Citi Microfinance supports participation of microfinance and nonprofit institutions at Toronto International Microfinance Summit

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Toronto International Microfinance Summit announced today that Citi Microfinance is providing $25,000 to enable the attendance of select representatives of microfinance and nonprofit institutions at its 2011 conference, taking place at Toronto's Allstream Centre this month. In its third year, the Summit is comprised of two events: a fundraising Gala on September 16, followed by the micro way Conference and a new MicroMarketplace on September 17. This year the conference theme is From Microcredit to Financial Inclusion: Making a Difference in our World. Topics include:

  • Financial literacy, youth programs and First Nations
  • Mobile banking, technology and investment funds with impact
  • How microfinance enables global health initiatives
  • Rating microfinance institutions and risk management
  • Microfinance in conflict zones

"It's important to share best practices as we expand the microfinance model for financial inclusion in North America," said Bob Annibale, Citi's Global Director for Microfinance and Community Development.  "Citi is pleased to enable key players in the field to attend this important gathering as we continue to support thought leadership around microfinance issues."

"We are grateful for Citi's role in expanding the impact of our conference," said Gordon Crann, Past President of the Toronto International Microfinance Summit.  "Citi's support is making it possible for a greater number of microfinance professionals to attend and bring a broader range of perspectives to the Summit."

The Summit will feature more than 30 speakers including Mr. Annibale as well as Kadita (A.T.) Tshibaka of Opportunity International; Joyce Lehman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Michael Bowles of the Aga Khan Foundation; Charles Belanger of FINCA; and others.

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About Toronto International Microfinance Summit
Toronto International Microfinance Summit is Canada's premier event focusing on domestic and international microfinance.  This non-profit organization was founded in 2009 by Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit (RAGM) and Rotary District 7070 Microfinance Committee.  The Summit's signature Conference and Gala are run entirely by volunteers of diverse backgrounds and ages.  Our vision is a world without poverty through microfinance. Our mission is to educate people on microfinance - a formidable poverty reduction tool, create a forum for dialogue and raise funds for domestic and international microfinance projects and educational scholarships. Formerly the Summit was known as Toronto Microfinance Conference & Gala.

About Citi Microfinance
Working across Citi's businesses, product groups and geographies, Citi Microfinance serves more than 100 microfinance institutions (MFIs), networks and investors as clients and partners in over 40 countries with products and services spanning the financial spectrum - from financing, access to capital markets, transaction services and hedging foreign exchange risk, to credit, savings, remittances and insurance products - to expand access to financial services for the underserved.

SOURCE Toronto International Microfinance Summit

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Media Contacts: 
Wendy Bodnoff, Toronto International Microfinance Summit
David Roskin, Citi - 212-559-4767


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