MFC Annual Conference 2019: Demystifying Digital in Microfinance

Dates:  29–31 May 2019
Location:  Istanbul, Turkey 
Registration: opens on 25 February 2019

The MFC Annual Conference is one of the most significant events in the financial inclusion sector. The event will be a meeting of minds and ideas and will be the perfect opportunity for financial inclusion professionals to network, exchange experiences, learn from an impressive line-up of guests and even lay the groundwork for successful partnerships going forward.

Upwards of 500 participants are expected to attend the conference this year from East and West Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and even further afield.

Thematic Preview

This year, our theme will be Demystifying Digital in Microfinance”. This 22nd MFC Annual Conference will tackle the practical side of digitalization in the financial inclusion sector through case studies, trend analysis and discussion of emerging best practice. The agenda will include a full range of workshops, panel discussions and side meetings to explore different aspects of the digitalization in financial inclusion, including:

  • Agile ways of working
  • Developing staff digital competency
  • Digital client experience
  • Non-credit digital products
  • Digitalization strategies
  • Responsible digital financial services
  • Digital risk management
  • Regulatory issues connected with digitalization
  • Financial services for migrants
  • Digital tools for improving financial health
  • FinTechs and financial inclusion
  • Designing the micro-businesses ecosystem

Concurrent Events

The conference will also feature a number of important concurrent events:

  • To encourage innovation, we’ll host the Fintech Marketplace where financial institutions and technology companies can engage to discuss challenges and solutions and build new partnerships.
  • The Social Investor Fair will bring together socially-oriented donors and investors with MFIs seeking funding, and provide a space for one-on-one to discuss funding needs opportunities, and explore potential new financial partnerships.
  • The 5th Annual CEO Forum Summit – an exclusive space for CEOs and MFI leaders to discuss challenges, share their experience and expand their knowledge and practice horizons. The CEO Forum Summit will be held as a post-conference event on 1 June 2019.
  • Pre-conference workshop on product pricing in microfinance on 29 may 2019.
  • The Microfinance Associations Summit – a unique occasion for associations to meet, share experience and discuss cooperation possibilities.
  • A Gala Dinner with a mesmerising atmosphere and good food will set the backdrop for relaxed networking and lively conversation on emerging topics.

Pre-conference events: 29 May 2019

Main conference program: 30-31 May 2019

CEO Forum Summit: 1 June 2019


The Early Bird registration opens on 25 February and closes 29 March. Don’t miss your chance to grab your discount tickets!

If you are interesting in participation, please email us and we will notify you when the registrations starts.

We look forward to welcoming over 500 delegates from across Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and beyond. By joining together our expertise and knowledge we will be able to offer an even more tailored and top-notch conference experience in 2019!

This initiative has received financial support from the European Union
Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020).
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