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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Microfinancing Health Initiatives for Economic Development: A Comparative Study of Strategies

Microfinance is a tool of economic development to provide loans to entrepreneurs, thus impacting their livelihoods and contributions to society. Microinsurance is a growing trend where participants in a microfinance agreement pay a small amount for health insurance coverage in the event of injury or illness. However, is there a way to encourage economic development while simultaneously advancing the health of society? This presentation explores the combination of public health interventions with economic development initiatives. By providing loans to entrepreneurs who design and implement community-health programs, microfinance generates a new level of economic and social development by promoting access to health knowledge and services. Based on the World Health Organization and World Development Bank data, this investigation will use descriptive and analytic approaches to make recommendations for improving microfinance while encouraging health education to expand service industry jobs in developing countries.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Ashley Greenman (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Economics
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 11 am Session II