All this week, the 2010 SEEP Conference will be taking place in Arlington, Va. The annual conference is a forum for microenterprise development practitioners from around the globe to connect on the challenges and opportunities they face.
Opportunity International is an associate partner at the conference, which is supported and attended by microenterprise practitioners, policy makers and funders working in the sector, such as USAID, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, CGAP, and more. A number of Opportunity staff members, supporters and strategic partners are in attendance to learn and share their experiences with microfinance. From seepnetwork.org: “It’s through the exchange of experiences and interactive learning that conference participants strengthen their collective efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people.”
This year, SEEP welcomes as its keynote speakers Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch and Stuart Rutherford, the authors of Portfolios of the Poor, a case study of individuals who live on less than $2 a day.
Conference plenary sessions and workshops will present a broad cross-section of topics in microenterprise development, including risk management, responsible microfinance, value chain development, integrated solutions to social issues, youth financial access, and more. The conference will also offer two-day long skill-building training sessions on timely topics around microenterprise development.
Continue to check in with the Opportunity blog for posts and reposts about the conference, which lasts from Monday, Nov. 1-Friday, Nov. 5. Stay up to date through the social media networks of the SEEPCommunity, and follow conference-related Tweets in the stream#SEEP2010.