International Year of Microcredit 2005

14 Dec 2005

Microfinance in Turkey ''New Frontiers in Development'' International Microfinance Conference, Istanbul December 12-13, 2005
 
UNDP organized a two-day conference in Istanbul that provided an opportunity for Turkey's government leaders, industry practitioners, cooperatives and members of the banking sector to learn about global microfinance industry and to identify models replicable to Turkey. Participants explored the current state of microfinance, the experience of global leaders in microfinance and commercial banks who have invested in the sector.

Conference presentations and agenda can be found below:

Conference presentations

DAY 1
Session 1 Overview
Microfinance Centre (MFC)
Building Financial Systems for the Poor
Microfinance Overview The Experience of ACCION International
A Commercially Viable Approach to Poverty Alleviation
Session 2 MF in Turkey
Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme Vakfi (Yerel Kalkinmada Kadinlarin Liderligi)
Kadin Emegini Degerlendirme VakfiMaya Mikro Ekonomik Destek Isletmesi
Turkish Grameen Microcredit Project
Session 3 Commercial MF
SE Banking Commercial Microfinance Lessons Learnt from International Microfinace
Commercial Banks and Microfinance in Turkey
Commercial Banks and Microfinance

DAY 2
Session 4 Regulatory Framework
Türkiye'de Mikrofinansin Yasal Çerçevesinin Düzenlenmesi
Legal Framework of Microfinance in Turkey ( Türkiye'de Mikro Finans'in Yasal Çerçevesi )
Session 5 Effective Financing
Microfinance - The India Experience
Commercial Banks in Microfinance
Session 6 Agricultural MF
Turkey Rural Finance Study
Session 7 Closing Session
Microfinance in Turkey, New Frontiers in Development
UNDP Microfinance Activities in the Europe and CIS Region

Conference Agenda
 

12 December 2005

9.00-9.30

Coffee and Registration

9.30-10.15

Welcoming Remarks

Mr. Jakob Simonsen

Resident Representative ,UNDP Turkey

Mr. Jonathan Brooks

Regional Practice Team Leader, UNDP RBEC

10.15-12.45

Microfinance Overview & Global Experience

How has the global microfinance sector evolved into an important dimension of financial markets globally? What are key models and experiences in microfinance? What are key lessons can Turkey draw from regional and global experiences?

Ms. Caroline Tsilikounas

Board Chair, Microfinance Center

Ms Julia Abakaeva

Lead Microfinance Specialist, CGAP

Ms. Rosalind Copisarow

Senior Vice President, ACCION

Mr. Timothy Tarrant

Country Director

FINCA International

Ms . Belgin Güzaltan

Director, MAYA

Moderator

12.45-2.00

Lunch

2.00-3.15

Microfinance in Turkey

Introduction of MAYA micro credit enterprise and Grameen project. Presentation of the micro credit implementations.

Ms. Sengul Akcar

Director, KEDV, Foundation for the Support of Women's Work

Ms. Belgin Guzaltan

Director, MAYA Enterprise for Microfinance

Mr. Shamsul A.K. Chawdhury

Project Director, Turkish Grameen Micro Credit Project

Ms. Berna Bayazt

UNDP, Program Associate

Moderator

3.15-3.30

Coffee Break

3.30-5.45

Commercial Microfinance

What lessons can be drawn from International Finance Institutions and donors' experience in micro small business finance? What investment and technical assistance models have proven effective, in light of Turkey's present situation and future needs

Commercial Microfinance in Turkey

Presentation of a research conducted on commercial banks in Turkey and their interest in Microfinance.

Ms Julia Abakaeva

Lead Microfinance Specialist, CGAP

Mr. Burkhard Hinz

KFW

Mr. Acar Sensoy

Bank Advisor

Bankakademi International

Mr. Antonio David

Manager, SECA IFC

Moderator

6.00-7.30

Welcoming Reception


13 December 2005

9.00-9.30

Registration

9.30-11.15

Regulatory Framework and Supervision of Microfinance

Why is the regulatory framework important for the development of a sustainable microfinance industry? Which institutions should be prudentially regulated and supervised? How have various countries approached the microfinance regulatory framework? How can supervisory bodies effectively oversee MFI's? What reforms in the regulatory framework would effectively promote Turkey's microfinance industry?

Mr. ?san U??Delikanl

Head of Department,

Banking Regulatory Supervisory Agency

Ms. Deborah Burrand

Microfinance Consultant

Mr. Güner Gücük

Partner in Charge

G&G Consulting

Ms. Berna Bayazt

UNDP, Program Associate

Moderator

11.15-11.30

Coffee Break

11.30-12.30

Effective Financing of Microfinance

What incentives does a commercial bank have to target the microfinance market? What lessons can be drawn from other commercial bank's experiences? What lessons can be drawn from IFIs and donors' experience in micro small business finance? What investment and technical assistance models have proven effective, in light of Turkey's present situation and future needs

Mr. Royston Braganza

HSBC, Senior Vice President

Ms. Rosalind Copisarow

ACCION, Senior Vice President

Ms. Burcu Guvenek Arasl

UNDP, Microfinace Project Manager

Moderator

12.30-2.00

Lunch Break

2.00-2.45

Agricultural Microfinance

Agricultural finance has been one of the most prominent elements of the rural

development strategies used by development agencies and national governments. Over the past 40 years, billions of dollars have been provided to support agricultural production and the green revolution.

Mr. Halil Agah, M.Sc .

Senior Rural Development Specialist

World Bank

Mr. Bartu Soral

UNDP, Program Manager

Moderator

2.45-3.00

Coffee Break

3.00-4.30

MFC Workshop

How has microfinance evolved in the region? What role does it play in the region's financial and economic sectors? What does it take to develop successful microfinance institutions and vibrant microfinance sector.

UNDP Activities in the Region

Ms. Caroline Tsilikounas

Board Chair, Microfinance Center

Mr. Jonathan Brooks

Regional Practice Team Leader, UNDP RBEC

4.30-4.45

Closing Remarks