Microfinance in Africa
Professor Galen Hull, Tennessee State University, will discuss microenterprise projects in Africa.
Dr. Hull was an early proponent of microenterprise development and has been actively involved in the design, management, and evaluation of microenterprise projects for over a decade. In 1987 he organized a conference on village banking which featured some of its prominent practitioners, including Dr. Mohammed Yunus of Bangladesh. Hull is fluent in French and his work has included the following:
- Guinea/Conakry. Served as a consultant to Peace Corps Africa Region to assist in designing one of its first micro-loans programs in 1987. Surveyed four potential pilot project sites and recommended steps to establishing revolving loan funds with Volunteer assistance.
- Peace Corps Office of Training/Africa Region. Evaluated The Africa Small-Business Assistance Program (ASAP) aimed at addressing the problems of income and employment generation, particularly among women and youth. The program objective was to assist NGOs in providing small business advisory services and to work directly with small scale entrepreneurs and groups. The evaluation took place in Ghana, Lesotho, Senegal, and Togo and involved interviewing Small Business Development Volunteers and recommending a plan of action to Africa Region.
- Haiti. Assisted CARE in redesigning a component of an existing project to promote microenterprise development in the Grande d’Anse region. Also assisted DAI’s Haiti PRET Project in designing an approach to promoting sub-contracting between small handcraft producers and exporters.
- Niger. Conducted evaluation of cooperative agreement implemented by World Council of Credit Unions with the Nigerien Ministry of Finance. The purpose of the project was to organize village groups into member-based credit unions.
- Malawi. Founded and served for ten years as president of Friends of Malawi, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote commercial and cultural relations between the U.S. and Malawi and contribute to Malawi’s economic development. Programs funded have included income generating activities.
Date: Monday, March 06, 2006
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
D307 Anderson School
Anderson School of Management Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free and open to the public
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Sponsor(s): The Anderson School of UCLA
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