From November 14-17, Dr. Rob Gailey, director of the Center for International Development and associate professor of business, and Rebecca Harver, a senior honors student and Spanish major, will be attending The Global Microcredit Summit held in Valladolid, Spain. At the summit, Gailey will present a paper he and Harver co-wrote entitled, “How Can Microfinance Contribute to Restoring Dignity and Transforming Lives in Urban Slums?”

The paper examines the possibilities that microfinance services have in bringing hope and dignity to people living in informal urban settings, or “slums,” around the world. It includes research on hopeful operations, challenges within the microfinance sector, and recommendations for change.

Around 2,000 people from more than 100 countries will participate in this event. Certain dignitaries will be attending as well, including the Queen of Spain, the former President of Mexico, and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus.

For more information on the summit, as well as Gailey and Harver’s work, please go to or read their paper here.

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