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  Residential Commuter

One Week Enrollment
March 27 – 31  or  April 1- 7       



Two Weeks Enrollment
March 27 – April 7  

$4,000 $2,400


Tuition includes all reading materials, a USB, and field trips. Room and board accommodations at the Imperial Hotel are single occupancy in private rooms with a private bathroom. Room and board includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and twice-daily coffee/tea breaks during class sessions. Internet access through wireless in common areas is available. Accommodation and meals are covered from Sunday night arrival until Saturday morning departure. If you enroll for two weeks, Saturday night, April 1, will also be included (room, dinner, and breakfast).

Please note: If you require extra nights before or after the accommodation included, then please email reservations@imperialhotel.co.za  soon to make an inquiry for the required nights. You must make an inquiry if you require extra nights. If you do not make an inquiry, you may have to book another hotel at a higher rate for the extra nights. You will need to pay for those extra nights when checking in at the hotel in U.S. dollars cash or by credit card.

If you are commuting each day, you must pay a weekly commuter fee, which includes only lunch, Monday through Friday, coffee/tea breaks during class sessions, books, reading materials, USB, and field trips.

Transportation to the hotel from the airport in Pietermartizburg is not included in the registration fee. We will provide options for transport once your registration is complete.

Payment Information

A deposit of $500.00 is due within 10 days of registration. The balance of workshop fees are due before your arrival in Pietermaritzburg. Payments may be made by credit card or wire transfer. Wire transfer is preferred.

The following is our reimbursement policy in the event of cancellation:

Two weeks or more prior to the workshop:      Full reimbursement, less transfer fees
One week to two weeks prior to the workshop:     50% reimbursement, less transfer fees
Less than one week from the workshop:      No reimbursement


Wire Transfer

Please contact VSL Associates at SMDPSA2017@outlook.com or telephone +49 176 72483304 or +49 212 818305 for Wire Transfer Instructions Transaction must be completed in U.S. Dollars.

Be sure to include your name on the draft and send us an email letting us know that it has been processed. Please add a $35 fee to cover the cost of the transfer and other bank charges. Note, there is no standard rate for such costs and therefore it may vary from the recommended $35. In such a case, if your payments are either short or greater than the amount you owe, we will settle it while you are at the SMDP. The payment amount will be based on the notification we receive from our bank as to what the actual deposit is, so be sure you correspond with us at SMDPSA2017@outlook.com regarding this.

Credit Card

If you wish to pay by credit card please, contact the SMDP office at sanjeev.sharma@unh.edu or call +1 603-862-1871 and we can take your card information over the phone. 

Once your deposit or full payment has been received we will send you an email confirmation and will email you a Letter of Acceptance, which you may need when applying for a South African visa.

Note: No cash payments for tuition and housing costs will be accepted at the program.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarships

Application deadline: February 17, 2017

You may apply for a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship, which is available for each week of the course, but only if you meet the following Selection Preferences. Please note, scholarships will be awarded through a competitive application process. We will award at least twelve full or partial scholarships. If you have been awarded a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship in the past you are NOT eligible to reapply.

Selection Preferences:

  • Women practitioners only. If you are not a woman, please don’t apply.
  • Practitioners who have at least two years of experience in the microenterprise development field
  • Practitioners who work in Africa
  • Practitioners currently involved in or planning to begin Savings Groups programs
  • Practitioners who work for NGO or Development Finance Institutions and policy development organizations
  • Candidates coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, preferably from rural and resource-poor areas
  • Applicants who make some level of financial contribution to tuition, room/board, and/or travel costs

Recommendation Criteria:

Scholarship recommendations will be determined by the following criteria:

  • How well does the applicant meet the selection preferences listed above?
  • What is the stated financial need of and actual support committed from each candidate?
  • Based on the candidate’s stated background profile, how will the scholarship make an impact on their professional development and to their organization?


Hugh Allen