The main ambition of the SAM is to provide a unified African platform for exchange on the microfinance issues facing the African continent by bringing together all the professionals of the sector – investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, innovators, governments and others.

The SAM is a whole week to:

  • Identify, discuss and celebrate the innovations, impacts and contributions that the African inclusive finance sector has made over the past 3-5 years toward achieving the SDGs;
  • Analyse the gaps and challenges currently facing the sector and catalyse promising solutions to address them;
  • Reinforce the sector’s commitment to and tools for effective impact measurement and business case analysis;
  • Stimulate new and enrich existing relationships with potential partners and allies across the African inclusive finance sector, including promoting actionable plans and follow-through after the conference;
  • Leverage the Luxembourg Cooperation’s financial expertise and enhance the agency’s role as a key partner for inclusive finance practitioners working to achieve the SDGs in Africa;
  • Rally participants around how to focus their individual and collective energy in order to make substantial progress toward the 2030 milestones that we will reassess at SAM 2021.

Innovators' Village

The Village aims to present innovative tools and services that can improve the performance of MFIs interested in undertaking a strategic expansion to target increasingly sophisticated customer segments such as SMEs.

The aim of the Village is not only to inspire visitors, but also to offer a concrete path forward by presenting practitioners with the best available solutions, ready to be implemented at national, regional and pan-African level.

Who are the exhibitors of the Village?

The exhibitors are organisations, such as consulting firms, training centres, start-ups and Fintech companies that have developed innovative solutions, services and tools to strengthen the capacity, the expertise and the performance of African MFIs.

Furthermore, some solutions can be proposed by organisations that provide services to SMEs that enable them to increase their credibility towards the MFIs and to facilitate their access to financial services.

For the exhibitors, the Village will represent a tremendous opportunity to meet new clients and partners.

ARE Members benefit from a 20% discount.


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Date events
21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


David Lecoque


+32 2 400 10 00