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Sunday, August 3, 2008
Housing Finance for the Poor (HFP) Training Program

Development Innovations Group (DIG) is pleased

to announce the successful completion of:


The Housing Finance for the Poor (HFP)

Training Program

As part of the Boulder Microfinance Training

July 28, 2008 to August 2, 2008

Turin, Italy


DIG, in cooperation with the Boulder Institute of Microfinance, hosted a one-week training, Housing Finance for the Poor (HFP), simultaneously with the world renowned Boulder Microfinance Training (MFT) in Turin, Italy this past summer.   Through DIG´s Housing Finance for the Poor Program, it became increasingly clear that strong interest exists among Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), government agencies, and the private sector for specific training on financial services for the poor geared towards housing.  DIG designed a range of courses that provided students with an overview of the state of practice and innovations in the field of housing finance, meanwhile giving students access to one week of courses offered by the Boulder MFT.   Additionally students attending the three week long Boulder MFT had the unique opportunity to access one week of housing focused courses, otherwise not available at the institute.



Course Descriptions


DIG offered four courses throughout the week (Monday through Saturday).    Two courses were offered Monday through Wednesday and two in the latter part of the week, Thursday through Saturday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  In addition, all students attending the HFP training program also attended the morning lecture, Principles of Microfinance, taught by Mr. Robert Christen of the Boulder MFT, throughout the week.


Housing Microfinance: The State of Practice (Franck Daphnis)

This course provided a detailed presentation of the current state of play for housing microfinance. It was taught from a practitioner’s perspective and challenged students to explore innovative ways in which mainstream and emerging housing products can expand the current frontiers of microfinance. The course unfolded through a mixture of classroom lectures, case studies, and exercises designed to bring to life the current breadth and scope of housing finance for the poor among MFIs, banks and NGOs. Over the three days of instruction, the course explored in detail product design, markets, methodologies, institutional issues, policy and regulation issues, and reviewed useful tools for the successful implementation of housing microfinance programs.


Individual Lending and Housing Microfinance Product Delivery (Mayada Baydas)

This course covered the fundamentals of individual and housing microfinance product delivery as implemented by many MFIs around the world. The lecture, discussion and case studies commenced with an overview of how to realize the potential market demand and design individual and housing products that seize the market niches. The course delved into the methods of loan origination, client screening, credit assessment, and portfolio management that comprise the principal elements of successful product delivery.   Various tools from market assessment questionnaires to loan applications and case studies were used and shared with the participants.


Best Practices in Financing Slum Upgrading: Case Studies of Casablanca, Ahmadabad and Sao Paolo (Moderated by Marianne Carliez and Franck Daphnis; with a panel of experts from three focus cities)

This course was designed to present students with three case studies of successful, innovative slum improvement programs in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ahmadabad, India, and Casablanca, Morocco.   An individual was invited from each city to present the case with the moderators, as well as participate in a question and answer session. The core of this course explored innovative financial mechanisms and tools, both at the level of the municipality or state government and at the level of the customer (or slum dweller), and the role of public-private partnerships in each case.


Mortgages for the Poor: An Overview of Products and the Supporting Infrastructure (Instructor TBA)

This course focused on the challenges of offering mortgage financing and of developing the financial infrastructure underpinning mortgage systems in developing economies.   Promising developments, including the rise of “micro-mortgages” were also a core focus of the course.

For more information on the Boulder Microfinance Training please visit their website at http://www.bouldermicrofinance.org/en/node/25.
For more information on the Boulder Microfinance Training please visit their website at http://www.bouldermicrofinance.org/en/node/25.
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