Upcoming Training and Event

3rd Latin American Cluster Conference (3CLAC)
Chihuahua, Mexico, 27 May 2008

Internationalization of the Competitive Clusters: Which Strategies, Which Tools? Which Methodes?
In cooperation with the German Kompetentznetze and under the high patronage of the French Secretary of State for Trade and SMEs, Europa InterCluster is co-organising on 24 June in Limoges a conference on the internationalisation of clusters. This will be an opportunity for cluster managers from all over Europe to relate their cooperation practices.

5th Microfinance Training of Trainers: A Blended Distance Learning Course

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) of the World Bank are pleased to offer the fifth Microfinance Training of Trainers (MFTOT) Course from 16 July to 30 October 2008. MFTOT is a unique blended distance learning course which aims to enhance the knowledge of microfinance practitioners and strengthen the institutional capacity of microfinance in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The Housing Finance Summer Academy
20-25 July 2008 in cooperation with Housing Development Finance Corporation, India.
The Housing Finance Summer Academy focuses on providing practical knowledge and tools in housing finance for successfully managing lending operations while picking up on the newest development and best practices on the market.

Making Markets Work – a two-week training programme
Glasgow, UK, 13 – 23 Aug 2008, Springfield Centre

This unique programme focuses directly on a key challenge facing governments and development agencies: how to make markets function more effectively for business and for poor people? The programme builds on the Springfield Centre’s successful record in offering training on the market development approach to more than 700 people over the last nine years. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st May 2008.

The Micro Banking Summer Academy
Preparation Course ”Microfinance Principles” (22-24 August 2008)
Week 1 ”MFI Management in a Changing Environment” (24-29 August 2008)
Week 2 ” Commercial Microfinance in a Competitive Environment”(31 Aug– 5 Sep 2008)

Building Inclusive Financial Systems: How Can Funders Make a Difference?
Dubrovnik, Croatia, 8-12 September 2008

Kigali, Rwanda, 10-14 November 2008 en français
This CGAP/MFMI course is tailored specifically to donors, investors, and policymakers interested in keeping up with the rapidly evolving world of microfinance while gaining practical skills in microfinance appraisal and performance-based management.

The 2008 WTO Public Forum ”Trading into the Future”
Geneva, Switzerland, 24 – 25 September 2008, WTO headquarters
Civil society representatives interested in organizing a session during this year’s Forum should fill out the Call for Proposals Form (available on the NGO page of the WTO website).

Microinsurance Conference 2008

Cartagena, Colombia, 5-7 November 2008
There are many challenges in providing microinsurance. Low-income persons are vulnerable to risks, but so far insurance has been accessible only to a few, often through informal or mutual schemes. In most countries, commercial insurers have largely stayed away from the low-income market, mainly because of high costs and small premiums. Yet that is beginning to change, as new cost-effective models are emerging to extend insurance to the poor.