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Join Bankers without Borders, Grameen Foundation's global volunteer initiative, for a Pre-Conference Volunteer Track at the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit on Sunday, November 13th. The half-day orientation includes an introductory session for track participants to gain industry knowledge and a high-level overview of key trends, network with each other, form action learning teams and map out their conference experience. RSVP to Taylor Robinson at by Friday, November 4th. Participants must register with Bankers without Borders and upload their resume before sending their confirmation.

Panelists for Industrialized Country Workshop Track and Spanish Mini Plenaries have been selected!

We are pleased to announce the Industrialized Country Workshops panelists at the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit to be held November 14-17 in Valladolid, Spain:

Some of the confirmed panelists include:

Innovative practices for Industrialized nations: one stop shopping, standardized credit platforms, e-money systems, reaching young people in poor areas, and reaching the excluded and most vulnerable.
Maria Cristina Negro, Director, Fondazione Giordano Dell'Amore (FGDA), Italy
Mikhail Mamuta, President, Russian Microfinance Center, Russia
Nazrul Chowdhury, Microfinance Consultant, Fundación Instituto de Crédito Oficial, Spain
Janie Barrera, CEO, Accion Texas-Louisiana, USA

To see more confirmed panelists for the Industrialized Country Workshop Track, click here.

Some of the panelists confirmed for the Spanish Mini Plenary sessions include:

The Impact of Microfinance in Spain: Case Study and Recommendations for the Future. 
Francisco de Conrado, MicroBank; Spain
Jean Claude Ferrera, Asociación de Comunidades Autofinanciadas (ACAF); Spain
Jaime Durán, Universidad Pontificia Comillas ; Spain
Maria Nowak, L'Association pour le droit à l'initiative économique (ADIE) ; France

To see more confirmed panelists for the Spanish Mini Plenary sessions click here.


First Associated Sessions Selected for the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit

We are pleased to announce the first 10 Associated Sessions selected for the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit to be held November 14-17, in Valladolid, Spain. Two of the selected titles are:

1. Improving the effectiveness of group lending
Organized by: Anton Simanowitz, Research Manager, IDS, University of Sussex, UK; Lisa Kuhn-Fraioli, Freedom from Hunger, Vice President, Latin America, USA

2. The Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance: A first reflection
Organized by: Theo Brouwers, Director, SNS Impact Investing, Netherlands

Click here to see a full list of Associated Sessions selected thus far
Click here to learn more about Associated Sessions


Field visits and the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit

Seven field visits organized for delegates to the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit

Delegates to the November 2011 Microcredit Summit in Spain can add a field visit to any of the following seven leading microfinance institutions: BRAC, Uganda; CARD MRI, The Philippines; CASHPOR, India; CRECER, Bolivia; Fonkoze, Haiti; Grameen Bank, Bangladesh; and the Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF), South Africa. Field visits will occur in the days prior to and after the Summit. We encourage delegates to take advantage of the limited number of spaces available to visit one of these leading microfinance institutions and experience first-hand the breakthroughs in the field.

Click here to learn more about the field visits organized for delegates attending the 2011 Summit.


Delegates from more than 60 Countries Confirmed for the Summit! Registration Fees Increase July 1.

Register before July 1 to get a reduced registration fee for the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit in Valladolid, Spain.

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Highlights from the 2010 Africa-Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit now available

A team of volunteers has transcribed 20 sessions from the Africa-Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit held April 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya, co-hosted by the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kenya (AMFI). What follows is one of those sessions and a link to the others.

Featured session from the Africa-Middle East Regional Summit:
"Using Microfinance as a Platform to Achieve Breakthroughs in Health and Well-Being for People in Africa and the Middle East"
Read session highlights

Plenary panel: Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of CARE; Alex Counts, President of Grameen Foundation; Christopher Dunford, President of Freedom from Hunger; Lufuno Muvhango, Project Manager of the IMAGE Program at Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF)

To view all the transcripts and recordings as well as the full Summit report, click here.


Day-Long Courses announced for the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit

We are delighted to announce the day-long courses to be presented at the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit to be held from November 14 to 17, 2011 in Valladolid, Spain.

One-day courses include:

Introductory Course on Social Performance Initiatives, Indicators and Tools
Led by Laura Foose, Social Performance Task Force, USA
Capacity: 75 participants

Two-day courses include:

Client Protection Principles Training
Led by SMART Campaign, USA
Capacity: 20 participants

Empowering Women through Microfinance: Current Innovations and Tools

Led by Linda Mayoux, Oxfam Novib's WEMAN Programme, The Netherlands
Capacity: 50 participants

Please remember to indicate whether you would like to attend a day long course when you register. Spaces are limited and courses are filling up. To see a complete list of Day-Long Courses, click here.


New deadline for Associated Sessions is May 30

The deadline to send your applications for Associated Sessions has been moved up to May 30. The Microcredit Summit Secretariat will begin announcing the selected sessions after that date. The Secretariat will continue accepting applications through August 1 but you are encouraged to submit your application early as spaces are limited.

