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Colloquium focuses on microfinance, economic development and health

Friday, May 1, 2009, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 120 Lewis Library

The Princeton Microfinance Organization, a new student group, will present a colloquium titled "Microfinance, Economic Development and Global Health" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 1, in 120 Lewis Library.

The event will feature individual and panel presentations by leaders of various facets of the budding field of microfinance and global health to address innovative approaches in microfinance and economic development, with special emphasis on their effects on worldwide health.

The colloquium, which is free and open to the public, is intended to encourage the dissemination of valuable information related to microfinance and global health as well as to provide networking and recruiting opportunities for both students and leaders in the various sectors of microfinance.

Keynote speakers will be: Sam Daley-Harris, director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign; Susan Davis, president and CEO of BRAC USA; and Elissa McCarter, director of development finance at CHF International.

The Princeton Microfinance Organization was founded in January 2008 by a group of Princeton students interested in microfinance -- "helping those in the developing world help themselves." The goals of the group are to promote microfinance as a form of investment to advance economic development and to encourage Princeton students to enter this growing field.

The colloquium is sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board, the Bendheim Center for Finance, the Davis International Center and the Program in Global Health and Health Policy.

More information and registration is available online.

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