All IE University students can begin to participate in IE Labs and the Start-Up Lab at the beginning of the academic year. Visiting and Exchange Students can join during the full-time period from April to June. A professor will lead each Lab to guide students through their work. Each Lab operates much like a small…Details
The 7th edition of the IE Social Responsibility Forum was held on November 23rd and 24th, and welcomed speakers from a number of companies including, Gabi Zedlmayer; Vice President of Global Social Innovation at HP, Maite Arago; VP and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Grupo Vips, Stephanie Schmidt; Director FEC Mexico at Ashoka, and…Details
Are you considering accelerating your career in capital markets or investment banking, or switching from other professional fields to finance? Do you see yourself as the future CFO – Chief Financial Officer – of a company? Are you interested in working as an entrepreneur with a firm supported by private equity, perhaps leveraging opportunities provided…Details
The Other Side | By Felix Validvieso, Director of Communication at IE Business School Some time ago, a friend of mine said to me “you know, Felix, what I want around me are not incredible people, colleagues, friends whom I can brag about… but just pleasant people. You know, people who make your life easy,…Details
Prof Marco Trombetta of IE Business School shares his recent executive development experience in Ghana. Cape Coast, November 2012. In a hot room where computers share the space with solar power charged lamps, Master in Finance students at IE Business School are asking questions to Veronica Kitti CEO of Alternative Sets of Assistance (ASA) Initiative,…Details
IE Focus | By Maria Luque, Professor at IE Business School
Microfinance has proved to be a prime tool in the fight against poverty, but it is not enough to eradicate it once and for all.
Microfinance, namely the provision of financial services for people on low incomes, has taken giant strides since the 1970s. It provided financial services for some 200 million people in 2011 according to the Microcredit Summit Campaign, and now impacts the lives of around 1 billion.
Microfinance institutions face big challenges. One such challenge is the impact of the world economic crisis which began to show in 2008, and which, according to Deutsche Bank Research, has caused a deceleration in the growth of assets, a drop in profitability, and a greater risk for portfolios. Another is the excessive focus on profit and the accelerated growth of some institutions, without the necessary institutional capacities or control. Even so, the microfinance industry continues to grow steadily and has demonstrated that in the right conditions it is a key tool in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Until recently we focused on talking about microfinance as a tool that could lift people out of extreme poverty, promote production, and empower women, all of which are development Millennium Development Goals and indispensable factors to strengthen economic and social growth in developing countries. But growth and investment in assets are not the only things that access to financial services brings.Details