Please click here for more information and to download an application to organize an Associated Session.

Two Steps Backward for Innovation to End Poverty
By Sam Daley-Harris

"The deed is done. On May 5th the appellate division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court agreed that the Bangladesh Bank, the nation’s central bank, was justified in firing Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus from his post as Managing Director of Grameen Bank, the institution he founded more than three decades ago."

To view the complete opinion piece, CLICK HERE

Global Microcredit Summit Plenary Paper by Professor Muhammad Yunus now available

A draft of the Global Microcredit Summit 2011 plenary paper Social Business and Microfinance: Building Partnerships with Corporations and Other Entities to Speed the End of Poverty by Prof. Muhammad Yunus is now available for review.

Click here to read the draft paper


Early-Bird Registration EXTENDED to April 11 for the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit

After April 11, 2011, the registration rate will increase by 100 € per individual registrant for the Global Microcredit Summit to be held November 14 - 17, 2011 in Valladolid, Spain.

For more information and to register for the Summit, please visit:


Record 128 Million of World's Poorest Received a Micro-Loan in 2009

March 7, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC- The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2011 was released today at a news conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. According to the report, more than 128 million of the world's poorest families received a microloan in 2009--an all-time high.

To download a copy of the report, CLICK HERE.

To view the complete news release, CLICK HERE.


Open Call for Comments on Draft Plenary Papers

To participate in our feedback process, click the links below.

We are seeking comments on the draft plenary papers that have been commissioned for the Global Microcredit Summit to be held November 14-17, 2011 in Valladolid Spain.

The papers will serve as a pivotal piece of the learning agenda at the Summit. We welcome suggestions on how they can be strengthened. Following are drafts of 2 of the papers. These two will be discussed jointly in plenary. Drafts of additional papers will be circulated over the next few weeks.

Using Microfinance to Ensure Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and Food Security While Mitigating Climate Change - Focus: AGRICULTURE: Susan Davis, BRAC USA with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and Dr. Mahabub Hossain, BRAC Bangladesh.
Read the draft paper here.

Click here to leave your feedback on this draft.

Using Microfinance to Ensure Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and Food Security While Mitigating Climate Change - Focus: CLIMATE CHANGE: Alex Counts Grameen Foundation, USA
Read the draft paper here.

Click here to leave your feedback on the draft.

Please submit your comments NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011.


10 Million Bangladeshis Move above US $1.25 a Day

Jan 27, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC - Nearly 2 million Bangladeshi households involved in microfinance - including almost 10 million family members, on net - rose above the $1.25 a day threshold between 1990 and 2008. These figures were released in a report by the Microcredit Summit Campaign today.

To read the complete News Release, Executive Summary and Survey Methodology click here. 

Download the Report online:

Next 7 Workshop Authors Announced

Jan 17, 2011 - We are delighted to announce authors of seven more workshops to be presented at the 2011 Global Microcredit Summit to be held from November 14 to 17, 2011 in Valladolid, Spain.

Some of these latest workshops and authors include:

What is the Problem: Getting an Empowering Regulatory Framework that Allows Taking and On-lending Deposits and Truly Works for MFIs, their Clients and the End of Poverty
Crispin Bokea, Director, Policy & Grant Management, Alliance for Financial Inclusion, Bangkok, Thailand

The Debate on Outreach and Impact of Microfinance: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It
David Gibbons, Chairman, CASHPOR, India

Sharing the Lessons Learned on Strengthening MFIs so that They can Weather the Challenges of the Current and Future Financial Crises and Fluctuations in Food and Fuel Prices
Adrian Gonzalez, Lead Researcher, Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), USA

With the workshops previously released, this brings our total to 37 workshops and authors announced. To see a complete list, click here.


Microcredit Summit Campaign Director on Kojo Nnamdi Show in Washington, DC

Dec 1, 2010 - Sam Daley-Harris, Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, was featured on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi show last week along with David Roodman, a Research Fellow with the Center for Global Development. They discussed the dire situation of microfinance in Andhra Pradesh, India. Click here to listen to this important discussion of some major challenges facing the field of microfinance. Click here to view a transcript of the show.


Working Groups Formed for 2011 Summit

Nov 8, 2010 - Two working groups have been formed to help develop important sessions for the upcoming Global Microcredit Summit.  One working group will work to identify workshop titles relevant to practitioners and other stakeholders working in industrialized countries. Another working group is developing plans and topics for a Spanish Track of mini-plenary sessions that will focus on key issues facing microfinance practitioners based in Spain.  Members of the working group can be found here.


Dr. Muhammad Yunus awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

Sept 23, 2010 - On September 23rd, the House of Representatives passed a bill to award Muhammad Yunus the Congressional Gold Medal!

The House passed the Senate version (which was approved in 2009), which avoids having to conference (reconcile) two versions. The bill passed without opposition and without a roll call vote because it was a non-controversial bill. The president will now sign the bill, probably within the next couple of weeks. We’ll definitely let you know when that happens.  Read more.