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Pfeiffer University to Host 2011 Colloquium on Microfinance

Proceedings from 2010 Microfinance Event Published and Available  

Pfeiffer University will host its third annual colloquium on Microfinance on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and will be available to participants in two formats: at Pfeiffer's Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Road, Charlotte, and online.

Registration for the event is free and will be accepted online until Sept. 30. However, those who intend to order lunch with the onsite option must register no later than Sept. 16. To register, visit:  

The colloquium, titled Banking on the Future: Exploring Microfinance as Service, is sponsored by Pfeiffer University's Francis Center for Servant Leadership and will bring together experts from academia, banking, microfinance institutions, and nongovernmental organizations to explore the ways microfinancing affects local and global economies.  

In addition, the G.A. Pfeiffer Library at Pfeiffer University announces publication of the proceedings from the 2010 microfinance colloquium. The book is available at no cost; to order a copy, email     

According to Dr. Rosemary Minyard, assistant professor of Economics and Finance at Pfeiffer, the presentations in this publication help readers appreciate the complexities of microfinance and understand how varying perspectives make us more informed and effective as servant leaders.   “An integrated view of microfinance across disciplines is central to appreciating its complexities,” said Minyard, a former Wall Street analyst. “It is imperative that we get a better understanding of a tool like microfinance, and Pfeiffer's colloquium series is designed to do just that.”  

Speakers and topics for the Sept. 30 colloquium include Muhammad Khaleequzzsaman, International Islamic University, Islamabad Pakistan, “Islamic Microfinance: An Inclusive Approach with Special Reference to Pakistan; “Hussan-Gano Burki, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Contractor, “Unraveling the Delinquency Problem (2008-2009) in Punjab, Pakistan;” Debadutta K. Panda, Xavier Institute of Social Service, India, “Microfinance Impacts in Rural India;”  Vida Vera, (keynote speaker), Opportunity International Latin America (OILA), Santa Marta, Colombia,  “I See Firsthand How Microfinance is Transforming;” Carter Garber, Institute for Development Evaluation Assistance and Solutions (IDEAS), “Microfinance Development Services of IDEAS;” and Dwight Haase, University of Toledo “Prospects for Microfinance in the West Bank.”  

To learn more about the colloquiums in microfinance at Pfeiffer University, visit: or email

Establishedin 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Pfeiffer is committed to providing educational excellence, scholarship, and service opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students across North Carolina on campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer, and Raleigh, and online. Visit Pfeiffer at or  

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