Archive for April, 2009

[This applies to all out of town guests who will be driving to the Princeton Campus.]

Parking will be available for visitors, free of charge, in Princeton’s Lot 21. See the map: here.

As you can see in the map, northwest of Lot 21 is Princeton’s football stadium, northwest of the stadium, on the corner of Ivy Lane and Washington Road, is the Lewis Library–the location for the Colloquium.

The walk isn’t too bad, but there is a “TigerTransit” shuttle that serves the lot. The time table for Lot 21 is found here.

IF, for some reason there is no parking available, you will be able to find parking on the neighborhood streets off of Prospect Avenue, or up on Nassau Street. This parking is metered and not serviced by a shuttle–so bring some quarters (and an umbrella, it might be raining) just in case.

If you have any questions, e-mail horvath@princeton.edu.


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Register here for the 2009 Spring Colloquium!

Go to our Spring Colloquium page to find out more!


Princeton Microfinance Organization Presents:


Economic Development,

and Global Health Colloquium

May 1, 2009

Princeton University

Peter B. Lewis Library, Bowl 120

Spring Colloquium Poster

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Check out the forum here!

GreenMicrofinance Celebrates EARTH DAY 2009 – Launches Online University Forum

PHOENIXVILLE, PA – April 22, 2009 – GreenMicrofinance™, a cutting-edge
Pennsylvania-based triple bottom line company, has set Earth Day,
April 22, 2009, at 5:00 PM EDT, for the launch of its online climate
change and microfinance university network, the GMf University Forum™.

The GMf University Forum, its own social network with a structure
similar to Facebook, provides extensive opportunities to maximize the
flow of ideas. Members will be able to post and partake in discussion
topics; create connections from all participating universities such as
Princeton, Lehigh, the University of Pennsylvania, Kathmandu
University, Nepal, and TISS, Mumbai, India; stay abreast of upcoming
events, including conferences, seminars and talks featuring GMf
leaders; upload their own documents and links to share; and post blog
entries. These tools will support the development of an online
community of like-minded individuals creating momentum to achieve
GMf’s overall mission of knowledge building and creating sustainable
solutions in the field of microfinance through social and academic

The Forum aims to attract university students engaged in many
disciplines which intersect microfinance and environmental
sustainability, including Environmental Studies, International
Finance, Area Studies, Public Health, Engineering and Technology,
Climate Change Policy Studies, Biology and more. To participate,
students can simply register through an existing university
association link or through a specific discussion of interest.

The University Forum will work closely with the online open-source GMf
Document Library™ and will offer an opportunity for peer
collaboration. GMf gathers and annotates fully downloadable papers on
scores of relevant clean energy and environmental topics available to
anyone in the world. From working plans for bio-digesters to UN policy
papers, the vetted materials have been downloaded by thousands of
visitors. Added professional time will allow for a great expansion of
GMf’s offerings and inclusion of more languages. GMf also maintains
extensive links for assisting people in their research. This
e-Library is used by professional practitioners in finance,
engineering, environmental science, education, as well as by
activists, students, journalists and researchers. There have been
approximately 10,000 visitors interacting on the site.

In addition to the basic features of the GMf Forum, there are others
in the works to enhance its function as a networking tool, such as an
electronic bulletin board for job and volunteer project recruiting.
The GMf Green Energy Tech Wiki is being developed by the Princeton
Microfinance Organization and will allow end users to evaluate all
models and types of clean energy technology, an invaluable resource to
clean energy promoters and consumers the world over. As well, GMfC
plans on launching ‘videos from the field’ to highlight clean energy
initiatives supported through microfinance institutions.

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PMO at the Penn ConferenceThanks to the Microfinance Club at the University of Pennsylvania for holding a great conference.

We had a great time!

The conference, entitled “Microfinance on the Move: The Road Ahead,” was held on April 3, 2009 and offered numerous keynote speakers and panel discussions that PMO heading to Penn MFCinvolved some of the leading microfinance experts from various areas of the field.

To learn more about the Penn Microfinance Club or their annual conference, please visit the Penn MFC website.

PMO looks forward to attending again next year!

Here’s a writeup on the conference from one of our members:

One issue on the tip of many people’s tongues was how the current credit crisis has affected microfinance institutions.  It was conceded that some funding from financial investors had dried up.  However, that many who invest in microfinance are interested in more than returns was cited as a factor working in the favor of microfinance institutions in this poor economic climate.  In other words, people’s consciences apparently prevailed over their pocketbooks during these trying times in the often-made decision to keep the microfinance portion of their portfolio.  It is also important to note, though, that microfinance’s returns have held up well, possibly due to the industry’s relative detachment from finance at large.  Regardless of the motivation behind the continued investment in microfinance, the industry has demonstrated resilience in the face of a credit-crunch.  An unanswered question that remains, though, is whether investment would continue if the returns of microfinance were to flag.

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Some photos from “The Green Ladder Out of Poverty,” a highly informative lecture delivered today by Betsy Teutsch of GreenMicrofinance, LLC.

For more information on this or any other PMO lecture, visit our events page!

See you at Penn tomorrow!
Also, look forward to a report from the Penn Microfinance Conference.



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April 2, 2009

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Robertson Bowl 002

The Green Ladder Out of PovertyBetsy Teutsch - Poster
Betsy Teutsch

Speaker Profile…

Betsy Teutsch is the Communications Director of Green Microfinance, a non-profit organization that works to address climate change and environmental justice by providing education and sharing knowledge on ‘microfinance and climate change’ and ‘clean energy for the poor’.

Find out how…

Microfinance can be used to empower the poor, enabling leadership at a grassroots level, and bringing about socioeconomic benefits, while addressing climate change and promoting environmental justice.

For more information, please visit GreenMicrofinance.org

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Check out our new internships section to see information about internship opportunities in microfinance and other forms of social entrepreneurship!

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