20 Years of Inclusive Finance Summer Academy


Developing finance institutions are undergoing rapid change. Many of them face increasing competition, tougher regulation or are branching out to embrace new market segments. The Inclusive Finance Summer Academy seeks to equip participants with profound technical know-how in one of five subjects areas (operational risk management, SME banking, rural finance, housing finance and digital finance), visit major German institutions related to your elective, and develop a better understanding of current trends in developing communities.

20th anniversary of the Summer Academy

2019 is special as we will celebrate this year 20 years of Inclusive Finance Summer Academy. A special year calls for a special programme. The international Advisory Services from Frankfurt school will continue to follow UN mandate and focus even more in its educational programmes on applying the SDGs. Participants will be given the opportunity to choose between 5 tracks: SME Finance/Risk Management/Housing Finance/Agricultural Finance/Digital Finance and also the opportunity to assist to informative sessions every day, teambuilding activities and to visit institutions related to their specialisation track. This year, the CSEF summer academy will run in parallel to the other 5 tracks. Learn more about the CSEF summer academy.

Our Summer Academy is designed to provide take-home value: what you learn with us in Frankfurt you can straight away apply at your organisation. More than 500 participants can’t be wrong – our trainings are excellent! Yet, most important for the great success of our Summer Academies are the participants themselves! They bring in regional expertise, complementary experiences, and specialised knowledge. Learning from each other is an integral part of our training. In 2019, we expect to welcome participants from more than 50 countries. This is your opportunity to stretch your network all around the globe.

Administrative Details

The tuition fee for the trainings is EUR 3,750 and it covers all training materials and full-board accommodation in single rooms for the duration of training including meals as well as transportation for site visits.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants have to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor. There are few scholarships available. (Please see Scholarship tab for details and register for our newsletter for more information).

The participant group will be selected based on complementary experiences and backgrounds.

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African Green Revolution Forum 2019

Grow Digital:  
Leveraging digital transformation to drive sustainable food systems in Africa.

Join us at the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). Together, we will identify and catalyse the enabling policies, programmes, and investments to leverage digital transformation to drive sustainable food systems in Africa. Given the unprecedented growth and adoption of digital technologies, Africa has an opportunity to leapfrog the agricultural transformation trajectory of the past and revolutionise life by overcoming isolation, speeding up change, creating jobs of the future, and taking success to scale.

Save the Date!

September 3-6, 2019
Accra, Ghana

About AGRF
AGRF is considered the world’s premier forum for African agriculture, bringing together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward.

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The 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum

We are looking forward to advancing the financial inclusion objectives of the AFI community and we are excited to announce that the National Bank of Rwanda (NBR) and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) will host the 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF) from 11-13 September 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Hailed for its gender equality policies and equal participation of women in all spheres of life, the 2019 GPF aims to showcase the experience of Rwanda and highlight how the use of technology will bring progress in financial inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, especially women and youth.

Since the adoption of the Denarau Action Plan (DAP) at the 2016 GPF, AFI members have pledged to cut the gender gap in half by 2021 within their respective jurisdictions. The 2019 GPF is an occasion to take stock of the progress made and set out steps ahead to reach the goal of halving the financial inclusion gender gap. We will also share and discuss how AFI members are developing and implementing youth-specific financial inclusion policies, as well as what are the commitments we need to make as a global policy leadership alliance to make financial inclusion related services and products more accessible to youth.

Official invitations and a logistics note providing all necessary details will be sent out prior to the event. In the meantime, we would be most grateful if you could save these dates.

The National Bank of Rwanda and AFI look forward to welcoming you to Remarkable Rwanda in September 2019.

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Agri-Finance Forum 2019

According to expert reports, agriculture sector in Africa is the least productive in the world. Small-scale and subsistence farmers, pastoralists, and fishermen produce most of the food consumed in this region, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Lack of capital for investment contributes significantly to the lowering of small scale farmers’ productivity levels.

How can formal financial institutions provide agricultural credit that meets the unique demands of the entire agricultural?


1. Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Agricultural Financing 

2. Climate
How can innovation minimize agriculture’s contribution to climate change?

3. An Untapped Market
High-Saving Youth & Women- solutions to meet market segment

4.Public-private partnerships
Which solutions will cuts costs, increase efficiency, improve risk management, and galvanize the continent’s agricultural sector?

Tools and frameworks for FSPs to better understand rural customers

5. Unlocking Agribusiness Initiatives and skills
This session will explore on business Initiatives and skills put in place to enable farmers to think like business people

6. Rural and Agricultural Finance: Current Status and Recent Trends 
Differences and Overlaps: Rural, Agricultural and Micro Finance
Specific Challenges for Financial Service Provision in Rural Areas
Changing Paradigms in Rural Finance
Key Areas and Hotspots

7. Financial products and services 
Lending and Leasing
Payment Services and Remittances
Payment Services and Remittances

8. Institutions
Agricultural Development Banks
Member-Based Financial Institutions

9. Delivery Methods
Value Chain Financing
Banking beyond Branches

Why Attend?
•Learn strategic financial business solutions
•Network with your colleagues
•Share ideas
•Meet with financially related business partners
•Understand how your daily decisions impact the company profitability
•Discuss the current financial market and its impact on agribusiness

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Global SME Finance Forum 2019

Globally, some of the largest and fastest growing SME financiers may not have started as banks. From tech companies, logistics firms, commodities traders, and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods distributors, financial institutions are facing increasing competition from the real sector in financing small businesses. The real sector firms enjoy a competitive advantage in the form of large amounts of data and analytical skills, which give them insights into the behaviors of SME borrowers.

