This week, one of the largest microfinance industry conferences in the world launches in Valladolid, Spain. The 15th annual Global Microcredit Summit runs Monday, Nov. 14-Thursday, Nov. 17 and features Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, and more than 2,000 delegates from over 100 countries, including Opportunity International‘s Richard Leftley, president and CEO of our microinsurance subsidiary MicroEnsure. The Summit gathers microfinance practitioners, poverty alleviation experts and heads of state from around the globe for a total of six plenary sessions, more than 50 workshops, more than 30 associated sessions, and a variety of day-long courses.
“Nearly 2.6 billion people in the world today have no access to formal financial services. MFIs can provide access to financial services and, in some cases, offer non-financial services that can contribute to improvements in the health, education and overall well-being of clients and their families.” -Microcredit Summit Campaign
Watch the live video stream of Summit plenary sessions, as well as the closing ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Richard Leftley’s workshop session, entitled “What Have We Learned about the Most Effective Ways to Use Micro-Insurance to Reduce Vulnerability: Health, Life, Disaster and More,” will reflect on the lessons Opportunity has learned in delivering microinsurance to millions of people in nine countries. The panel is chaired by Marten Leijon, Executive Director, Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), USA, and features: Craig Churchill, Social Finance Programme, International Labour Organization (ILO), Switzerland; Anne Hastings, CEO, Fonkoze Financial Services, Haiti; Pompy Sridhar, Vice President – Programme, ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, India; and Thérèse Sandmark, Agricultural Microinsurance Officer, Grameen Crédit Acrigole Microfinance Foundation, France.
Watch this big annual event unfold in social media and in live video coverage, and join the conversation at #2011MCSummit as experts address some of the most crucial challenges facing the industry today.