SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter, May 2011    “Helping Women in Developing Countries through Microfinance”

Presenter:  Ms. Marian Wang ( Kwansei Gakuin University)

Date:       Sunday May 29, 2011 (2:00pm-4:00pm)

Place:      Rokkomichi Kinro Shimin Center ( Main Rokkoy Building A,5F,

                   Room B) The South building of JR Rokkomichi Station,

8mins from Hankyu Rokko Station

            Tel:  (078)841-1711

Fee:        Members and students\500、 Non-members\1000

Language:  English


Description of presentation:

After natural or man-made disasters, money and material donations usually pour into the affected areas, and various aid agencies and other organizations are awarded grants to help rebuild devastated communities. What kind of programs are started and how are the most marginalized victims helped? This workshop will look at how assistance was provided to communities in Macedonia after the Kosovo crisis in the late 90s. The Kosovo crisis resulted in mass migration flows of people across the border into Macedonia and other neighboring countries. Eventually, aid was given to marginalized women through programs such as microfinance. This workshop will illustrate how microfinance empowers women in developing countries and will describe the positive and potential negative impacts of humanitarian assistance and development programs. The presenter hopes that through discussions, participants will become aware of the importance of supporting sustainable development programs for women in developing countries.


Profile of presenter:

Marian Wang has an MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Certificate in International Studies in Economics and Politics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked in Europe for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Prior to her current post as an Instructor of English as a Foreign Language (IEFL) at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, she worked as a stockbroker, project assistant for a microfinance program in Macedonia with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and an EFL instructor for graduate students in Taiwan at the International Trade Institute (ITI). When she is not teaching, she enjoys volunteering with Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) and has participated in their teacher training programs in Kyrgyzstan, Laos, and the Philippines.