The Microcredit Summit Campaign and the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc., together with the sponsorship of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, will host a Microcredit Summit in the Philippines from October 9-11 focused on the theme Partnerships against Poverty: Government, Business, Finance and Civil Society. Can’t make it all the way to Manila? Smart Communications has you covered! They will make all plenary sessions available via livestreaming. Watch the Opening Ceremony to hear World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus open the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit with a call to action: to help make microfinance part of the movement in the next set of Millennium Development Goals to end severe poverty by 2030. Other plenaries will feature industry and government leaders from BRAC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Central Bank of the Philippines—among others—discuss how to work in cross-sector partnerships toward the ultimate goal of alleviating poverty. See the schedule of plenary sessions below to arrange your schedule.   PLENARIES:

Partnerships against Poverty: Why, When, & How to Partner

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – 11:30-13:00 hrs or Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:30-1:00 hrs EDT

Building the Ecosystem for Financial Inclusion while Protecting Clients

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – 14:30-16:00 hrs or Wednesday, October 9, 2013 2:30-4:00 hrs EDT

Going the Extra Mile: From Safety Nets to Pathways out of Poverty

Thursday, October 10, 2013 – 9:00-10:30 hrs or Wednesday, October 9, 2013 21:00-22:30 hrs EDT

Reaching Deeper & Lowering Costs: The Path Ahead for Digital Services

Thursday, October 10, 2013 – 14:00-15:30 hrs or Thursday, October 10, 2013 2:00-3:30 hrs EDT

Social Businesses: Creating Solutions for Social Problems

Friday, October 11, 2013 – 9:00-10:30 hrs or Thursday, October 10, 2013 21:00-22:30 hrs EDT

Closing Plenary

Friday, October 11, 2013 – 16:00 – 18:00 hrs


  1. The theory of Social Business is good for achieving sustainable development for all. But the practical example of this business is not enough to the audience. So we need more case studies on its action.

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