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Theme: Resilience, Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for the African Inclusive Finance Sector
SAM is the biggest microfinance event in Africa which takes place every two years in an African country. SAM provides a neutral platform for knowledge exchange on microfinance issues in the continent by bringing all stakeholders together. Previous SAM conferences have been held in Arusha, Tanzania; Dakar, Senegal; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
AFRACA was one of the organizers in the 2019 African Microfinance Week.
Objectives of the SAM 2021
The main objective of the SAM 2021 is to federate the thoughts and commitments of the different categories of actors in the African inclusive finance sector on strategies and actions to build the resilience of financial services operators and beneficiary populations, and accelerate their progress towards the SDGs.
Given the multiplicity of actors involved in inclusive finance and the popularity of previous editions, it is hoped that, taking into account the health barrier measures to be respected to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the 2021 edition of the SAM will bring together practitioners, donors, investors, governments, strategic and multilateral partners, and other stakeholders from across Africa and beyond. It will be held in Kigali over five days, with training sessions, meetings, and workshops before and after the two conference’s day.
The specific objectives of the conference are formulated as follows:
It is expected that by the end of the SAM 2021, the African inclusive finance sector will be able to capitalize on shared successes and address challenges that have become more severe due to shocks, with a view to effectively empowering people to build resilience, overcome poverty, and make significant progress towards the 2030 SDGs.
Activities of the SAM 2021
As in previous editions, the SAM will be a pan-African framework for high-level exchanges. The week’s program of activities will include plenary sessions, parallel sessions, discussion workshops, and training sessions for industry practitioners and other stakeholders. Interactive discussions will address current challenges, generate new ideas and open the way for new models and collaborative networks for more effective outcomes. Participants in the various sessions of SAM 2021 will be invited to share their experiences, ask questions, address current issues and commit to action.
More information about the 2021 Microfinance Week is available at: https://www.ada-microfinance.org/en/events/african-microfinance-week