SAM 2017
 days

Events hosted by our partners


This page contains the complete list of events that will take place outside of the conference during the African Microfinance Week.

Choose the ones that suit you and register with the indicated contact!

 

Only those registered for the SAM 2017 can take part in these events

 


SAM2017

Monday, October 9


Interactive training: introduction to social performance and lessons from the field on client outcomes and action plan implementation

Organised by SPTF

Description:
This interactive full-day training is composed of three complementary workshops:

  • workshop 1 : the morning session will introduce social performance management (SPM).  What is SPM, and how does it help a financial service provider (FSP) achieve strong financial performance as well as create benefits for clients? 
  • workshop 2 :  the first afternoon session will focus on client outcomes. How can an FSP measure client outcomes data affordably, and how can it use this data to inform strategic and operational decisions?
  • workshop 3 : the final session of the day will share lessons learned from the field on implementation of action plans to improve practice, including tips on common obstacles and how to address them

The training will take place in English and will be translated into French

Date and time:
Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training price:
Free training on registration (limited number of places).

Contact:
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please e-mail Mrs. Amelia Greenberg at  (SPTF).


Challenges of implementing microinsurance programme for MFIs, with a focus on agri microinsurance

Organised by Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation

Description:
This training is mainly for microfinance institutions interested to set up a micro insurance programme to better serve their clients. Concepts and challenges in implementing such programmes will be discussed, with a specific focus on agri micro insurance.

The training will take place in English and French.

Date and time:
- Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training price:
Free training on registration (limited number of places).

Contact :
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please e-mail Mr. Philippe Guichandut at  (Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation).

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Risk assessment and investment strategies to deliver financial services to agricultural MSMEs

Organised by FAO

Description:
How do you assess the multifaceted risks of agricultural activities, form the standpoint of SMEs and of financial institutions? And how can both SMEs and financial institutions learn from each other's risk mitigating strategies in order to minimize risk? By going through an overview of the regional and idiosyncratic risks affecting agriculture, the present training will provide an overview of risk assessment practices and tools that enable risk reduction and mitigation. The training will provide evidence that it is only possible to share risks among a larger pool of actors and transfer the necessary non-financial costs to intervene in a risk reduction perspective through strategic alliances and partnerships with all the existing value chain actors and their services providers.

The training will take place in English and will be translated into French

Date and time:
Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training price:
Free training on registration (limited number of places).

Contact:
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please e-mail Mr. Massimo Pera (FAO) at  

eMFP

The opportunity of Clean, Resilient business: training on green inclusive finance for MFIs

Organised by e-MFP

Description:

In this training MFIs will be introduced to the various dimensions of green inclusive finance: socio-economic opportunities, challenges and environmental performance. Thanks to the use of the Green Index, and interactive case studies, the MFIs will be guided into the realm of green microfinance. Basic elements will be provided to support the MFIs to prioritize, explore and develop: environmental strategies, environmental risk assessment procedures, and green credit products. 

The training is targeted to MFIs’ managers and all MFIs interested in green opportunities are welcome. It’s not a prerequisite to already have a green initiative in place - MFIs either expert or starting in green microfinance, are invited to join in.

All participants are encouraged to bring any relevant material (if available) with them to the training: e.g. Environmental Policy of their institutions, toolkits to assess environmental risks, flyers describing the characteristics of their green credits, etc.

The training is organised by e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group and will be delivered by Enclude BV.

The languages of the training are English and French.

Date and time:
Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training price:
Free training with compulsory registration (limited number of places). Kindly note that ‘no-shows’ will be invoiced a €100 ‘no-show’ fee.

Contact:
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please e-mail Ms. Camille Dassy (e-MFP) at


Talking business: Microfinance for decentralised renewables in Africa

Organised by Alliance for Rural Electrification

Description:

Organised with the support of the African-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), this workshop targets renewable energy companies and project developers, microfinance players (investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, governments, insurers, etc.) as well as the public sector interested in decentralised renewables in Africa.

