1. WFDFI/ALIDE International Conference on Development Banking in the 21st Century, Lima, Peru, Thursday, 8 October 2015

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    Invitation to WFDFI/ALIDE International Conference on Development Banking in the 21st Century, Lima, Peru, Thursday, 8 October 2015

    This is to invite you of our invitation to the subject matter conference.

    As you would recall, ADFIMI presently undertakes the chair and secretariat of World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI) on a rotational basis until the end of 2015.

    WFDFI comprises of four associations of development finance institutions and besides ADFIMI they are AADFI (Association of African Development Finance Institutions), ADFIAP (Association of National Development Financing Institution in Asia and the Pacific) and ALIDE (The Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions).

    WB / IMF Annual Meetings will take place in Lima, the capital of Peru. Upon an invitation from ALIDE, we have decided to organize a one day conference on “Development Banking in the 21st Century” at ALIDE HQ on the sidelines of the said Annual Meetings. The conference will take place on 08 October 2015 in accordance with the attached programme.

    I would like to invite you to this conference so that should you intend to participate in the conference you could make your travel and accommodation arrangements as early as possible since Lima will be overcrowded during the time of the conference and advance booking will be very much advisable. ALIDE has kindly adviced us to book at Ariosto Hotel, ten minutes by taxi from the ALIDE’s HQ for which a ‘charge authorization form’ is attached.

    The following link is provided by our hosts ALIDE concerning the issuance of visas. https://www.2015lima.gob.pe/en/immigration-information/

    I look forward to nominations from your esteemed institution as early as possible.

    Best regards

    Nuri Birtek

    Secretary General

    ADFIMI / WFDFI

    Encl:

    1-Latest version of the Conference schedule

    2- Charge authorization forms ( Amex or Mastercard)

  2. The WFDFI is to organize a Conference on Islamic Finance jointly with Islamic Development Bank and World Bank in Washington DC on 11 October 2013. The Event will take place in the World Bank Main Building room MC2-800 at 11.00 am

    The conference will be revisiting various aspects of Islamic finance on the occasion of the WB/IMF Annual Meetings. The aim of conference is to provide an opportunity to the global finance community meeting in Washington to hear the latest developments in Islamic Finance.

    The conference will be inaugurated by Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, the President of Islamic Development Bank a pioneer of Islamic finance and Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin Special Envoy of the World Bank President, will deliver the keynote address.

    The conference is free for WFDFI members.

    Click here for the tentative programme

  3. World Fed of DFIs holds 2nd Global Sustainable Finance Conference

    Members of the World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI)–ADFIAP in Asia, ALIDE in Latin America, AADFI in Africa and ADFIMI in the Middle East–spearheaded by ADFIAP (the present WFDFI Secretariat) and Etech Germany, will be holding the 2nd “Global Sustainable Finance Conference” on July 5-6, 2012 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will be attended by Presidents, CEOs and senior members of financial institutions, sustainable development experts, academia, representatives of government organisations and international development institutions and other stakeholders engaged or interested in sustainable finance and greening financial institutions.

    This conference will address some of the most debated issues today like environmental challenges, transforming economies, and particularly the decisive role of financial industry in these changing times where triple bottom line – social, economic and environmental sustainability is becoming imperative.

    The conference also provides a major opportunity to discuss financial innovation and the business case for financial institutions to green their operations and their products and services. It is a distinctive forum to deliberate on developing specialized financial solutions to capitalise on opportunities emerging in numerous sectors, such as in the fields of sustainable infrastructure, energy efficient real estate, clean energy production, green mobility, and in businesses and projects that protect investors, green and enhance financial institutions´ profits and boost their image in the market.

    Further to knowledge sharing, the upcoming conference will also help establish partnerships and alliances and in developing synergies among the delegates. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with the members of financial community, international agencies, governmental and non-governmental institutions, academia, sustainable development and environmental management practitioners and other relevant stakeholders in Europe and globally.

  4. 2nd International Conference on Global Sustainable Finance

    To discuss how DFIs and other market players need to respond to the emerging challenges, a Two Day International Conference on Global Sustainable Finance | Greening Financial Institutions will be held from July 5-6, 2012 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

    This event is being hosted under the auspices of World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI) and will be attended by Presidents/ CEO and senior members of financial institutions, sustainable development experts, academia, representatives of government organisations and international development institutions and other stakeholders engaged or interested in sustainable finance and greening financial institutions.

