The course addresses the issues of strategic and operational planning that are vital to the successful development of microfinance institutions. The right to left planning approach will be used as the framework for the strategic planning process. The course offers various methods in conducting internal and external analysis that aids an MFI in positioning itself in the microfinance industry. The strategic planning course will aid MFIs in clarifying their niche and differentiation in the competitive industry they are in. The course aims to shed light on the institutional values, vision and mission of the organization as well as generate winning strategies, programs and activities. One of the highlights of the course is the financial modeling approach. Various forecasting techniques will be used to aid participants in their financial projections.