Who is involved?
The 2005 GMA Programme is being spearheaded by
a Steering Committee comprised of the United
Nations Capital Development Fund, the Citigroup
Foundation, and students from universities
worldwide that comprise the Microentrepreneurship
The United Nations Capital Development
A multilateral organization managed by the United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that supports
the achievement of the Millennium Development
Goals. The specific task of the UNCDF is to mobilize
the UN's human, financial, and intellectual capital
to advance the microfinance industry and to reach
out to UN country offices to secure local staff
buy-in and support. The UNCDF also hosts the
Secretariat for the GMA, which is located in
New York City. The role of the Secretariat is
to coordinate the project with the Microentrepreneurship
Student Alliance, the Citigroup Foundation, the
UNDP local offices, and other partners.
To learn more about the UNCDF and its activities click
Citigroup Foundation and Citigroup Inc.
In coordination with the Citigroup Foundation's
financial support of the GMA, Citigroup Inc.,
a world leader in financial products and
services, is leveraging its human and intellectual
capital on a volunteer basis to support microfinance
through the GMA Programme. The Citigroup
Foundation has also committed to assisting
in the development of an international network
of financial services professionals and leaders
who are dedicated to the growth of microfinance.
Citigroup Inc. employees in 25 countries
have agreed to volunteer their time to this
important initiative and will leverage their
expertise to build public and media awareness
of the GMA Programme.
The Microentrepreneurship Student Alliance
Led jointly by a team of U.S.-based student volunteers
and an international network of in-country
student volunteers, the Microentrepreneurship
Student Alliance brings enormous intellectual
capital and outreach skills to the GMA Programme.
These students are committed to developing
a global network to support the field of
microfinance; the GMA Programme provides
a rallying point for their engagement in
this effort worldwide.
Partners in the implementation of the
Global Microentrepreneurship Awards Programme
The success of the 2005 Global Microentrepreneurship
Awards Programme also depends on leadership support
from local organizations that are lending their
expertise to the implementation of the GMA in
their countries. Our supporters include microfinance
networks, local microfinance and academic institutions,
NGOs, media outlets, and local governing bodies.
We are pleased to acknowledge these outstanding
organizations and thank them for their commitment
to microentrepreneurs around the world.
International Center for Economic and Technical
Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Social
Partners in Change
Council of the Philippines, INC (MCPI)
Sanabel — Microfinance
Network of the Arab Countries
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