This course explores the benefits and limitations of microfinance as an economic development strategy, focusing specifically on the role of microfinance in international poverty alleviation efforts. We will explore the history and evolution of the field from both a theoretical as well as practical perspectives, along with the roles played by various constituencies (e.g. clients, policy makers, donors, investors, etc.).
How to Apply
Mini MBA Certificate
8 -12 Weeks
8-10 hours weekly
8th September, 2020
Level 1: £950 (6 Modules)
Level 2: £1,750 (12 Modules)
The programme will show you how to think about and build a basic financial model from the ground up, starting from a single business unit) – a stand-alone profit-center, like a branch, sales office, or individual franchise, – that is replicated when you scale. This approach helps ensure that your product or service can be realistically commercialized, and that the business model is built for scalability from the start. This programme is valuable for social enterprises of all shapes and sizes, and at all stages of the start-up cycle. It is applicable to a wide range of people, including aspiring social entrepreneurs, non-profits that want to create market-based projects, investors evaluating a new business venture, as well as corporate entrepreneurs that want to launch ventures aimed at the bottom of the pyramid market.
This course teaches students, including those from non-profit organisations, social entrepreneurs, corporate entrepreneurs, and social change leaders, how to use financial modelling and creative approaches to market-based funding to scale the impact of their work. This course will be valuable for organisations of all shapes and sizes, and particularly useful for those in the early stages of development.
This course is accredited and, to be awarded credit, you must satisfactorily complete written components. Successful students will receive credit, awarded by the Board of Studies of London School of Social Enterprise and Sustainable Economics and International Affiliates. The award will be presented in the form of Advanced Certificate. Exceptional students will be recognised.
Please submit your application at least two weeks prior to the programme start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organisational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. LSSE expects the full commitment of the participant and their organisation because our programmes enhance the leadership capacity of the participant as well as their organisation. While participants are attending a programme, sponsoring organisations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.
Throughout this course, you will examine how to create, develop, and scale the impact of high-performing social enterprises, whether it’s for profit, nonprofit, or hybrid organisations. Unlike the business world where most stakeholders agree on the definition of success and are driven by market forces, managers of social enterprises must have the ability to navigate with multiple and often conflicting goals, fragmented capital markets etc.