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Past Microcredit Summits

  2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006 | 2004 (Middle East & Africa) | 2004 (Asia & Pacific) | 2002
2001 (Latin America & Caribbean) | 2001 (Asia & Pacific) | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997

 

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. 

Experience the Summit all over again—or for the very first time!

 

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2011 Global Microcredit Summit 

The Global Microcredit Summit 2011 was held in Valladolid, Spain from November 14th to November 17th.The conference was attended by more than 2,000 delegates from 105 countries, and conducted more than 100 plenaries, workshops, courses and associated sessions in 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.

To learn more about the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit, please click here.

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2010 Africa/Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit

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 fourteenth 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.  

Summit Features

  • 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.  

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.

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 Campaign

Sam Daley-Harris, founder and director of the Campaign, challenged delegates to change our way of thinking in his opening and closing ceremony speeches. He said, "The technical side of microfinance is important, but only if it serves the transformational dimension...[to effect] redemption that restores peoples' honor and worth" and sets them free.
 
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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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2005 Latin America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit

The second Latin America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils (LACRMS) was held in Santiago, Chile April 19-22, 2005. 1,100 delegates from 38 countries attended.

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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.

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2004 Asia/Pacific Region Microcredit Summit

The second Asia/Pacific Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils (APRMS) was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 16-19, 2004. 1,200 delegates from 47 countries attended.

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2002 The Microcredit Summit +5

The Microcredit Summit +5 was held in New York City, USA November 12-13, 2002. 2,000 delegates from 100 countries attended.

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2001 America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit

The first Latin America/Caribbean Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils was held in Puebla, Mexico October 9-12, 2001. 600 delegates from 34 countries attended.

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2001 Asia/Pacific Region Microcredit Summit

The first Asia/Pacific Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils was held in New Delhi, India February 2-5, 2001. 2,000 delegates from 100 countries attended.

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2000 Middle East/Africa Region Microcredit Summit

The first Middle East/Africa Region Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils (MEARMS) was held in Harare, Zimbabwe October 8-13, 2000. 580 delegates from 50 countries attended.

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1999 Global Microcredit Summit

The second Global Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils was held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire June 24-27, 1999. 600 delegates from 85 countries attended.

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1998 Global Microcredit Summit 

The first Global Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils was held in New York City, USA June 24-27, 1998. 1,000 delegates from 107 countries attended.

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1997 Microcredit Summit

The original Microcredit Summit was held in Washington, DC, USA in February 2-4, 1997. More than 2,900 delegates from 137 countries attended.
Read the Declaration and Plan of Action.

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