How can microcredit be a tool for local development? How does it respond to the economic and social revitalization needs of certain territories?

On Monday 21 May in Forlì we will answer these questions, exploring the characteristics of microcredit and telling some Italian experiences, during the workshop “Microcredit: social finance for local development“.

The workshop, which will be held at the Teaching Hub of the Campus of Forlì of the University of Bologna from 09.00 to 13.30, aims to illustrate the multidimensional nature of microcredit through the evidence of those who contribute in various ways to the development and dissemination of this tool for the financial inclusion.


09.00 – 09.30 Registration of participants

Chair: Giuseppe Torluccio, Yunus Social Business Center, Fondazione Grameen Italia

09.30 – 10.00 Institutional greetings and opening of the workshop

Massimo Spisni, Department of Business Sciences, Campus of Forlì, University of Bologna

Federica Bandini, Master’s Degree in Management of Social Economy, University of Bologna

Luisa Brunori, Win Win Association

10.00 – 10.15 Micro-financial public policies

Giovanni Nicola Pes, National Entity for Microcredit

10.15 am – 11.30 am Microcredit: origins, development and future prospects

H.I. Latifee, Grameen Trust

Giorgia Bonaga, Fondazione Grameen Italia

Giulio Tagliavini, MEMI Project – University of Parma

11.30 – 13.00 Microcredit for local development

Emanuele Sentimenti, Bper Banca

Paul S.A. Crabtree, Social Impact Banking Project, UniCredit, Milan

Gian Paolo Commissari, Banca Etica

Francesca Francese, PerMicro Bologna

13.00 – 13.15 Closing of the works – Questions and answers.
Light lunch.

To participate in the event, we kindly invite you to register.

Register here

During the morning the MEMI Project – Measuring the Impact in Microfinance will be presented, which will also be examined in depth during a seminar dedicated to it that will take place on Wednesday 16 May at the Teaching Hub in Forlì. More information here.

The meeting on May 21 “Microcredit: social finance for local development” is part of the “Social Economy Workshops” organized by the Master’s Course in Management of Social Economy of the Department of Management at the University of Bologna, in collaboration with AICCON.

The workshop is promoted and organized by Fondazione Grameen Italia in collaboration with the Yunus Social Business Centre of the University of Bologna and the Master’s Course in Management of Social Economy of the Department of Management at the University of Bologna.

The Yunus Social Business Centre is the new departmental research center of the University of Bologna dedicated to the study and research on Social Business and on economic models capable of generating social benefit and shared value.

The Center was inaugurated on April 18 2018 in the prestigious presence of Prof. Muhammad Yunus, visiting Forlì and Bologna for the day dedicated to Social Business promoted by the Grameen Italy Foundation in collaboration with the University of Bologna and the Bologna Business School. To deepen the interventions of Prof. Yunus we have reported here the chronicle of the day. Instead, to find out what Social Business is and explore its origins, we recommend this brief reading.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 21st May!

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