Microfinance Lunch Break

Microfinance Lunch Break:  News from the world of microfinance and microinsurance.

BRS uses the Microfinance Lunch Breaks to bring current themes from the world of microfinance and microinsurance to Brussels. 
Well-known guest speakers share their insights with anyone who is interested in international topics with a special focus on participants from the financial world, NGO employees, students and government employees. 

The Microfinance Lunch Break is organised by BRS in partnership with ADA. ADA, a Luxembourg-based NGO specialising in microfinance, has been organising “les Midis de la microfinance” in Luxembourg since 2006.

BRS can count on its cooperation with Cera, KBC, Assuralia and Febelfin for the organisation of Microfinance Lunch Breaks in Belgium. 

 

 

Depending on the speaker, the working language is English or French.

The guest speakers are experts in their field and always have inspiring stories to share. A Q & A session with the audience is scheduled at the end of the presentation. A buffet is subsequently provided for the participants.

 

Curious about the themes and speakers at previous editions of our Microfinance Lunch Break? 

Check it out below.

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Portfolio of the poor - Jonathan Morduch

The pioneering book “Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day” explores the cash flow of nearly 300 households among the world’s poorest. The result is a humanising insight into these people’s economic lives, and a valuable resource for attempts to improve them, especially through microfinancing institutions. 

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Matching the funding needs of Microfinance - Malcolm Harper

To some extent, microfinance has become a victim of its own success. Is this due to insufficient or excessive funding? Is there a link between excessive funding and the bad microfinancing practices that have emerged in the past, such as in India? Is there an imbalance between the amount of investment and donor funding within the sector, which exacerbates the problem? And how can investment and donor funding play a better role in strengthening the sector? 

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Microinsurance: innovating risk coping mechanisms - Craig Churchill

Why do the poor in developing countries need insurance? How do their insurance needs differ from formal insurance? Is microinsurance financially sustainable? Is there a role for large insurance and reinsurance companies to play in microinsurance? What are the main challenges for the microinsurance sector?

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How smallholder farmers feed the world - Bina Agarwal

Professor Bina Agarwal sees cooperative models as a solution for the agricultural sector in the South.  


More than 500 million households worldwide are active in small-scale family farming. With the world becoming a global village and agriculture in many countries scaling up and using increasingly complex technologies, it is reasonable to wonder what the future of small farmers will be. 

How can smallholder farmers contribute to fighting hunger while supporting local economic development and biodiversity, as well as sustainable food systems? What challenges do they face and how can microfinance help address them?

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