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20091125.Microfinance In International Development Conference.London


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  • 1. Micro nance in International Development Impact, opportunities and challenges Wednesday, 25 November 2009 Central London
  • 2. Background Microfinance is an influential and fast-growing field in economic development. It has a record of success in promoting financial resilience, reaching the excluded, empowering women and developing the capacity of small groups of people to take control of their own lives. This one day event brings together experienced researchers and practitioners. This event will consider a number of issues on microfinance and its impact on global development. Objectives Delegates will enhance their knowledge on: • the continuing role of microfinance in tackling global development • current issues affecting the sector • key operational challenges • new funding opportunities • creating sustainable microfinance institutions • future of microfinance Agenda 09.30-10.00 Registration Networking 10.00-10.15 Chair’s opening comments Chairman 10.15-11.00 The role of Microfinance in Global Development Dr Dambisa Moyo 11.00 -11.45 Microfinance Banana Skin Report – 2009 Sam Mendelson 11.45-12.00 Refreshments/Networking Networking 12.00 -12.45 New Funding Opportunities in Microfinance Dr Vento Gianfranco 12.45 -13 45 Buffet Lunch Networking 13.45-14.30 Closing the GAP in Africa Mads Kjaer, MyC4 14.30 -15.15 Creating financially sustainable institutions that Dr Anna Marr are true to their social mission. 15.15 – 15.30 Refreshments/Networking Networking 15.30 – 16.15 The future of Microfinance Triodos Netherlands 2010 – 2015 16.15 Chairman’s closing remarks Chairman
  • 3. Who is this for? • Microfinance Practitioners • Non Governmental organisations • Social Investment Managers • International Development Practitioners • Voluntary Agencies • Academics • Researchers • Advocates • Independent consultants • Students • Community Development Specialists Speakers Dr Dambisa Moyo was born and raised in Zambia, Southern Africa. She completed a PhD in Economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters Degree from Harvard University. She worked at Goldman Sachs for 8 years in the debt capital markets, hedge fund coverage and in global macroeconomics teams. Prior to that, she worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Dambisa is the author of “Dead Aid” where she argues for more innovative ways for Africa to finance development through trading with China, accessing the capital markets, and microfinance. Sam Mendelson graduated from the University of Western Australia with honours degrees both in Psychology and Law, before gaining a Masters degree in Public International Law at University College London. He was the Programme Director at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and the co-author of the Microfinance Banana skins 2009 – Confronting Crisis and change. Dr Gianfranco Vento is currently a Senior Lecturer in Banking & Finance at “Regent’s College” in London, and Associate Professor at the Open University “Guglielmo Marconi” in Rome. At Regent’s College, he is the Director of the research cluster in banking & finance and leads the microfinance team. Dr Gianfranco Vento has written academic papers and has also published a book titled microfinance. Mads Kjaer is the Chief Executive officer and co-founder of MyC4 an Online lending platform in Denmark. Since the company’s formation, 14,900 investors from 90 countries have invested more than 8.3 Euros in seven African countries. Mads has over 25 years market experience in emerging economies, and lived in Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa. Dr. Ana Marr is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich. She is a senior economist with over 15 years in policy-making. Dr Ana Marr has worked on microfinance projects in many parts of the world: Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Thailand), Latin America (Bolivia, Colombia and Peru), and Africa (Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe). She has also published and lectured extensively on this topic. Triodos Netherlands – The firm provides consultancy and capacity building services to the microfinance sector. Triodos recently carried out a study into the future of Microfinance. Their representatives would share this research with participants.
  • 4. Micro nance in International Development Impact, opportunities and challenges Wednesday 25 November 2009 Central London Fees This include admission, conference papers, lunch and refreshments • First/second delegate: £250 plus VAT • Additional delegates: £200 plus VAT • Discount for members of the Microfinance Association • Discount for full time students 4 Ways to book • On line booking at • By post to The Microfinance Association Science and Innovation Park, Brunel Way, Dartford, Kent DA1 5GA • By email to • By BACS: Bank: Lloyds Bank TSB, Branch: Bexleyheath, Account Name: The Microfinance Association Account No: 00236203, Sort Code: 30-90-76 Booking conditions • Delegates will receive details of venue two weeks before the conference • All cancellations must be in writing • Cancellations made more than 2 weeks before the event will receive a full refund minus a charge of £40.00 per delegate • If cancellations are made after this time, payment must be made in full. Substitutions can be made at any time Name: Job title: Email: Organisation: Address: Postcode: Telephone: Special requirements: Changes to programme: The Microfinance Association reserves the right to alter the programme or venue without notice. Telephone: 01322 312 078 Fax: 01322 312 001