The workshop at Alliance Forum Foundation
10 January 2012
Hirofumi Yokoi | Tokyo, Japan

The orientation and workshop session for the AFF-BRAC University Microfinance Professional Development Course, which Alliance Forum Foundation (AFF) organizes and operates, was held in Tokyo, Japan. About 20 people participated in the event. In the session, Stuart Rutherford, the author of The Poor and Their Money, and founder of SafeSave, a microfinance institution in Bangladesh, gave a lecture on microfinance and SafeSave’s money-management services for the poor. In what follows, I, on behalf of AFJ, sit together with Mr. Rutherford and shared with the audience my knowledge and experience in the microfinance industry across the MENA region, and worked with the participants as a facilitator towards leading them to a further understanding in the industry and its challenges underneath.