17th Microcredit Summit — Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance
The 17th Microcredit Summit was held in Mérida, Mexico, this September 3rd to 5th, and it was a great success! For three days, we talked about what we could do to change the system, to create new partnerships and new relationships and to develop products and services that will reach families living in extreme poverty. Together, we built a vision for the next generation of financial services that reach everyone and that provide even the poorest and most remote with the tools and resources they need to complete the journey to sustainable livelihoods.
The Ministry of the Economy and its PRONAFIM program, the State of Yucatan, and Nacional Financiera—our local hosts and event partners—provided their wisdom, organizational skills, and a beautiful location to meet together. Innovative leaders from around the world facilitated a dialogue around how we can craft financial services to serve as an essential tool that can serve the broader fight against poverty. Others shared strategies for reaching those living in poverty, such as savings groups and asset-building cash transfer programs, and the challenges that come with growth and scale, such as leadership development and client protection.
The Summit brought together 875 people from 60 countries and featured 160 speakers and presenters in 7 plenary sessions and 35 workshops. We recognized Truelift Milestone award-winning organizations for their exemplary work in providing financial and other services to those living in extreme poverty. We also highlighted the Campaign Commitments made by 35 organizations to take specific action to help bring about the end of extreme poverty, and 60 more individuals wrote out their commitments during the Summit.
Visit the 17th Microcredit Summit website for resources to come out of the Summit: session video recordings, PowerPoint presentations, as well as articles and blog posts from the media.
The 17th Microcredit Summit was organized around the theme “Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance,” engaging delegates in a thoughtful discussion around the challenges and opportunities associated with the growth and transformation of the sector, especially through innovative and best practices that accelerate the steps to reach full financial inclusion.
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2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit
Partnerships against Poverty: Government, Business, Finance and Civil Society
The 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit was held from October 9 – 11, 2013, in the Philippines in partnership with the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI). This was the 16th summit organized by the Campaign and was attended by more than 850 participants representing 145 institutions from 71 countries around the world.
Highlights from the 2013 Summit
The 2013 Summit opened with call from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Governor Tetangco of the Central Bank of the Philippines, Secretary Abad of the Philippines Budget office, and Minister Hasan of Indonesia for us to be part of the movement that helps bring an end to severe poverty in the world by 2030. And, it concluded with adoption of the “2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit Declaration,” which states the following:
We as the Partnerships against Poverty Summit participants, declare, collectively and enthusiastically, THAT EXTREME POVERTY CAN AND WILL BE ENDED BY THE YEAR 2030.
The 2013 Summit also brought us:
- Calls to create partnerships that will help us reach and serve the people deeper in poverty;
- Explanations of creative solutions for reaching the poorest, such as conditional cash transfer programs tied to building assets, graduation programs, combining financial services and health care delivery, and creating self-managed savings banks.
- Examples of how national governments and other policymakers have begun working together to create a financial ecosystem that protects clients and provides pathways out of poverty.
- Ideas of where microfinance can fit in with those providing financial services, payments services and network operators to being to use mobile technology to bring products and services to those living in remote areas.
- Ways that other social businesses can lead to sustainable business and enhance and expand the work of microfinance in solving social problems
We had outstanding workshops on issues like working in post-conflict and disaster areas, green energy, child labor, child and youth finance, small and medium enterprise, mobile banking, housing finance, gender challenges, value chains, health services, and appropriate regulatory environments. In all, we had 6 plenaries, 31 workshops, and 131 speakers.
In the 2013 Summit Closing Plenary, we recognized the first Truelift Award recipients and watched a parade of 17 organizations announce publicly their Campaign Commitments, describing the steps they will take in the next two years to help see 100 million people move out of severe poverty. In addition, more than 160 Summit delegates recorded their own individual or organizational commitments on our Commitments Wall.
2011 Global Microcredit Summit
The Global Microcredit Summit 2011 was held in Valladolid, Spain, on November 14-17, 2011. The conference was attended by more than 2,000 delegates from 105 countries, and conducted more than 100 plenaries, workshops, courses, and associated sessions over 4 days. More sessions were provided in three languages than any previous Summit, and it was the first Global Summit held outside North America. It was the first Summit to ever completely off-set its greenhouse carbon emissions by funding a carbon-reducing microfinance project in Mongolia.
The Summit’s learning agenda was the richest of any of the Summits yet and it was right on target given the difficult year the field had faced. The agenda included sessions addressing the relationship between microfinance and the environment, agriculture, and health and placed a strong focus on social performance and on client-level outcomes. Most notably, this Summit was the place where the first major discussion of the Seal of Excellence took place.
2010 Africa/Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit
“The technical side of microfinance is important, but only if it serves the transformational dimension…
[to effect] redemption that restores peoples’ honor and worth” –Sam Daley-Harris
From April 7th-10th, 2010, more than 1200 delegates from 85 countries attended the Africa – Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. It was the 14th gathering in a series of global and regional summits organized by the Microcredit Summit Campaign. Co-hosted by the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kenya (AMFI) and the Campaign, delegates assisted in a spectacular four days of learning and networking. Download the Summit report here.
- Plenary sessions and simultaneous workshops on issues voted to be the most interesting and relevant to Campaign members.
