TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - The 2010 Toronto Microfinance Conference & Gala
will bring together financial and microfinance practitioners, NGOs,
students and all those interested in ending poverty for a comprehensive
overview and conversation, including how to get involved. Building on
inaugural 2009 Conference success, a fundraising Gala has been added to
help further the work of participating Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)
in over 60 countries, including Canada and the United States.
Both events are at the new, very green, Allstream Centre. Earlybird
ticket deadline is midnight September 15.
Gala - the micro ball - October 1. Reception 6:30 PM.
Dinner 7:30 PM. Highlights: keynotes, silent & live auctions,
entertainment & dancing.
Conference - the micro way - October 2. Registration,
7:30 AM, Program, 9 AM.-5 PM. Highlights: keynote, three series of
concurrent breakouts and Future of Microfinance plenary panel.
"Microfinance is at the tipping point," says Conference American
Co-Chair, Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Microfinance and
Community Development. "This worldwide phenomenon is providing access to
financial services, such as credit and savings, to underserved
communities and micro-enterprises. The microfinance sector has expanded
to include a wide range of institutions, from NGOs to specialized
microfinance banks, presenting new opportunities to clients and growth
related challenges for the sector."
"Women are at the forefront of success with a loan default rate that is
virtually nil," Gala Canadian Co-Chair and Rotary Action Group for
Microfinance Secretary, Gord Crann, remarks. "Through microfinance and
technology families are providing homes and education for their
children. And the world is on track to cut extreme poverty - the number
of people earning under $1 a day - in half by 2015. That's the UN
Millennium Development Goal."
Over twenty organizations will Co-Host including Rotary International
District 7070, Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit, CGAP, World
Vision, CARE Canada, PLAN Canada and MFIs like Grameen Foundation,
Opportunity International, MEDA, VisionFund International and Foundation
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.microfinanceconference.ca
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walk countdown on YouTube.
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