Events & Presentations
The Center for Financial Inclusion regularly sponsors events (and panels at industry events) on a variety of financial inclusion topics with the intent to bring participants in the industry together to promote new ideas and to collaborate in tackling industry challenges.
The Center’s professionals also regularly speak at industry conferences on issues such as prospects for financial inclusion, client protection and avoiding overindebtedness, investing in inclusive finance, risk management and governance at microfinance institutions, access to finance for persons with disabilities, energy and microfinance, and more.
For more information on events, please view the listing below.
HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance
April 21-26, 2014, Boston, USA
Now in its ninth year, the HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance is the first executive education program to provide high-level management and leadership training to those shaping the microfinance industry, including CEOs of leading microfinance institutions and executives of mainstream banks entering the microfinance market. The HBS-Accion Program is part of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. Leading the program are HBS faculty members V. Kasturi Rangan and Michael Chu. The course will begin with an intensive immersion into financial inclusion and the operations of leading microfinance institutions, provided by HBS Faculty and experienced Accion practitioners. The program will then address fundamental challenges of doing business at the low-income segment of the financial sector. These topics will be explored in ways that are relevant not only for financial services providers, but also investors and regulators who are interested in helping to expand financial inclusion.
Realidades que Generan Oportunidades y Desarrollo Sostenible
March 20-22, 2014, Arequipa
Realidades que Generan Oportunidades y Desarrollo Sostenible, convening roughly 1,000 individuals across sectors, will explore a range of pertinent microfinance issues. Discussion topics include the economic benefits of inclusion, opportunities and challenges for inclusion in Latin America, and the unique needs of vulnerable client segments like youth and women. CFI's Deborah Drake, along with international consultant David Alvarez, is moderating the session “Pillars for Inclusion: Strengthening Models in the Industry Microfinance”. Objectives of the event are to identify new and emerging markets, examine how to appropriately address these opportunities, and discuss the tools and ways in which microfinance can strengthen competitiveness and sustainability.
Social Investor and DFI Meeting on Responsible Finance
February 12-13, 2014, London
The CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) is hosting a two-day meeting February 12 and 13 in London on responsible finance among investors and DFIs. With session types including presentations, discussions, and roundtable workshops, the meeting will cover the topics of impact investing and financial inclusion, the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management, balanced returns, and more. CFI and CGAP are hosting a breakfast session on responsible exits. Moderated by Deborah Drake, the session will discuss findings from a forthcoming joint publication by CFI and CGAP, The Art of the Responsible Exit in Microfinance Equity Sales.
Raising the Bar in Microfinance Risk Management
November 13, 2013, Luxembourg
As part of the 2013 European Microfinance Week (EMW), on Wednesday November 13 will be a panel on risk management in microfinance, "Raising the Bar in Microfinance: Evaluating the Past and Creating New Visions For the Future." The panel will be moderated by Kevin Fryatt of MFX Solutions, with speakers Marnix Mulder of Triple Jump, Ligia Castro-Monge, microfinance and risk consultant, and Lynn Exton, global risk consultant and SEEP Network board member. For more information on the 2013 EMW, click here.
Global Microscope on Microfinance Presentation
October 30, 2013, London, U.K.
Following the FI2020 Global Forum in London will be a presentation on the Global Microscope on Microfinance, led by Deborah Drake. The Global Microscope is a report that benchmarks the regulatory and operating conditions for microfinance in developing countries globally.