Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
Microfinance Centre Annual Conference
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In recent years, access to finance and financial inclusion (rather than microfinance) have increasingly been seen as paths to social and economic prosperity. These two concepts encompass more financial and non-financial products and services, new delivery channels and more players (including banks, transfer agencies, mobile companies, etc.). This conference is a critical opportunity to debate how microfinance sits alongside these concepts, and discuss if there are any threats or new opportunities that can be explored by microfinance.
Our starting point will be clear definitions around terminology, and what we mean by the concepts of “access”, “financial inclusion” and “microfinance”, how they relate to each other, policy implications of these definitions and how these play out in practice across Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.
Each conference workshop will tackle a new and challenging aspect of financial inclusion as it relates to microfinance. We’ll bring you sessions on using technology to balance quality and scale, sustainable agriculture and the impact of our food choices on climate change and health, using behavioral insights to improve financial inclusion, and access to finance opportunities in the EU. Through a series of practical, hands-on sessions, we are confident that participants will walk away not only with new ideas, but new skills and resources.