The event programme comprises plenaries, breakaway / parallel sessions, an expo, a Welcome Reception and an Awards Gala Dinner. The INSME Annual Meeting programme also includes half-day site visits to SME innovation and technology commercialisations institutions and programmes within the Cape Peninsula region and a half-day international training session covering various SME topics. Pre- and post-conference tours to explore the scenic beauty of Cape Town are available as an optional extra and by special request.
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The event will commence with Mauricio Macri’s Chief of Staff and mayoral candidate, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, together with high level authorities from the City Government as well as from other government levels and jurisdictions. The program will focus on critical topics for investors and financial professionals on green real estate, urban development, renewable energy and energy infrastructure, sustainable agriculture, SME Finance and the role of environmental, social and governance factors.
Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce the 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year'(SEOY) Award for 2015 for India. Applicants are invited to participate and share their innovation. The deadline for receiving first round applications is May 31, 2015. Finalists will be selected following an intensive search and selection process, including expert reviews and site visits. The winner will be announced at a high-profile award celebration in New Delhi.
Access to finance is a precondition for meeting basic human needs in health, education, housing, energy, water or transport. Above all it is often the single most important determinant for creating conditions of decent incomes and employment. Microfinance – and more broadly: financial inclusion –will therefore remain on the development agenda. While substantial progress has been made over the past years in our understanding of the behavior of household enterprises, institutional performance and markets, many open questions remain that are relevant for public policy in future.
Mobile finance and commerce (MFC) in Africa have traditionally targeted unbanked or underbanked populations at the base of the pyramid. From P2P transfers to airtime top-up and mobile bill payment, these products aimed to create more affordable and convenient financial services for those with a mobile phone, but limited access to formal financial institutions. While “first generation” mobile money services are still strong and growing, we are also witnessing a new wave of MFC in many African countries. Increasingly, the middle class is expanding and with it a strong demand for mobile payment and m-commerce applications from both merchants and consumers. On the other side of the value chain, service providers are eager to expand into new areas of MFC in order to create new revenue streams. From MNOs and financial institutions, to third-party technology providers, MFC stakeholders in these economies must re-evaluate how they can adapt to these shifting trends and ensure that they stay relevant. As African markets become increasingly diverse, how can MFC offerings similarly diversify to succeed over the long run?
The FinTech industry is exploding with $12 billion in global investments in 2014, disrupting banks and financial services at an unprecedented pace. Digital Finance 2015 delivers an engaging event with leading global speakers discussing key issues in emerging FinTech.
The seminar series brings together thought leaders from the academic, donor, micro-finance, NGO, social entrepreneurial, government and private sector communities to identify timely issues in international development and how good governance may address those issues. Each year, we title the Seminar to provoke thought about key challenges.
2015 is a monumental year for the Child and Youth Finance Movement. Youth financial inclusion is priority on the G20 Agenda for 2015, economic inclusion will be a key goal in the post-2015 development agenda, and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is a primary working topic for global multilaterals. Right from the start, key players have agreed that in 2015 a focus on economic citizenship for children and youth is a top priority. This is a crucial year for the efforts of Child & Youth Finance International in scaling up action and reaching the goal of 100 million children by the end of 2015.
EY is delighted to host, in conjunction with the Financial Inclusion Forum (formerly Microfinance Club UK) and Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) UK, Microfinance and Women Empowerment: is it really helping them? We invite you to join networking and discussions exploring the link between financial inclusion and women empowerment with Mary Ellen Iskenderian, CEO, Women's World Banking (WWB), Sevi Simavi, CEO, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Justina Alders Sheya, Senior Manager at EY. Alongside EY, who recently published The promise of microfinance and women's empowerment: What does the evidence say?, our guest speakers will discuss some of these report findings and share their experiences on how women empowerment can be enhanced through financial inclusion. While female empowerment has often been seen as one of the key promises of the microfinance industry, proofs of impact have not always been obvious: what has microfinance contributed to women empowerment so far? Based on the work the Cherie Blair Foundation and WWB are engaged in, as well as EY experience in assisting microfinance services providers and investors, the speakers will share how they see financial inclusion, including credit, savings and insurance, supporting women's empowerment.
The next three decades will see the largest increase in the world’s urban population in human history. By the middle of this century, 6.5 billion people will live in cities, up from 4 billion today. We are living in an unprecedented urban moment of opportunity. On June 9 – 11, 2015, the New Cities Foundation will gather 800 of the world’s leading decision-makers, mayors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, thinkers, artists and innovators in Jakarta, the vibrant capital of Indonesia, for the fourth edition of the New Cities Summit.
CFSI and American Banker are excited to bring more than 700 industry leaders together for the 10th annual EMERGE Forum to network, generate ideas and advance innovations in the financially underserved market—with consumer needs front and center. The financially underserved is now mainstream. Despite improvements in the economy, large swaths of demographics, including younger and middle-income consumers are not seeing improvements in their financial situation. The number and needs of financially underserved consumers have grown to the point that their influence on the industry can no longer be ignored.
