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VisionFund International has over 80 international staff in its global centre located in every region of the world. In addition, its network of more than thirty microfinance institutions (MFIs) employ over 7000 staff in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Many of VisionFund's staff at both the international global centre and MFI level attend microfinance related events throughout the year, within a a variety of country and industry contexts. Some of these events are listed below. If you are a VisionFund affiliated employee and are attending an event not listed here, or if you are an event organizer and would like VisionFund to consider attending/presenting at your event, please email: info@visionfund.org.au

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR WORK AT UPCOMING VFA EVENTS

Event: Innovative Micro Insurance Protecting the Most Vulnerable
Host: VisionFund Australia
VisionFund attendee: Stewart McCulloch, Global Insurance Director
Dates: Monday 28th November / Thursday 1st December
Time: 12pm-2pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Summary: Please join us to learn about how innovative insurance protects and benefits the poor, particularly the approx.two billion people who live and work in agricultural and rural communities which are highly exposed to significant shocks like crop failure, livestock mortality and severe climatic conditions like tsunamis, typhoons, floods and droughts.VisionFund has developed affordable insurance products to cover these all too frequent events which harm our clients and their families.
RSVP: Tim Brosnan, tim.brosnan@visionfund.org.au by 23rd November
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Event: Innovative Micro Insurance Protecting the Most Vulnerable
Host: VisionFund Australia
VisionFund attendee: Stewart McCulloch, Global Insurance Director
Dates: Friday 2nd December
Time: 12pm-2pm

Location: Sydney, Australia
Summary: Please join us to learn about how innovative insurance protects and benefits the poor, particularly the approx.two billion people who live and work in agricultural and rural communities which are highly exposed to significant shocks like crop failure, livestock mortality and severe climatic conditions like tsunamis, typhoons, floods and droughts.VisionFund has developed affordable insurance products to cover these all too frequent events which harm our clients and their families.
RSVP: Warwick Aubin, warwick.aubin@visionfund.org.au by 24th November
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RAISING OUR VOICE OF INFLUENCE AT INDUSTRY EVENTS

Event: Disaster resilient microfinance
Host: The Financial Inclusion Forum
VisionFund attendee: Stewart McCulloch, Global Insurance Director
Dates: 24 February 2016
Location: London, UK
Summary: The use of microinsurance, mesoinsurance, savings and lending to prepare for and respond to climate related disasters to facilitate financial resilience for the poor.  Specific areas include: El Niño and other climate shocks; Portfolio or meso insurance; Livelihood recovery lending; Microinsurance; Savings. 

For more information:  http://www.mfclubuk.org/index.php/events-maybe/fif-disaster-resilient-microfinance

 

Event: European Microfinance Week 2015
Host: The European Microfinance Platform
VisionFund attendee: Stewart McCulloch, Global Insurance Director
Dates: November 18-20, 2015
Location: Luxembourg
Summary: European Microfinance Week is the major annual event of the microfinance industry hosting high level and in-depth discussions by all sectors of the European microfinance communityworking in developing countries. The theme of the 2015 European Microfinance Week is Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development, and will feature a broad range of plenaries, workshops and smaller working group meetings. 

For more information: https://event.neimenster.lu/ehome/index.php?eventid=133758&

 

Event: FI2020 Week
Host: Center for Financial Inclusion
VisionFund attendee: Nkosilathi Moyo, Chief Executive Officer VisionFund Zambia
Date: November 4, 2015
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Summary: VisionFund Zambia is partnering with Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ), a DFID-funded organization tasked with increasing financial inclusion, to host an event as part of the FI2020 Week on 4 November, 2015. The event will focus on the promotion of financial inclusion by leveraging savings groups and microfinance institutions.
For more information: http://www.visionfund.org/188/media/news/article/vf-zambia-partners-with-fsd-zambia-for-fi2020-week/

 

Event: 14th University Meets Microfinance Workshop
Host: e-MFP Action Group
VisionFund attendee:Johanna Ryan, Organisational Effectiveness, Director
Dates: September 14, 2015
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Summary: The 14th University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Workshop invites university students, researchers and practitioners to explore the topics of Responsible Inclusive Finance and Customer Empowerment through various plenary and panel sessions by experts in the field of microfinance and financial inclusion.

For more information: http://www.universitymeetsmicrofinance.eu/14th-umm-workshop.html 

 

Event: Microfinance in a Technology-enabled World of Financial Inclusion
Host: Global Philanthropy Forum
VisionFund attendee: Scott Brown, President & CEO
Dates: January 8, 2015
Location: Stanford, California, USA
Summary: For the 2.5 billion people who lack access to basic financial services, physical proximity to banks and loan offices are too often the primary barrier. Digital and mobile technologies are starting to change the landscape of financial access. Poor communities that were once invisible to financial institutions are now accessible and present viable market opportunities. New innovations and technologies are redefining microfinance – its products, its delivery and its future. What are the opportunities and challenges facing microfinance in this digital age, and how can it best serve those who still lack access to basic financial services? What is the role of philanthropy to foster innovation in microfinance and strengthen the field? Join us for a lunch and round table conversation with members of The Microfinance CEO Working Group, a collaborative effort to strengthen the microfinance industry by advocating for responsible microfinance practices and committing to upholding their organizations to the highest standards.

For more information: http://philanthropyforum.org/events/microfinance-in-a-technology-enabled-world-of-financial-inclusion/ 


Event: European Microfinance Week 2014 - Developing Better Markets
Host: Center for Financial Inclusion
VisionFund attendee: Scott Brown, President & CEO
Dates: November 12, 2014
Location: Luxembourg
Summary: European Microfinance Week in Luxembourg, placed its attention this year  on "Developing Better Markets", a key focus to be discussed in the context of digital innovations, investment, social performance and sustainability. 2014's conference, run for the ninth straight year by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), brings together over 400 opinion-leaders, top management of banks, funds and other financial institutions, practitioners, academics, analysts, raters and industry commentators to present key innovations, challenges and the work conducted in the previous year by e-MFP's several dedicated Action Groups.

For more information: http://www.e-mfp.eu/european-microfinance-week-2014/information

 

Event: 11th Annual Global Microfinance Forum
Host: Uniglobal
VisionFund attendee: Stewart McCullogh, Global Insurance Director
Dates: March 19-20, 2014
Summary: In recent years, the microfinance industry has made significant progress in promoting responsible practices that protect and appropriately serve clients. However, stakeholders at all levels, microfinance organizations, investment companies and policymakers need to put deliberate effort to ensure the continued success of the industry. Uniglobal’s two day forum will analyze achievement of a way that the interests and investors, MFIs and their clients are balanced.

For more information: http://www.uni-global.eu/en/event/2015-174