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The Ateneo Microfinance Capacity Building Program is the capacity building arm of the Ateneo de Manila University-Development Studies Program to microfinance stakeholders. SEDPI runs the microfinance program of the Ateneo de Manila University, based in the Philippines.

As a Jesuit university that “seeks to contribute to development through teaching, research, and community service”, the Ateneo de Manila University through the Microfinance Capacity Building Program extends training and management development services to microfinance stakeholders all over the world.

The successful run of the microfinance trainings of the Program and the demand from participants, the Program launched the Ateneo Diploma Course in Microfinance.

The Diploma Course in Microfinance equips microfinance stakeholders with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance the provision of microfinance services. The course covers a broad range of topics and recent trends in the microfinance industry both in the local and international scenes. It employs practical and readily applicable tools that lead to better institutional and operational policies of microfinance institutions.

Target Participants

The Ateneo Diploma Course in Microfinance is intended for middle and senior level management personnel of microfinance institutions, donor agencies, government agencies, and development-oriented business firms.

In order to be a candidate for the Diploma course, the participant should (a) have at least two years work experience in the microfinance industry; and, (b) have a Baccalaureate degree.

Course Requirements

Diploma course candidates admitted to the program is required to take thirteen (13) units of course work. The breakdown of the units are as follows:

(a) Attend training courses equivalent to nine (9) units; and,
(b) Research project equivalent to four (4) units.

Training courses, delivered on a classroom setting, will merit 1.33 units each. On the other hand, online courses merit 1 unit each.

Participants are required to complete these four (4) core courses, either online or in a classroom setting:
(1) Fundamentals and Methodologies of Microfinance;
(2) Market-Based Financial Product Design and Development;
(3) Delinquency Management; and
(4) Financial Analysis.

Participants are also allowed to choose the course electives from other course offerings that the Ateneo Microfinance Capacity Building Program delivers. These are:

(5) Financial Mainstreaming of Microinsurance and Savings;
(6) Risk Management, Internal Control and Audit;
(7) Strategic Planning for Microfinance;
(8) Managing Human Resource for Microfinance Institutions;
(9) Marketing Microfinance Products and Services;
(10) Financial Planning for Small and Medium Enterprises;
(11) Financial Literacy for Microenterprises;
(12) The New Frontier: Linking Microfinance and Remittances;
(13) Financial Management for Microfinance Institutions;
(14) Governance and Managing MFI Growth;
(15) Color-Coded Bookkeeping System;
(16) Social Entrepreneurship;
(17) Business Planning for Microenterprises;
(18) Character and Capacity-Based Lending;
(19) Information System for Microfinance;
(20) Making Markets Work for the Poor: Beyond Business Development Services;
(21) Financial Literacy for Remittance Receivers;
(22) Financial Literacy for Remittance Senders;
(23) Customer Care for Microfinance;
(24) Microinsurance Training for Microfinance Clients;
(25) Delinquency Management for Wholesalers;
(26) Entrepreneurship and Investment; and
(27) Branch Operations for Microfinance Institutions

Participants must pass a written exam after every course and they must successfully complete and document a project to be assigned by the trainers. The participants will be taking exams after every training event. A passing rate of 75% of the total score is required to be eligible for a diploma. The project in microfinance should be relevant to their area of work to make sure that results and outcomes are achieved and not that just the theories of microfinance.

These requirements are applicable from July 01, 2009 onwards. All the participants who started taking training courses after the aforementioned date will have to follow the said requirements. Those who started their diploma course prior to July 01, 2009 will follow the previous requirements of the Ateneo Diploma in Microfinance.

Course Completion

Participants may choose their own schedules to complete the training course units required. Customized training may also be credited for the diploma with the approval of the Ateneo Microfinance Capacity Building Program Manager.

Participants will be awarded a Diploma in Microfinance if they have successfully fulfilled all the requirements. The Diploma in Microfinance is signed by the Director of the Development Studies Program, the Dean of the School of Sciences and the Vice-President of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion after each course they successfully complete. On the other hand, participants who attend a course but do not pass the exam will be given a Certificate of Attendance.