The 2017 SAM Report - Creating Value for SMEs: A New Frontier for Inclusive Finance


The African Microfinance Week (referred to as the SAM, based on the French acronym) is a major conference dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa that takes place every two years and the last edition took place from the 9th to the 13th October, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The main ambition of the SAM is to provide a unified African platform for exchange on the microfinance issues facing the African continent by bringing together all the professionals of the sector – investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, innovators, governments and others. This post-event report presents the key highlights of the conference and interviews with speakers who facilitated some sessions. The interviews include: Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion for the Mastercard Foundation; Romain Schneider, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action in Luxembourg, and; Laura Foschi, Deputy Director of ADA.

Access to Finance, Microfinance
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