SAMN CONFERENCE 2016
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MFIN work hinges on its three verticals of Self Regulation, Advocacy & Development and Analytics.
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Financial Inclusion to Sustainable Development
The Road Travelled
8 – 9 March, 2016 | Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India
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Reasons to Attend
1. Get Inspired
Sessions created specifically to educate and inspire practitioners,
executives, new clients, researchers and IT professionals.
2. Learning in a New Space
Breaking out of the office, sitting in a new space will spark us to
new approaches that will grow our businesses.
3. Speak Your Mind
Contribute directly to SAMN Regional Conference by giving us feedback.
4. Connect and Share
Opportunity to mix and mingle, form new relationships, and strengthen
existing ones. Over coffee, lunch, or cocktails, you may make a connection
with the perfect provider or prospect.
5. Quality Time
Meet with Experts & Influencers Face to Face from companies of all
sizes, industries, and from around the globe.
6. The Energy of Like-Minded Individuals
There’s nothing like being in a room of like-minded people.
7. Have Fun!
Being in business should be rewarding and fun.
All work and no play can get old fast.
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Convenor
Host: Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

In the decade leading up to 2009, the Non-Bank Finance Company-Micro Finance Institution (NBFC-MFI) model proved itself to be a viable and sustainable means of providing access to finance and meet the financial requirements of the bottom of the pyramid population. As a dedicated credit delivery channel for vast un-banked/under-banked segments, NBFC-MFIs have been playing a significant role in taking forward the Financial Inclusion agenda of the Government of India. What sets NBFC-MFIs apart is the fact that they do not depend on grants or subsidies to provide unsecured loans people with low incomes and no access to the banking system. Instead, they have used market oriented solutions that encourage self-reliance and entrepreneurship amongst its clients.

By 2009, NBFC-MFIs were contributing to a significant proportion of the aggregate Microfinance activity in India. In FY2009-10, this class of institutions had, at a pan-India level, succeeded in reaching out to over 23 million low income clients with total lending in excess of Rs. 1800 Crores. As the NBFC-MFI industry grew, so did its need for transparency and better governance. It was against this backdrop that the industry felt the need for an organization that would establish a framework for fair practices and client protection for NBFC-MFIs and promote the development of a robust Microfinance industry in India.

MFIN was established in October 2009 as a Society under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act 2001. As per MFIN Bye-Laws, all NBFCs registered with the RBI as NBFC-MFIs are eligible for membership of the Society. MFIN is to a large extent member funded. Its Governing Board comprises of Members elected from amongst the leadership of member MFIs. One third of the Board comprises independent Members.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) vide its letter dated 16th June, 2014 accorded recognition to MFIN as Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) of NBFC-MFIs.

MFIN works closely with regulators and other key stakeholders and plays an active part in the larger financial inclusions dialogue through the medium of microfinance.

Mission

MFIN’s primary objective is to work towards the robust development of the microfinance sector, by promoting:

  • Responsible lending
  • Client protection
  • Good governance
  • A supportive regulatory environment
Vision

To be an engine of inclusive growth for India and help provide financial services to 100 million low income households by the year 2020, in a responsible and transparent manner.

For more details please visit: http://mfinindia.org/

 

Convenor: South Asian Micro-entrepreneurs Network (SAMN)

The South Asian Micro-entrepreneurs Network (SAMN) is a regional microfinance industry association working to enhance financial inclusion among low-income population in south Asia. SAMN achieves this by improving knowledge, business environment and capital flows for the microfinance industry. SAMN, through its members, who national networks from the countries of the region, is the representative and collective voice of the industry reaching more than 50 million low-income customers in the region.

SAMN was established in late 2008 with a vision to improve quality and scale of financial services among low-income population in the countries of south Asia. The early foundation of SAMN was laid by ACTED, a French INGO along with a number of regional and global microfinance stakeholders.

Today, SAMN membership consists of the leading national networks in six countries of the region representing over thousand microfinance providers and other industry players. The current SAMN members, each represented by Executive Head on the Board of Directors, are:

SAMN Members
  • Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA), AFGHANISTAN
  • Credit and Development Forum (CDF), BANGLADESH
  • Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) & Sa-dhan, INDIA
  • Centre for Microfinance (CMF), NEPAL
  • Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN), PAKISTAN
  • Lanka Microfinance Practitioner’s Association (LMFPA), SRI LANKA
  • Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), HOST MEMBER

For more details please visit: www.samn.eu

 

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Sight Seeing

Islamabad - the capital city of Pakistan is one of the most beautiful cities in the South Asian region. Islamabad nestles against the backdrop of the Margalla Hills at the northern end of Potohar Plateau. Its climate is healthy, pollution free, plentiful in water resources and lush green. It is a modern and carefully planned city with wide roads and avenues, elegant public buildings and well-organized bazaars, markets, and shopping centers. Islamabad is the fastest growing city in terms of population, economy and urban development.

Daman-e-koh

Peaceful and Serene

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Daman-e-koh

Peaceful and Serene

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Fatima Jinnah Park

Recreational Facility

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Saidpur Village

Remodeling History

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Lok Virsa Museum

Preserving the Past

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Faisal Mosque

The Icon of Islamabad

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Saidpur Village

Remodeling the Past

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Daman-e-koh

Peaceful and Serene

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Pir Sohawa

Top of the City

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Daman-e-koh

Peaceful and Serene

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Faisal Mosque

Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque in South Asia and the sixth largest mosque in the world. It was completed in 1986 and named after the late King Shah Fahad bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who helped support and finance the project.

