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The SEEP Network 
Annual Conference

October 1-3, 2018


Monday, September 28

Member-led Training & Global Network Summit

Tuesday, September 29

Member Day

Wednesday, September 30

Conference Day 1

Thursday, October 1

 Conference Day 2

Monday, September 28: Global Network Summit, Member Training

Member-led Training

Market Systems Development Demystified
Training tools for new and advanced technical staff

EcoVentures International

9:00 am

Global Network Summit: Risk and Resilience in Financial Inclusion

Session 1: Mitigating Risks to Clients in the Digital Age

9:00 - 10:30 am 

Session 2: Putting Standards into Practice: Effective Implementation of Codes of Conduct
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session 3: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) - From Response to Preparedness
2:00 - 5:00 pm


Tuesday, September 29:  Member Day

Member Day is free and open to all SEEP members. Register for Member Day at the same time that you register for the conference.

8:45 - 9:45 am Breakfast and Registration
10:00 - 12:00 pm

Annual General Meeting

Board of Director Elections
Member Initiatives
Welcome New Members
Member Awards

12:00 pm Lunch begins
12:00 - 5:00 pm Concurrent Meetings: Working Group and Member Initiatives (See the full list of Working Group meetings here)
12:30 - 5:00 pm

Agricultural Finance Roundtable
Hosted by Grameen Foundation
Invitation only



Wednesday, September 30: Conference Day 1


8:15 - 9:15 am Breakfast & Registration
9:20 - 10:45 am

Plenary: Private Sector Partnerships: Creating Sustained Impact

10:45 - 11:25 am Networking Break
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Peer Learning Sessions

Pathways to Resilience: Evaluating the Role of Financial Services

Using a Systems Approach to Ensure the Resilience of Farmers

Promoting Women’s Engagement in Local, Regional and International Trade

Working through Non-Traditional Market Actors to Impact Marginalized Producers

Leveraging Partnerships around Disruptive Technologies for Systems Change

Addressing Unpaid Care Work to Improve Women’s Economic Empowerment

Sustainable Approaches to Digitizing Savings Groups
(French and Spanish Interpretation Provided)


1:00 - 2:30 pm

Lunch Dialogue: The Future of Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chain Development

Presented by CARE

2:40 - 4:10 pm

Peer Learning Sessions

Graduation Model: Do Women Benefit More or Less than Men?

Pitching to the Private Sector: Cases from Thin Markets

Innovations and Experiences in Bundling Finance with Services for Smallholders

How Private Equity Enhances Scale and Impact

Navigating the Empowerment Nexus: Economy and Agency

Increasing Resilience through Hospitalization Coverage: Case Studies from the Middle East and Africa
(French and Spanish Interpretation Provided)

4:10 - 4:30 pm 

Networking Break

 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

 Looking Back, Looking Forward -- 30 Years of Progress: An Interactive Timeline

 5:30 - 7:00 pm

 SEEP Network 30th Anniversary General Reception

Thursday, October 1: Conference Day 2

8:15 - 9:15 am Breakfast
9:20 - 10:45 am Plenary: Beyond Access: Catalyzing Women’s Economic Empowerment in Market Systems
10:45  - 11:25 am Networking Break
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Peer Learning Sessions

Four Ways to Build Smallholder Resilience

Connecting the Plots: From Start-Up to Scale-Up for Smallholder Irrigation

Insuring Farm and Family: Innovative Risk Management Strategies in Developing Markets

Unpacking Measurement Practices in Women's Economic Empowerment

Catalyzing Investments in Smallholder Development: It’s a Bumpy Road

The Role of the Private Sector in Women's Economic Empowerment

People on the Move: Islamic Finance for Pastoralists in Africa
(French and Spanish Interpretation Provided)

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Lunch Dialogue: Context Matters: How Can We Use Behavioral Principles to Design More Effective Financial Products?

 presented by MetLife Foundation

2:35 - 3:25 pm

UnConference Sessions

Facilitation of Commercial Relationships Between Producer Groups & the Local Private Sector

Vulnerability Assessments for Economic Strengthening

ICT Strategies for Women's Economic Empowerment

Client Voice - Taking Feedback from Clients on Client Protection Forward

Evidence-based Programming: How to Forge a Win-Win between Development and Research Organizations?

3:25 - 3:40 pm

Networking Break

3:40 - 4:30 pm

UnConference Sessions

Partnering to Develop Affordable Housing Markets

The Effectiveness of Savings Group Plus (SG+) on Health Outcomes

Offering More for Clients when Regulators Don't Allow Deposits

Connecting Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Financial Services: What Works, Doesn’t and what Should be Tried Next?

Market Systems Development Approaches for Those Living in Extreme Poverty


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