Event Name: Mobile Money and Digital Payments Africa
Event Date: May 19-21, 2015
Event Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
Summary of Event: The aim of the event is to bring together sector stakeholders in an effort to strengthen mobile money payment systems and businesses in Africa. The two conference days will feature panel discussions and debates focused on developing financial services and other mobile products for un- and underbanked people, recent trends in mobile money, challenges in developing cashless payment systems in Africa and methods for leveraging social payments to improve financial service offerings for people left out of the traditional banking system. The workshop will focus on discussing strategies for retailers to gain authorization to sell mobile money and digital payment services in Europe.
Four Indonesian financial institutions, Bank Central Asia (BCA), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) and Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (BTPN), are collaborating with Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), an arm of the Indonesian government that regulates financial institutions, to launch a branchless banking program known as Laku Pandai.
Microsoft Corporation, a US-based technology firm, and MasterCard, a US-based financial services corporation with operations in 210 countries, have announced a partnership through which they will seek to enhance information technology, communication and payments for small-scale merchants in Mexico.
MasterCard, a US-based payments company, and the Egyptian government have collaborated to link identification cards to the previously existing mobile money platform in the country.
“Loan Protection for Maize Farmers in Burkina Faso;” by Barbara Magnoni and Danielle Sobol; published by The MicroInsurance Centre; 2014; 13 pages; available at http://www.microinsurancecentre.org/resources/documents/milk-brief-35-doing-the-math-loan-protection-for-maize-farmers-in-burkina-faso/download.html
This paper presents the findings of a study focusing on the impact of droughts, specifically the costs to maize farmers in Burkina Faso.
Ethiopian banks and microfinance institutions increasingly are adopting mobile money services to allow their customers to send or receive money using mobile phones and other devices linked to their financial account.
The Grooming Centre, a nonprofit provider of loans and deposit services to women in Nigeria for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), has partnered with MasterCard, a US-based payments company, to replace the NGO’s cash- and check-based loan disbursals with prepaid MasterCard-branded payment cards.
Event Name: Global Forum on Remittances 2015
Event Date: June 16-19, 2015
Event Location: Centro Congressi Stella Polare Conference Centre, Milan, Italy
Summary of Event: This event is intended to promote awareness of remittances sent by migrants to their home countries. Session topics will include trends in remittances sent from Europe, best practices in regulation, opportunities for financial inclusion, competition and transaction costs, new technologies, opportunities for public-private partnerships and strategies for developing public-private partnerships to further financial inclusion.
Germany-based Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance Group, which specializes in socially responsible investing, recently announced the closing of a five-year, USD 50 million Essential Capital Consortium (ECC) social enterprise fund.
Mambu, a Germany-based provider of off-site management information systems to microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently engaged the NCC Group, a US-based provider of security services relating to technology and intellectual property, to provide redundancy to Mambu customers in case of a failure of its software-as-a-service “cloud” systems.
Event Name: Mobile Money & Digital Payments Americas
This event will be held at the same time and venue as the Prepaid Americas and Transport Ticketing Americas events.
Event Date: March 24-25, 2015
Event Location: Marquis Reforma Hotel; Mexico City, Mexico
UK-based Fern Software recently informed MicroCapital that it has implemented its Abacus financial management information system (MIS) in two additional languages: in Arabic for a microfinance institution (MFI) in Jordan and in French for an MFI in Tunisia.
CGAP (The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based nonprofit that aims to facilitate the expansion of financial access, recently selected the following financial service providers to receive an unspecified level of support from human-centered design firms to improve their digital financial services for small-scale farmers: (1) Amret Microfinance, a Cambodian microfinance institution; (2) the Zimbabwean arm of South African mobile network operator Econet Wireless and US-based relief and development nonprofit Mercy Corps; (3) myAgro, a nonprofit organization in Mali that sells agricultural inputs via mobile technology; and (4) Urwego Opportunity Bank (UOB), a microfinance institution that was created as a result of a merger between Urwego Community Banking and Opportunity International Bank of Rwanda . While the Econet-Mercy partnership will engage human-centered design firm Ideo.org, the other three programs have not yet released the names of the organizations with which they will work.
Event Name: Responsible Digital Finance: Global and Local Perspectives on Emerging Opportunities and Risks
Event Date: March 16, 2015
Event Location: Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Frankfurt, Germany
Cost: There is no fee to attend the event, although participants must register in advance.
Summary of Event: Attendees will discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing digital finance services in developing countries, such as the need for transparent and safe digital products tailor-made for low-income segments of the population living in remote areas.
Event Name: 2015 Mifos Summit
Event Date: March 10 – March 13, 2015
Event Location: Grand Excelsior Hotel Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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.
JD.com Incorporated, a direct sales e-commerce company in China with annual sales totalling RMB 29 billion (USD 11 billion) , recently entered into a collaboration with Grameen China, which operates under Grameen Trust, the nonprofit arm of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank. 
Gate Global Impact (GGI), a US-based, regulatory-compliant electronic marketplace that focuses on impact investing, has been acquired by Investview, another US-based financial services company .