- 1.CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY Any use of this material without specific permission of PlaNet Finance is strictly prohibited 27/03/2014 University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Speakers Corner European Microfinance Week 2013 [Name, Surname] Project Coordinator / Project Scientific Coordinator] [PlaNet Finance / Freie Universitt Berlin] Fostering the cooperation between universities, students in Europe and microfinance practitioners to contribute to microfinance innovation and education for development.
2. UMM, fostering the cooperation between universities, students in Europe and microfinance practitioners since 2009 2 University Meets Microfinance (UMM) is an European initiative which fosters the cooperation between universities, students in Europe and microfinance practitioners to contribute to microfinance innovation and education for development. UMM has been initiated in 2009 by PlaNet Finance and the Freie Universitt Berlin with the main financial support of the European Union. Increase knowledge and competencies on microfinance among students, universities and interested stakeholders Foster field experience of students from European universities in developing countries Contribute solving the difficulties poor people face when accessing the financial services they need Make developing countries benefit from enhanced cooperation between practitioners and universities 3. Long term committed financial and institutional partners 3 All the UMM activities are carried out under the umbrella of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) in the frame of the e-MFP Action Group UMM. 4. 5 domains of activities leading to microfinance knowledge creation, documentation and dissemination. 4 The main activities of UMM are: 2. Microfinance Research 3. Documentation of Information 4. Professional Exchange 5. Dissemination of information FromKnowledgeCreationtoDiffusion 1. Microfinance Education Microfinance seminars, lectures, summer school and training of trainers List of Research topics proposed by practitioners, students awards, scholarships for field research and internship Workshops on relevant microfinance topics Organization of awareness events on relevant microfinance topics Dissemination of information trough internet Case studies on microfinance innovative projects Thematic series papers, PhD articles, masters theses 5. UMM consolidated figures (2009 - July 2013) 5 Seminars: 1154 students attended 42 seminars in Germany, France, Italy and Portugal Scholarships & Mentorships: 48 scholarships awarded 68 students mentored UMM Awards: 10 Master theses awarded and published with the academic publisher Ibidem Workshops: 690 participants at 10 UMM workshops in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands Public Events: 1747 participants at 67 awareness events in Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal 1280 students benefited directly from UMM. UMM events gathered 2437 students, academics and practitioners. 6. Join UMM 6 Students Universities Practitioners Develop a profound theoretical understanding of microfinance and gain valuable practical insights by participating at our UMM seminars Diversify your teaching curriculum by co-hosting one of our UMM seminars Gain valuable insights from jointly conducted case studies with high-profile universities Finance your internship or field research on a microfinance related topic in a developing country by applying for a UMM scholarship Add to the reputational build-up of your university by jointly conducting microfinance case studies with practitioners organizations Benefit from the results of students research on priority topics for your organization Carry out research on topics that have been developed with practitioners institutions and receive their basic support throughout the research process thanks to the UMM field research & field exposure program Expand your network with other European universities and microfinance practitioners organizations by joining the e-MFP Action Group UMM Share lessons learned from your projects by presenting them at our UMM workshops or public events Get basic mentorship from microfinance practitioners through our UMM network Enhance the visibility of your university by hosting UMM workshops for students, academics and practitioners Network with other European universities, with microfinance and development practitioners organizations by joining the e-MFP Action Group UMM Present your research and receive valuable input from academics and practitioners at our UMM worskhops or pubic events Keep yourself updated on current microfinance research trends among European Bachelor, Master and PhD students by joining the UMM Selection Committee* Keep yourself updated on current microfinance research trends among European Bachelor, Master and PhD students by joining the UMM Selection Committee* 7. UMM Germany PlaNet Finance Deutschland e.V Sven Volland Ahlbecker StraBe 18 D - 10437 Berlin Tel: +49 30 47 98 98 18 UMM France PlaNet Finance Vanessa Quintero 44 rue de prony 75017 Paris Tel: +33 1 49 21 26 26 Contact and follow UMM 7 UMM Italy PlaNet Finance Italia Onlus Faiza Errais Borges Corso Sempione 32/b I-20154 Milano Tel: +39 02 89 28 00 34 www.universitymeetsmicrofinance.eu firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/universitymeetsmicrofinance 8. Thank you for your attention! 8