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African Microfinance Week 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015 to Friday, July 3, 2015

The African Microfinance Week is an initiative of the African microfinance regional networks (AMT, AFMIN, AFRACA and MAIN), supported by ADA in partnership with the Luxembourg Cooperation. The SAM 2015 is supported by the Government of Senegal and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

This event is inspired from other regional gatherings such as the Foromic in Latin America and the European Microfinance Week in Luxembourg. The African Microfinance Week aims to become the biggest annual microfinance event on the continent, organised by professionals for professionals, and aims to gather the key players of the industry together. The event was created to stream line the networks general assemblies and faciliate partnerships. This event provides a platform to encourage dialogue and address issues in the microfinance sector on the continent.

The second edition of the SAM will be held in Dakar, Senegal from the 29 June to the 3 July 2015. The theme of this conference will be: “Accelerating Innovative Rural Finance in Africa: Business models and initiatives to develop family farms and promote investment in rural areas”

The conference will present innovative projects that have served the needs of rural smallholders and that are in line with the two following themes:

1. Business model for the development of family farms

How to move from small family farm to agriculture SME?

– fair trade
– cooperative models
– social business
– youth and women entrepreneurship
– innovations in the agriculture value chain

Innovations in the offer of financial products and other services

– migrants remittances
– housing credit
– leasing
– warrantage credit
– financial education
– new distribution channels

New technologies to serve new business models

– mobile banking and info-exchange
– access to green energies (green microfinance)
– access to water for agriculture
– rural internet
– interconnectivity

2. Initiatives to promote investment in rural areas

– tax system to promote agricultural and rural investment
– agricultural insurance and microinsurance mechanisms
– impact investing and social development bonds
– guarantee fund
– incentives to collect rural populations’ savings
– crowdfunding
– PPP (Private-Public Partnership)
– regulatory framework (land ownership, enforcement)
– initiatives to better measure impact and to promote transparency for rural investments
– mechanisms of private and public grants
– financing agribusiness