European Microfinance Week 2019

This session, entitled "Looking back; looking ahead" focused on how financial inclusion changes over time - the trends and shifts in attitude that have taken place over the last decade, and what stakeholders think is yet to come. The session brought together representatives of Convergences and e-MFP, to present a decade of the Microfinance Barometer and the findings of the just-launched Financial Inclusion Compass 2019, respectively. The first presentation, from Convergences (which publishes the annual Microfinance Barometer) looked back at how over ten editions of the Barometer, attitudes and priorities have shifted among readers and contributors. The second presentation looked ahead, to present the second Compass, a mixed-methodology survey of various sector stakeholders' predictions, concerns and focus areas. A panel discussion of these trends included a response by an eminent sector leader with a multi-decade career.