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aemfi-content-logoafrucan-micro-finance-logo1ST ANNOUNCEMENT
The Future of Inclusive Finance in Africa
Addis Ababa, UNECA, Ethiopia:
19-22 September, 2011


Dear Participant

The last four African Microfinance Conferences in South Africa, 2003, Capetown,2005 Uganda, 2007 and Burkinafaso in 2009 have created a firm belief and experience that such a conference every two years adds value to the growth of Microfinance on the continent of Africa. It was on the basis of the reaction and the evaluation of the 2009 conference that we started planning the 2011 conference. We are really proud to bring the fifth African Microfinance Conference in Addis Ababa, the vibrant and exciting capital city of Ethiopia. The envisaged setting and planned programme of the conference creates an atmosphere fostering good discussion and events.

The theme of the 2011 conference, “ The Future of Inclusive Finance in Africa “ is a real and forward looking theme. According to ACCION International, inclusive finance is about all people who can access and use quality financial services at affordable price, in a convenient manner and with dignity for the clients. It means carefully considering the needs of different categories of clients, encourages participation of variety of actors in the sector. It is about democratizing the benefits of financial services and generating economic citizenship. Inclusive finance is an innovative approach and considers rural-urban dimension but also considers the disadvantaged groups of the society like disabled people. Inclusive finance has become a timely issue drawing the attention of practitioners but also other stakeholders. The G-20 has launched Financial Inclusion Expert Groups. Moreover, the UN is also interested in this issue and has appointed the Princess Maxima of the Netherlands as its Special Advocate. Papers are being published and conferences are held around the world on these issues. Africa needs to debate on this issue and clarify its position. With this conference, we want to bring the delivery of financial services to the excluded population of Africa to the forefront.

This conference is a joint African effort of many organization and individuals, led by the Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions (AEMFI) in collaboration with MAIN under the auspices of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE). The Ethiopian government has shown keen interest in supporting the conference.

We hope to see all the participants of the previous conferences, and many, many more colleagues and friends in 2011, Addis Ababa microfinance conference.

Looking forward to see you in Ethiopia.

Wolday Amha (Ph.D)
Chairperson of the Organizing Committee

Organising Committee

Conference arrangements are under the overall control of a Steering Committee which includes :

  • Prof. Coetzee Gerhard, Special Advisor, Director for Center for Microfinance, University of Pretoria,
  • Mr. Fanta Woldemichael, Executive Director of MAIN ,
  • Mrs. Tigist Tesfaye, Program Manager of AEMFI
  • Dr. Wolday Amha, Executive Director of the Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institution (AEMFI).

Who Should Attend?

Our conference targets practitioners, policy makers, researchers, consultants, academics and all people interested in microfinance or providing banking services to the excluded population.

Date and Venue

The conference will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Date : From 19 - 22 September , 2011
Venue : UNECA

For further information please visit: web site address (link to be put out soon)

Theme: The Future of Inclusive Finance in Africa


  • Strategy for inclusive finance
  • Responsible finance and cost of clients
  • Innovations in product and delivery system
  • Social performance and impact
  • The development of IT in improving access to finance to the excluded population
  • Environmental change and microfinance
  • Financial literacy and consumer protection
  • Micro insurance for the financial excluded population
  • Saving facilities and saving mobilization
  • Micro and small enterprise development
  • Innovations and rural finance
  • Lesson from innovative projects
  • Livestock farming and access to finance for small holder farmers in Africa
  • Improving youth employment through access to finance
  • Non financial services supporting MSE
  • Regulatory environment to improve and expand inclusive finance

Call For Papers

The conference strives to create space for the submission of papers for a contributed paper `session. All interested parties are invited to submit full papers via email to: Tigist Tesfaye email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note that the name of the authors should only appear on the cover page as the contributed papers will be subjected to a selection process on an anonymous basis. Please also indicate who is the principal contact person and supply appropriate and full contact details.

By submitting this paper, the authors understand that, if selected, one or more of the authors will personally present the paper at the conference. It is understood that the paper will not have been published or presented prior to presentation at this conference and that copyright to the paper is ceded to the organisers. More details will be published on the conference website.

Contributed paper submission deadline: 29 March, 2011
Notice of acceptance / rejection: 30, April 2011


A high profile trade exhibition open to microfinance institutions and technical service provider will be held simultaneously with the conference. Should any organisation be interested in exhibiting please contact Tigist Tesfaye email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsorship opportunities

The organising committee has designed sponsorship packages that will offer excellent value for money for interested parties. Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact Tigist Tesfaye, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tele. +251-011-5503829/5511567

Registration fees
Early registration fee prior to August 20, 2011 US$500 including
Late registration fee after August 30, 2011 US$650 including

Registration entitlements

  • Access to all presentations
  • Access to all social functions
  • Access to the exhibition
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Lunches
  • Shuttle service to/from the conference venue and official hotels
  • Delegate information pack
  • Technical Tours – except where there is an overnight stay choice


Accommodation and Transport

The organising committee is in the process of negotiating special group rates with various hotels to ensure that all delegates will enjoy preferential and highly competitive rates. A transport service will be available for all delegates at a cost between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and the official conference hotel.

Social Events

Networking Event Monday 19th September 2011
A Reception sociable evening

Gala Dinner Tuesday 20th September 2011
Dinner typical Ethiopian style entertainment food and music.


There will be a simultaneous translation in English and French during the conference.

Enquiries / Information

Conference Secretariat:
Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institution (AEMFI)
P.O.Box 338 Code 1110, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251-011-5503829/5511567 Mobile 251-911-405241/0921785576
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More detail will appear on the conference website and the next announcement regarding:

  • Accommodation rates
  • Pre and post conference tours
  • Social events, technical tours
  • Keynote speakers
  • Registration procedure and banking details
  • Detail program

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The Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions (AEMFI) was established in June 1999 as a non-profit non-governmental organization after its legal registration by the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice.

Currently AEMFI has 35 member MFIs providing microfinance activities in the areas of credit delivery, saving, money transfer, and pension payment services in 8 of the 11 regional states/administrative organs of the EFDRE.


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