EIFTRI Building Inauguration

On September 1, 2016, EIFTRI inaugurated its G+5 building at the presence of the vice governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia, His excellency Ato Getahun Nana, Board chairman of AEMFI, Ato Teklewoyni Assefa, General managers of member microfinance institutions, and other partners.

The building was built by a close collaboration effort contributed by member microfinance institutions and the Association of Ethiopian Microfiannce Institution (AEMFI). The building has 27 bed rooms and 3 offices. The primary purpose of the building is to provide accommodation for participants who will be attending the residential training program EIFTRI aims to deliver from time to time.

Since EFITRI will not be offering trainings throughout the year, at times when there are no trainings, the building will provide a guest house service to generate income for supporting the training and research center. The name of the guest house is “inclusive hostel”, that reflects the financial inclusion agenda that AEMFI-EIFTRI promotes as its major issue.

AEMFI-EIFTRI has already gotten the necessary licenses to offer the guest house services. The building is also furnished with all necessary amenities and staffs recruitment is also completed. The inauguration of the building marked the day the hostel begins delivering guest house services.

 

Knowledge Sharing Event- MicroLead Programme June 3,2015

PMIGA-partner picturesThe United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is focused on building inclusive financial sector in least developed countries under LDC Fund for Savings-led Market Leaders for Inclusive Finance (MicroLead) programme. The 4 year (2011-2015) MicroLead Programme in Ethiopia was approved by Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Government of Ethiopia in May 2011. The programme was implemented by the consortium partners consisting Bhartiya Samruddhi Investments and Consulting Services Ltd (BASICS Ltd.), India and Participatory Microfinance Group for Africa (PAMIGA), France.

The objective of the programme was to improve the institutional capacity of the Microfinance Sector in Ethiopia through the Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions (AEMFI) and building the institutional capacity of two selected MFIs–Buusaa Gonofaa and WASASA to enable them evolve as savings-led financial institutions with the ultimate objective of promoting financial access to the poor households of Ethiopia. The programme is now completed and has achieved the objectives set out and has made a transforming change in the areas of savings, governance, IT-MIS to name a few.

The Event

The knowledge event was organised to share and discuss the opportunities and needs of the microfinance sector among the wider stakeholders of the Inclusive Financial Sector in Ethiopia and how and what can be done further in the pursuit of the National Financial Inclusion agenda.  More than 50 participants representing partner organizations (USAID, MAIN, NBE, MFIs, RUFIP, FEMSEDA, FCA, ATA and others) attended the event. Key implementing organizations of the programme (AEMFI, BASICS, PAMIGA, Bussa Gonofa and Wasasa MFI) shared experiences they obtained while implementing the programme. Overall, the experience sharing event opened a venue to all participating stakeholders to reflect on the challenges and opportunities faced; achievements made and to indicate significant issues to consider in the way forward.

8th biennial Microfinance Conference

“Inclusive finance for expanding opportunities to the financially excluded population”

Hawassa City, – October 22, 2014 – The Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions (AEMFI), a national network of Ethiopian Microfinance institutions, held its 8th Biennial conference from Wednesday October 22 – Saturday October 25, 2014 in Lewi Resort, Hawassa. Over 150 people from the inclusive finance arena specifically,  executive directors of MFIs, board representatives of MFIs, Micro and small enterprise promotion, Central Banks, universities, international organizations, entrepreneurship promotion organizations, technology companies,  financial cooperative experts  and development partners from across the country and the continent attended the four-day event. Each year, the conference selects a different theme. This year, AEMFI incorporated a “Inclusive finance for expanding opportunities for the financially excluded population” theme.

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This year’s conference featured speakers who engaged attendees with a variety of topics, ranging from savings, youth finance, innovative models in rural finance, entrepreneurship to sharing of other countries experience specifically the Sudanese MFI sector and to the technologies for inclusive finance providers. Comprised of seasoned and emerging inclusive finance professionals, the speakers brought to the table for discussion and experience sharing monumental issues like: saving and credit behavior of clients, technology, commercialization, non-interest bearing banking and etc. Additionally, they discussed innovative ways MFIs can reach their clients using the latest technologies. The diverse topics were beneficial to every level of MFI professional.

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AEMFI is one of the strong sustainable associations in the world. The association has been active in sharing its experiences to many networks and practitioners from various countries. It has been providing-value adding capacity building support to MFIs, including financial cooperatives. On top of serving as the voice of the industry, it has been very active in implementing evidence-based advocacy and publishing the performance of MFIs on regular basis. Although AEMFI has been involved in research and training from its inception, it has currently established the Ethiopian Inclusive Finance Training and Research Institute to conduct policy-oriented research and provide short and long-term training in the area of inclusive finance. The new training and research institute of AEMFI, which has completed its own multipurpose building and is finishing the residential building for trainees, has the objective of being a centre of excellence for southern and eastern Africa.

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