USD to Host 6th Annual San Diego Microfinance Summit

The 2014 San Diego Microfinance Summit at the University of San Diego on Tuesday, April 8 will bring together leaders, social entrepreneurs and students to show how lending small amounts of money can alleviate poverty and promote economic growth here in San Diego and around the world. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

Larry Reed, the Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, will be the keynote speaker. The event will also highlight speakers from innovative organizations such as Kiva, GiveDirectly, Edify and Puddle. Panels and presentations throughout the day will center on discussions about new ways to expand the reach and impact of microfinance by bringing vital financing to under-served markets. Paula Cordeiro, dean of USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, will moderate an afternoon panel on Education with Reed and Chris Crane, president of Edify, a humanitarian organization he founded to support schools in Africa and Latin America.

The Microfinance Summit is sponsored in part by the USD Center for Peace and Commerce and the Ahlers Center for International Business.

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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.