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discussion forum on microfinance
Dear CDB Friends,
Regarding the question on what are the existing lists about microfinance, I
like to mention Sharenet. Information about it is re-printed below. CDB
members who want specific discussions on microfinance are free to join
1. What is SHARENET?
SHARENET is a discussion forum to share information among all microfinance
professionals, practitioners, consultants and organizations. SHARENET is
an automated electronic mailing list about microfinance and poverty
2. What information can we discuss in Sharenet?
Information that are welcome in SHARENET includes: research papers,
discussion papers, reports, postings or issues regarding all aspects of
microfinance, microcredit, microenterprise development and poverty
alleviation. Comments and insights of microfinance practitioners are most
3. Why is SHARENET necessary?
We all need to be updated on what is happening out there. Microfinance is
a unique field because it is moving very fast. There are many things
happening in different parts of the world, and they are happening all at
the same time. While we know that there are lots of information and
materials out there, we seldom have the energy and time to search for them
because we are busy with our respective jobs and duties. Some of us also
are not aware where and how to search.
Then why not share what we have to others so we can get information that we
need. SHARENET will facilitate sharing of valuable information.
Let us say I got hold of a good paper on "Financial Sustainability of MFIs"
which I know will be useful to you and several other people involved in
microfinance. I can just send it to this mailing list - by attaching it as
a document to an email message - and it is automatically sent to you and to
others who need them. This is an efficient way to share information
around. Isn't it? Then if you have something there which maybe useful to
me, please share it with me and others - using SHARENET. You send it once
only. No hassle. No repetition.
It is a practical give and take process. The main guiding spirit and
principle of Sharenet is SHARING.
We encourage all Sharenet subscribers to share - their materials, i.e.
articles, papers, reports, technical documents and information that are
deemed useful to the whole group.
4. Who are the main or target subscribers of SHARENET?
SHARENET is meant for busy microfinance professionals, practitioners,
consultants, experts, managers and organizations. Like you and me. This
is not intended for students or learners.
You may invite your friends and colleagues (that are involved in
microfinance or poverty alleviation issues) to also subscribe to SHARENET.
5. Do I pay anything to join SHARENET? Who pays for its costs?
Absolutely nothing. As a member of SHARENET, you pay nothing. Instead
you receive many valuable things from members of the group.
There is no cost involved in running this (except time) because we use the
free facilities of egroups.com - one of the Internet companies that provide
free mailing list services.
6. Who can join SHARENET?
Anyone may join the SHARENET group. Any person who sends e-mail or uses the
Web may join SHARENET. There are no restrictions on subscriptions. Anyone
in the world interested in microfinance and microcredit may join SHARENET.
You may tell your colleagues involved in microfinance to join SHARENET.
Feel free to forward this message.
However, we want quality membership. As we do not want just anybody to
join (as there are many spammers and gate-crashers around), the Moderator
may take out or remove any subscriber who is inappropriate to this group.
This is policy to ensure that only those interested in microfinance are in
7. How can a person join SHARENET?
Just send a blank email message to email@example.com
The computer at egroups.com will process that subscription request and
include that person in SHARENET. It is easy and simple.
8. How can I unsubscribe from SHARENET?
To unsubscribe, send an empty e-mail to:
9. Can I send messages to the SHARENET group?
YES. Anytime, you may send messages, information and articles directly to
SHARENET. Just send your email message to:
The Moderator will review your message, and if it is fine, then it will be
posted in the discussion group. Sharenet is a moderated list [this is
necessary because there are many spammers around and we dont want to burden
subscribers with junk mail.]
10. How do I know the members of SHARENET?
SHARENET is in reality a network of people who share a common interest,
hence it is good to know who they are. Sharenet has its own website. You
may visit the website to see who the members of SHARENET are. The address is
There are now more than 150 members of Sharenet (as of June 1, 1999).
The website also contains an archive of all the messages that have been
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conditions, a desire which though generally calm and dispassionate,
comes with us from the womb, and never leaves us till we go to the
grave" - Adam Smith
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saint. When I ask why the poor have no
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