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Ethics Luncheon to Address Microfinance in a Shrinking World

Microfinance has evolved into a broad interdisciplinary initiative that facilitates access to capital for the underprivileged worldwide. Through microfinance, entrepreneurs have access to funds that help start businesses and create financial independence. Consumers, as well, are able to borrow to purchase items that would be otherwise unattainable.

This topic will be the focus of Microfinance in a Shrinking World: Advancing Entrepreneurship and Addressing Poverty, a special luncheon event hosted by the Beard Center for Leadership in Ethics at Duquesne University.

Deborah Drake, program manager of investing in inclusive finance in the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International, will deliver the keynote address at the event and will present an overview of microfinance and address the successes and challenges facing this growing global initiative

Drake’s expertise includes studying the commercial framework for microfinance, which strongly suggests that a for-profit model can be a successful model. She will describe the evolution of microfinance from non-governmental organizations to commercial enterprise and from small investor funded to institutional investor funded.

Cost is $90 per person or $700 per table of eight. The academic rate is $60 per person or $450 per table of eight. Registration is due by Tuesday, Jan. 20. For more information, call 412.396.4005 or e-mail beardcenter@duq.edu.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh

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