African Microfinance Week
The African Microfinance Week (= Semaine Africaine de la Microfinance in french = SAM) is an annual conference open to all microfinance practitioners, related sectors and actors of inclusive finance. The conference is dedicated to bringing together these key players to discuss the future of microfinance, the financing of microfinance institutions and partnerships between regional and continental networks.
The SAM is the annual meeting for microfinance professionals in Africa. The SAM's main ambition is to become the major African event for and organised by microfinance professionals. The event is designed to provide a platform to exchange and reflect on the industry, a forum to actively promote and accelerate financial inclusion and economic growth on the continent.
The first African Microfinance Week took place from the 2nd to the 6th of December 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania and welcomed over 250 participants. Five days of lectures, discussions, meetings and trainings brought together microfinance practitioners of all levels (microfinance institutions, professional associations, investors, technical assistance providers, support organisations, rating agencies, consultants and researchers) from 44 countries to discuss the topic: “Regulation of the African microfinance sector: 20 years after”. The regional networks AMT and MAIN organised their General Assemblies during this event. The AMT network also organised their traditional Investors Fair during the Week.
The second edition of the conference will take place from June 29 to July 3, 2015, in Dakar, Senegal. The theme will be "Accelerating Innovative Rural Finance in Africa".