Category: Events

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Winter Meeting; February 10, 2015; New York City, USA

Event Name: Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Winter Meeting

Event Date: February 10, 2015

Event Location: Grand Hyatt New York at Grand Central Terminal, New York, New York, USA

Cost: There is no fee to attend the event, although participants may attend by invitation only.

Summary of Event: The attendees will discuss current world development challenges, such as how to sustainably connect small-farmers with markets, the implementation of long-term investment strategies to build resilient health services, how to decrease skills gaps in the marketplace and methods for protecting and managing water resources. Members will be encouraged to create collective action plans around specific development challenges.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Financial Services for the Poor: Lessons and Implications of the Latest Research on Credit; February 27, 2015; Washington DC, USA

Event Name: Services for the Poor: Lessons and Implications of the Latest Research on Credit

Event Date: February 27, 2015

Event Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

Cost: The event is free of charge, however advance registration is necessary.

Summary of Event: This conference will present the findings from randomized evaluations that evaluate the impacts of microfinance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Mongolia and Morocco. Attendees also will explore tools intended to increase the outreach and impact of financial services for low-income people.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Social Performance Task Force Social Investor Working Group Meeting; March 11-12, 2015; Luxembourg

Event Name: Social Investor Working Group Meeting

Event Date: March 11 – March 12, 2015

Event Location: European Investment Bank (EIB) Headquarters, Luxembourg.

Cost: The event is free of charge, however the proceedings on March 11 are only open to task force members. The sessions on March 12 are open to all investors.

Summary of Event: Conference attendees will discuss topics such as managing social risks; the “Universal Standards for Social Performance Management”; and the fourth iteration of the social performance indicators (SPI4), which have been developed by France-based network Cerise (Comité d’Echanges de Réflexion et d’Information sur les Systèmes d’Epargne-crédit). Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Global Sustainable Finance Conference; June 11-12, 2015; Karlsruhe, Germany 

Event Name: Global Sustainable Finance Conference

Event Date: January 11 – January 12, 2015

Event Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

Cost: The cost to attend is EUR 890 (USD 1,051) for representatives of nonprofit, government and educational institutions. For all others, the cost is EUR 1,160 (USD 1,370).

Summary of Event: Conference attendees will discuss banking and finance including recent innovations in social, environmental and development finance. In addition, the 2015 Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards will be presented. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Nigerian Bancassurance Forum 2015; January 8-9, 2015; Lagos, Nigeria

Event Name: Nigerian Bancassurance Forum 2015

Event Date: January 8 – January 9, 2015

Event Location: Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria

Cost: The cost to attend is NGN 100,000 (USD 553).

Summary of Event: Themed “The CBN Policy on Bancassurance in Nigeria,” this conference offers panel discussions and presentations on various topics related to the bank insurance model (also known as bancassurance), including as it is impacted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Continue reading

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IMPACT INVESTING EVENT: Triple Bottom Line Investing Presents “TBLI Conference @Booth/Kellogg;” January 23, 2015; Chicago, Illinois

Event Name: TBLI Conference @Booth/Kellogg

Event Date: January 23, 2015

Event Location: Gleacher Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Cost: The cost to attend is USD 700, with discounts offered to investors, NGO representatives and students.

Summary of Event: This conference will include panels on green technology, structuring deals, impact measurement and challenges specific to working in emerging markets. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Mobile Money and Digital Payments Asia, January 20-22, 2015; Jakarta, Indonesia

Event Name: Mobile Money and Digital Payments Asia

Event Date: January 20 – January 22, 2015

Event Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta, Indonesia

Cost: The cost to attend is USD 2,399 with various discounts available, including a reduction of 20 percent for readers of MicroCapital available via the code ASIA15MIC. There is no fee for retail operators to attend.

