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.