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Video Highlights From SAM 2023: Financial Inclusion and Climate Resilience

The 2023 African Microfinance Week (SAM), organized by ADA, is a biennial event focused on promoting financial inclusion in Africa. FinDev Gateway, as a media partner, attended various sessions at the conference, where over 1,000 inclusive finance professionals gathered to address climate change challenges, socio-economic vulnerabilities, and the role of inclusive finance in building a sustainable future for Africa.

The conference revolved around three key themes: 'Risks & Resilience' aimed at community and institutional resilience building, 'Opportunities' emphasized the transition to a green economy, and 'Partnerships & Ecosystem' highlighted the importance of collaboration among inclusive finance stakeholders. We interviewed six conference speakers to capture their key insights from these sessions.

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Diana Chepng'eno, UNEP Finance Initiative
Diana is the Regional Coordinator of V20 Sustainable Insurance Facility at UNEP Finance Initiative. In this video, she discusses the role of insurance in building resilience.


Olivier Bailly-Bechet, Advans Ghana
Olivier is the CEO of Advans Ghana. Here, he discusses the climate strategy of Advans Group currently being piloted in Ghana.


Sibia Ngayihembako, FINCA DRC
Sibia is the Deputy CEO of FINCA DRC. In this video, she highlights key takeaways from various sessions on how financial institutions can tackle climate change, assess risks, and bolster the resilience of their clients.


Peter Zetterli, CGAP
Peter is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist at CGAP. In this interview, he shares key lessons from conversations with MFIs during a session he led focusing on helping financial service providers deal with climate risks and strengthen institutional resilience.


Aqrchet Diana Salume, Opportunity Bank Uganda
Aqrchet is a Senior Refugee Associate at Opportunity Bank Uganda. Here, she shares Opportunity's work with refugees in Uganda, including their approach to helping refugees dealing with climate shocks.


Leonard Angoratchi, Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)
Leonard is a Policy Manager for Africa Regional Office at Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). In this video, he highlights his takeaways from the event and shares AFI's work on fintech supervision. (In French)

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