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

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 

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Sponsorship/ Partnership opportunity is available:  Download Here

E-mail: finb@inm.org.bd
Phone :+88-02-8181064,  +88-02-8181066, 

Download the Call for Paper Here 

 

FIN-B Collaboration Meeting with Water.org

Through its knowledge sharing and networking activity, FIN-B helps promote ‘financial inclusion for all’ which will go a long way towards achieving the SDGs by 2030 and fulfilling the dream of making the country a developed one by 2041. To support this agenda, FIN-B is seeking collaboration of different organisations having similar goals.

In line with that FIN-B submitted a proposal on ‘Financial Inclusion and WASH: A Mix of Appropriate Credit and Strategic Partnerships for Water and Sanitation Development in Coastal Bangladesh’ for institutional partnership with Water.org. In response, Water.org considered the approach and suggested FIN-B and InM partnership on their upcoming project on ‘Water Credit Model’, which works through supporting regional financial institutions to develop and offer Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) loan products.

To discuss the detailed modalities of such partnership, a senior official team of Water.org visited InM and shared their ideas with InM core team members. The successful meeting was presided over by Dr Mustafa K Mujeri, Executive Director, InM. Among others the Directors of InM; Bangladesh Country Director of Water.org and Head of South Asian Region of Water.org were present in the meeting. 

 

FIN-B Institutional Collaboration Meeting

A meeting was organised on 20 March 2019 with the Bangladesh General Insurance Company (BGIC), InM and interested FIN-B members on ‘Khubi Agent Model’ for delivering microinsurance services to the low income customers, especially in the rural areas. Under the model, microinsurance (Khudra-Bima, Khubi) agents (e.g. NGO-MFIs) will work with BGIC for delivering different microinsurance products to the poor borrowers and rural residents to meet emergencies and disasters. The model starts with two microinsurance products: personal accident (PA) and people’s personal accident (PPA), and is expected to cover other products in phases.

The interested FIN-B member NGO-MFIs made several observations on the proposed model. InM, under the FIN-B platform, coordinated the meeting and plans to hold additional follow up meetings for achieving successful outcomes.         

 

1st FIN-B Members Coordination Meeting

FIN-B provides a platform to develop, share and disseminate knowledge and expertise in financial inclusion through stimulating exchanges, developing collaboration and supporting its members to develop as centres of excellence in their preferred areas of inclusive finance. As a part of this activity, the first meeting with the FIN-B members was organised on 20 March 2019.

 

 

 

Upcoming (FIN-B Events)

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

Accessing affordable financial services delivered responsibly and sustainably

FIN-B, a unique Platform, will bring together all financial sector stakeholders, grass-root organisations,
development practitioners and financially excluded community in “FIN-B Conference 2019”.

WHY JOIN?

  • Facilitate cross-learning among financial stakeholders.
  • Inform your views.
  • Promote your organisation, products & services at the Inclusion Fair.
  • Connect with nation-wide and global financial player.
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FIN-B leverages expertise in advancing financial inclusion as a key instrument for poverty reduction and inclusive growth and development. It is a unique platform to bring together all financial sector stakeholders including banks/MFIs/NGOs/financial institutions/local government and grassroots organisations for sharing ideas and best practices from home and abroad. To bring forward its main agendum, as suggested by the Steering Committee, FIN-B has planned to organise the 1st International FIN-B Financial Inclusion Conference and Inclusion Fair 2019. The probable details are given below:

Tentative Date:                          30-31 July 2019
Duration:                                     2 days
Participants:                               FIN-B members, financial stakeholders including banks and insurance companies, NBFIs, NGO-MFIs, financial
                                                     regulators e.g. FID of Ministry of Finance, BB, IDRA, MRA, PKSF, other government bodies, financial associations and
                                                     trade bodies, development thinkers, researchers, policymakers, donors, and international agencies, and others.

