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

4th - 16th December 2017, APMAS Training Centre, Hyderabad.                        Application deadline: October 27, 2017

APMAS (India) in partnership with Coady International Institute (Canada) and Sadhikaratha Foundation (India)

This course is offered three times per year:
December 4 - 16, 2017 - Hyderabad, India
March 2018 - Addis, Ethiopia
May 28 - June 13, 2018 - Coady campus, Canada

Community-based microfinance approaches are critical for achieving sustainable development goals that promise inclusion of the poor and marginalised sections of the society. These approaches are not only providing access to financial services, but also provide local support services to community members to manage their livelihoods, social networks, and lives. This course focuses 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 with examples from across the world.

The course is designed to deepen understanding of concepts and practices of financial inclusion with focus on community-based microfinance approaches, offering a holistic perspective to participants about how these models can support women’s empowerment, agriculture, livelihoods, value-chain and enterprises in rural and urban areas, and how innovations such as linkage with banks and mobile payment system can reach millions that are outside formal banking system.


  • History and perspectives of community based microfinance approaches and cooperative principles
  • Program designing, products development especially savings, linkages with Banks and other formal financial institutions and use of technology for value-added services
  • When and how to facilitate federation structures
  • Building accountability and leadership in CBMF organisations
  • Accounting, management systems and tools for effective and transparent management, risk mitigation mechanisms, audits
  • Role of legislation and self-supervisory and regulatory structures for CBMF
  • Role of promoting and other organizations
  • Livelihood finance and the role of CBMF institutions
  • Impacts of CBMF on gender, poverty, governance, and other aspects


  • 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


  • 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


This program is intended for senior-level managers from Africa, Asia and other developing countries, 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 years work experience in microfinance is desirable.

We strongly recommend that applications be submitted 3 months prior to the start of the course. During higher volume times it can take up to one month 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 an Indian visa application


The course fee is US $2,000 (Including Service Tax) 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.


APMAS Training Centre, Hyderabad,Telangana,INDIA _______________________________________________________________________________________________

To apply online please click the link

Last date for receiving applications is October 27, 2017

For more information and online application

For more information, please contact our website at www.apmas.org, www.coady.stfx.ca, www.sadhikaratha.org

The last date for receiving application is 27th October 2017 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
Off: 08413-403118/120