This event is intended to promote awareness of remittances sent by migrants to their home countries. Session topics will include trends in remittences sent from Europe, best practices in regulation, opportunities for financial inclusion, competition and transaction costs, new technologies, opportunities for public-private partnerships and strategies for developing public-private partnerships to further financial inclusion.
The general objective of the conference will be to discuss the cooperation potential between traditional financial institutions and the microfinance sector so that greater collaboration and cohesion is enhanced between both sectors in reaching out to the underserved.
Full-day mini-conference designed to help investment advisors improve their knowledge around issues and impacts, and enhance the services being offered to socially conscious investors. Two or three hours of CE (continuing education credits) will be available for CFPs and CIMAs. Time is allocated to each partner organization to deliver news and updates. Lunch is included and the day is capped with a cocktail reception.
As a platform for the release of the Millennial Impact Report, MCON facilitated conversation around Millennials and how they engage as donors and supporters of nonprofits across all sectors. There is a need to support issues, rather than organizations. MCON will continue to use the Millennial Impact Report as inspiration for our conference topics, but it will also grow with the new movements in life and business, regardless of the driving force behind it. Which brings us to MCON 2015, this year’s two-day experience will explore the power of that influence in art, media, business and place.
Uganda Investment Authority and its partners will host the 1st Annual Private Equity/ Venture Capital Conference. Based on the theme: Introducing alternative financing options for SMEs, the conference aims at introducing alternative financing options for SMEs to supplement the traditionally well-known debt financing options in Uganda. This conference seeks to build linkages between all market stakeholders by linking capital with innovation and entrepreneurship for systematic growth. The conference will be attended by entrepreneurs, family business owners, accountants, lawyers, investors (individual and institutional), academics as well as students from our universities. Promoters of SMEs will make presentations before Private Equity and Venture capitalist firms. Negotiations will be held between private equity firms and venture capitalists: Deals will be made.
Following MCON 2015, we are gathering leading creatives from throughout the country to explore ways design can change the world for the better. This invitation-only event is an opportunity for top designers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, writers and marketers to connect with one another and discuss building movements and activating audiences through creative campaigns. The cost of attendance is $199, which includes, breakfast, lunch, speaker sessions, and dinner party at the conclusion of the summit.
The Inter-American Development Bank invites you to attend the BASE III International Forum. Only once in 2015 you will have the opportunity to:
Connect with more than 1,500 leading practitioners in the field of business for the base of the pyramid; find answers to the financial, social, and operational challenges your business model may be facing; have priority access to IDB's latest research on the base of the pyramid markets and demographics.
The African Microfinance Week (= Semaine Africaine de la Microfinance in french = SAM) is an annual conference open to all microfinance practitioners, related sectors and actors of inclusive finance. The conference is dedicated to bringing together these key players to discuss the future of microfinance, the financing of microfinance institutions and partnerships between regional and continental networks. The SAM is the annual meeting for microfinance professionals in Africa. The SAM's main ambition is to become the major African event for and organised by microfinance professionals. The event is designed to provide a platform to exchange and reflect on the industry, a forum to actively promote and accelerate financial inclusion and economic growth on the continent.
This event aims to bring together staff of microfinance institutions, policymakers, investors, academics and development partners to exchange ideas for promoting the development of the Caribbean microfinance sector.
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities. The Conference will result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, which should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.
The 2015 Summit's main objective will be to present and discuss real-life BoP business initiatives, implemented by entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, that are driving sustainable innovation from the bottom up. In partnership with the University of Vermont's new Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA Program, the Summit will seek to engage leading edge examples of bottom-up innovation from around the world, including those right here at home in the US.
Frequency Latin America has been in the last 18 years, the voice of the mobile industry in Latin America. The portal news portal covering topics related value-added services, mobile content, mobile entertainment applications and industries in the region. Over the years, FREQUENCY has promoted discussions and analysis, all players in the mobile ecosystem. Accompanying the development and significant growth experienced by the industry for the past 15 years, frequency remains a solid, reliable and trustworthy creation, enjoying a strong brand image and positioning in the industry of mobile telephony in Latin America.
The 3rd annual Global Payment Summit (GPS) in Singapore is a leading forum
where key thought leaders, experts and practitioners in the payment and
transaction arena meet and discuss the innovation agenda. The Summit includes
two days of presentations and dialogue on key issues, and networking with senior
level professionals, delivered through a non-commercial agenda.
This inaugural conference will focus on how the latest technological developments have changed and revolutionized the Latin American banking industry. Learn how to effectively incorporate the mobile channel to improve customer relationships, strategies for monetizing mobile banking applications, marketing mobile banking ; also specific solutions for the banking sector will be discussed. The conference will showcase and discuss the opportunities of digital, especially mobile channels, and how are transforming banking from financial institutions to providers of digital solutions.
