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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems

Association Development CoP

SEEP's Association Development Community of Practice focuses on advancing the field of microfinance through association leadership. The team supports national and regional microfinance associations around the world by strengthening their operational, technical, and financial capacity through peer-to-peer learning and exchanges, capacity assessments, strategic planning, management training, thought leadership, and product development. For more information on the Association Development Community of Practice and its initiatives, please visit SEEP's Learning Initiatives. To see the tools and resources for microfinance associations, visit Network Development Exchange.

Bintou Ka-Niang, Director

Bintou Ka-Niang is a Senegalese national with more than 20 years of experience in international development, 10 of which in the microfinance and enterprise development fields, working with organizations in the US, Africa, Central America, and Europe.

Formerly the Executive Director of the Switzerland-based Argidius Foundation well known for its support to enterprise development, Bintou has also worked as the Technical Services Facility (TSF) Manager for AfriCap, a private equity fund targeting commercial microfinance institutions in Africa.  In that position, she was in charge of the facilitation and funding of all activities related to the building of investee’s capacity in order to increase their value, and the development and dissemination of knowledge of specific key areas within the microfinance sector in Africa

Prior to joining AfriCap, she worked as the Microfinance Technical Advisor for Save the Children/USA in Mali, responsible for the transformation and capacity building of their microfinance program into a local institution, and for Women’s World Banking in New York working on the provision of capacity building services to affiliates and on the coordination of the Africa Microfinance Network initiative.  She has also worked five years for USAID in Senegal first as a financial analyst responsible for financial aspects of several projects and then as manager of the $21 million PVO/NGO Support project providing and monitoring grants to local and international NGOs involved in development areas identified as key priority areas for USAID/Senegal.

Bintou holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from the City University of New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of DC, Washington, DC. She is fluent in both English and French.

Deena Burjorjee, Senior Advisor

Deena Burjorjee is an independent consultant who has worked to support the development of pro-poor financial sectors for over 15 years, 10 of which have been spent as a project manager and technical advisor for the United Nations supporting financial sector projects. Deena also worked with SEEP as a senior technical advisor under the Citi Network Strengthening Project (2008 – 2010) to develop and pilot test a range of technical tools to support the development of sustainable microfinance associations, and continues to advise government and donor agencies on a range of financial inclusion issues. 

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