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.
The Board Fellows Program Steering Committee Meeting
July 18, 2014, Turin, Italy
The Board Fellows Program Steering Committee is comprised of eleven members with almost half hailing from Africa. Steering Committee members have a variety of backgrounds and experiences including expertise in African MFIs, governance, risk, executive trainings, etc. The Steering Committee will be instrumental in designing and launching this governance program, helping to both identify and overcome challenges and obstacles. The Steering Committee’s first in-person meeting will take place in Turin, Italy. Deborah Drake, Danielle Piskadlo, and Elisabeth Rhyne will attend this meeting.
20th Anniversary Boulder Microfinance Training
July 7-25, 2014, Turin, Italy
This year Boulder Institute will be holding its 20th Anniversary Boulder Microfinance Training (MFT) in English and French in Turin, Italy, July 7-25 at the International Training Centre of the ILO. As part of this milestone year, a special program tailored to institutions and their professionals working in microfinance will be offered, with an emphasis on policymaking, sustainable development, and MFI management. More than 60 courses will be offered, as well as the daily “Morning Seminar,” which are all designed to meet the professional needs and challenges that the microfinance industry faces today. Networking activities will also be provided. During a plenary session, CFI's Deborah Drake will present the 2014 Microfinance Banana Skins report. For more information on the program, click here, or cliquez ici.
Governing Through Challenges: Lessons Learned
May 20, 2014, Virtual
The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI)’s Governance Working Group and the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) are pleased to host Tamar Lebanidze, Chair of Bank Constanta’s Board, for a presentation and discussion, Governing Through Challenges: Lessons Learned. Recent Publications, Failures in Microfinance: Lessons Learned, Weathering the Storm: Lessons in Microfinance Crisis Survival, examining MFI crises and concluded that the quality of governance was the differentiating factor between institutions that survived and those that did not. These reports highlight the importance of strong boards and CEOs with the ability to effectively lead, sustain, and guide their institutions through difficult times of transformation and growth. A blog post by Bob Bragar, Principal, Strategies for Impact Investors highlights the journey of Constanta Bank, and the governance challenges that this presentation will cover: growth, transformation, the key role of the board chair, and transitioning from management to the board. This event is only open to Governance Working Group and SPTF members.
Financial Inclusion Equity Council Spring Meeting
May 12-13, 2014, New York City, USA
Hosted by WWB Asset Management at the Credit Suisse office, the main theme of this Financial Inclusion Equity Council meeting is “Market Transparency,” which will more specifically delve into the areas of market infrastructure, valuation, and industry influencers. This meeting includes a panel lunch to create a platform for exchange between Council members, Credit Suisse employees and clients, and the Microfinance CEO Working Group. This discussion will focus on deepening the level of understanding about the important role equity investments play within the impact investment sector. The spring Council meeting will also continue our conversation with the Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG) on how best to advance our shared agenda.
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.