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ADS710 - Microfinance for Poverty Reduction

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

Not offered 2016

Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:B Reid



For students who commenced prior to 2014: Nil

For students who commenced from 2014: ADS701 for students enrolled in courses A511, A611 or A727

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


Microfinance is one of the key areas of contemporary development in practice among very poor householders. The principles involved in microfinance include elements of principles of banking and finance, the economics of poverty and community development. This unit will use both literature reviews and case studies to examine these elements from a development in practice perspective.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

• What is microfinance?
• Who are the micro finance providers?
• Microfinance models; who are the clients of micro finance providers?
• The role of microfinance in poverty reduction; does microfinance help the poor?
• Does microfinance help the poorest?
• Gender and microfinance;


Two assignments totalling 5000 words:

Essay 60%,

Case study/essay 40%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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