On April 7, IPA Associate Director of Business and Program Development Faith McCollister participated in a panel discussion on youth unemployment at the 2018 African Economic Forum, held at Columbia University. The panel focused on the complex causes of youth unemployment in Africa and potential solutions to alleviate the problems it presents. During the discussion, McCollister noted the lack of an evidence-backed "silver bullet" for solving unemployment and emphasized the need for ongoing rigorous research.
The African Microfinance Week (referred to as the SAM, based on the French acronym) is a major conference dedicated to the development of financial inclusion in Africa that takes place every two years. The most recent SAM took place from the 9th to the 13th October, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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.
On October 15-18, 2013, the Africa Microfinance Network (AFMIN) held its 2013 Annual Conference and General Meeting in Addis Ababa. AFMIN is an association of microfinance networks in Africa resulting from an initiative led by African microfinance practitioners to create and/or strengthen country-level microfinance networks for the purpose of establishing shared performance standards, institutional capacity and policy change. IPA Uganda Country Director Jeff Alumai was part of a panel on Inclusive Finance in Africa and spoke about product innovations for financial inclusion.