- Simultaneous interpretation in French/English for all plenary sessions and 60% of workshops.
- Interaction with microcredit clients on field visits to local microcredit projects organized by AMFI.
- Additional training in day-long courses ranging from Microfinance 101 to Financial Self-Sufficiency for MFIs and associated sessions organized by partner institutions.
- In addition to these sessions, AMFI and the Campaign hosted an exhibition tent featuring Kenyan farmers and artisans with their products as well as local MFIs and international institutions promoting their work.
Summit discussion topics
Delegates discussed the importance of:
- Supportive regulatory environment for MFIs
- Tools for greater outreach to rural areas and urban slums
- New technology to increase efficiency and decrease costs
- African and Middle East practitioners to commit to the goals of teh Campaign
Notable attendees included the President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki, HM Queen Sofia of Spain, HRH Princess Máxima of The Netherlands, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. They and delegates from around the world discussed microfinance and its relation to the environment, agriculture, and health with a strong focus on empowering the world’s poorest families, especially the women of those families.
To view and download the PowerPoint presentations from the Kenya Summit, visit http://www.slideshare.net/Microcredit. Share them with your friends, post to your Facebook page, and comment on what you learned!
2009 Latin America – Caribbean Microcredit Regional Summit
More than 850 delegates from 35 countries attended the Latin America/Caribbean Regional Microcredit Summit in Cartagena, Colombia earlier this month. One of the elements that made this Summit a watershed moment for the field was the inclusion, for the first time ever, of the plenary titled: Breaking the Rules of Microfinance to Better End Poverty: Innovations from Around the World. More than 60 percent of those responding said that the session was excellent.
We have tallied the evaluation forms on the following scale (4 excellent; 3 good; 2 average; and 1 poor). The average tally for the plenary sessions was 3.2 and the average for the workshops was 3.0. Here are a few of the comments from the delegates:
- “It still amazes me how you manage to put on these conferences, one after another, in so many parts of the world, and every one of them seems better than the last!”
- “Absolutely motivating and inspiring! Congratulations!”
- “The quality of the panelists was extraordinary.”
We were honored to have the President of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, open the Summit and to have the participation of the former President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, the First Lady of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus.
The hard work of practitioners and individuals like yourselves is conveyed in the explosive growth and importance of the movement. Our continued collaboration has the potential to provide all people with the financial services necessary to find a dignified route out of poverty. We look forward to working together as we strive to reach the goals of our individual institutions, of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, and in doing so, end extreme poverty.
2008 Asia-Pacific Regional Microcredit Summit
Thanks to all the partners and participants, the 2008 Asia-Pacific Regional Microcredit Summit held in Bali, Indonesia was a huge success. Professor Muhammad Yunus called it the “best Summit yet!” One of the great initiatives to come out of this years Summit was the launch of Microfinance Transparency, a not-for-profit initiative that will bring transparency to interest rate pricing. This new initiative was endorsed by institutions reaching 74 million clients (more than half of all microcredit clients in the world) including some of the largest MFIs and networks around the world.
2006 Global Microcredit Summit
The Global Microcredit Summit 2006 was held from November 12-15, 2006, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. More than 2,000 delegates from over 110 countries participated at the event, assessing progress made toward the Campaign’s goal of reaching 100 million of the world’s poorest people by the end of 2005, and launching the second phase of the Campaign with two new goals. Those goals are:
- Working to ensure that 175 million of the world’s poorest families, especially the women of those families, are receiving credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the end of 2015.
- Working to ensure that 100 million families rise above the US$1 a day threshold adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP), between 1990 and 2015.
2005 Latin America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit
The second Latin America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils (LACRMS) was held April 19-22, 2005, in Santiago, Chile. 1,100 delegates from 38 countries attended.
2004 Middle East/Africa Region Microcredit Summit
The Middle East/Africa Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils (MEARMS) was held October 10-13, 2004, in Amman, Jordan. 650 delegates from 75 countries attended.
2004 Asia/Pacific Region Microcredit Summit
The second Asia/Pacific Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils (APRMS) was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on February 16-19, 2004. 1,200 delegates from 47 countries attended.
2002 The Microcredit Summit +5
The Microcredit Summit +5 was held in New York City, USA, on November 12-13, 2002. 2,000 delegates from 100 countries attended.
2001 America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit
The first Latin America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils was held in Puebla, Mexico, on October 9-12, 2001. 600 delegates from 34 countries attended.
2001 Asia/Pacific Region Microcredit Summit
The first Asia/Pacific Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils was held in New Delhi, India, on February 2-5, 2001. 2,000 delegates from 100 countries attended.
2000 Middle East/Africa Region Microcredit Summit
The first Middle East/Africa Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils (MEARMS) was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, on October 8-13, 2000. 580 delegates from 50 countries attended.
1999 Global Microcredit Summit
The second Global Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on June 24-27, 1999. 600 delegates from 85 countries attended.
1998 Global Microcredit Summit
The first Global Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils was held in New York City, USA, on June 24-27, 1998. 1,000 delegates from 107 countries attended.
1997 Microcredit Summit
The original Microcredit Summit was held in Washington, DC, USA, on February 2-4, 1997. More than 2,900 delegates from 137 countries attended.