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Microfinance and New Left in Latin America

Microfinanzas y la Nueva Izquierda Latinoamericana

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Publié le jeudi 27 septembre 2012 par Loïc Le Pape

Résumé

The conference brings a number of stakeholders from the microfinance sector, social and political movements, New Left governments as well as academics together in order to discuss and clarify these issues.  We expect to contribute to a common frame of analysis and to identify avenues for a more fruitful articulation of microfinance strategies with the emancipatory agendas of Latin American governments and social movements. The conference is a joint organisation of the Latin American and Caribbean Forum for Rural Finance  (FOROLACFR), the French Microfinance Network  CERISE (Comité d’Échange, de Réflexion et d’information sur les Systèmes Épargne- Crédit), the Center for European Research in Microfinance (CERMI, Mons University) and the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB, University of Antwerp)

Annonce

Presentation

In Latin America, both microfinance and the so-called ‘New Left’ governments have originally emerged as a reaction to the perceived negative consequences of neo-liberal free market policies. Despite this common origin, the relationships between the often quite substantial microfinance industry and the ‘New Left’ governments are not always as smooth and cooperative as one might expect (see article Bédécarrats, et al, 2011). Microfinance largely represents a private-civic response to the deficiencies of the market. Banking with the poor is held to contribute to more inclusive economic growth as well as to popular (and in particular female) empowerment. The ‘New Left’ governments all express the return of an active state, which not only guarantees the functioning of the market economy, but is also engaged in changing economic pathways in favour of the excluded majorities, or at least correcting them with more substantial social spending.

Stand-alone microfinance faces increasing (self)criticism for being an insufficient answer to the challenges of inclusive social development and for suffering from excessive commercialization and mission drift, showing more concern for the profit of investors than the welfare of poor clients and even less for the required structural change needed to reverse inequity. As a reaction, new codes of conduct as well as alternative approaches such as ‘value chain microfinance’ and ‘Finance Plus’ are experimented with. At the same time, doubts and questions emerge about the social and political expectations raised by the ‘New Left’ governments. To what extent and in what way do they promote structural changes in the economy? What does the much publicised concept of the ‘social economy’ as a kind of popular ‘third way’ in between market and state really imply, and how and when does it promote alternative economic pathways that permit more equal sharing of income? Does ‘new left’ direct political participation strengthen the autonomy and voice of excluded groups (and their social movements) and/or does it lead to clientelistic cooptation within authoritarian political rule?

The conference brings a number of stakeholders from the microfinance sector, social and political movements, New Left governments as well as academics together in order to discuss and clarify these issues. We expect to contribute to a common frame of analysis and to identify avenues for a more fruitful articulation of microfinance strategies with the emancipatory agendas of Latin American governments and social movements.

The conference is a joint organisation of the Latin American and Caribbean Forum for Rural Finance (FOROLACFR), the French Microfinance Network CERISE (Comité d’Échange, de Réflexion et d’information sur les Systèmes Épargne- Crédit), the Center for European Research in Microfinance (CERMI, Mons University) and the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB, University of Antwerp)

http://www.ua.ac.be/iob/microfinance
www.ua.ac.be/iob/microfinanzas

Venue : Meeting Room Province of Antwerp, 12-13 November 2012

Program

DAY 1: ‘MICROFINANCE’ AND ‘NEW LEFT’ IN A DIVERSITY OF LATIN AMERICAN CONTEXTS

MICROFINANCE AND   THE CHALLENGE OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION IN LATIN   AMERICA

9:00 - 9:45

Status quaestionis: perspectives from microfinance

Johan Bastiaensen

Florent Bédécarrats

9:45 - 10:30

The agenda of   socio-political transformation: social movements, democracy and the ‘New   Left’

Evelina Dagnino

10:30 - 10:45

Break

 

10:45 - 11:30

The agenda of   socio-economic transformation under the New Left: microfinance and the   ‘social and solidary economy’

José Luis Coraggio

11:30 - 12:30

Plenum discussion

 

 

Microfinance and   New Left Governments : round tables about country experiences

14:00 - 14:30

Trends and   tensions in the development of microfinance in Latin America

Marc Labie

Annabel Vanroose

14:30 - 15:10

Bolivia

José Auad

Marcelo Zabalaga

Carmen Velasco

Florent Bédécarrats

15:10 - 15:50

Ecuador

Javier Vaca

José Luis Coraggio

François Doligez

 

Break

 

16:00 - 16:40

Nicaragua

Julio Flores

Rene Mendoza

Peter Marchetti

16:40 - 17:20

Brasil

TBC : Banco do   Nor-Este
  Miguel Assis do Couto Evelina Dagnino
  Andrea Dominguez

17:20 - 18:00

Plenum

 

DAY 2: CHALLENGES FOR MICROFINANCE

Introduction :   The challenges for microfinance in the new context?

9:00 - 9:20

The challenges   for microfinance in the new context: a framework of analysis

Florent Bédécarrats

 

Session 1

From the   critique of microfinance towards a constructive strategy for microfinance   development

9:20 - 9:50

Microfinance   InLatin America: Undermining Sustainable Local Economic Development. (Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia)

Milford Bateman

9:50 - 10:20

The struggle   over rural microfinance in Nicaragua and its paradoxical outcomes for   SME-based development

Rene Mendoza

Johan   Bastiaensen

Peter Marchetti

BREAK

   

10:30 - 11:00

CRESOL in   Brasil: articulating financial cooperatives with a broader cooperative   movement and the Brazilian government

Miguel Assis do Couto

11:00 - 11:30

PROMUJER:   providing microcredit, savings, business training and health services to strengthen   women’s livelihoods and community organization

Carmen Velasco

11:30 - 12:30

Plenum discussion

 

Session 2

Trends and   challenges for public policies in microfinance for development: regulation   and beyond

14:00 - 14:30

Comparative   analysis of Latin American (micro)finance regulation

Veronica Trujillo

Fernando Rodriguez or Victoria Muriel Patino

14:30 - 15:00

Innovations and   current debate about financial regulation in Latin America

Marcelo Zabalaga

15:00 - 15:30

Public policies,   microfinance and (rural) development

Carolina Trivelli

15:30 - 15:40

Comment: reflections of   FOROLACFR on Public Policies, microfinance and (rural) development

Isabel Cruz

15:40 - 15:50

Short discussion (for clarification)

 

Session 3

How to advance   towards constructive cooperation within the agenda of social transformation   and poverty reduction?

16:00 - 16:20

Status Quaestionis

Peter Marchetti

16:20 - 17:30

Panel & plenum discussion

Marcelo Zabalaga

Miguel Assis do   Couto

Isabel Cruz

Carolina Trivelli

Florent Bédécarrats (=moderator)

 

Lieux

  • Provinciehuis - Koningin Elisabethlei 22
    Anvers, Belgique (2018)

Dates

  • lundi 12 novembre 2012
  • mardi 13 novembre 2012

Mots-clés

  • microfinance, ‘New Left’ governments, banking, development, social and political movements

Contacts

  • Katleen Van Pellicom
    courriel : katleen [dot] vanpellicom [at] ua [dot] ac [dot] be

Source de l'information

  • Katleen Van Pellicom
    courriel : katleen [dot] vanpellicom [at] ua [dot] ac [dot] be

Pour citer cette annonce

« Microfinance and New Left in Latin America », Colloque, Calenda, Publié le jeudi 27 septembre 2012, http://calenda.org/220676