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The Role of Non-Bank Financial Institutions in the COVID-19 Response: Experiences from Ethiopia, Mexico and Bangladesh

Created by Fotios Stravoravdis
June 168, 2020 | 8:00 AM |

Organized in partnership with SAFIN

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About the webinar

Non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) play important roles in agricultural finance, particularly in serving small-scale enterprises. Indeed, in many contexts micro-finance institutions (MFIs), financial cooperatives and other NBFIs are the main financial service providers particularly to micro entrepreneurs in the rural sector. Across developing countries, the ability of these institutions to continue to serve their clients while retaining their financial sustainability has been tested by the COVID-19 crisis. Many have been facing significant liquidity and asset constraints, but adaptive and innovative solutions have also emerged. 

In this webinar, representatives from the NBFI landscape and from the public sector in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Mexico will discuss current challenges and emerging innovations. Particular focus will be placed on how complementarity of efforts among NBFIs and the public sector can contribute to a more resilient ecosystem for agri-SME finance. The webinar is the second in a joint series by SAFIN and AGRIFIN on agri-SME finance and COVID-19. 




Juan Buchenau, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Group  

Juan is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank (WB) and core member of the global agricultural finance team and of WB’s Community of Practice on Cooperative Financial Institutions, working on policy diagnostics and design. He was formerly in charge of several programs in support of financial sector authorities to improve access to finance in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


Javier Delgado Mendoza, Director General, National Financial Institute for Agricultural, Rural, Forestry and Fisheries Development (FND)

With more than 40 years of experience in the area of rural and agro-industrial financing, Javier has held positions of high responsibility in the public and private sectors. He was appointed by the administration of the President of Mexico as General Director of the following institutions: Shared Risk Trust (FIRCO), Rural Sector Capitalization and Investment Fund (FOCIR), AGROASEMEX and the National Financial Institute for Agricultural, Rural, Forestry and Fisheries Development (FND).


Fazlul Kader, Deputy Managing Director, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation 

Fazlul played a key role in shaping the inclusive financing sector of Bangladesh through the Apex financing mechanism. He has extensive experience in implementing microenterprise lending systems integrated with various types of value chain interventions. Fazlul has expertise in implementing climate change adaptation projects, risk mitigation services for low-income populations, human and institutional capacity enhancement programs.   


Berhane Kidanu Gebru, RuSACCO Capacity Building Team Leader, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency  

Berhane has worked in the financial cooperatives sector for the last 16 years and is currently the team leader of the capacity building project for rural savings and credit cooperatives (RuSACCOs) at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency. Prior to this, Berhane served as a national program coordinator for RUFIP cooperative sub-sector.  


Guillermo Jiménez, Director General, Procredito

Guillermo Jiménez Sepúlveda is Chairman and CEO of Procredito, a financial institution in Mexico dedicated since 2007 to issue loans to small business. Prior to this position, Mr. Jiménez was the founder and CEO of Finpatria, a Mexican financial institution for mortgages and financing residential developers. He started his career at Banamex, where he held different positions for 11 years.


Teshome Kebede, Executive Director, Association of Ethiopian Micro Finance Instituions (AEMFI)

Teshome is an economist by profession and has been working in different sectors including the micro finance sector for more than twenty years. He is currently the Executive Director of the Association of Ethiopian MFIs (AEMFI). 



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