Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program

Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program

Founded in 1999 as the Microenterprise Development Institute, the Carsey School of Public Policy’s Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) will now be known as the Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program. We are updating our name to more accurately reflect the emphasis of the programs we offer including face-to-face, online, and other training and learning experiences in the microfinance and wider development field.    

More Than a Decade and a Half of High Quality Practitioner Training

For more than nineteen years we have been offering development finance practitioners training and networking opportunities in the fields of microfinance, enterprise development, social enterprise, and community-based and rural development. We have trained more than 2,000 practitioners from more than 100 countries around the globe through workshops in Tanzania, Ghana, Togo, South Africa, Rwands, Benin, Kenya, 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 of the development finance field. 

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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..."