The WAM UK Quarterly
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See our latest edition, published in June 2014 below.
Members of our steering committee attended the Skoll World Forum in Oxford – the leading global forum on social entrepreneurship showcasing the world’s most influential thinkers, leaders and strategic partners. We were reminded that there is much work left to do and on top of sharing some of the online content from this inspiring event here, we were spurred into action to bring you some great events for the rest of the year.
If you’re interested in financial inclusion domestically or internationally we have something for you this summer.
Microfinance for women in post-conflict societies
On June 5th, we’re hosting a dinner with Sonia Patterson, CEO – Five Talents USA and Rachel Lindley, Progamme Manager– Five Talents UK. Sonia and Rachel will talk about the scope and the impact of their microenterprise development programmes targeting women in the post-conflict and fragile communities of Burundi, South Sudan, Northern Uganda and Myanmar.
Want to volunteer in East London?
Bringing the focus back to our doorstep, we will be hosting a volunteer fair with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA). Suitable for everyone, there will be opportunities for different skills and levels of time commitment. Local businesses, charities and social enterprises will be showcasing their work and needs and you can pick and choose your involvement. No commitment necessary upon attending. We’ll be sending the invite soon, but get thinking about what you might want to volunteer to support charity and financial inclusion in the UK.
Yunus Scholarships available
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) announced four Chancellor Yunus Scholarships covering full programme fees in order to enable students from all backgrounds to study their MSc in Social Business and Microfinance programme. Programme and application details can be found here.
Data Savvy? Check out FINclusion
We have long been admirers of the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) – a comprehensive source of Microfinance related data directly reported by MFIs globally. So we were particularly delighted when we saw the MIX launch of FINclusion in May. It is the first data visualization and analysis platform that brings together the elements of financial services activities, markets, and products, including national and sub-national views. FINclusion is currently beta, but it helps streamlines the process of decision making for service providers and policy makers, and marks a significant step forward for the microfinance sector for data capture and analysis. We thought you might be interested in checking it out.
Make financial inclusion for women a UN goal?
An online petition has started to put financial inclusion for women onto the UN’s post 2015 development goals. We think this is a great opportunity to highlight a cause our network is passionate about. The World Bank Gender at Work report (2014) says that “on virtually every global measure, women are more economically excluded than men” and we think that prioritising women’s access to financial services will assure that investment and attention will be put towards correcting this imbalance and promoting a fairer financial system to unlock the power of women worldwide.
Our recommend reading
- Microrate’s guide on Performance and Social Indicators for MFIs
- GIIN and J P Morgan Spotlight on the Market impact investor survey
- Create Jobs for the USA (initiative between Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network) report shares their findings on how CDFIs can contribute to boost employment.
- Rockefeller on Financial Inclusion – opportunities and risks for donors
- Microfinance Gateway has a round up on Microfinance+: microfinance initiatives to help clients access health, water, sanitation and energy.
See you soon,
WAM UK Steering Committee