Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program

Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program

Founded in 1999 as the Microenterprise Development Institute, the Carsey School of Public Policy’s Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) provides training and networking opportunities for practitioners in the fields of microfinance, enterprise development, social enterprise, and community-based and rural development. Over the past 14 years, we have trained more than 1,800 practitioners from more than 100 countries around the globe. SMDP offers an intensive professional training experience with a concentration on program planning and implementation of client and community inclusive economic development strategies.

Consistently, SMDP training workshops have been rated as “very good” to “excellent” by 98 percent of program participants. Since its inception, the program has provided an affordable, high quality, and accessible professional development opportunity which counts among its alumni many of today’s leaders of the development finance field. Learn more...


Sanjeev Sharma


“This program provides a wide range of intellectual diversity represented by instructors from many different fields and participants from all over the world..."

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