The programme will feature presentations and discussions on:

  • The business case for microfinanciers: Why and how microfinance players should invest in decentralised renewables in Africa
  • Panel discussion on the experiences of microfinance players and decentralised RE companies
  • Pitches from decentralized RE and microfinance players to present their products and explain what type of projects/partners they are looking for
  • Services and activities offered by RECP and ARE for investors/financiers and project developers interested in venturing into Africa’s renewable energy markets

The workshop will be taught only in English.

Date and time:
- Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 16.00 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this workshop must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week. No prerequisite knowledge of the subject is required.

Workshop price:
Free upon registration (limited number of places).

Contact:
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please sign up for the workshop here.

For more information, contact Mr. David Lecoque (ARE) at

Programme:
Read the full programme of the workshp on: https://www.ruralelec.org/event-calendar/talking-business-microfinance-decentralised-renewables-africa or you can download it below:


Institution Assessment Training for Internal Staff

Organised by Risk Management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM)

Description:
The Institution Assessment Training for Internal Staff is an in-depth, three-day training course designed for internal microfinance senior management, risk managers and internal auditors. Through interactive lectures, facilitated discussions, and a case study, participants learn to conduct their own gap analysis and create a strategic risk management development plan using the Graduation Model and Institution Assessment framework. This cost-effective training course equips internal staff with the necessary skills to integrate the development of their risk management systems into their larger organizational strategy.

Participants will:

  • Learn the components of RIM’s Graduation Model framework and its value proposition compared to traditional, single-bottom-line risk management frameworks;
  • Learn how to navigate RIM’s Graduation Model Encyclopedia (formerly known as RIM’s Knowledge Base);
  • Learn how to facilitate RIM’s Institution Assessment process, including critical factors within Graduation Model scoring;
  • Gain access and learn to use RIM’s Institution Assessment implementation tools and resources;
  • Be granted a complementary 2018 individual membership ($500 value);

Facilitator: Sa-Eun Park (MagpieVenture LLC)


Prerequisite to participate to the training:
To ensure robust discussions and for the training to be most effective, participants should understand the fundamentals of risk management and have basic skills in MS Excel. Similarly, this training will be most useful for participants in whose institution risk management is a current priority.

The training will be taught in English.

Date and time:
Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Day 1/3)
Thursday, October 12,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Day 2/3)
Friday, October 13,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Day 3/3)


Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Special price SAM: $850 (instead of $1,000) for the 3 days of training (limited number of registrations).

Contact and registrations:
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please e-mail Mrs. Caroline Morilhat at


Microfact trainers meeting

Organised by Microfact

Description:
Certified trainers in Africa meet Microfact Coordinators to discuss recent developments of the Microfact tools and workshops.

Date and time:
- Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
The meeting is reserved to Microfact authorized trainers only.

ADA - AEMFI

Supporting Small and Growing Businesses in Ethiopia

Organised by ADA / AEMFI

Description:

ADA, in partnership with AEMFI, the Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions, is organising a workshop based on the results of a recent study conducted in Ethiopia on ‘Small and Growing Businesses’ to further the thinking on how better to support them. The workshop will share the results of the SME profile study conducted in Ethiopia and put forth some conclusions for discussion that may have important and relevant strategic implications for financial institutions and the role they play in strengthening the SME sector.

General Managers, Operation managers, Marketing manager, Product development manager and other top level managers from Ethiopian MFI, are targeted to participate to this workshop. 

The workshop will take place in English.

Date and time:
Monday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
On invitation only.

SAM2017

Thursday, October 12


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Customer-centric practices for financial inclusion  

Organised by CGAP

Description:
Think about a great customer experience that you've had recently. What made it great? Good customer experience is no mistake, and the world’s leading firms invest in making their organization customer-centric. From offer to delivery, a good customer experience is comprised of touch points that add value to the customer, and pave the way for business value.

This workshop will equip participants with tools to identify, design and then introduce customer-centricity within their organization. We will cover a set of case studies, tools, experiments, and references to inspire participants. Ultimately, when we deliver products and services that poor customers will choose and actively use, everybody wins.

