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Date: 21/01/2020 - 21/01/2020
Location: Brussels, Belgium




Where do we go from here? Trends, Focus Areas and Forecasts from the Financial Inclusion Compass 2019

Discussion with​ Sam Mendelson, Financial Inclusion Specialist at the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP)


12:15-14:00 | Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Venue: Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband (DSGV), Avenue des Nerviens 9-31, Brussels


​​WSBI-ESBG invites you to ​the first Spotlight session of the year which will focus on Financial Inclusion, an important policy objective for the members of WSBI-ESBG. Sam Mendelson, Financial Inclusion Specialist at the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), will present the trends and forecasts from the second e-MFP survey: the Financial Inclusion Compass 2019.

About Financial Inclusion Compass 2019

Launched for the first time in 2018, the Financial Inclusion Compass examines the trends, future areas of focus, challenges and opportunities for inclusive finance in the short, medium and long terms. The survey is based on a sector-wide mixed-methodology of a wide range of inclusive finance stakeholders.

>> Read the Financial Inclusion Compass 2019



12:15 Registration
12:30 Presentation by 
Sam Mendelson​
13:00 Q&As
13:15 Lunch and networking​


About the speaker​​

Sam Mendelson is Financial Inclusion Specialist at the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) overseeing various research, knowledge, communications and sector-building across e-MFP's different financial inclusion research streams, and supporting coordination of the annual European Microfinance Award, including as continued lead author of the European Dialogue. For the last five years, he has been M&E and then Knowledge Specialist at Arc Finance, an international end-user energy finance organisation. He's worked as Project Lead for the 2015 USAID-funded Energy Diaries – the first and only project of its kind, and worked closely with e-MFP's Daniel Rozas on several projects, including a 2016 FIEC research paper on offshore incorporation of microfinance/impact vehicles; the upcoming e-MFP/FIEC/NpM research study on Buyer Selection in Responsible Equity Exits, and the CSFI Microfinance Banana Skins.

He has undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Laws from the University of Western Australia; a Master of Laws in Public International Law and a Master of Science in International Public Policy, both from University College London.​

WSBI-ESBG and financial inclusion

WSBI-ESBG assists members in their strategy to increase financial inclusion within their communities. As one of the initial Coalition Partners, WSBI-ESBG is proud to have substantially contributed to the World Bank Group's Universal Financial Access (UFA) 2020 Goal. On 31 December 2018, the total number of clients reached by WSBI-ESBG members amounted to 1.733 billion, exceeding the commitment of 1.7 billion customers. WSBI-ESBG members have expanded the number of new clients by 329 million since 2014.