    The conference provides a major opportunity to discuss financial innovation and the business case for financial institutions to green their operations and the products and services. It is a distinctive forum to deliberate on developing specialized financial solutions to capitalise on opportunities emerging in numerous sectors, such as in the fields of sustainable infrastructure, energy efficient real estate, clean energy production, green mobility, and in businesses and projects that protect investors, green and enhance financial institutions´ profits and boost their image in the market.

    Further to knowledge sharing; the upcoming conference will also help establish partnerships and alliances and in developing synergies. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with the members of financial community, international agencies, governmental and non-governmental institutions, academia, sustainable development and environmental management practitioners and other relevant stakeholders in Europe and globally. An optional excursion/ get-together will take place on Saturday the 7th of July 2012.

    You are cordially invited to attend this global sustainable finance event and/ or nominate members of your institution.

    For swift registration, information and immediate support in facilitating your participation and stay, please contact the organising partners in Germany at sustainablebanking@etechgermany.com

  5. WFDFI launches Global Sustainable Finance Network

    The World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI) formally launched the Global Sustainable Finance Network (GSFN), a voluntary membership-based global initiative that aims to bring together financial institutions and other stakeholders committed to the advancement of sustainable finance.

    The launch was held during the 1st Global Sustainable Finance Conference, a joint ADFIAP-E Tech Germany event under the auspices of the WFDFI, on September 8-9, 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The conference attracted 58 delegates from 25 countries across 5 continents – Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, South America and Europe – from national and multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, associations and the academe. Among multilateral organizations represented consisted of the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

    The GSFN provides for: (a) a network for financial institutions and industry partners to share experience, successes and challenges in their efforts to contribute to global sustainable development (b) a forum for the finance sector, industry partners and sustainable development experts to exchange ideas and strategies to help each other develop and execute sustainable finance policies and practices and (c) a marketplace for members to promote their sustainable finance expertise and business ideas.

    For more information on the GSFN and how to join the network, please refer to the GSFN brochure and online membership form below.

  6. 1st Global Sustainable Finance Conference successful

    The 1st Global Sustainable Finance Conference, a joint ADFIAP-E Tech Germany event under the auspices of the World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI), was held successfully on September 8-9, 2011 at the Akademie Hotel in Karlsruhe, Germany. The conference attracted 58 delegates from 25 countries across 5 continents – Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, South America and Europe – from national and multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, associations and the academe. Among multilateral organizations represented consisted of the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

    The event with the theme, “Greening Financial Institutions” featured some 20 technical, best practice and case study presentations on sustainable finance by experts and practitioners in the field from all over the world. It was also an occasion for the WFDFI to launch the Global Sustainable Finance Network (GSFN), a voluntary membership-based global initiative that aims to bring together financial institutions and other stakeholders committed to the advancement of sustainable finance.

    As an output of the conference and a message to the Rio+20, the delegates crafted the Karlsruhe Declaration that sets out the aspirations and contribution of the finance community to advance sustainable development.

    Mrs. Margret Mergen, Mayor of Karlsruhe, inaugurated the conference while Mr. Nihal Fonseka, ADFIAP and WFDFI Chairman, gave the opening remarks. For more information on the conference, please visit E-Tech Germany’s website at www.etechgermany.com

  7. World Fed of DFIs holds Global Sustainable Finance Conference

    Members of the World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI)–ADFIAP in Asia, ALIDE in Latin America, AADFI in Africa and ADFIMI in the Middle East–spearheaded by ADFIAP (the present WFDFI Secretariat) and Etech Germany and in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Switch Asia Network Facility, will be holding the “Global Sustainable Finance Conference” on September 8-9, 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will be attended by Presidents, CEOs and senior members of financial institutions, sustainable development experts, academia, representatives of government organisations and international development institutions and other stakeholders engaged or interested in sustainable finance and greening financial institutions.

    This conference will address some of the most debated issues today like environmental challenges, transforming economies, and particularly the decisive role of financial industry in these changing times where triple bottom line – social, economic and environmental sustainability is becoming imperative.