Summary of Event: This conference will bring together payments professionals address interoperability, customer retention, regulatory issues and other topics related to Asia’s digital payments ecosystem. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: 5th Annual Africa Banking & Finance Conference, May 19 – 20, 2015; Nairobi, Kenya

Event Name: 5th Annual Africa Banking & Finance Conference

NEW DATES: May 19 – May 20, 2015

Event Location: Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Cost: The cost to register is USD 1200.

Summary of Event: Themed “Banking of the Future,” this conference offers presentations, panel discussions and business-to-business meetings on various topics relating to the African economic landscape, such as corporate trade finance, the emerging mortgage market, investment banking, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and different emerging issues in the region. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: GSMA Mobile World Congress, March 2-5, 2015; Barcelona, Spain

Event Name: 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress

Event Date: March 2 – March 5, 2015

Event Location: Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

Cost: Prices range from EUR 740 (USD 901) to EUR 4,999 (USD 6,090) depending on the type of pass purchased. Discounts are available for members of the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association. Additional information related to costs and fees may be found at: http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/attend/register/passes-prices/.

Summary of Event: This conference features keynote speakers representing various mobile operators, device manufacturers and vendors from around the world. Depending on the type of pass selected, attendees can partake in different panel discussions and exhibitions to discuss and explore trends in mobile technology. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: African Conference on Remittances and Postal Networks; March 4-5, 2015; Cape Town, South Africa

Event Name: African Conference on Remittances and Postal Networks

Event Date: March 4 – March 5, 2015

Event Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Cost: The conference is free to all participants.

Summary of Event: This conference will involve African postal operators and key players involved in the remittance market, with the purpose of sharing knowledge and addressing challenges in the provision of remittances and other financial services through postal networks, as well as fostering dialogue between stakeholders and policy makers. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Sankalp Africa Summit 2015: Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Towards an Inclusive Africa; February 5 – February 6, 2015; Nairobi, Kenya

Event Name: Sankalp Africa Summit 2015

Event Date: February 5 – February 6, 2015

Event Location: Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya

Cost: The cost to register is USD 500 with a rate of USD 250 available for entrepreneurs. Additional information regarding costs and fees may be found at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sankalp-africa-summit-2015-nairobi-kenya-tickets-13381531521?aff=SFWeb

Summary of Event: This conference is the second edition of Sankalp Africa Summit. This year, the theme is “Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Towards an Inclusive Africa”. It will include dialog among African entrepreneurs, investors and corporate and government representatives. Ten African social businesses will win Sankalp Africa Awards. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Microfinance and Microentrepreneurship: A Paradigm Shift for Skill Development; February 27-28, 2015; New Delhi, India

Event Name: Microfinance and Microentrepreneurship: A Paradigm Shift for Skill Development

Event Date: February 27-28, 2015

Event Location: Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Kanpur Kalan, Sonepat, India

Cost: The cost to register is INR 5,000 for Indians and USD 250 for those from other countries. Discounts are available for academics and all who register by December 31. Registration closes January 31.

Summary of Event: The hosts of this conference invite academicians, policy makers and representatives of NGOs to work together to promote the adoption of policies for creating economically and financially enabling environments in developing countries. It is also meant to serve as a platform for economists, administrators and practitioners to address issues relating to entrepreneurial microfinance and financial inclusion. Participants will discuss strategies for eradicating poverty and strengthening growth through microentrepreneurship. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Financial Inclusion: The Next Move Forward; January 19, 2015; London, UK

Event Name: Financial Inclusion: The Next Move Forward

Event Date: Monday, January 19, 2015

Event Location: America Square Conference Centre, London, UK

Cost: The cost is GBP 595 (USD 963) for representatives of the private sector and GBP 295 (USD 477) for those from the public sector.

Summary of Event: Conference participants will have the opportunity to observe and analyze the progress that has been made, and examine future moves, in promoting financial inclusion throughout the United Kingdom, as well as internationally. There will also be coverage of digital and mobile technologies and trade finance as well as funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Continue reading

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