This year the event focused on the nexus between small social and green enterprises and businesses, and how to strengthen collaboration between them, and policy makers in supportive environments. What are the innovative small, micro and medium sized enterprises (SMMEs) that drive the change to sustainable development? How can linkages between social and green enterprises and businesses be strengthened for greater innovation and impact? What barriers do they face and how can their growth in Africa be fostered?
The Pacific Microfinance Week is an initiative of the Microfinance Pasifika Network and comprises of a series of events including workshops, field visits, seminars, and a formal conference, providing the region’s most comprehensive platform for Pacific financial sector stakeholders to share knowledge, network and engage in technical exchanges to further the effective, efficient and sustainable delivery of financial services within the unique constraints of the region.
Now in its 9th year, the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is designed to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of youth economic opportunity programming. On October 6-8, 2015, the Summit will convene 460+ leading stakeholders from 70 countries to exchange knowledge that results in changed practices and improved performance. Summit participants represent multiple perspectives across sectors that include economic growth, education, food security and health.
SOCAP15 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Held in San Francisco, October 6-9, SOCAP15 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes.
The Global Impact ForumTM supports the creation of transformative solutions to the world's most pressing social challenges through partnerships and investment. The Global Impact Forum is a two-day partnering event with a uniquely forward-looking and outcomes-oriented design. The forum presents exceptional social entrepreneurs and impact leaders to an audience of potential partners. Connections are made using an efficient system that allows attendees to screen potential partners and pre-arrange one-to-one meetings. Carefully curated presentations, high-level speakers and an exciting mix of participants make attending the Global Impact Forum a powerful experience.
Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to (a) open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives, (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders and (c) infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.
This three-day milestone event will gather stakeholders and provide a catalyst for debate, best practice, knowledge exchange, and partnerships among practitioners, policy-makers, and other stakeholders seeking to achieve significantly greater financial inclusion in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants will have an opportunity to explore cutting-edge technology and product innovations presented by industry experts and discuss their impact on inclusion efforts. They will share knowledge with fellow advocates and practitioners and find best practice solutions to the challenges they have experienced in their programs. Participants will also discuss the potential for microfinance to be the catalyst for driving entrepreneurship and SME creation in underprivileged communities.
The conference will feature panel discussions on key topics addressing an interdisciplinary audience. Additional working group sessions will deal in depth with different subtopics. Interactive sessions of approximately 90 minutes will be a key part of the conference, facilitating dialogue in small groups on emerging issues. Keynote speeches will look at the latest international, national and local insights.
This conference aims to facilitate debate on payment issues and offers sessions on a range of topics, including the changing landscape of payments; “partnerships, interoperability and competition” in the payments sector; strategies for customer adoption and retention; ways of creating a future without cash; regulatory issues, frameworks and movements affecting mobile financial services; and “digitisation.” Additionally, the event will include an exhibition, where approximately 40 stands will showcase products of developers and software and security companies. In addition, a “Payments Dragon’s Den” platform will offer start-up organisations an opportunity to present their products. The conference will also include a “leader’s summit,” an award ceremony and a reception.
Through engagement of culture, technology, design thinking, community empowerment and collaboration, developing world educators are innovating around the severe resource constraints that have hindered past educational efforts. Representing much more than just MOOCs, these models are disrupting educational traditions and providing effective opportunities for people and markets where they work. Themed Disruptive Education Models From the Developing World, this conference will challenge business educators to use the inspiration and ideas these models provide to find better ways to deliver business concepts to students and differentiate themselves in their own markets.
This event will provide an opportunity for networking with European microfinance actors working in developing countries. With a quality program, specialist speakers, professional moderators, and focused participation, the conference promotes good practice and facilitates synergy amongst associates. Expert panels and interactive discussions will offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about the strategies of fellow European microfinance actors. Participants can also contribute to European responses to global microfinance challenges and share experience on common topics of interest. e-MFP Action groups also provide a focal point for a range of specialist interests.
Africa is fast becoming an economic hub and an investment destination for indigenous and foreign investors. The transformation is regardless of the tradition of skepticism generated by a spate of negative reporting on Africa. Amongst the momentum boosters for this rapid economic transition is the continued growth of local pension funds as well as a trail of existing investment opportunities that attract both local and external investors. Africa Investment Funds and Asset Management (AIFAM Forum) is becoming a house-hold name that brings together a delegation of government representative, asset managers, pension fund trustees, pension fund administrators, investment consultants, private equity specialists, insurance companies and many more to talk about issues around boosting investment in Africa.
This conference is meant to bring together professionals in all aspects of the mobile money sector — including policy makers, technical experts and private companies — so that they may share their insights, opinions and strategies. The scheduled topics include “why cash is still king”, cultivating behavioural change to move from cash to mobile money, and the current landscape of financial inclusion in Indonesia.
The Payment Security & Authentication Asia conference has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the Asian payments security landscape. Leading experts from across the ecosystem will address innovation in fraud combating, biometric authentication and customer communication.