At a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by the Alliance of Financial Inclusion (AFI), a nonprofit Thailand-based network of financial policymakers aimed at increasing access to financial services, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that his country is considering the implementation of a “Twin Peaks” regulation system in an effort to foster financial inclusion, strengthen consumer protection, combat financial crime, promote financial education efforts and increase the accessibility of financial services.
Event Name: SOCAP: SOUL
Event Date: November 10, 2012
Event Location: The Cathedral Church of St Paul, Boston, Massachusetts, US
Event Name: Microfinance: Measuring and Maximizing Impact
Event Date: October 30, 2012
Event Location: Baker & McKenzie LLP, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, 4th Floor, New York, USA
Event Name: Client Insights: How Can Providers Listen and Learn from Their Clients?
Event Date: October 30-October 31, 2012
Event Location: Online
Government Savings Bank (GSB), a government-owned bank providing personal and corporate services in Thailand, reportedly plans to offer new microfinance products and otherwise expand services in advance of the anticipated 2015 launch of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC).
Kenya’s government recently announced a 10-percent excise duty will be charged on fees for cash transactions executed using mobile money transfer systems.
Event Name: HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership for Microfinance
Event Date: April 1 – April 6, 2013
Event Location: Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Event Date: October 25, 2012, 4:00 – 4.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time
Event Location: Online
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has reportedly floated a third draft of legislation to regulate microfinance institutions (MFIs) with the intent of ensuring financial stability in the sector.
The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, reportedly has proposed investing INR 1 billion (USD 18.9 million) in Equitas Microfinance India, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI).
The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), which promotes the interests of its 43 member banks, and the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) are reportedly working on possible regulation changes that would allow microfinance institutions (MFIs) to access customer data at the country’s Credit Reference Bureau.
Event Name: Impact Investing Summit: Advanced Investment Strategies for the Bottom of the Pyramid
Event Date: November 26-28, 2012
Event Location: Washington DC, USA
Event Name: Family Office and Private Wealth Management Forum West; Harvesting the Returns
Event Date: October 24-26, 2012
Event Location: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, Napa Valley, California, USA
“Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment 2012;” by the Economist Intelligence Unit; published by The Economist; 72 pages; available at: http://www5.iadb.org/mif/en-us/home/knowledge.aspx?idPublication=64206
By Tanaya Kilara and Alexia Latortue; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); July 2012; 10 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/CGAP-Focus-Note-Emerging-Perspectives-on-Youth-Savings-Aug-2012.pdf
Event Name: Ninth Microfinance India Summit 2012
Event Date: November 27- November 28, 2012
Governor Atiur Rahman of Bangladesh Bank, the central bank and industry regulator in Dhaka, has reportedly called for stakeholders in the global finance sector to adopt financial inclusion strategies as a means to enhance gross domestic product (GDP) amidst a weak financial environment .
Event Name: Building Sustainable Microfinance in Europe
Event Date: November 8-9, 2012
Event Location: Bucharest, Romania