Imagine a life without access to financial services: no deposit account, no pension, no debit card, no fire insurance, no college savings plan and no home mortgage. In the developed world, this is unimaginable. Yet the majority of the world’s poor do not have many options– they must rely on friends and family to help them in hard times, or turn to the proverbial mattress to save for a rainy day.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) – in partnership with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration and The MasterCard Foundation – is delighted to invite you to the next event in the AKFC Seminars on Innovative Financing for Development. This workshop will launch The New Microfinance Handbook, which addresses the need for increased financial inclusion by examining the financial market system and promoting a thorough understanding of client needs.

Speakers include: Bob Christen, President, Boulder Institute of Microfinance; Ann Miles, Director, Microfinance at The MasterCard Foundation; Steve Rasmussen, Manager, Technology and Business Model Innovation at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor; Joanna Ledgerwood, Director, Enterprise Development at Aga Khan Foundation and other key contributors to The New Microfinance Handbook.

We hope you will join us:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1K6

Please note that there is no parking at the Delegation. Street parking is available nearby, on Boteler Street, Dalhousie Street, Parent Avenue, and Bolton Street. Please take care to respect all posted parking regulations. The Delegation has visitor entrances on Sussex Drive and Boteler Street.

To attend this event in person or watch the live webcast, click here to register.

Other events planned for the Seminars on Innovative Financing for Development include:

Innovative Financing for Early Human Development
Thursday, May 16, 2013
5:00PM – 7:00PM

Learn more about these events at

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