How will traditional financial institutions cope with this competition from the real sector? And are there untapped opportunities from these new competitors? The Global SME Finance Forum will examine the different ways in which the real sector has entered the SME finance space, and the various ways in which financiers are coping with the “new kids on the block.”

This year, we will celebrate the 5th anniversary of our annual conference and the action-packed 3–day event will include study visits to high-performing institutions, a B2B marketplace, fintech expos, panels, working groups as well as networking sessions and a gala dinner. We will also be announcing the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards 2019. Endorsed by the G20 countries’ Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, these awards recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering innovative products and services to their

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GIIN investor forum 2019

Building on the success of the 2018 GIIN Investor Forum in Paris, which convened over 1,200 active and aspiring impact investors from over 80 countries, the 2019 Forum will present delegates with the opportunity to build relationships, share insights about new strategies, discover the latest industry developments, and explore ways to drive continued momentum and growth in the market. Further event details to come.

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Cracking the Nut 2019 – Leveraging Systems

The 2019 Cracking the Nut conference will take place on  October 14-15, 2019 at the King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. The conference will focus on balancing public concerns for food security with private, market-based solutions. Connexus is working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to organize this two‐day learning event, which will highlight how public and private sector initiatives can be leveraged to stimulate rural and agricultural development, in a way that improves food security.

Cracking the Nut 2019 will provide a demand‐driven, collaborative learning space where participants share experiences and best practices on innovative approaches to expanding agricultural production, increasing rural incomes and the poor’s access to nutritious food and clean water. This will include methodologies, strategies and tools;  networks  for  partnership and coordinated collaboration;  and  insights into the opportunities and threats facing  developing  countries today. English and French simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Applying a food systems lens, this two-day learning event will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in rural development, sustainable agriculture, water sanitation, health and nutrition, including representatives from the  private  sector, governments, donors and development practitioners to discuss the “tough nuts” related to food security, including the themes highlighted below.

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15th Inclusive Insurance for Emerging Markets


The inclusive insurance sector has experienced persistent growth in client outreach and premium volumes over the past ten years. Today, nearly 300 million low-income citizens in developing countries are covered by an insurance policy. New technologies are boosting market coverage. In Asia alone, the number of people insured through mobile phones exceeds 40 million. Furthermore, the G7 has decided to insure 400 million people against climate risks by 2020. Nonetheless, many people are still without cover or alternative risk management options. With the global middle class expected to grow to nearly five billion within two decades, we are looking at billions of people who are without a formal safety net from insurance and hence at risk of falling (back) into poverty.

The need to respond to this situation by understanding the role of insurance for sustainable development and the management of climate risks, improving supply, heightening the awareness of insurance, creating the right regulatory framework and better understanding the particular needs of the low income population is the main focus of the conference. Representatives from insurance and reinsurance companies, distribution channels, investment funds, international organisations, NGOs and development-aid agencies, as well as academics, policymakers and supervisory regulators, from around 50 countries will attend the conference. Attendees will exchange views on current growth trends and risks in emerging markets and discuss key factors for successful implementation and maximised business opportunities to bring supply and demand to the next level.

Structure and objectives of the conference 

The conference will feature panel discussions on key topics addressing an interdisciplinary audience. Additional working group sessions will deal in depth with subtopics. Interactive sessions hosted by partner organisations of the 15th International Conference on Inclusive Insurance will be a key part of the conference, facilitating dialogue in small groups on emerging issues. Keynote speeches will look at the latest international, national and local insights.

Conference language


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The 11th Information Communications Technology for Development Conference

The 11th Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference brings together hundreds of public, private and civil society organizations, eager to share practical insights on applying digital technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.

Share your ICT4D experience, showcase your work, learn from your colleagues, and engage in a cross-sector discussion regarding implementation challenges and best practices. This year’s conference offers a unique, hands-on opportunity to explore how people around the world are using ICT4D to:

  • Enhance program quality
  • Improve decision-making
  • Increase impact
  • Accelerate progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Speaking, exhibiting, sponsoring, and attending the conference are all great ways to demonstrate your commitment to the strategic use of technology in international development and humanitarian relief efforts. Don’t miss this hands-on opportunity to contribute your experience, ideas and solutions.

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FinEquity Spring Member Meeting – 2019


FinEquity will be holding its 2019 regional gathering in Istanbul, Turkey on May 29th as part of the Microfinance Center’s pre conference events. This gathering of our global community to advance women’s financial inclusion is designed to:

  • Update members and interested parties on the status and activities of the community of practice
  • Promote learning around new and innovative practices and solutions to increase women’s financial inclusion; and
  • Review and update Working Group strategic priorities, plans and activities.

Note: FinEquity members who are interested in attending the 2019 MFC Conference can attend the conference at a discounted rate. You will receive a discount code after you register for the FinEquity Spring Member Meeting.

  • 8:30 am to 9:00 am – Breakfast and registration
  • 9:00 am to 9:30 am – Welcome
  • 9:30 am to 10:15 am – FinEquity member stories
  • 10:15 am to 10:45 am – Coffee and networking
  • 10:45 am to 12:00 pm – Panel – How gender norms effect financial inclusion
  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Working group breakout sessions
  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Lunch and networking

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