions, and donors working with governments.
Throughout the full three weeks of the Boulder MFT English and French programs, we offered “The Boulder Master Class: New Financial Inclusion Paradigms”, a dynamic roundtable event led by Boulder Institute President, Robert Christen, that brought together over 25 world renowned experts in microfinance to discuss and debate the development of financial systems, the importance of addressing client needs, role of government, responsible finance, and the challenges that lay ahead. Presenters included such experts as Claudio Gonzalez (The Ohio state University), Elisabeth Rhyne (Center for Financial Inclusion), Tilman Ehrbeck (CGAP), Martin Holtmann (IFC), Sanjay Sinha (EDA Rural Systems), Richard Rosenberg (Independent), Roshaneh Zafar (Kashf Foundation), Philip Brown (Citi Microfinance), and more.
The three weeks of our program included intense class work, as well as strategic analysis and critical thinking around microfinance and financial inclusion for all.
Overall, the Boulder MFT program provides participants with a unique three week technical immersion experience focused on sustainable microfinance, and the creation of a community that will have an enduring influence for years to come. Participants join together with expert faculty and step outside of their day-to-day work to reflect, analyze, and debate Microfinance issues, trends, and new topics. With participants and faculty arriving from around the globe, the Boulder learning environment offers an unparalleled diversity of perspectives and experiences which are critical to the industry, developing and furthering the careers of microfinance leaders for today and beyond.
Boulder Institute consistently strives to introduce new tools and best practices thereby enabling our participants to partake in innovative strategies, integrate them into their own organizations, and work towards providing better products and services to those most in need.
We invite you to join our growing Boulder Alumni Network with over 4,500 professionals from more than 145 countries that will serve as a life-long strategic network of friends and colleagues who share a common passion and knowledge for furthering and advancing microfinance.
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