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Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus in conversation with Munk School’s John Stackhouse on the challenges of microfinance

May 29, 2014

TORONTO, CANADA — On Friday, May 30th, Professor Muhammad Yunus will visit the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto to discuss the impact of the microcredit revolution.

Professor Muhammad Yunus, and Grameen Bank, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 in Oslo, Norway, for their pioneering work in fighting global poverty through loans and financial services for the poor. Professor Yunus started the microcredit revolution with a loan of $27 to 43 poor women in 1976. Since then, he and Grameen Bank have helped more than 8.3 million borrowers – 97 percent of whom are women.

Professor Yunus will speak at the Munk School about the role microfinance has had on social and political change throughout the developing world, as well as his insights on social finance in advanced economies. John Stackhouse, former editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail and now Senior Fellow at the Munk School, will lead the conversation.

Press passes are available for media interested in attending. Members of the public can tune in via webcast at and ask questions online.

WHAT:   Professor Muhammad Yunus in Conversation with John Stackhouse

WHO:       Speaker: Professor Muhammad Yunus

Moderator: John Stackhouse

Introductory Remarks: Professor Janice Stein

Closing Remarks: Ms. Judith Wolfson

WHERE:    Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 WHEN:       Friday, May 30, 2014 – Event starts at 4:00PM-5:00PM EDT
(Professor Yunus will be available for questions from the media shortly after the event.)


Media contact:

Sean Willett
Chief of Communications
Munk School of Global Affairs
Tel: 416-946-8904