What's in store at European Microfinance Week 2021?
Join us for over 50 sessions on the critical issues and innovations in the financial inclusion sector
European Microfinance Week (EMW) 2021 is virtual!
We’re excited for you to join us from wherever you are in the world and connect for three days of knowledge exchange, peer to peer learning and the chance to engage with thought leaders from the financial inclusion sector
Building on a well-established model
EMW is a member-driven event which takes the ‘pulse’ of the industry - a unique meeting point for knowledge sharing and an excellent forum for networking. In other years, as an in-person conference in Luxembourg, EMW welcomes 500 professionals from all over the world: leading global experts, opinion-leaders, policy-makers and investors from the financial inclusion sector. The health situation remains hard to predict, so in order to ensure an international conference with the participation of stakeholders from all around the world, e-MFP decided to organise European Microfinance Week 2021 virtually, 17 to 19 November, building on the excellent experience from the 2020 edition (check out the conference report here).
And while the decision to keep EMW 2021 online is a result of current circumstances, it also means abundant opportunities – to bring the work, initiatives, ideas, and discussions to a much broader international audience, while at the same time adapting the format of sessions to maximise interactivity and engagement.
A rich conference programme
#EMW2021 remains a member-led conference and based on feedback of what they wanted included, a rich and dynamic conference programme has emerged.
Join our four plenaries focusing on climate change and financial inclusion; access to inclusive health care (the topic of the European Microfinance Award 2021, with the launch of the e-MFP Award publication gathering the best practices and factors for success); the impact of the pandemic and the response of investors; and a closing plenary that is both retrospective on the past 18 months and looks to the changes that will endure.
There is plenty in store at EMW with around 50 sessions covering diverse themes such as smallholder finance, climate and green finance, social performance – with a strong focus on outcomes and impact management, digital financial inclusion, Covid-19 and financial inclusion, health care and women’s financial inclusion. Other front-line topics covering the most relevant issues of the sector include remittances, WASH, child labour, capacity building and youth – among others. As always, we have lined up top experts – practitioners, academics, investors, raters and others – to lead these sessions and the extensive Q&A and audience engagement activities as well.
A variety of session formats will feature, from topic lounges, working sessions and fireside chat to interviews and more traditional panel sessions, to keep attendees engaged. There will be ample opportunities to join in live and interactive discussion, and of course our dedicated platform offers terrific possibilities to expand your network and connect in one-to-one chats with other attendees and join peers with similar interests in our topic lounges.
For the first time, over 15th and 16th November, EMW will encompass two Training Days, with trainings hosted by e-MFP members on a range of topics: digital transformation, new business models in the post-Covid world, building customer centric institutions, social impact management, risk management, organisation resilience, among others (details will be released next week).
Also included in the framework of EMW is the ceremony to announce the winner of the €100,000 European Microfinance Award 2021 ‘Inclusive Finance and Health Care’, which will be held on November 18th.
Connect with the key players of the sector and discover the insights and innovations that are shaping the future of inclusive finance – don’t miss out, join us online for #EMW2021 during 17-19 November.