Farewell to Mr Md Abdul Karim, Member, InM Governing Body and General Body, and Managing Director, PKSF

March 24th, 2019 by
A farewell ceremony was organised by InM on 24 March 2019 in honour of  Mr. Md. Abdul Karim, Member of InM Governing Body and General Body, and Managing Director PKSF on the eve of his retirement from PKSF. The ceremony was presided over by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman of InM. 

Mr. Karim leaves a rich legacy not only for PKSF but also for the InM family. Speakers expressed their deep appreciation for his significant contribution towards the development of  InM over the years. The speakers also expressed their deep gratitude to him for his role in ensuring institutional sustainability to InM and hoped that he would continue to uphold the interests of InM in future as well. 

24 March 2019, 3.30pm, Room no- 307, PKSF Bhaban, Agargaon, Dhaka- 1207. 

Call for Papers- 1st International FIN-B Financial Inclusion Conference and Inclusion Fair 2019

February 26th, 2019 by

The 1st FIN-B International Conference will be organised during 30-31 July 2019 with the participation of different stakeholders (including representatives of financially excluded individuals and enterprises) and marginalised sections of society.  The knowledge acquired from different stakeholders will help innovate new pathways to promote the financial inclusion agenda. The Conference will give significant opportunities of cross learning across the diverse audience covering policy makers, financial experts, practitioners, academicians, and the people at large over many complex issues and challenges facing financial inclusion for all.

The papers, selected for presentation in the conference, may be published (if necessary, in abridged form) in Fin-Biz, the flagship journal of FIN-B.

There is much to be learned through voices from the deprived sections – what precludes them from getting financially included and what actions and policies are needed to facilitate their access to affordable financial products and services which will be delivered responsively and sustainably. The Conference will act as a national platform to discuss financial inclusion challenges, identify innovative solutions, and share experiences among the representatives across all stakeholders covering both demand and supply side issues. 


The following themes are recommended for preparing the conference papers:

  • Financial Inclusion Landscape in Bangladesh: Strength and Weaknesses
  • Bangladesh’s Current State of Financial Inclusion: Barriers and Disparities
  • Regulatory and Policy Frameworks: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Technological Innovations, Agent Banking and Digital Financial Services
  • Designing Business Models for Financial Inclusion: Innovative Approaches and Success Cases
  • Measuring Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh: Indicators and Data Sources—Diversities and Complexities
  • Role of FIN-B: Enhancing Relevance and Effectiveness

Venue3D Seminar Hall, Krishibid Institute, Farmgate, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Key Dates/ Deadlines:

Conference Dates: 30-31 July 2019
Last Date of Submission of Abstract: 30 April 2019
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 16 May 2019
Last Date of Submission of Full Paper: 13 June 2019 (length: 3,000 – 5,000 words)
Confirmation of Acceptance: 27 June 2019


Registration/ Allotment Fee:
Conference Registration  Fee: The registration fee for the participants includes conference brochure and conference
                                                                meals (snacks & Lunch)
                                                                For FIN-B Members & Students- Tk.1,000/- only
                                                                For Others- Tk.2,000/- only
                                                                For Foreigners- US$50.00/ or Tk.4,000/- only
Inclusion Fair Stall Allotment Fee: Stall will be allocated among interested FIN-B members and other organisations so that they can promote their activities, services and products throughout the conference period. Please note, FIN-B members will be given priority and first-in-first-out (FIFO) method will be followed to allocate stalls. The allocation fee is Tk.15,000/- only 


Sponsorship/ Partnership opportunity is available:  Download Here

Phone :+88-02-8181064,  +88-02-8181066, 

Download the Call for Paper Here 

International Training on Advanced Risk Management: Enroll before 11 April 2019

February 3rd, 2019 by

The course is designed especially with the field experiences and real cases of PKSF, BRAC and Grameen Bank which you will not find in any book. The title of the course is ‘Advanced Risk Management for Sustainable Growth of Microfinance Institutions’ designed for global microfinance industry practitioners addressing key issues of Risk Management for sustainable growth. This five-day course is designed to help MFIs develop and improve the quality of their own risk management processes. The focus is on problem prevention, early detection, and control. The participants get the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and tools they require not only to support their respective areas or functions in implementing effective operational risk management but also for integrating risk management with disciplines including audit, monitoring and compliance.

The course uses a combination of case studies, practical exercises and current affairs to bring material to life. This course covers the fundamentals of advanced risk management in a dynamic and interactive learning environment. It further uses the theory and practice of risk management in-line with the industry best practices.

The course will be led by distinguished professionals of international repute from Grameen Bank, BRAC, PKSF and the host organization, InM.


Benefits of Attending:

  • Identify and prepare for threats vis-à-vis learn how to make contingency plans, explore strategies for developing and maintaining robust alternative plan for plausible risk management.
  • Design practical risk management tool kit for immediate use in the microfinance organizations.
  • An opportunity to learn the means of benchmarking the trainees’ organization in line with the KPI (Key Performance Indicators).
  • Models of digital financial inclusion practices.
  • Best practice sharing and networking with largest microfinance development organizations like BRAC, PKSF, and Grameen Bank.


Target Audience: 

This program is mainly targeted to senior microfinance practitioners, directors, senior managers, program/branch managers, banks dealing with microfinance, supervisory & regulatory bodies, and academicians involved in microfinance.


Course Fee:

  • $1,500.
  • Travel and Health Insurance: Air ticket cost and health insurance should be borne by the delegates/participants.
  • The host organization will provide free accommodation and food at a well-furnished international training center, pick and drop from and/to airport, and city tours in historical places.


TOPIC: Risk Management
REGION: South Asia
COUNTRY: Bangladesh