    The conference also provides a major opportunity to discuss financial innovation and the business case for financial institutions to green their operations and their products and services. It is a distinctive forum to deliberate on developing specialized financial solutions to capitalise on opportunities emerging in numerous sectors, such as in the fields of sustainable infrastructure, energy efficient real estate, clean energy production, green mobility, and in businesses and projects that protect investors, green and enhance financial institutions´ profits and boost their image in the market.

    Further to knowledge sharing, the upcoming conference will also help establish partnerships and alliances and in developing synergies among the delegates. It provides an excellent opportunity to network with the members of financial community, international agencies, governmental and non-governmental institutions, academia, sustainable development and environmental management practitioners and other relevant stakeholders in Europe and globally.

  8. 10th Study Tour Program-MSME Financing in Malaysia

    10th Study Tour Program on
    Micro, Small & Medium-Scale Enterprise Financing and Development

    June 20-24, 2011 < > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    The study program aims to provide the participants with firsthand knowledge and understanding of the policy and regulatory frameworks, business models and best practices in MSME finance and development in Malaysia. The 5-day program is structured to provide a more practical perspective on the topic through institutional visits to and discussions with policy and regulatory agencies, banks and financial institutions assisting the sector, and MSME companies themselves.

    Malaysia has been chosen because it is one of the countries in Southeast Asia whose government has invested substantial capital and human resources in the promotion and development of the MSME sector. His attendance to the program would certainly be of great value to your institution

    The program is relevant to your institution’s officers/managers involved in MSME financing and development and is a good opportunity for information and best practices exchange with participants from other countries.

  9. ESRA online courses for 2012

    The Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) Online Course provides in-depth and personalised training. Tutors engage with participants online on a daily basis, providing guidance and facilitating debates. As a participant, you will be involved in a range of activities, from simulating implementation of environmental and social policies and guidelines and analysing case studies, to carrying out exercises based on your own clients’ environmental and social impacts.

    Courses in 2012:
    Dates Language Tutors
    20 February – 9 March English Lawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Jacylyn Shi (China)
    27 February – 16 March Spanish Lawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Edgar Rojas (Colombia)
    12 – 30 March French Isabelle Blaes (France) and Regina Scharf (United States)
    14 May – 1 June English Lawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Christina Wood (South Africa)
    11 – 29 June Spanish Lawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Edgar Rojas (Colombia)
    30 July – 17 August English Lawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Melissa Makwarimba (Mozambique)
    3 – 21 September Spanish Lawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Edgar Rojas (Colombia)
    8 – 26 October French Regina Scharf (United States) and Isabelle Blaes (France)
    29 October – 16 Nov. English Lawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Mariángeles Camargo (United States)
    12 – 30 November Spanish Lawrence Pratt (Costa Rica) and Edgar Rojas (Colombia)
    Target audience: Risk managers and analysts in commercial, corporate, investment and retail banking in or dealing with developing countries and emerging markets.

    A limited number of places are also available for representatives from relevant stakeholder audiences including: supervisory/regulatory bodies, banking associations, government agencies, academic institutions, NGOs and civil society organisations involved in finance and sustainability issues.

    Please note that places for non-financial institution representatives are limited. Courses will not address how to financially analyse or how to set up a business plan for an environmental/socially oriented project in search of funding. The courses teach participants how to include environmental and social variables in the traditional analysis made by financial analysts when making lending and/or investment decisions, whatever the nature of the project.

    Contents: Each course is made up of five consecutive modules:
    1. Introduction to Sustainable Finance
    2. Identification of Environmental and Social Risks
    3. Categorization
    4. Evaluation of Environmental and Social Risks
    5. Administration of Environmental and Social Risks

    For more information, follow this link:http://www.unepfi.org/training/risk_training/index.html

  10. WFDFI to organize first global conference in 2011

    Upon approval of the WFDFI Board of Governors (BoG) in its meeting held in Washington, D.C. last October 11, 2010, the WFDFI will organize its first ever “Global Conference on Development Banking” in Karlsruhe, Germany in September next year in partnership with E-Tech Germany.

    The theme of the conference will be “Greening Financing Institutions” which aims to showcase new trends and best practices in environmental responsibility and opportunities for development finance institutions (DFIs) and other financial institutions.

    The event will also cover the green industry which is now widely considered as the engine of next economic growth. More than a hundred delegates from WFDFI members from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East are expected to participate in the conference.

    WFDFI members comprise 328 DFIs in 154 countries and territories in four continents.