Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2 DaysWednesday
The importance of sustainability reporting and ESG disclosures is increasing across the globe. Investors, NGOs and other key stakeholders are requesting greater transparency and disclosure on both current and future impacts.
Our 2019 event will focus on how companies can fully assess and report their impacts across their whole operations – both now and in the future. We will bring together 300+ CEOs, business leaders, investors, Government representatives and NGOs to address the core challenges and understand the latest reporting and communications strategies that are shaping the future of responsible business.
Africa is quickly becoming one of the most significant regions in the global expansion of the solar PV industry. The high levels of solar irradiation, extreme (and growing) energy demand with 600 million Africans not yet served by up-to-date electricity solutions and an increasing amount of renewable energy related commitments by governments in the region are just some of the factors that are sparking growing interest from local businesses and international stakeholders alike.
Unlocking Solar Capital Africa 2019 will bring together hundreds of representatives from development banks, investment funds, solar developers, IPPs, EPCs & other stakeholders. 350+ decision makers will gather to engage in extensive discussions to solve Africa’s solar energy funding gap – and get projects realized.
Our flagship event, the SEEP Annual Conference gathers thought leaders and practitioners dedicated to promoting more inclusive markets and financial systems. The Conference offers a highly interactive platform for attendees to connect, engage and learn from each other about shared challenges and opportunities. The agenda is shaped by the conference Advisory Committee — a team of recognized international development leaders. A rich variety of learning formats highlight practical experience and recognized expertise to maximize engagement:
- Peer Learning Sessions bring diverse perspectives and experience to critical issues within the four technical tracks
- The Innovation Challenge highlights new and experimental approaches
- Plenaries and Lunch Dialogues feature influential thought leaders and global trends
- The Training Expo imparts practical skills in proven methodologies and relevant tools
- SEEP members participate in interactive lunchtime Table Talks and the Annual General Meeting
- SEEP’s communities of practice convene to develop the learning agenda and action items for the year to come
As some organizations pursue financial inclusion as their ultimate goal, others are driving toward financial health or the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Meanwhile, financial institutions and fintechs are aiming to profitably serve low-income markets.
In the face of these trends, we can’t help but ask: What is financial inclusion for?
Financial Inclusion: For What? What For? is a call to action for our community to reexamine our goals and renew efforts to achieve them. During Financial Inclusion Week this year, October 21-25, 2019, we invite you to convene around this question to reexamine, redefine, and align our goals.
Now in its 5th year, Financial Inclusion Week is an opportunity to strengthen the diverse community of players involved in building a more inclusive financial ecosystem.
The objectives of Financial Inclusion Week are:
- To bring the entire financial inclusion community together to explore issues of financial inclusion beyond access
- To create leadership opportunities among diverse stakeholders
- To create dialogue and community
- To foster partnership and coordination within the financial industry
Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso - 5 DaysMonday
The African Microfinance Week (referred to as the 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. The main ambition of the SAM is to provide a unified African platform for exchange on the microfinance issues facing the African continent by bringing together all the professionals of the sector – investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, innovators, governments and others.
This year, the conference will be on the following topic: “How to Reach the Sustainable Development Goals: What is the Role of Inclusive Finance?”
Themes of the SAM 2019
Through a range of plenary events and breakout sessions, SAM 2019 will address the following themes, among others:
- Agricultural finance.
- Macro-level alignment with SDGs.
- Digital finance and fintech.
- Cash transfers.
- Small & medium enterprise development and youth employment.
- Gender inequality.
Some of the biggest challenges microfinance institutions (MFIs) struggle to overcome today are high operating costs, scalability and low earnings. And it is widely understood that the provision of fintech innovations is expected to help MFIs reduce their costs, increase operational efficiency and remain competitive in the rapidly changing financial landscape.
Additionally, new players like fintech-based lenders and mobile network operators are entering the microfinance industry and targeting the unbanked and the financially excluded segments. How successfully MFIs respond to this dynamic and competitive environment will also determine which actors will thrive within the financial inclusion industry in the near future.
The 2nd Annual Asia Pacific Microfinance Forum 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.
SOCAP is the leading gathering of global changemakers addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions.
SOCAP19 will host over 150 sessions featuring over 500 speakers from across sectors, issue areas and geographies.
Convened by Social Capital Markets, a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions, SOCAP is dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. SOCAP emphasizes cross-sector convening and gathers voices across a broad spectrum to achieve unexpected yet impactful connections. From the leading edge to established players, it brings together global innovators, investors, foundations, governments, institutions and social entrepreneurs to build the world we want to leave to future generations.
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - -150 DaysWednesday
The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is the leading forum for international exchange and collaboration in social entrepreneurship and social investment. The success of the event in galvanising the global movement of social enterprise has created a platform for learning, sharing of good practice, ideas and creating partnerships has made it the main forum for the social enterprise sector. The annual event was first held in Edinburgh in 2008 and has since been held on six continents. This is a historic occasion as it is the first time the SEWF will be held in an emerging market economy.
The British Council is hosting the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2019 in Addis Ababa on 23 – 25 October 2019. As the forum enters its second decade, hosting it in Ethiopia provides a unique opportunity to create a truly global social enterprise movement that can share experience, build networks and deliver solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable future for all.
The forum will be complemented with a concurrently held youth week, policy forum, academic symposium, study tours as well as networking evening cultural receptions.
The SEWF will promote sustainable economic growth for human development and offers a great opportunity to establish new relationships and create synergies for working together to increase the visibility of social enterprise on the global stage. It will also create a platform for on-going collaboration and sharing by connecting people across Africa and the world, between advanced and developing economies.
We offer delegates a rich, authentic Ethiopian cultural experience throughout the forum, at side events and study tours, including to world renowned cultural heritage sites. The event is expected to attract up to 1,200 social enterprise leaders, policy makers, development partners, private sector representatives, academics, practitioners and supporters from all around the world.