547 participants attended the SAM 2015! Number of attendees skyrocketed till 620 including official foreign office delegation, politics and VIPs during the opening ceremony. On this day, SAM was definitely the place where to be! Even north Korea diplomatic reprensatives (and perfect fluent French speakers) joined the event. SAM’s notoriety spread over African borders.
In 2015, the theme of SAM was dedicated to Accelerating Innovative Rural Finance in Africa.
Financing agriculture and other rural economic activities in Africa is fundamental to significantly improving living conditions. More than a quarter of the population in the Sub-Saharan African region does not have access to adequate nutrition. 70 % of the population lives dispersed, in untapped rural areas. Taking into account the fact that the population is set to double by 2050 and triple by 2100, Africa needs to find innovative financial solutions which have the potential of boosting food production and agricultural development, while transforming rural space in a positive manner.
The second edition of the SAM focused on solutions that aim to accelerate innovative financing in rural Africa as well as the challenges of rural exodus, food production and distribution, climate change and environmental protection.
The event’s second edition, the AMT’s 7th Investors’ Fair, was set to become even bigger as, traditionally reserved to rated MFI’s, it was opened to all African MFIs (Tiers 1, 2 and 3). Check the official pictures of the event online!
Added to this, for the first time, the African Microfinance Week has hosted an Innovation Fair, which welcomed new technologies and MIS-solutions providers. The products presented are specifically designed to accelerate the development of the inclusive finance sector in rural Africa. One can download the presentations made at this Innovation Fair.