Event Name: Scaling Impact Investing: A Conversation Among Senior Leaders
Event Date: September 18, 2017
Event Location: New York, New York, USA
Cost: There is no fee to attend, but registration is open only to staff of organizations that are members of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).
Summary of Event: This event will include “a showcase of large-scale blended finance funds” as well as discussions on investing in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals [1, 2].
Event Name: Social Finance Forum 2017
Event Date: November 9 – November 10, 2017
Event Location: MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cost: CAD 350 (USD 278) until August 15; CAD 600 (USD 477) thereafter.
Summary of Event: This event will cover topics including new financial technologies, closing the funding gap for female entrepreneurs, the evolution of development aid and exit strategies for impact investments. The agenda includes workshops, presentations, product showcase booths and sessions for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to funders.
Event Name: Ninth Sankalp Global Summit 2017
Event Date: December 7 – December 8, 2017
Event Location: JW Marriott Hotel; Mumbai, India
Summary of Event: The foci of this summit are social enterprise, impact investing and “inclusive development” worldwide. The event will also explore the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s agenda has not been released, but previous iterations of the conference included sessions on topics such as financing small and medium-sized enterprises and opportunities in agriculture.
Event Name: Mondato Summit Asia 2017 – Of Titans & Trailblazers: Emerging Asia’s Digital Finance & Commerce Moment
Event Date: November 28 – November 29, 2017
Event Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Cost: Entry passes cost USD 1,500 until August 31 and USD 1,750 thereafter.
Summary of Event: Attendees will consider ways “incumbents and innovators alike can navigate the highly complex digital finance and commerce (DFC) ecosystem” in South and Southeast Asia. The proceedings will include case studies, debates, demonstrations and roundtable discussions.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently launched the third phase of a program aimed at empowering youth and women entrepreneurs in Uzbekistan.
Event Name: Sanabel’s 2017 Conference: Financial Inclusion in the Arab Countries; A Journey of Collaboration and Achievements
Event Date: November 7 – November 8, 2017
Event Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Summary of Event: This conference is intended to contribute to a more “inclusive and progressive” microfinance environment in the Arab region. The topics are to include the evolution of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and clients; supporting existing and new partnerships; MFIs’ role in advancing the UN’s sustainable development goals; strategic leadership and risk management; and advancing youth financial inclusion.
Event Name: The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing
Event Date: November 1 – November 3, 2017
Event Location: Hotel Del Coronado; San Diego, California, USA
Summary of Event: The theme of this event is “All In For Impact.” It will focus on concrete ways investing can positively impact social and economic spheres. The conference program offers plenary sessions focused on investment and practice management issues, shareholder advocacy strategies, and community impact investment opportunities. In addition, the organizers will present the Moskowitz Prize and the SRI Service Award.
Event Name: The Mastercard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion
Event Date: November 8 – November 9, 2017
Event Location: Accra, Ghana
Cost: This event is open by invitation only
Summary of Event: The symposium will focus on increasing the knowledge of financial service providers regarding the financial lives of poor people in an effort to enable the providers to design and deliver products that are more closely aligned with people’s needs.
Event Name: GSG Impact Summit 2017
Event Date: July 9 – July 12, 2017
Event Location: Sheraton Grand Chicago; Chicago, Illinois, USA
Summary of Event: This event will address the state of the impact investment sector and strategies for creating further impact. Session topics will include influencing government policy
Event Name: Financial Inclusion Innovation Summit 2017
Event Date: August 29 – 31, 2017
Event Location: Stanley Hotel, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Summary of Event: Previously known as Pacific Microfinance Week, this summit will address topics such as wealth creation, accelerating access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises, how to ensure customer needs are being met
The MasterCard Foundation, which is based in Canada, is accepting applications through June 5 for its 2017 “Clients at the Centre” Prize, which includes a cash award of USD 150,000.
Event Name: Third Sankalp Southeast Asia Summit 2017: Local Problems, Global Solutions
Event Date: September 19 – September 20, 2017
Event Location: Hotel Bidakara; Jakarta, Indonesia
Summary of Event: The focus of the summit is to “strengthen Southeast Asia’s entrepreneurship ecosystem,” and the theme of this year’s iteration is “Local Problems, Global Solutions.” Discussions will address topics such as policy, health, energy, financial services and agriculture.
Event Name: Making Finance Work for Women Summit
Event Date: October 24 – October 25, 2017
Event Location: The Kilimanjaro Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Summary of Event: The theme of this year’s biennial summit is “Digital Financial Inclusion.” Sessions will include topics such as “the state of digital financial services”, how policymakers
Event Name: SOCAP17 (Social Capital Markets 2017)
Event Date: October 10 – October 13, 2017
Event Location: Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California, USA
Summary of Event: Speakers will discuss themes including “the intersection of money and meaning,” climate change, sustainable livelihoods, “neighborhood economics”, education
Event Name: 7th Annual Central Asian & Caucasus Microfinance Forum
Event Date: October 26 – 27, 2017
Event Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Summary of Event: The theme of this year’s forum is “Microfinance Goes Digital: the Opportunities and Challenges in the Caucasus and Central Asia.” The event will focus on funding policy, social responsibility and how financial technology
Event Name: The SEEP Network Annual Conference
Event Date: October 2 – 4, 2017
Event Location: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel; Arlington, Virginia, USA
Summary of Event: The theme of this year’s conference is “Catalyzing Transformative Change.” Speakers will address strategies in the following tracks: (1) Resilience
The New York chapter of Women Advancing Microfinance, a group that organizes events and provides scholarships supporting women involved in social entrepreneurship, is hosting an event called “A Purpose-led Career,” at which a panel will discuss setting and achieving personal and career
MicroCapital: Why was housing selected as the theme of this year’s European Microfinance Award?
Christoph Pausch: It’s really a question of staying true to the underlying purpose of the Award: to highlight practices that are outside the microfinance mainstream, but are financially sustainable and deliver significant