Microfinance: A Critical Examination of Its Role in Development

Microfinance, the extension of financial services to the poor, has been widely hailed as the "movement that can put poverty in a museum." Critics, however, deride it as modern usury and argue that it is profiting off the backs of the destitute. The verdict is still out. Should credit be focused on women? Does the social pressure of lending tear communities apart? Is there any actual empirical benefit from microfinance? Pivoting off the words of 2010 Rice University commencement speaker and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, we invite you to join four distinguished panelists for dinner and a spirited discussion about an idea that could revolutionize the lives of more than two billion people.

Speaker Cristal Montañéz Baylor

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Thu, Sept. 16, 2010
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago