The Banking With The Poor Network (BWTP) and The Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC), in partnership with the Citi Foundation as Lead Partner and The China Association of Microfinance (CAM) as Local Host, held the Asia Microfinance Forum 2014 in Shanghai, China, 4 – 8 August 2014.
Two world leaders in microfinance opened the Asia Microfinance Forum 2014 as keynote speakers: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC; and Mr Robert Annibale, Global Director of Citi Microfinance and Community Development.
The AMF is one of the leading events in the region for organisations and individuals interested in providing and promoting inclusive and sustainable financial services in Asia. This event attracts a wide range of stakeholders including central banks, heads of government, microfinance practitioners, advocates, educational institutions, mobile phone and telecommunications companies, donor agencies, international financial institutions, NGOs, domestic government agencies, commercial banks, community-based savings institutions, technology and software companies, and a range of other organisations from across Asia and outside the region.
Members of the BWTP Network identified a range of priority challenges and opportunities for achieving greater financial inclusion in Asia. The AMF provided a platform to seek solutions to these challenges and support organisations to better take advantage of opportunities by stimulating fresh thinking and building the capacity of stakeholders and institutions.
AMF delegates participated in several Plenary and Panel sessions to learn about new initiatives, discuss and debate ‘best practice’, exchange knowledge and build partnerships to increase progress towards achieving greater financial inclusion in the region. Alongside these sessions were multiple intensive workshops offering delegates further opportunities to share experience, build capacity and network with other stakeholders, tailored to address specific priority topics and led by industry leaders.
Download the Asia Microfinance Forum 2014 Conference Overview and Session Synopsis.
Opening Session: Welcoming Remarks
Opening Session: Keynote Panel (video):
Panel Session: The Role of State Owned Banks in Financial Inclusion
Panel Session: Creating Demand-Driven Products and Services
Panel Session: Financial Inclusion Policy and Regulation
Plenary Session: China Session – State of the Industry and Ways Forward
Plenary Session: Tracking the Promise of Financial Inclusion
Panel Session: Design and Delivery of Effective Agri-Microfinance
Panel Session: Reaching the Financially Excluded and Demonstrating Impact
Panel Session: Microfinance as a Catalyst for Industry and SME Growth
Panel Session: Re-thinking Microfinance Based on Behavioural Economics
Panel Session: Investing in Asia: Opportunities, Challenges and Impact
Panel Session: Peer- to- Peer (P2P) Microfinance
Panel Session: Leveraging the Use of Remittances
Small Group Workshop: Advancing Financial Capability through Innovative Approaches
Small Group Workshop: FinED Fiji – A Classroom Experience