Frequently asked questions

In this section you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Where does the SAM take place?

The SAM conference (Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October), as well as all the training and workshops during the week will take place at the Ouaga 2000 International Conference Centre (CIC) in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): see location

The Research Meets Africa conference, which will take place on Monday 21 October from 9.00 to 17.00, will take place at the Ouaga University 1 Professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo, in "Salle des actes" (about 12km from the CIC, in the North-East of the city): see the location

The Gala dinner, which will be held on Thursday, October 24 from19.00, will be held at the Hotel Laïco, (400m from the CIC): see the location

How do I buy my entry ticket for the SAM?

1. Register in the ticketing section
2. Following your registration, you will immediately receive your invoice by email. You can then pay either by credit card or wire transfer (except for Sudanese and Ethiopians who can pay at the SAM):

  • Credit card payments can be processed quickly: after receipt of payment, you will receive an email containing your entry ticket for the SAM.
  • if you choose to pay by bank transfer, you must wait until we receive the payment to receive your entry ticket by email. We may ask you for proof of payment.

3. Once payment has been made, you will receive your invitation letter by email within 7 days (only if you are not from Burkina Faso or a member of WAEMU).

4. You can then begin your visa procedures, with your entry ticket and invitation letter.

Are there any shuttles planned?

Yes, free shuttles are provided daily between the partner hotels and the conference venue (International Conference Centre, Ouaga 2000).
Shuttles are also planned on Monday for all participants wishing to travel to Research Meets Africa, which will be held outside the conference venue at Ouaga University 1 Professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo. Departures are planned from partner hotels, but also from the International Conference Centre.
Finally, shuttles will be available for participants wishing to attend the Gala dinner to be held on Thursday at the Hotel Laïco, 3 minutes from the International Conference Centre.

Download the Shuttle Program

How do I get from Ouagadougou airport to my hotel?

Hotels provide shuttles to pick you up as soon as you arrive at Ouagadougou airport. To do so, contact your hotel to inform them of your arrival. They will usually ask you for your flight number and arrival time.
Contact our partner hotels

Otherwise, you can always take a taxi from the airport.

I want to get my visa when I arrive in Ouagadougou: what do I need?

To apply for your visa upon arrival at Ouagadougou airport, two passport photos will be required. We advise you to bring two passport photos before your departure in order to avoid additional costs. As a reminder, the cost of the visa on site is about 140 euros.
More information on your visa application

Will the organisers cover my accommodation or flight costs?

No. The organisers do not cover any costs. It is the responsibility of each participant to book their plane ticket, hotel and visa application at their own expense.

Are there any reduced cost hotels?

Yes. The organisers of the SAM have negotiated rooms in partner hotels close to the conference to be able to offer the best rates for the participants. Book quickly! Limited availability. 

When will I receive my invitation letter to apply for a visa?

You will receive your invitation letter to the SAM the next day after payment of your registration. If you have not received anything after this deadline, please contact us at .

Can I apply for my visa at Ouagadougou airport upon arrival?

Yes, you can apply for a visa directly upon arrival at the airport. Remember to bring your invitation letter, your entry ticket  for the SAM and your hotel reservation. Estimated cost of the visa: 140€ (about 94,000 XOF). For more information, see our visa section.

What are the advantages of participating for 5 days in the SAM 2019?

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  • You are part of the major event for microfinance professionals in Africa
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  • You attend the two-day conference full of sessions with highly influential speakers on current topics of the sector
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  • You have the opportunity to develop your professional network during these 5 days during the coffee breaks, lunches, and the Gala dinner to which all our participants are invited.


Do I have access to all the events organized during the SAM?

The SAM entrance ticket gives you access to the two-day conference with plenary and parallel sessions on the theme: Pathways toward impact: African Inclusive Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals

The SAM ticket also guarantees access to the Research Meets Africa conference and the Innovators' Village.

The Investors' Fair, which brings together investors and African MFIs, is open to investors that have booked a table, as well as to MFIs registered with SAM and who have completed their form.

Apart from that, you can also participate in several free trainings and workshops organised by our partners. Please register as soon as possible as places are limited!

Some events bring together a very specific public and therefore are only accessible by invitation.

As an investor who wants to participate in the SAM, what rate should I choose?​

We offer several packages with regards to the purchase of tickets, which can be seen on our site.

- If you want to attend the SAM – the two days of conference – as well as the side events included in the price and open to all participants, please select 5 Day Entry Pass.

- If you want to attend the SAM – the two days of the conference – as well as the side events included in the price and open to all our participants, but you also would like to have a stand at the Investors' Fair, organised on Thursday, October 24th, to meet personally the African MFIs with whom you could create a partnership and in which you could potentially invest, please choose the Investors' Fair rate. This rate gives you access to a stand for one day at the Investor Fair + access to all SAM 2019 events.

Several custom packages are available to you:

  • Investor Package 
  • Double Investor Package 
  • Investor Pack "Lounge" 
  • Very Investor Package - VIP 

Go to the ticketing page for all the information. 

Do I need a visa for Burkina Faso?

An entry visa is required for all non-residents of Burkina Faso, with the exception of WAEMU member states (Benin, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo). Find all the practical information in the "Visas" section.

What is the weather like in Ouagadougou in October?

May/June to September/October: rainy season (average temperature 28°C).
From November to February: dry and cold season (average temperature 25°C). 
March to May: hot season (average temperature 40-45°C). 

What will be the jet lag in Ouagadougou in October?

In October, the jet lag will be - 2H compared to Luxembourg. Thus, when it will be 11am in Luxembourg, it will be 9am in Ouagadougou.

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