Muhammad Yunus and Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines Attending Premier Global Conference, the 2013 Microcredit Summit; Registration is Now Open

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Professor Muhammad Yunus, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2013, will be headlining the latest iteration of the Microcredit Summit Campaign's world-renowned summits, the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit in Manila, Philippines (October 9-11). Registration for this premier conference is now open.

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(Photo - Nasir Ali Mamun) Professor Muhammad Yunus, who received the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday, will headline the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit.

Participants will study successful examples of public-private partnerships (PPP) through innovative sessions that will help them understand the workings and value of PPP for microfinance clients.

Today, the Microcredit Summit Campaign, a project of RESULTS Educational Fund, launched registration for the upcoming 2013 Microcredit Summit: Partnerships against Poverty, a global conference to be held in the Philippines from October 9 to October 11.

The event, organized in collaboration with the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), will explore Partnerships against Poverty: Government, Business, Finance and Civil Society. Government ministers, central bankers, commercial bankers, microfinance leaders, payment providers, NGO leaders, and telecoms executives are all expected to attend the event at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.

Among the high-profile participants expected this year, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has confirmed he will attend the Summit. “We have the ability to transform the lives of the world’s poorest,” said Prof. Yunus. “We just need to come together. Public-private initiatives and social business can make this happen.” Prof Yunus is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and, as of last week, the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. Congress.

Alongside these high-profile figures of microfinance, other participants will study successful examples of public-private partnerships (PPP) through workshops, plenaries, and other innovative sessions that will help them understand the workings and value of PPP for microfinance clients. The Microcredit Summit Campaign hopes to promote the larger use of PPP as an efficient tool to help families lift themselves out of severe poverty.

The governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP - Central Bank of the Philippines), Amando M. Tetangco, Jr., will also be attending the event. “The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is committed to providing the right regulatory environment,” said Mr. Tetangco, Jr., “to ensure that the more efficient and cheaper methods of providing financial services, arising from innovations in electronic banking, also benefit the poor and low-income clients.” As a representative of the Government of the Philippines, he will speak about the incredible performance and innovation of the Philippine microfinance sector.

The Campaign also launched a website especially dedicated to the 2013 Summit. The website will provide a platform for peer-to-peer interaction and facilitated discussion with microfinance experts in advance of the Summit. It serves as a guide to the agenda, panelists, and keynote speakers, as well as practical information for registering and traveling to the Summit. The website will be regularly updated with new information on the event.

For more information on the 2013 Summit, visit: http://partnershipsagainstpoverty.org/.

The Microcredit Summit Campaign (the “Campaign”), a project of RESULTS Educational Fund, is the largest global network of institutions and individuals involved in microfinance and is committed to two important goals: 1) reaching 175 million of the world’s poorest families with microfinance and 2) helping 100 million families lift themselves out of severe poverty. The Campaign convenes a broad array of actors involved with microfinance to promote best practices in the field, to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and to work towards alleviating world poverty through microfinance.

In partnership with the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), the Campaign is organizing the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit October 9 – 11, 2013, in the Philippines.

http://www.microcreditsummit.org/

The Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) is the national network of microfinance institutions working towards sustainable, innovative and client-responsive solutions to poverty in the country. The key programs of MCPI include advocacy, social performance management and consumer protection in microfinance, capacity building for microfinance institutions, performance monitoring and benchmarking, and the establishment of a knowledge and research center for microfinance.

http://www.microfinancecouncil.org/

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