Herding sheep, India. Photo by Md. Shahnewaz Khan, CGAP 2016 Photo Contest.
It's a new year, and with it a new chance to connect with colleagues around the globe and learn more about the latest trends, issues and challenges in financial inclusion. A number of interesting events have been planned for the first half of this year, and we invite you to take a look at this list to see which opportunities might fit into your schedule. Even if you can't attend in person, there are often other ways to participate, with sessions made available by live streaming, Twitter feeds featuring conference highlights and of course, webinars.
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!
2019 is an important year for ADA as they celebrate their 25th anniversary and organize the fourth edition of the SAM, African Microfinance Week. Thus this year's 46th Midi de la Microfinance et de l'inclusion financière will be linked with these two important events. Discussions and debates will involve issues of how ADA and the inclusive finance sector could improve the positive impact on the lives of the end clients.
Co-hosted by MIX and FinDev Gateway, this webinar aims to provide clarity into inclusive fintech and, specifically, how to determine what makes a fintech "inclusive." Bringing together diverse perspectives from government, think tanks, and practitioners, the webinar will highlight new frameworks that can help investors, policy makers and others to better understand, assess, and navigate the inclusive fintech space.
Connecting over 200 industry leaders, business decision makers and tech innovators, Blockchain Summit Hong Kong is a one-day conference and exhibition dedicated to the business of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT).
The biggest gathering of the industry committed to fair and responsible finance will bring together thought leaders and practitioners to discuss the economic landscape and future of the responsible finance industry. The centerpiece of the conference is the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards and dinner, which will celebrate the achievements of responsible finance providers and the entrepreneurs they support.
This event will feature multiple networking sessions in which participants will discuss transformation of the industry, financial inclusion, social and environmental impact investment, microinsurance, agri-finance and green finance, challenges in corporate governance of MFIs, risk management and many other hot topics.
Connecting over 1,000 industry leaders, business decision makers and tech innovators, Blockchain Summit Frankfurt is a one-day conference and exhibition dedicated to the business of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT).
This program provides high-level management and leadership training to those shaping the microfinance industry, including CEOs of leading microfinance institutions and executives of mainstream banks entering the microfinance market. The intensive six-day program features the HBS Executive Education learning model, immersing participants in a transformational experience that marries the best of strategic thinking with the most important advances in financial inclusion and impact investing.
This training program will help microfinance institutions to diversify their product portfolio in a strategic and cost-effective manner. It is relevant to institutions that are looking for ways to manage their diversification more effectively, as well as institutions that have not yet diversified and are seeking guidance on where and how to start.
Mondato Summit Africa 2019 is the sixth annual digital finance & commerce (DFC) thought leadership and executive retreat hosted by Mondato, a boutique advisory firm specializing in DFC. The conference is an intimate gathering of 100-125 executives from the financial services, telecom, retail, investment and tech industries, with a focus on finding innovative and scalable solutions to promote the digitization of the African continent.
The 11th Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference brings together public, private and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community. Participants share how they’ve used innovations in technology to increase the impact of their work. Highly interactive and hands-on, the conference attracts a diverse audience of technical advisors, executives, and others who offer a range of practical insights on applying technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.
The 22nd MFC Annual Conference will tackle the practical side of digitalization in the financial inclusion sector through case studies, trend analysis and discussion of emerging best practice. The agenda will include a full range of workshops, panel discussions and side meetings to explore different aspects of the digitalization in financial inclusion.
This year, the EMN Annual Conference will focus on the most important aspects highlighted by EMN members from the previous 15 annual events: Networking, Inspiration & Development. More than ever before, the aim of the conference is to encourage moments for participants to connect in order to prepare for the future.
By combining plenary sessions with electives, participative activities, case studies and intensive discussions, the ILO's Impact Insurance Academy offers a dynamic learning environment for participants and experts from all over the world to discuss ways of developing inclusive insurance.
There’s off-the-charts hype around fintech in the financial inclusion community, but how much does it really help poor people? CGAP’s CEO Greta Bull says it’s time to rethink the promise of fintech and focus on how to better harness the innovation it brings in service of poor people.
In honor of International Women’s Day, FinDev Gateway features FinEquity (formerly known as the Women’s Financial Inclusion Community of Practice), a special corner of FinDev where practitioners working to increase women’s financial inclusion can share ideas, resources and lessons learned. Uloma Ogba of UNCDF tells us what she values about this community of practice.
Loan officers are in a critical position to influence clients’ experience with access to credit and their engagement with an MFI. Yet they are often under intense pressure to meet targets, and many do not receive the support they need to do their job well. Here are six steps for improving working conditions for microfinance field staff.
By overlooking investment opportunities in smallholder finance in favor of serving less risky client segments that are easier to reach, investors are missing out on one of the greatest impact opportunities in financial inclusion today. What can financial service providers and investors do about it?