The Microcredit Summit Campaign, a project of RESULTS Educational Fund, in partnership with the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), announced that the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit will be held October 9 – 11, 2013, in the Philippines. With support from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Central Bank of the Philippines), this will be the 16th summit organized by the Campaign, and some 1,100 participants from around the world will convene at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.
The 2013 Microcredit Summit will focus on “Partnerships against Poverty: Finance, Government, Business, and Civil Society.” Participants will delve into some of the most advanced and successful examples of public-private partnerships (PPP) in the microfinance field, all while bringing together the relevant parties that can work together to elevate these programs to a large scale, including government regulators, microfinance practitioners, product design experts, providers of support services, and heads of institutional multinational banks.
“Poverty is a complex matter. We need multiple solutions, synergy, leverageability, scalability; we all need to work together and do much more.” —Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf Foundation Español FrançaisContinue reading →
Artfully moderated by Dr. Sipho Moyo of the ONE Campaign, the plenary session “Building the Ecosystem for Financial Inclusion while Protecting Clients” at the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit highlighted the advancement of the Maya Declaration in select developing countries.
The Maya Declaration, the first of its kind, is a commitment by developing countries to make significant progress in financial inclusion. This plenary session showcased the progress the Philippines, India, and Bangladesh have made thus far and the role policy makers play in bringing about full financial inclusion.
Showcasing the progress the Philippines, India, and Bangladesh have made thus far toward the Maya Declaration.
The third and final day of our Summit was just as eventful and exciting as the first two. The day started off with the “Social Business: Creating solutions for social problems” plenary, moderated by Imelda Nicolas, Secretary of the Commission … Continue reading →
…I had been conditioned to draw my eyes away from the poverty that surrounded me, to cringe at the touch of a dirty hand reaching out, and to generally be disgusted with the people who need my help the most…I realized that the only thing I was really willing to give were rejects and rejection…As people who have faced constant rejection, what the poor need the most is empowerment, and this can be done through offering social protection and inclusion. As Gov. Tetangco said, we have given them access to microcredit from formal financial service providers, and the challenge is how to reach out to the millions of people who live in extreme poverty…Alleviating millions of people from extreme poverty is possible, but it requires a change of perspective, and more importantly, a change in the system. Continue reading →
The opening ceremony started of with a speech from Mr. Larry Reed, the Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign and Mrs. Mila Mercado Bunker, the President of Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI), and Chairperson of the Microfinance Council of the … Continue reading →
The key question in this workshop session was how to help include the poor in value chains; poor producers are generally too small to transact directly with large buyers. This exclusion leads to the poor selling to small poor buyers … Continue reading →
The much anticipated talk with Dr. Yunus was the key highlight of the opening session at the Partnerships against Poverty 2013. Dr. Yunus began microfinance in Bangladesh around 37 years back, starting initially as a lender to the poor, then … Continue reading →