Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
In this course, you will learn to study a sociotechnical controversy involving both political, social and scientiﬁc questions and for which no collective agreement has yet been found. This is a project/case-based course where you will work in a group of like-minded students willing to advance knowledge and invent a new hybrid form of scholarship straddling scientiﬁc social sciences and resolution of conﬂict. This is an exercise in a new diplomacy requiring both cultural sensitivity and new forms of scientiﬁc skills for you to analyze them objectively. You will work in a team of up to 15 students. Towards the end of the course, you will make a public presentation of the deliverables of the course during a public performance where journalists and concerned parties of your project will be invited. This course will develop a series of skills : It will teach you to search documents (at times very technical documents) on the web and to organize them in a systematic manner to study them ; Studying them will require a series of tools. Each controversy demands its own unique combination of tools. You will not become masters of each and every of these tools, but you will develop a familiarity and an understanding of the promises and difﬁculties of analyzing dozens or thousands of documents. The delivery of these exercises, involving close reading and data-mining, will force you to think deep and hard about modes of presentation. Required reading : You need to read a book to prepare for the course : Latour, Bruno. 1986. Science in Action. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press.
Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Groups of 3 to 4 students will be established (depending on the number of students). Each group will do one 15 min oral presentation (30%) ; Each group will do one case study on the institutional assessment of MFIs to be submitted to teachers on session 9 (30%) ; Individual exam of 45 min by the end of the course (30%) ; Participation (10%). Pedagogical method : The class starts with a one hour (1h20 max) lecture by the teacher, which is followed by 1 or 2 oral presentations by the students. A small question & answers session and comments from the teacher closes each course. Session 6 and 7 do not contain any oral presentation, they are theoretical lectures on microﬁnance institutions operational and ﬁnancial appraisal. The case study is the homework related to those two sessions. Course Description : Microﬁnance has raised high expectations about its capacity to reduce poverty. The Nobel Prize of Mohamed Yunus in 2005 disseminated the promises of microﬁnance throughout the world. This course will aim to provide the students with a global and critical view of this industry and help them build their own opinion about its actual performance and its shortcomings. To achieve this, we will explore the origins of microﬁnance, its evolution up to now, its stakeholders and market trends. An introduction into the evaluation of microﬁnance institutions will also be presented. Finally, the course will highlight important challenges faced by the industry, among which the need to streamline principles of responsible ﬁnance, the questions raised by recent impact studies and the need to develop other ﬁnancial services to meet its user's ﬁnancial needs. Objective of the course : Provide an overview of the state of the Microﬁnance industry today. Open reﬂection about expectations created by microﬁnance, its achievements, and about the new challenges faced by the industry. Practical case : ﬁnancial and operational evaluation of a microﬁnance institution.
MICROFINANCE : 40 YEARS LATER, WHERE DO WE STAND ?
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Pauline ANGOSO (Chargée d'affaires), Joséphine GONZALEZ (Analyste risque crédit), Emmanuelle JAVOY (Experte en microﬁnance). Prerequisite : Basic notions of accounting and ﬁnancial analysis are required. 1430