This year, EMN wants to really focus on encouraging moments for participants to connect in order to prepare for the future. Let’s seize the moment and discuss the challenges of the sector’s future in conversations that matter, based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organisational life.

A world café provides the best setting for this conversation. Groups of people discuss pre-defined topics or questions at several tables and individuals switch tables periodically and get introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a “table host” in order to continue the discussion.

Each table will have a different set of topical questions on one particular theme and participants will be able to note down on paper the strategies for further action and the opportunities for increased cooperation between participants. Our world café will have approximately three rounds and the results will be reflected on during a final common plenum discussion.

The topics under discussion at the different tables will be #RoleOfANetwork, #WorkingWithVolunteers, #Digitalisation, #MFI&Banks, #MicrofinanceReputation, #ImpactMeasurement, #NewMarketSegments, #Migrants&Refugees, #RelationshipWithAlternativeFinance.