Venue:                                        3D Seminar Hall, Krishibid Institute, Farmgate, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Objectives:                                Facilitate cross-learning among all financial and other stakeholders –policy makers, banking and insurance companies,
                                                    NGO-MFIs, NBFIs, and practitioners at national and international levels on all aspects of financial inclusion keeping a
                                                    developing country perspective.

                                                  Identify key financial inclusion measures and innovative approaches that are likely to promote rapid financial inclusion in
                                                 Bangladesh and suggest approaches on how FIN-B could support the financial inclusion agenda and stakeholders’
                                                  expectations in a sustainable manner.

Call for 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.

                                              Download Call for Paper Here 

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Inclusion Fair:                   Will be organised simultaneously at the Conference Venue.

 

FIN-B will organise the international conference with joint collaboration and partnership. Download the Partnership Guideline Here 

Partnership opportunity is open: finb@inm.org.bd

 

FIN-B 3rd SC Meeting

The 3rd Steering Committee (SC) meeting of FIN-B was held on 28 January 2019 at PKSF Conference Room. Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman of InM and the SC presided over the meeting. A total of 23 members and/or their representatives were present in the meeting. The organisations included

  • Bangladesh Bank (BB)
  • Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA)
  • Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM)
  • Bangladesh General Insurance Company Ltd. (BGIC)
  • SME Foundation
  • Integrated Development Foundation (IDF)
  • Access to Information (A2i) Programme
  • University of Dhaka
  • Credit and Development Forum (CDF)
  • Bank Asia Limited
  • Bkash
  • Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM)

The SC discussed probable working avenues of FIN-B and approved its work plan for 2019. The Committee expressed their appreciation over the publications of FIN-Biz, the half-yearly flagship journal of FIN-B and Finimile, a quarterly newsletter of the Network. In addition, the SC approved the proposal of organising the 1st FIN-B International Financial Inclusion Conference and Inclusion Fair 2019, to be held in July 2019 and a FIN-B member’s collaboration meeting in March 2019. Moreover, the Committee approved three project proposals, to be implemented through the leadership of FIN-B and with the collaboration of different organisations. 

 

FIN-B 2nd Steering Committee Meeting Held

The second Steering Committee (SC) meeting of FIN-B was held on 8 March 2018 at PKSF Conference Room in which important decisions were taken about the future activities of the Network.

 

Launching Ceremony of FIN-B

Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM) organised the Launching Ceremony of the ‘Financial Inclusion Network, Bangladesh (FIN-B)’on 18th January 2018 (Thursday) at 9 am at PKSF Auditorium, PKSF Bhaban. Agargaon, Dhaka.

Mr. M. A. Mannan MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of  Planning, GoB graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The session was chaired by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, InM. Dr. Atiur Rahman, Professor, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka and Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank presented the keynote paper in the ceremony.

Selected dignitaries, policymakers, academicians, researchers, relevant stakeholders, and development practitioners are expected to participate in the discussion

Download Launching Ceremony Key Note Paper

 

 

Financial Inclusion Network, Bangladesh (FIN-B)

InM is working towards forming the Financial Inclusion Network-Bangladesh (FIN-B) to develop, share and disseminate knowledge and expertise on financial inclusion through stimulating exchanges, developing collaboration, and promoting the Network to its members as a knowledge partner in their preferred areas of inclusive finance.

FIN-B will leverage expertise in advancing financial inclusion as a key instrument for poverty reduction and inclusive growth and development. It will be a unique platform to bring together all financial sector stakeholders including banks/MFIs/NGOs/financial institutions/local government and grassroots organisations for sharing ideas and best practices from home and abroad. For ensuring effective functioning of FIN-B, a Steering Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman of InM and PKSF including representatives from Bangladesh Bank, Financial Institutions Division of the Ministry of Finance, banks, MFIs and other stakeholders for providing guidance to the Network.

The first Steering Committee (SC) meeting of FIN-B was held on 23 October 2017 at PKSF Conference Room in which important decisions to activate the Network were taken. It was decided that FIN-B will be formally launched in January 2018 through organising a day long workshop on its future activities.