Category: Events

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United Nations Announces Goals of “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

The United Nations recently released the final version of, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” highlighting 17 sustainable development goals with 169 associated targets intended to eradicate poverty by the year 2030. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Triple Bottom Line Investing Presents ‘TBLI Conference Europe 2015’, November 19-20, Zurich, Switzerland

Event Name: TBLI Conference Europe 2015

Event Date: November 19-20, 2015

Event Location: GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, Langhaldenstrasse 21, 8803 Rüschlikon, Zürich, Switzerland

Cost: The cost of the event is CHF 625 (USD 639). A set of three private meetings with potential investors and business partners is available for an additional fee of CHF 500 (USD 511). Additional meetings can be booked at CHF 150 (USD 154) each. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Sanabel 2015 Conference: “Progress towards Financial Inclusion; Global Trends and Regional Initiatives”, October 20-21, 2015, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Event Name: Sanabel 2015 Conference: Progress towards Financial Inclusion; Global Trends and Regional Initiatives

Event Date: October 20-21, 2015

Event Location: Savoy Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Participation: This event is open only to Sanabel members and scholarship recipients.

Summary of the event: Conference sessions will address regional trends, opportunities and alternative approaches to microfinance in Arab countries. Topics to be covered include (1) innovation and diversification of financial services; (2) how to enhance market penetration; (3) best practices for partnerships between the private and public sectors; and (4) increasing awareness of client protection while working towards financial inclusion [1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: 2015 Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network Annual Conference, September 28 – October 1, 2015, Arlington, Virginia, USA

Event Name: 30th Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network Annual Conference: Inclusion and Resilience: The Next Challenge

Event Date: September 28 – October 1, 2015

Event Location: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, Virginia, USA Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Munich Re Foundation, FMSAR, Microinsurance Network to Host 11th International Microinsurance Conference, November 3-5, 2015, Casablanca, Morocco

Event Name: 11th International Microinsurance Conference 2015: Driving Growth and Sustainability – A Business Case for Microinsurance

Event Date: November 3-5, 2015

Event Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Casablanca, Morocco Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore to Host Conference, “Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers”, Milan, Italy, October 15-16, 2015; Results of $54k Microfinance Best Practices International Award to be Declared

Event Name: Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers

Event Date: October 15-16, 2015

Event Location: Via Romagnosi 8, 20121 Milan, Italy

Cost: Free, registration required

Summary of Event: The conference aims to discuss various issues related to microfinance and improving financial inclusion of smallholder farmers, through three plenary sessions and nine workshops. The winner of the EUR 50,000 (approximately USD 54,000) Giordano Dell’Amore Microfinance Best Practices International Award 2015 will be announced at the conference. The primary language of the conference will be English. Registration is compulsory. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) Presents Bridging the Gap: Financial Policy Solutions for Women in Africa, July 22, 2015, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire

Event Name: Bridging the Gap: Financial Policy Solutions for Women in Africa

Event Date: July 22, 2015

Event Location: Hotel President, Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire

Event Summary: The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), a Malaysia-based network of financial regulators, will host this one-day conference immediately preceding the 3rd Annual African Mobile Phone Financial Services Policy Initiative (AMPI) Leaders’ Roundtable. The purpose is to create a forum for financial regulators to discuss and increase awareness of policies that are intended to facilitate an increase in financial inclusion for women to help close the “financial inclusion gender gap”[1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Women’s World Banking (WWB) Presents Making Finance Work for Women Summit, November 11-12, 2015, Berlin, Germany

Event Name: Women’s World Banking (WWB) Making Finance Work for Women Summit

Event Date: November 11-12, 2015

Event Location: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (which is also known by its German acronym BMZ), Berlin, Germany

Event Summary: The Making Finance Work for Women Summit is a two-day event that will focus on how women’s access to financial services relates to economic opportunity and macroeconomic growth. Sessions will cover best practices to “serve the women’s market for financial services”[1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 2015 CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Photo Contest Accepting Entries Through September 9

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based, nonprofit policy and research center that aims to facilitate the expansion of financial access, has announced the opening of its annual photo contest to entries of original images that capture the “diversity and dynamism of microfinance and financial inclusion around the world”[1]. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: ACRE Africa, Bima, Microfact, Tech-Innov, UTM, Others Report on New Products for Rural Areas at Semaine Africaine de la Microfinance (SAM) in Dakar, Senegal

As Semaine Africaine de la Microfinance (SAM) began to draw to a close, a range of service providers described their new products and services at an all-day Innovation Fair.

Solenn Marquette of Bima, a Sweden-based insurer operating in 13 developing countries, explained her firm’s strategy for using mobile phones to sell insurance. Although building branches is too expensive, “we still put education teams on ground” to market products. One such product is Tigo Hospitalization, which is offered in Senegal starting at CFA 200 (USD 0.40) per month for up to CFA 30,000 (USD 50) in coverage. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Holistic Approaches Can Advance Rural Enterprise Through Microinsurance, Technology, Market Research

At the start of the second day of conference sessions at Semaine Africaine de la Microfinance (SAM), Renée Chao-Beroff of the Participatory Microfinance Group for Africa (PAMIGA), a France-based network of 14 African microfinance institutions, argued, “Microfinance has to be with something else to have effect. Standalone financial services are no longer working. We have to question our practices and go to a more holistic approach.” As an example, Mark Rueegg of Swiss microinsurer CelsiusPro explained how his firm distributes some of the satellite data it collects for actuarial purposes directly to farmers via mobile phones. “These data can give optimal planting dates instead of farmers going by what they were taught by their father, their neighbor…. This can allow them to increase their yield dramatically without extra costs, such as for additional fertilizer.” Continue reading

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