Day 1; 24 May
|PRE CONFERENCE EVENTS + CONFERENCE DAY 1: Wednesday, 24 May|
|09:30-11:00||Responsible pricing workshop [MFC]|
|11:30-14:30||Membership meeting + 2016 Borrow Wisely Campaign: Highlights and acknowledgments|
|16:30-18:00||Plenary session: Horizon 2037: Fair Finance for All?|
|18:00-18:30||Award Ceremony: EU Ambassadors and MFC Innovation Award|
|18:30||Anniversary Cake and Cocktail reception|
Opening Plenary Session: Horizon 2037: Fair Finance for All?
We’re opening the conference with the big questions: namely how major sector developments over the past two decades will serve us in the coming two decades — and whether or not in 2037, we will be celebrating having finally reached full financial inclusion. In particular, we will discuss how technology is transforming financial systems, disrupting traditional banking and the foundations of our current social structures, including the role of governments. We will debate the implications of the digital revolution, and how microfinance institutions can pro-actively embrace and leverage technology to provide valuable opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and social enterprises. We will also ask: is there a new role for socially-oriented microfinance? We think so, and hope to provide some guidance and inspiration for practitioners to take an active role in imagining our collective future as a sector, and laying the groundwork for the milestones we will celebrate in time for our 40th anniversary.
Grzegorz Galusek, Microfinance Centre (MFC)