We're delighted to announce our Offsite Sessions, a new activity developed under our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 that provides e-MFP with opportunities for more frequent touchpoints with its members and external stakeholders besides the European Microfinance Week. These sessions encompass different types of events, including seminars, training sessions, working sessions, etc., with the objective of raising awareness on e-MFP and its members' activities as well as on relevant topics to the sector. They will take place in e-MFP members' countries and will usually be organised in collaboration with local actors such as e-MFP members, e-MFP Action Groups, national platforms or external partners and stakeholders.
In 2017, two of these sessions took place in April:
Presentation of the Microfinance Index of Market Outreach and Saturation (MIMOSA), 3rd of April in Paris.
For the first e-MFP Offsite Session, e-MFP collaborated with BNP Paribas to bring the MIMOSA Project team to Paris. The project co-founders, Emmanuelle Javoy and e-MFP's Daniel Rozas, shared their research on market saturation and overindebtedness, including a review of several countries covered by the MIMOSA Project. The event was well-attended by a cross-section of Paris-based institutions working in microfinance, including Oxus, Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation, Advans, Cerise, and of course staff from BNP Paribas who hosted the event. The forum featured a number of questions and critiques of the MIMOSA market saturation model.
The Role of MFIs in improving access to and quality of education: Perspectives on the 7th European Microfinance Award and the European Dialogue, 10th April in London.
Hosted at Allen & Overy in London on April 10th 2017 and co-organized by the Financial Inclusion Forum UK and e-MFP, the topic was the role of MFIs in improving access to and quality of education. This event followed up on the European Microfinance Award 2016 topic and was an occasion to present the European Dialogue n° 11: Microfinance and Access to Education - Investing in Tomorrow. The speakers were Daniel Rozas, Sam Mendelson (Arc Finance), Kaspar Wansleben (Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund) and Nathan Byrd (Education Finance group at Opportunity International).
Other events are planned for the coming months and we'll update regularly.