Daman-e-Koh & Pir Sohawa

With a view of Islamabad from the Margalla Hills, Daman-e-Koh (literal meaning “in the lap of the mountains”) is a beautiful sight to behold. Pir Sohawa, close to Daman-e-Koh, comes alive at night, with restaurants serving guests on decks, and the showcase of lights of the city adding to the splendor of the city. The Monal Restaurant is a big attraction for tourists, located high above Daman-e-Koh after a curly drive on the top of the hills, with a stunning view of Islamabad. It is labeled as the crown jewel of Islamabad dining.

Saidpur Village

A recreation of a modern village set up on the foot of the hills, Saidpur Village provides delicious food with traditional rural charm with a distinct Pakistani flavor. It infuses the deep cultural values of Pakistan’s rural regions. Those willing to whet their appetites while lying down on plush “gao takiyas”, this is the place to be.

Lok Virsa Museum

The Lok Virsa Museum (“Lok Virsa” meaning folk heritage) is located in the Shakarparian area, in the middle of the forest. Culture from all corners of Pakistan is displayed in eye catching exhibits, with traditional art and fabrics available for sale. If you wish to take away a piece of Pakistan back home, a visit to the Lok Virsa Museum is a must.

Khanpur Lake

Khanpur Lake is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away from Islamabad in Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The lake along with view of Margalla hills has become a popular tourist destination where people can enjoy boating, picnic, fishing and cliff diving. There is an island in the middle of the lake for enjoying the landscape. The lake was constructed along with the construction of Khanpur Dam in 1983.

Khanpur Lake is an ideal place for a day trip. It will be a more interesting trip if you take time to visit historical places of Taxila nearby and also the famous Taxila Museum.

 

Hotel Lodging

All SAMN Regional Conference participants are encouraged to book their accommodation at the event venue, Serena Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan. SAMN Regional Conference participants are eligible to receive a special discounted accommodation rate of about USD 136 (or PKR14040) per night (inclusive of tax, daily breakfast and in-room internet access).

Rooms must be booked via the contact details provided.

Contact Details:
reservation.ish@serena.com.pk
+92 51 200 5000

Free cancellation before 31 October 2014 after this your amount will be non-refundable.

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The South Asia Micro-entrepreneurs Network (SAMN) and the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for your organization to showcase live demonstrations of your products, services and contributions to the development sector in India.
Why exhibit at SAMN Conference?
  • Build new business relationships
  • Meet existing and prospective stakeholders
  • Network with like-minded industry professionals
  • Learn about new trends, projects, and practices
  • Participate in the SAMN Regional Conference
  • Benefit from complimentary marketing at every stage of the show
To book your place at the 2016 exhibition, contact  today and secure a premium booth location.
Exhibition Space Costs Include
  • Stall space, standard shell (3 * 3 meter) and ID signage
  • Exclusive networking opportunities
  • Pre-event marketing services including customer invitations, personalized html emails, show news, recognition on digital and printed show marketing materials
  • Free-to-attend exhibit hall that enables buyers and customers to visit your booth at no cost

This is basic Shell Scheme built out of standard system panels. The Shell Scheme will comprise System Walls, Fascia Board, Basic Lighting and a 13amp Power Point.

All interested parties are encouraged to submit the filled application form at their earliest. Please note that the application deadline is 31st January, 2016 and organizations will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Program Overview
WELCOME & KEYNOTE (Sheesh Mahal Hall)
09:00 am – 9:30 am
Plenary Session 1: Country Showcase (Sheesh Mahal Hall)
09:30 am – 11:00 am
Networking Break (In the Courtyard)
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Split Session 1:
Credit Bureaus: Critical for Sustainable Growth?
Sheesh Mahal Hall
Split Session 2:
Strengthening Financial Capabilities of our Clients – Success Stories from the Region
Kehkashan Hall I
Split Session 3:
Partnerships for Innovation – Regional Cases
Kehkashan Hall II
LUNCH! (In the Courtyard)
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm
Plenary Session 2: Regulators Dialogue (Sheesh Mahal Hall)
02:00 pm – 03:30 pm
Networking Break (In the Courtyard)
03:30 pm – 04:00 pm
Split Session 4:
Branchless Banking: The Next Generation of Services and How to Achieve Financial Inclusion
Sheesh Mahal Hall
Split Session 5:
Translating Mission into Practice - Social Performance Management in South Asian MFPs
Kehkashan Hall I
Split Session 6:
Serving New Market Segments
Kehkashan Hall II

Plenary Session 1: Creating Effective Policy Frameworks for Financial Inclusion (Sheesh Mahal Hall)
09:00 am – 10:30 am
Networking Break (In the Courtyard)
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Split Session 1:
Split Session 1: Growth & Challenges for the Sector in South Asia
Sheesh Mahal Hall
Split Session 2:
Networks And Associations – Their Role in Banking the Unbanked
Kehkashan Hall I
Split Session 3:
Serving The Vulnerable Segments – Cases from the Region
Kehkashan Hall II
LUNCH! (In the Courtyard)
12:30 pm – 01:30 pm
Plenary Session 2: Attracting Investment to Microfinance in South Asia – The Challenges & Opportunities? (Sheesh Mahal Hall)
01:30 pm – 03:00 pm
Networking Break (In the Courtyard)
03:00 pm – 03:30 pm
Split Session 4:
Government’s Role In Financing Young Entrepreneurs
Sheesh Mahal Hall
Split Session 5:
Is Microfinance Working? Research and Evidence on the Impact of Microfinance
Kehkashan Hall I
Split Session 6:
Findings from Recent Study on Demand and Supply of Islamic Finance in Pakistan
Kehkashan Hall II
CLOSING CEREMONY – HAPPY HOUR (Sheesh Mahal Hall)