In 2015, NpM has paved the way for new initiatives and explored new topics.
In the broader context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at the end of 2015, NpM actively addressed Green Inclusive Finance. In fact, this was the theme of the annual conference, this year organised together with FMO and Hivos. During conference, NpM offered on behalf of all its members a letter of intent to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stating that all members are committed to including ‘green’ in their (investment) activities. This has been an exceptional statement and follow-up steps have already been made.
The research on ‘Finance for Smallholders‘ that was published in 2015, gained a lot of attention.The research focuses on opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organisations and is based on 15 success cases of the NpM members and AgriProFocus in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda. During expert meetings in three of the African countries, NpM brought together many different stakeholders that play a role in creating access to finance for farmers.
Overall, NpM realised in 2015 an increase in all of its activities: 1) the number of sessions related to knowledge management; 2) taking part in events at which the Dutch inclusive finance sector was represented by NpM; and 3) increased communication activities by publications, articles in the press, website visitors, etcetera.
This annual report sheds light on NpM’s contribution to realise the ambitions of its members in reaching financial inclusion. NpM will continue to assist its members by identifying important topics, facilitating cooperation and sharing knowledge.
In the NpM Annual Report 2015, one can read about all activities in more detail.
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