Center for International Business to Host Director of Microcredit Summit Campaign

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rider University’s Center for International Business will host “Microloans to Thieves and Other Revolutionary Acts that Demand Championing,” featuring Sam Daley-Harris, director of Microcredit Summit Campaign, the largest global microfinance network. The event will be held on Monday, November 16, at 5 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Bart Luedeke Center on the Lawrenceville campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Road.

Microcredit consists of programs, which extend small loans and other financial services to very poor people for self-employment projects that generate income, allowing them to care for themselves and their families.

Last January, Daley-Harris, along with Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Ingrid Munro, founder of the Kenyan microfinance institution Jamii Bora, announced that the Microcredit Summit Campaign had surpassed its goal of reaching 100 million of the world’s poorest families in 2007. The Campaign, which launched the goal at its inaugural meeting in 1997, has now been extended to 2015.

On November 16, Daley-Harris will discuss the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s recent achievements, next steps, and commitment to accelerating awareness and adoption of the most cutting-edge innovations. Presentation highlights will include information on the creative practices of Jamii Bora – from successfully making loans to beggars, thieves, and prostitutes to building a new town that allows slum dwellers to move into new homes and a better life.

Daley-Harris is founder of two international nonprofits, RESULTS Educational Fund and RESULTS, dedicated to raise awareness and create solutions to end world hunger. In addition, he has received The Temple Award for Creative Altruism from the Institute of Noetic Sciences (1995), the Caring Award from the Caring Institute (1997), the Innovator Award from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (2003), the Elliott Black Award from the American Ethical Union (2003), and the Susan M. Davis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grameen Foundation (2007).

The event is free and open to the public with support from the U.S. Department of Education Business & International Education Grant program. For more information, please call Dr. Lauren Eder, director of the Center for International Business: 609-896-5000, ext: 5521 or e-mail eder@rider.edu.

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