Program boost

May 2, 2016

THE Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has set up a scholarship in honour of its former program manager, Reuben Summerlin, who passed away last year after a tragic bike accident in Fiji.

Mr Summerlin joined the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in 2012 to manage PFIP.

He was credited for expanding PFIP’s activities in financial services around region.

According to a statement from PFIP, three Pacific women became the first beneficiaries of the scholarship. The awardees were Arishma Prasad, HFC Bank — Fiji, Joyce Nukumunam of the Bank of South Pacific in the Solomon Islands, and Zenash Fox Galmai (mobile micro-insurance) of Papua New Guinea.

The women will attend a three-week course at the Boulder Institute of Microfinance Training Program from July 18 to August 5 this year in Turin, Italy.

“The intensive program brings together world renowned experts in microfinance and financial inclusion, with the objective of equipping professionals with practical tools for innovative financial inclusion from across the globe,” said PFIP.

Upon completion of their training, recipients will be expected to organise and lead a knowledge-sharing event, within their own institution and present a brief policy memo for their institution within 30 days, outlining best practices and include specific recommendations for their institution.

According to PFIP, Mr Summerlin had expanded PFIP’s activities in both scale and scope during his time with the organisation.

Source: Fiji Times