EIA's International Conference 'Ready, Set, Go!'
28 August 2006 at 1:08 pm
EIA’s International Conference ‘Ready, Set, Go!’ – Advertorial
International Ethical Investment Conference
21 & 22 September 2006, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Throughout the world, microfinance and microcredit have been found to be a very effective way of reducing poverty by enabling people to build assets, increase incomes and reduce their economic vulnerability. In the US, microfinance and community investment sector has grown by 40% in two years to $19.6 billion.
While microfinance is often associated with small loans programs in the developing world, there is growing interest in this important area in Australia. For example, in April this year the National Australia Bank announced a series of initiatives that will see $30 million in loans allocated to individuals and families who have the aspiration to get ahead but are financially marginalised.
One of the programs to benefit from this support is the No Interest Loans Schemes (NILS®) – an initiative of Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service. This program will receive $10m in loan capital for the growth of the program across Australia over the next three years.
You have the opportunity to learn more about the NAB’s work in this area plus other initiatives that honestly seek to balance social and environmental concerns with financial objectives at the upcoming Ethical Investment Association Conference, Ready, Set, Go!
This Conference is Australasia’s largest 2 day gathering of Ethical Investment and Sustainable Responsible Investment (SRI) professionals and features a range of keynote presentations and specialist workshops which explore the critical environmental, social and ethical issues within this important area.
A workshop on microfinance will be held on Friday 22 September and will feature George Frazis, NAB Executive General Manager, Business and Private Banking.
Special Rates for Charitable, Not For Profit and Religious Organisations
A special registration discount has been arranged for Charitable, Not-For-Profit and Religious Organisations. You can select to attend one or both days and registration start from $385.00.
For more details about the Conference, please call Megan Lewis on 02 8224 0314 or visit www.eia.org.au