Angola envisages undertaking a number of activities
aimed at capacity-building to standardize
relevant procedures and convene a national
meeting on microcredit.
In Kenya, the activities in support of the Year
will coincide with the work of the Association
of Microfinance Institutions in Kenya. The
Kenya National Committee draws from a broad
range of 22 organizations representing government,
microfinance institutions, and informal sector
umbrella organizations. Plans include the
mapping of microfinance institutional presence
throughout the country to ascertain where
there is a need for a stronger or better
services and village level activities with "open
days" to promote microfinance institutions
in areas where there is most need.
To raise public awareness about microfinance,
newspaper supplements in "The Nation" and "The
Standard" will publicize the work of microfinance
institutions and other relevant stakeholders.
To celebrate the launch, the provincial capitals
will host guest speakers and exhibitions where
microfinance institutions can explain microcredit
schemes and facilitate the opening of new accounts.
Throughout the Year, workshops, conferences,
school based programmes will promote knowledge
about microfinance. Awards will be given to institutions
for innovative practices in the sector.
In South Africa, the Year interim secretariat
will soon be replaced by a permanent secretariat
that will be include the Department of Trade
and Industry as a lead department, as well
as the Ministry of Foreign affairs and other
stakeholders from microfinance industry.
A seminar is planned to take place in Pretoria
with the participation of the departments
of Economic Development and Tourism from
nine provinces and will address the challenges
faced by microfinance institutions and share
success stories and best practices.
In Zambia, a number of activities are planned,
many of them focusing on the development
of the microfinance and rural banking sector.
Further initiatives include the inclusion
of microfinance in all development and poverty
reduction programmes, legal reforms aimed
at facilitating the growth of the sector
and a promotional drive that includes a microfinance
week and a national microfinance summit.