Market in Bangladesh. Photo by Bir Azam, 2013 CGAP Photo Contest.
September is on the horizon, and with that the return of conference and training season as we finish out the year. Here at FinDev Gateway we have compiled a list of key upcoming events focused on microfinance and financial inclusion that could help you connect with others in your field and contribute to your professional development.
You can find the full list of trainings and events on our Events page, and if your organization is hosting an event you'd like to be listed here, we invite you to submit the event to the Gateway!
SAM is an annual two-week training designed to build capabilities of institutions by developing individual knowledge and skills in order to achieve growth, impact and profitability. The target audience is leaders from microfinance institutions, banks, regulatory institutions, SACCOs and donor programs.
This peer-to-peer learning workshop organized by Microfinance African Institutions Network (MAIN) aims to give MFIs a better insight into the actual financial and social situation of their own organizations and their position in the market of microfinance. Specific attention will be given to the communication about the financial performance with all of an MFI's stakeholders (clients, staff, board, regulators, investors, etc.).
This conference marks two decades of Sa-Dhan, India’s national association of community development finance institutions. The conference aims to provide stakeholders with a platform to deliberate on specific sectoral concerns and challenges in the implementation of India’s Financial Inclusion program.
This course offered by the International Training Centre of the ILO supports participants in designing and implementing a financial education strategy (national, institutional or local). Participants will be provided with relevant tools, frameworks and instruments and will produce specific action plans to prepare for their next steps on returning to work.
This SEEP Network flagship event gathers thought leaders and practitioners dedicated to promoting more inclusive markets and financial systems. This year’s conference theme – Building Resilience through Market Systems – will highlight proven and experimental strategies that harness the potential of the market to support people, enterprises and communities that are highly vulnerable to the shock-stress-shock cycle.
Organized by ADA, African Microfinance Week (referred to as SAM, based on the French acronym) is a major conference dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa that takes place every two years. This year, the conference will be on the following topic: "How to Reach the Sustainable Development Goals: What is the Role of Inclusive Finance?"
Financial Inclusion Week, convened by Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion each year, is a week of global conversation on the most important steps needed to advance financial inclusion. This year's theme is "Financial Inclusion: For What?" - a call to action for the financial inclusion community to reexamine our goals and renew efforts to achieve them.
This event, hosted by Uniglobal, will shed light on how the pioneering microfinance sector players evaluate the potential uses, critical success factors as well as implementation challenges of the recent fintech developments in the financial inclusion sector. The themes are: Scale-Up Your Impact | How MFIs Can Navigate & Thrive in the Age of Fintech Revolution.
Hosted by Munich Re Foundation, this conference focuses on understanding the role of insurance for sustainable development and the management of climate risks, improving supply, heightening the awareness of insurance, creating the right regulatory framework and better understanding the particular needs of the low-income population.
This event, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will envision the future of inclusive finance by discussing how new technologies like artificial intelligence, big data, and blockchain, as well as the rapid expansion of mobile-phone banking, are helping to bring financial services to unbanked communities.
This annual flagship event, hosted by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), welcomes 500 financial inclusion professionals from dozens of countries each year for in-depth discussions, plenaries and workshop sessions tackling front-line topics. The conference offers an excellent forum for networking, and also features the ceremony for the European Microfinance Award.
Organized by Access-Assist, this annual event strives to bring together all stakeholders in the financial inclusion value chain and to help create an ecosystem where all efforts collaborate and contribute to a large aggregate outcome. The Summit invites participation from the Ministry of Finance, the Reserve Bank of India, banks, payments gateways, multilateral/bilateral agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders from within and outside the country.
To realize the potential gains of financial inclusion, more intentional efforts are needed to close persistent gender gaps. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has developed three core principles for advancing women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.
The Smart Campaign's new standards and guidance for digital finance mark a profound shift for the sector - from a previous focus on staff behavior towards clients, to the increasing importance of product design and delivery, as well as data protection.
Water.org explains why water and sanitation loans have high repayment rates and should be prioritized by MFIs, and makes a call to all microfinance professionals to reject the misguided labeling of loans as either productive or for consumption only.
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