SAM 2017 in Ethiopia - African Microfinance Week

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Creating values for SMEs: A new key role for microfinance?

The African Microfinance Week (referred to as the SAM, based on the French acronym) is a conference organised by the African networks AMT (African Microfinance Transparency)MAIN (Microfinance African Institutions Network) and AFRACA (African Rural & Agricultural Credit Association) and by ADA with the support of the Luxembourg Cooperation.

SAM's main ambition is to become the major microfinance African event; bringing all professionals together to one event saves time and financial resources.

The SAM, a whole week to:

  • meet the decision makers, public and private lenders, MFIs directors;
  • and microfinance investors;
  • build new partnerships and strengthen current business relations;
  • extend and maximize your network of contacts;
  • share best practices and innovative experiences;
  • accelerate financial inclusion on the continent.

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SAM 2015

The most important microfinance event in Africa

The event brings together microfinance players from the entire industry – investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, governments, others – making this into a unified African platform for exchange and reflection on the industry. The African Microfinance Week is a forum that actively promotes and accelerates financial inclusion and economic growth throughout the continent.

Objectives of the SAM

  • To provide a common space for exchange and dialogue on the microfinance issues of the African continent;
  • To promote the collaboration of actors in financial inclusion, to advance new technological approaches and facilitate public-private partnerships;
  • To broadcast lessons and experience shared during the SAM sessions, by publishing an annual conference report and by relaying the sector’s news throughout the year via the website;
  • To promote partnerships between regional- and continental-level networks but also partnerships between all other sectoral stakeholders, through an online platform;
  • To involve strategic stakeholders such as the representatives of central banks, regulatory and supervisory authorities, other public authorities, African regional organisations, banks, financial sector professionals, insurance companies and civil society involved in financial inclusion;
  • To involve academics and researchers in preparing and organising the conference agenda.

The three regional networks – AMT, AFRACA and MAIN – organising this conference, and themselves representing 140 MFIs and 23 Microfinance organisations and networks from all over Africa, not only ensured regional representation but also a continental coverage. The other participants consisted of investors, providers of technical assistance who were also attending AMT's Investor Fair and Innovation Fair, rating agencies as well as other actors from the African inclusive finance sector.


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