The training will be taught in English.

Date and time:
- Thursday, October 12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training price:
Free training with compulsory registration (limited number of places).

Moderator and trainer:
Gayatri Murthy, representing the Customers at the Center Initiative at CGAP will train participants on applying a customer-focus in their operations, services and customer experience. The workshop will contain practical tools you can apply in your organization and case-studies from firms in Africa and Asia.

Contact :
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please e-mail Gayatri Murthy (CGAP) at .


Agricultural Value Chain Development and Finance Training

Organised by Connexus

Description:
There is a large demand for agricultural finance as farmers, suppliers, processors and buyers need access to finance to operate and develop their businesses. However, on the supply side, bankers often struggle to contain their risks and costs in financing agriculture which results in a large gap in adequate financing. At the Agricultural Value Chain Finance Training, participants will learn about developing commercially attractive financial services that meet the needs of the various actors in the value chain and how a value chain focus can result in market growth and reduced credit risk.

The training will be taught in English (translation in French to be confirmed).

Course Objectives:
Using participatory adult learning methods, by the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand value chain concepts and competitiveness and be able to assess risks and identify strategic opportunities to strengthen value chains;
  • Recognize how cohesive value chains can be used to reduce risks and facilitate access to finance;
  • Learn how to apply value chain financial products to meet the needs of various actors in the value chain.

Date and time:
- Thursday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Day 1/2)
- Friday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Day 2/2)


Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training fees:
Paid training:
- Early Bird : $995 (until September 8, 2017) 
- Regular fees : $1,295 (from September 9 to 22, 2017, after which no registrations will be accepted)

Contact :
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please register for the training on: www.regonline.com/agvcf2017add.
For more information, please read the document below or e-mail Mrs. Anita Campion (Connexus) at .


“Governing in a Digital Age” Roundtable

Organised by Center for Financial Inclusion - Acción

Description:
Africa continues to emerge as an industry leader in disruptive technologies and business models that are changing the financial inclusion landscape. The pace of changing technology, emerging risks, evolving delivery channels and new competitors has many leaders and boards rethinking their strategies and governance role.

The Governing in a Digital Age Roundtable, a Center for Financial Inclusion - Acción event hosted at Africa Microfinance Week, will cover key governance issues among leading CEOs, board members, investors and regulators from African microfinance and financial inclusion industries. Over two days, financial inclusion industry leaders will engage in peer learning and exchange about the role of a board as a vital guiding tool for top-management as new and disruptive channels and models emerge. The roundtable will also provide an opportunity for an “expert exchange” on technology, governance, risk and strategic planning.

Thematic questions to be explored at the round table include:

  • Is your business model working well, evolving, or is it changing completely? What does that mean for employees/clients?
  • What will your bank look like in the future? Will the role of bank branches change as new banking models emerge – to customer service centres, or even cafés?
  • How much human touch do clients want? How does a board judge how much human touch is needed, and in what form?
  • What is the board’s role in developing a strategy around disruptive technologies? How should a board be structured to take advantage of new technologies? What knowledge/experience does a board need to have?
  • How does the board ensure that digital services provide appropriate products to varied segments, i.e. the most vulnerable clients, the rural clients, etc.?
  • What is the role of the board with respect to digital regulation?
  • In what way should the board engage with regulators to facilitate a balance between encouraging innovation and ensuring clients are protected?

The roundtable will be taught only in English.

Date and time:
- Thursday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Day 1/2)
- Friday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Day 2/2)

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this roundtable must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Roundtable price:
Participation in the roundtable is free of charge but by invitation only.

Contact:

For more information, please contact Ms. Danielle Piskadlo at 


How to finance young entrepreneurs

Sharing experience between ADA and its partners

Organised by ADA

Description:
In 2008, ADA and RCPB implemented a project targeting young entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso. Drawing on their first experience with RCPB, ADA launched similar projects in 2014 with both ASUSU in Niger and FUCEC in Togo, and then in 2016 with UFC in Rwanda. In order to share and capitalize on those four experiences, implementing the same kind of projects but in different contexts and times, a sharing workshop will be held at SAM 2017, gathering ADA and its “young entrepreneurs” project partners.

