Zainab Salbi and 27 other development leaders to guide 2013 Microcredit Summit agenda

Washington, DC (May 29) – The Microcredit Summit Campaign today announced the composition of the Advisory Committee for the 2013 Microcredit Summit: Partnerships against Poverty. The Advisory Committee is a group of highly respected, experienced specialists from around the world who will use their expertise and networks to contribute to the success of this exciting conference. More than 25 such experts from institutions representing, among others, global organizations (like UNCDF and the World Bank) and innovative microfinance institutions (like CARD MRI in the Philippines and Kashf Foundation in Pakistan) will contribute to a ground-breaking agenda.

With their guidance, the 2013 Microcredit Summit will be a place where institutions and individuals dedicated to bringing about global financial inclusion can change the trajectory of efforts to alleviate and eliminate severe poverty, especially for women.

One such luminary is Zainab Salbi, an Iraqi American writer, activist, and social entrepreneur who is also co-founder of Women for Women International. “We can’t see the injustice of women accounting for two-thirds of those living in severe poverty and not do something about it. Strong women lead to strong nations and helping women lift themselves out of poverty is one of the most efficient and practical investments. I am glad to see that women´s issues will be an integral part of this Summit.”

“The 2013 Microcredit Summit will be more than a conference where ideas get presented,” said Microcredit Summit Campaign director Larry Reed. “It will be a venue that fosters relationships that turn into lasting partnerships, where deals get done that help bring financial services to vast numbers of the excluded at much lower costs, and in ways that bring lasting benefits to the newly included.”

Betty Mwangi-Thuo, general manager of financial services for Safaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kenya, has also joined the committee. “In creating M-PESA, our mobile money service, Safaricom has learned a great deal about partnerships to create innovative products and delivery systems to serve the poor. As a member of the Advisory Committee, I will help craft the digital partnerships track to reflect the newest learnings and help others envision and implement new partnerships that bring together a diverse set of services, channels, and skills.”

The Microcredit Summit Campaign and the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc., together with the sponsorship of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, will host the 2013 Microcredit Summit in Manila, Philippines, October 9-11, 2013. Members of the 2013 Microcredit Summit Advisory Committee are,

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