The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) will share insights from its 2019 annual report during the 5th annual State of the Sector webinar, taking place Wednesday, July 24th at 10AM ET. The webinar will feature representatives from CSAF and its data partner, MIX.
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.
The inclusive insurance sector has experienced persistent growth in client outreach and premium volumes over the past ten years. Today, nearly 300 million low-income citizens in developing countries are covered by an insurance policy. New technologies are boosting market coverage. In Asia alone, the number of people insured through mobile phones exceeds 40 million. Furthermore, the G7 has decided to insure 400 million people against climate risks by 2020. Nonetheless, many people are still without cover or alternative risk management options. With the global middle class expected to grow to nearly five billion within two decades, we are looking at billions of people who are without a formal safety net from insurance and hence at risk of falling (back) into poverty.
The need to respond to this situation by understanding the role of insurance for sustainable development and the management of climate risks, improving supply, heightening the awareness of insurance, creating the right regulatory framework and better understanding the particular needs of the low-income population is the main focus of the conference. Representatives from insurance and reinsurance companies, distribution channels, investment funds, international organizations, NGOs and development-aid agencies, as well as academics, policymakers and supervisory regulators, from around 50 countries will attend the conference. Attendees will exchange views on current growth trends and risks in emerging markets and discuss key factors for successful implementation and maximized business opportunities to bring supply and demand to the next level.
Structure and Objectives:
The conference will feature panel discussions on key topics addressing an interdisciplinary audience. Additional working group sessions will deal in depth with subtopics. Interactive sessions hosted by partner organizations of the event 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.
Registration begins on 6 August 2019.
https://www.inclusivefinanceindia.org/ - 2 DaysWednesday
Inclusive Finance India is a global policy platform on financial Inclusion setup with the objective of enabling cross-pollination of best practices and breakthroughs, specifically to influence India’s Financial Inclusion strategy and campaign. Inclusive Finance India, with its legacy of more than 14 years, has provided a strong articulation for building a vision and a strong ecosystem with clearly defined roles for stakeholders and making key recommendations on financial inclusion policy, regulation, supervision, technology advancements, client protection and institutional framework.
The Inclusive Finance India Summit strives to bring together all stakeholders in the financial inclusion value chain and to help create an eco-system where all efforts collaborate and contribute to a large aggregate outcome. The Summit seeks to inform, influence and support policy towards strengthening an enabling environment, besides providing a platform to discuss key issues and challenges and build consensus on the way forward. Appropriate session themes that will help in understanding the roles of diverse stakeholders, identify impeding and enabling factors, assess the value of different models, understand technological innovations, private sector initiatives and government initiatives that focus on financial inclusion are designed for discussions and recommendations.
The Summit also provides opportunities for learning from experiences and innovations in other regions of the world. The Summit invites participation from the Ministry of Finance, the Reserve Bank of India, Banks, payments gateways, multilateral/bilateral agencies, private sector and other stakeholders from within and outside the country to share experiences and delve and deep dive into critical issues.