The workshop will be taught only in French.

Date and time:
- Thursday, October 12, from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this workshop must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Workshop price:
Participation in the workshop is free of charge but only by invitation.
 

SAM2017

Friday, October 13


SIMFI - Simulation game in microfinance

Organised by ADA 

Description:

The workshop is based on a web application simulating a microfinance institution in a market. It consists of groups of 2 to 5 people who are responsible for creating and managing a microfinance institution during the course of the game. There will be several rounds, each representing 3 months.

Participants will be asked to weigh in on various matters of markets, products or strategy and – faced with a number of choices – any decision they make will have consequences for the performance of the virtual MFI.

The simulation allows the participants to manage an MFI and promotes an analytical decision making process, taking into account the financial situation of the MFI as well as the client value that is on offer. Managing this balance is essential for health of the sector.

The explanation of the training will be in English. The groups will then be trained in the languages of participants (English / French).

Prerequisite to participate to the training:
You must be MFI professional with managerial experience and an understanding of performance indicators and portfolio management.
Participants will need their own computer (at least one per group) and internet access.

Date and time:
- Friday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training price:
Free training on registration (limited number of places).

Contact:
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please e-mail Mrs. Caroline Morilhat (ADA) at .

eMFP

Due diligence for MFIs venturing into SME finance

Organised by e-MFP

Description: 

In recent years, many MFIs have ventured into SME finance without adequate knowledge or experience, with various degrees of success. Some have effectively diversified into this new customer segment and have become effective financial providers to the “missing middle.” Others found themselves laden with bad debt and high losses. When conducting due diligence, it is critical for investment fund analysts to be able to differentiate between successful and unsuccessful SME programs.

This one-day training reviews the key issues that investment fund analysts need to be aware of when conducting due diligence of MFIs providing or planning to provide SME finance products and services. It will highlight the characteristics of SMEs in comparison to micro entreprises, how to assess SME loans, the procedures that should be in place within the institution to serve this segment, the specific risks of the SME sector and the main challenges for the organization at all levels.

The training will be conducted in English.

Date and time:
Friday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training price:

Standard: 400 EUR

Members of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP): 300 EUR

Contact:

Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, to register please e-mail Ms. Gabriela Erice Garcia (e-MFP) at

Cerise SPI4

An introduction to the CERISE social audit tool SPI4

Organised by CERISE

Description:
CERISE SPI4 is the most widely used social audit tool in microfinance. Used by over 350 MFIs worldwide, the SPI4 is a powerful management and reporting tool designed to assess and improve social risk management. This one-day interactive training will prepare participants to use SPI4, carry out a social audit, interpret results, and identify resources to create an action plan. To make the most of the training, please download the the SPI4 (free, on line, on www.cerise-spi4.org) and give it a test run.

The training will be conducted in English (translation in French).

Date and time:
Friday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Anyone who wishes to register for this training must have previously purchased the entrance ticket for the African Microfinance Week.

Training price:
This training is sponsored by the AFD-funded Responsible Microfinance Facility, which will cover the cost for participants.

Contact:
Once you have purchased your SAM entrance ticket, please register for the training using this form. CERISE will contact you to confirm the registration. 

ADA

Annual meeting of training partners - French-speaking Africa

Organised by ADA

Description:
ADA, in close collaboration with partners from 13 African French-speaking countries, is responsible for ensuring the quality of 10 training modules developed by CGAP, for updating training content and for developing the trainer’s network. It is in this context that the partners will be able to discuss the state of the activities and the future of the network.

The meeting will be only in French.

Date and time:
Friday, October 13,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of registration:
Event reserved to ADA training partners.

Meeting price:
The meeting is free of charge but by invitation only.
 


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