International Certificate Course on
Community-Based Micro Finance (CBMF) for Financial Inclusion

5th - 17th December 2016, APMAS Training Centre, Hyderabad.                        Application deadline: October 14, 2016

APMAS (India) in partnership with Coady International Institute (Canada) and Development Management Institute (India)

This course is offered three times per year:
March 21 - April 1, 2016 - Addis, Ethiopia
May 9 - 27, 2016 - Coady campus, Canada
December 5 - 17, 2016 - Hyderabad, India

Community-based approaches are critical for achieving sustainable development goals that promise inclusion of the poor and marginalized sections of the society. These approaches are not only providing access to financial services, but also provide local support services to manage their livelihoods and lives. This course will focus on savings-led and member-owned models, such as Savings Groups, Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), Self-Help Groups (SHGs) & their federations, Financial Cooperatives, Credit Unions, Livelihood (producer) Organizations and other community owned institutions from across the world. The course is designed on the premise of ensuring inclusive growth besides access to financial services for the economically poor & marginalized communities.

Personal benefits

  • Understand the role of financial services in inclusive economy and the role of community-based microfinance institutions in enhancing financial inclusion and linking those institutions with formal financial institutions

  • Understand the financial behaviour of low-income population groups to learn the principles of designing financial literacy components as well as design appropriate financial products such as savings, insurance, payment services, and value-chain finance.

  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of different community-based microfinance models such as village savings and loan associations (or savings groups), self-help groups, SACCOs, and credit unions to learn about the ways in which different member-owned institutions apply cooperative principles to ensure the delivery of appropriate financial products

  • Explore real-world examples of establishing multi-tier institutions and networks, building linkages with banks and other financial institutions, use of mobile banking, and opportunities and challenges of structuring value-chain oriented finance products in community based models, agriculture coops

  • Learn about national regulatory policies and supervision structures for community-based microfinance models, and the importance of self-regulation

  • Gain valuable hands-on knowledge through visits to successful community-based microfinance institutions, interaction with leading sector practitioners, and peer learning with fellow participants

Organizational benefits

  • Develop strategies for strengthening program design, management, and product design capacities in community-based microfinance programming, both in rural and underserved urban communities

  • Develop strategies for banks, formal microfinance institutions, and various value-chain actors to reach informal savings groups and cooperatives

  • Enhance capacity to analyze operative environments and adopt program designs that enable families in the informal sector to access appropriate financial services and participate more effectively in the local economy

  • Develop approaches to integrate community-based microfinance models into diverse programs with food security, sustainable livelihoods, women's empowerment, and other outcomes and goals

Who should apply?

This program is intended for senior-level managers from Africa and Asia, representing large scale Government programmes, NGOs, rural finance practitioners, MFIs and bankers, policy makers, regulators and government officials, trainers, and donors that link with CBMF organizations for financial inclusion. A participant with University degree and good working knowledge of English language and two year's work experience in microfinance is desirable.

We strongly recommend that applications be submitted 6 months prior to the start of the course. During higher volume times it can take up to two months from the time an application is submitted until a decision is made by the selection committee. It can also take up to 2 months to process a Indian visa application.

Course Fees

The course fee is US $ 2,000 for participants from all countries. The course fee would cover accommodation, food, local travel, field visits and course material. Candidates are fully responsible for covering the cost of their own travel. Limited scholarships are available for applicants from Africa and other developing countries, especially for women, depending upon the availability of funds.

Venue Details

APMAS Training Centre, Hyderabad,Telangana,INDIA

Where is the program offered?

The course is offered in Hyderabad city of Telangana state in India.


For more information and online application

For more information, please contact our website at www.apmas.org, www.coady.stfx.ca, www.sadhikaratha.org , to apply online please click the link

The last date for receiving application is 14th October 2016 If you have any questions / clarification about the course, or if you encounter any difficulties in applying online, please contact: apmascoadycourse@gmail.com


Course Coordinator

Sadhikaratha Foundation
Plot 11 & 12, HUDA Colony, Tanesha Nagar, near Dream Valley, Manikonda,
Ranga Reddy district, Hyderabad - 500089
Telangana State, India
Fax:08413-403117, Off: 08413-403118/119/120