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FinDev Guide to Upcoming Financial Inclusion Events - Pandemic Edition

This year it's easier than ever to attend conferences and trainings from the comfort of your home or office.
Herding sheep, Vietnam. Photo by Thao Vu Xuan, 2016 CGAP Photo Contest.

With the COVID-19 pandemic restricting travel and gatherings, all of the financial inclusion conferences and trainings we normally see this time of year have shifted to online platforms. While the experience won't be the same as for in-person events, there are actually many advantages to virtual events.

For one, online events are much more affordable - no travel expenses and lower-priced or free tickets. Greater affordability means greater access for a broader range of participants - and that in turn can lead to richer debates bringing in a wider variety of perspectives. Online events also offer more flexibility so you can easily attend sessions while also meeting other family or home obligations that normally may have prevented you from attending. Finally, event organizers are keenly aware of the importance that participants place on the networking aspect of events, and so they are making big efforts to facilitate personal interactions between participants to replicate some of the benefits of in-person events.

At FinDev, we will be participating in many of the events below, and invite you to join us in this virtual conference season! 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, please share the event information with us.


Financial Inclusion Week

Financial Inclusion Week (FIW) is an annual gathering of the global community working to advance inclusive finance. This year's edition will be organized around CFI’s four strategic priorities: Financial Services for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Risk, Women’s Financial Inclusion, Data Opportunities and Risks for Financial Inclusion, and Consumer Protection.

Challenging the Myths around Women's Financial Inclusion

As part of Financial Inclusion Week, this webinar will look at some of the most common myths around women’s digital financial inclusion and the often-changing reality behind them.

EMN Annual Conference 2020

This event will feature a series of webinars to bring together various stakeholders to challenge long-standing preconceptions, and think through concrete recovery measures for microcredit.

Ghana - Nigeria Fintech Summit 2020

A virtual two-day summit for stakeholders in Ghana, Nigeria and across the global fintech community, which aims to deepen the knowledge and understanding of key areas in fintech that will lead to the development of the industry and collaborations of stakeholders within the ecosystem.

Making Finance Work for Women Virtual Summit

Participants will be part of virtual interactive sessions, plenary panels, global research, networking and more opportunities that will allow everyone to learn and share with each other. This year's Summit will also host Women's World Banking's second Fintech Innovation Challenge. 

2020 SEEP Annual Conference

SEEP's flagship event gathers leading global thinkers and doers at the forefront of economic inclusion and social empowerment efforts across the world.


International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2020 – Digital Edition

This annual conference focused on the inclusive insurance sector will look at current growth trends and risks in emerging markets, key factors for successful implementation, and business opportunities to bring supply and demand to the next level.

European Microfinance Week 2020

Usually held in Luxembourg, European Microfinance Week is a unique meeting point for microfinance and financial inclusion professionals from around the world to address the sector's most pressing challenges.  

5th Annual Back to Boulder: Leading Inclusive Finance in the Digital Age

Boulder and IFC invite CEOs, Board Members, and other senior financial inclusion professionals to explore the role of leaders in times of exponential challenges, generated by disruptive technologies and market forces.

And now we would like to ask you, dear reader:  What events are you planning to attend? Are there any missing from this list that we should add?

And if you have already attended a virtual event, how was your experience? Were there advantages to the online format? What platforms have you seen used, and did you think they worked well? 

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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