‘A Billion to Gain?’ 2014: An inspirational conference - Shaping directions for the future

4 September, 2014

Yesterday, Wednesday September 3rd 2014, the ‘A Billion to Gain?’ conference, organised by NpM in cooperation with ING, took place aimed at the inclusive finance sector as a whole to exchange ideas and pave the way for the future of the sector. An important momentum of the day was the official presentation of the results of the comprehensive ING-NpM study ‘A Billion to Gain?’ on the social impact of microfinance in India and Ghana.

The conference’s programme was diverse and so was the audience. This precisely, matches NpM’s aim of representing the sector, coordinating its activities and managing knowledge. The different key notes delivered by amongst others prof. Jonathan Morduch (author of Portfolios of the Poor) and Jeroen Roodenburg (Director Sustainable Economic Development at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) were followed by an interesting discussion of a panel, consisting of both academics like prof. Robert Lensink (Groningen University) and well-known practitioners in the field like Vijay Mahajan (CEO Basix, India).

The afternoon programme enabled the conference’s 250 participants to elaborate on their particular interests and join interactive sessions on specific topics. The Dutch embassies and their prominent guests, such as Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, Ghana’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, were involved during the conference through livestreaming. As a follow-up the audience in the Netherlands received their feedback via a video made on the same day.  Also, ambitious social entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas to the audience. The closing remarks of ‘A Billion to Gain?’ 2014 were provided by NpM Chairman, Ben Simmes who stated that impact studies in microfinance are a must; scrutinize the positive and the negative findings.

In sum, the ABTG 2014 conference was a great success and created again another opportunity to shape directions for the future of microfinance and financial inclusion worldwide.

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The presentations, video report will follow shortly. For now, find all videos of the presentations here!

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