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June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019

$250 - $300

The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) and the Smart Campaign invite you to attend Inclusive Digital Future: A Summit on Responsible Finance in Action taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from June 25th to 27th.

Over the course of this three-day international forum – organized in partnership with MSC (Microsave Consulting) and ADA – we will confront the most pressing financial inclusion question of the day: How do we promote inclusion and trust in digital financial services while fostering innovation and growth?

The gathering will bring together financial service providers, regulators, investors, and DFS experts for two days of trainings, panels, and interactive breakout discussions, capped off by a field visit to leading Kenyan institutions engaged in digital transformation.

The event has reached capacity and registration is closed. 

Event materials and session notes and powerpoints will be posted on this webpage in late June.

No on-site registration will be available for this event.  Pre-registration is required. 

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All sessions and documents will be offered in English.  French and Spanish interpretation will not be provided during this year’s event.

Participants are responsible for reserving their own hotel rooms as well as securing their visas for entry.

This event is generously sponsored by Mastercard Foundation and the Government of Luxembourg.

Digital Transformation Training will be featured at the African Microfinance Week in Burkina Faso in October.  See the SPTF Newsletter for more information.


A preliminary agenda for Inclusive Digital Future: A Summit on Responsible Finance in Action is provided here. Please continue to check this link for updates we will make to the agenda. The agenda is also posted to the registration site, where you can sign-up for sessions. Please make your selections early to ensure a seat in the meetings you would most like to attend.

Event Media Partner

Visit the FinDev Gateway to see Kenya Summit media posts and learn more about Financial Inclusion for Development.


Please note: you are responsible for making your own hotel and airline reservations. Reduced event lodging rates are only available through Crown Plaza Nairobi’s website using the link in item #1 below. 

All meetings will be held at the Crown Plaza Nairobi (Upper Hill).   There are two Crown Plaza locations in Nairobi.  Our event will be held at the Kenya Road, Upper Hill location.  We recommend booking your room soon to receive reduced rates and lodging in the conference hotel.  Space is limited and reduced rates will be available until May 17 or until rooms sell out.

To receive the preferred rate, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on this link to reserve your room, select your check-in and check-out dates and number of adults, click on “Book”.
  2. Next, close the pop up advertisement and select “STANDARD ROOM” two times.  That will give you the option for the Kenya Summit special rate of $190, which includes breakfast, wifi, and taxes.
  3. Reserve with a credit or debit card.
  4. You should receive a confirmation email with confirmation number from Crown Plaza Nairobi.

Click here for more details, including airport shuttle and hotel contact information.

Visa requirements and process

Click here to view the visa status for your nationality and instructions for applying for a visa if needed.  Participants are responsible for securing their own visas.

Mark your calendar:  Apply for your eVisa after March 26, 2019.  E-Visas are valid for 90 days prior to your departure date.  All mail-in applications should arrive to your embassy by March 31 in order to be processed in time.

Download Form 22 for Category 3-Referral Visa applications, not eVisas.

Download Immigration Officer’s Visa Checklist for Category 3-Referral Visa applications, not eVisas.

Scholarship Information

Due to budget constraints, few scholarships are available for the Kenya summit.  If your organization is doing business in one of the regions below, please follow the instructions to learn more about applying for a scholarship.

Southeast Asia:  The deadline to submit your application has passed.

Africa and the Middle East: The deadline to submit your application has passed.

Central America and the Carribean: The deadline to submit your application has passed.

All materials and sessions will be in English only.  Individuals who are conversant in English are encouraged to attend.

Event Materials

Prior to the meeting, we will post briefing materials on this webpage and encourage you to read these materials in advance of the event.  At the event, we will distribute flash drives containing all event materials, such as handouts.  All attendees will receive a printed agenda.  Session notes and powerpoints will be available on this webpage after the event.

Travel and Tourism Information

Please click here for travel information, immunization suggestions, transportation recommendations while you’re in Kenya, and recommendations for wonderful destinations to enjoy in and around Nairobi.

We look forward to meeting with you in Kenya!