Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program

Celebrating our twentieth year of high quality practitioner Training

Founded in 1999 as the Microenterprise Development Institute, the Carsey School of Public Policy’s Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) delivers high quality training through face-to-face, online, and other training and learning experiences for microfinance, enterprise development, and savings groups practitioners. We have trained over 2,300 practitioners from more than 100 countries around the globe through workshops in Tanzania, Ghana, Togo, South Africa, Rwanda, Benin, Kenya, Zambia, and New Hampshire.

The SMDP offers an intensive professional training experience with a concentration on program planning and implementation of client and community inclusive economic development strategies.

Consistently, the 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 in the development finance field.

Over a period of five years, SMDP webinars brought together expert practitioners from all over the globe for an hour of learning, discussion, and solid ideas for building strong microfinance, Savings Groups, and social enterprise programs. Our archive contains recordings and supporting documents for thirty-seven of these webinars which are free and available for your use as training tools, to refresh your own skills, or to share with others.  Watch our webinars here.


Current Courses

SAVIX Savings Group Management Information Systems (MIS) Design and Management.


Our Final Workshop!
The course will provide participants with the latest tools necessary to design, implement, track and supervise the extent and quality of outreach.

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