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
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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.
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At the Center, we’ve put our own spin on the oft-cited maxim about the importance of partnership in shaping progress: If you want to go wide, go with government. If you want to go deep, go with NGOs and researchers. If you want to go fast, go with the private sector. But if you want to go far, go together.
On Monday, October 21, the Center and the Aspen Institute will co-host the inaugural Global Inclusive Growth Summit to spur new transformative partnerships. A one-day event, the Summit will bring together purpose-driven leaders, thinkers, change-makers and innovators to shine a spotlight on data-driven and commercially scalable solutions to advance sustainable and equitable growth around the world.
The line-up of speakers and moderators includes Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Ajay Banga, president and CEO of Mastercard; Tina Brown, founder of Women in the World; Neville Crawley, CEO of Kiva; Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education; Mark Green, administrator, USAID; Anne Finucane, vice chairman, Bank of America; Andrea Jung, CEO, Grameen America; Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans; Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company; Dan Porterfield, president and CEO, Aspen Institute; Rajiv Shah, president, Rockefeller Foundation; Chetna Sinha, founder, Mann Deshi Bank and Foundation, among others.
Throughout the Summit, attendees, the Center and the Aspen Institute will announce major commitments and partnerships.
The event will be live-streamed on October 21 starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. We hope you’ll mark your calendar to watch from the Summit homepage and join the conversation at #GlobalIGS. We invite you to weigh in on the Summit discussions and tell us why inclusive growth is important to you and the most promising partnerships and solutions in your region or area of work.
Watch live here on October 21.