Sanabel is pleased to announce this year’s annual conference which will be held in Beirut, Lebanon between November 7-8, 2017.
Sanabel, the Microfinance Network of Arab Countries was officially established in 2002, and together this year we will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary which will be reflected in our conference theme “Financial Inclusion in the Arab Countries; A Journey of Collaboration and Achievements“.
Spanning from Morocco to Yemen, Sanabel members have led the sector from its infancy as small NGOs, testing themselves as pioneers and becoming today’s leaders in a region full of potential and opportunities, and at times challenging environments. However, the simple existence and continued growth observed at Sanabel is a true reflection of the success of its members who have collectively served millions of marginalized men, women and youth across the region.
Sanabel members, together with their partners, funders, investors and governments, have progressed in their journey over the last two decades. Discussions of the merits of microcredit have evolved into discussions of transformation, product diversification, risk management, good governance and ultimately leading to a broader goal of financial inclusion for all. While we stand together today empowered by our past successes and enhanced experiences, we look forward to a future of ambitious goals that result in increasing our impact and achieving tangible results in our race towards socially and financially inclusive communities across the Arab region.
The Sanabel’s 2017 Conference as usual will provide a platform for discussions, debates and networking opportunities for all regional and global stakeholders where experiences and knowledge are shared among peers.
We look forward to welcoming you all at Sanabel’s 2017 Conference in Lebanon, and will be sharing on this platform conference updates as they become available in the weeks and months to come.
The Impact Capitalism Summit is the largest convening of investors globally focused on maximizing impact and maximizing return. Attendees include leading family offices, foundations, global wealth investment firms, investment advisors, fund managers, and companies interested in taking a portfolio approach toward impact investing. The conference program is built around diversified asset classes including public equity, public debt, private equity, private debt, and direct investments – showing how institutional investors can make money and have impact.
The Mastercard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion promotes the idea that financial service providers in developing countries should focus more on the needs and expectations of people living in poverty.
We believe that poor people can leverage opportunities to improve their livelihoods if they have access to secure, convenient, and affordable financial products and services. That can occur when commercial service providers truly understand the complex financial lives of poor people and design and deliver products that respond to them.
The 2017 Symposium will take place November 8/9 in Accra, Ghana. For the 5th consecutive year its over-arching theme will be Clients at the Centre as we reflect on progress to expand and deepen financial inclusion, explore what remains to be done, and plan for how to get there.
Each year since 2013 the Foundation has convened hundreds of industry professionals to focus on barriers to greater financial inclusion around the world. SoFI has been a platform where experts in the field gather to pave the way toward a more financially inclusive world. They exchange knowledge on a broad range of topics, including client centricity, technology, innovation, best practices, partnerships, and many more.
This year’s event will reflect on progress made over the past five years, explore challenges that still lie ahead, and plan how to expand and deepen financial inclusion for the world’s most underserved people.
“Creating a more financially inclusive world is a daunting task,” said Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation. “Over the years, financial inclusion has increased as a priority for the international development community, as well as governments, business owners, and the clients they serve. After five years of gathering the brightest minds in the field to advance access and resources to modern financial products and services, we’ve made significant progress that will continue to make a difference in the lives of people. This year’s Symposium celebrates the progress made over these past five years and defines the work yet to be done.”
Attendees will hear from an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, including:
● Opening Keynote Address: Juliet Anammah, Chief Executive Officer, Jumia Nigeria
● Keynote Address II: Dr. Ernest Addison, Governor, Bank of Ghana
In addition to hearing from more than 30 other speakers at the Symposium, the Foundation will also award its 2017 Clients at the Centre Prize. This is a US$150,000 award that recognizes an organization most focused on client centricity to enable poor people in developing countries access to formal financial products and services. Finalists competing for the grand prize will present their business models to an audience of approximately 400 industry professionals, who will be tasked with voting for the winner.
The Mastercard Foundation first awarded the Clients at the Centre Prize in 2015 to the Swedish mobile microinsurance firm BIMA. Last year, the Prize was presented to the South African international remittance company, Hello Paisa. Each year draws nearly 100 applicants from companies around the globe. The three 2017 finalists are:
● Jumo,; a large-scale, low-cost financial services marketplace that uses behavioral data from mobile usage to create financial identities for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises;
● ftCash, one of India’s fastest growing financial technology ventures which aims to empower micro-merchants and small businesses with the power of digital payments and loans; and
● Destacame, a free online platform that empowers users by giving them control over their data to build their financial capabilities and to access financial products.