26 October 2013

ADB/PSDI presents at Pacific Microfinance Week

ADB had a strong presence at the 2013 Pacific Microfinance Week in Nadi, Fiji. PSDI made several presentations and conducted training workshops, which we share below:

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Erik Aelbers, PSDI Access to Finance Expert
Erik presented on ‘branchless banking and consumer protection’ in the plenary session on 'Microfinance Policy and Regulation' and particularly covered
  1. the principles of consumer protection, including around transparency, fair treatment of customers, and effective recourse, 
  2. an overview of the consumer protection issues as they relate to branchless banking, where agents may be the prime interface between the customer and the financial service provider, 
  3. considerations for regulators when deciding whether to introduce consumer protection regulation.

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Role of Donors in Expanding Inclusive Insurance



Carol Stewart, PSDI Coordinator , Timor Leste
Carol spoke about the role of donors in expanding access to inclusive insurance products, noting key areas of intervention in:
  1. understanding the market 
  2. promoting an enabling environment 
  3. catalyzing partner formation 
  4. supporting innovative product development and 
  5. acting as a knowledge resource with collecting effective tools and good practices.
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Sabine Spohn, Access to Finance Specialist at the Asian Development Bank presents at
Pacific Microfinance Week, Nadi, Fiji, October 2013
Sabine discusses two examples of ADB’s support to increase outreach: (1) Secured Transaction Reform and (2) the Microfinance Risk Participation Program.

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What is SME Finance? How should we do it?
Slides to support a workshop conducted by ADB's Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative at the Pacific Microfinance Week 2013 in Nadi, Fiji.

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What is Agricultural Finance? How should we do it? 

Slides to support a workshop conducted by ADB's Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative at the Pacific Microfinance Week 2013 in Nadi, Fiji.

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Innovations in Financial Inclusion – How ADB Engages in Asia


Dr. Andrea Iffland, Regional Director at ADB's Pacific Liaison & Coordination Office
Dr. Iffland spoke about ADB's innovations in financial inclusion in Asia.
Do you know that 2.5 billion people in the world don’t have a basic bank account; and most of them live in Asia. In East Asia and the Pacific alone 55% of the population are unbanked. Less than 10% of the poor have bank accounts. But now we have tools to change that, and to give them control.
ADB has been involved in microfinance and in small and micro enterprise development almost since its inception.  In 2000 ADB created a Microfinance Development Strategy and invests in countries for microfinance, microinsurance, mobile banking, and other innovations; 15 of ADB's member countries have sovereign loans, and almost all of them have received technical assistance grants to help develop the opportunities for financial inclusion.