Responsible Finance Forum


 Responsible Finance Forum Africa

We are pleased to announce the first regional Responsible Finance Forum (RFF) on Africa, which will take place on October 2, 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A continuation of prior global RFFs, the event will focus on Africa’s regional risks and opportunities as well as its pioneering experiences in digital financial services over the last decade. We will also highlight the recently launched Investor Guidelines, which aim to promote responsible investments in digital financial services and spread the benefits of the fintech revolution more widely.

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Explore the previous Responsible Finance Forums:

Responsible Finance Forum VIII

The Last Responsible Finance Forum took place in Berlin on April 27-28.  The focus was on Opportunities and Risks in Digital Financial Services, Consumer Protection and Data Privacy

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RFFVII - 2016 in Xi'an, China


Technology and data are transforming financial services. We increasingly leave a big digital footprint fueled by a sharp increase in the usage of mobile phones, online payment systems and social media. Financial institutions and fintech companies are tapping into this large array of real-time digital data to gain valuable insights and extend services to poor and under-served populations who were previously overlooked. But how can banks and alternative lenders provide financial services to the poor in the digital era while preventing abusive lending practices?Read More…

RFFVI - 2015 in Antalya, Turkey

The advent of digital finance has brought with it the opportunity to include those without full access to formal financial services. However, increased access to and use of digital financial services, for all its benefits, does not come without risks, which are crucial to address if financial services are to enhance consumer well-being. Read More…

RFFV - 2014 - Perth, Australia


The fifth annual Responsible Finance Forum took place on August 28-29, 2014 in Perth, Australia, convening over 100 industry, government and private sector leaders to discuss how digital financial services can be delivered in a transparent, fair and safe manner. Focusing exclusively on the use of technology to provide financial services and products for the poor, the Forum enabled participants to share specific approaches that private and public sector actors can take to address emerging risks from the expansion of digital financial services. Read More…

RFFIV - 2013 - Berlin, Germany


The fourth Responsible Finance Forum (RFF IV) was hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) on 24th to 25th June 2013 in Berlin. The fourth RFF was organized in collaboration with the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii), the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Labour Office (ILO), the Microinsurance Network, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and Munich Re Foundation. Read More…

RFFIII - 2012 - Washington, DC, United States


The third Responsible Finance Forum (RFF III) was hosted by IFC in Washington D.C. on April 23, 2012. It convened nearly 200 participants from the financial sector, bilateral and multilateral donors, investors and the broader international community. For the first time, the full-day event, coordinated with BMZ, CGAP, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) brought together leaders from the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, World Bank Group, IMF and prominent private sector representatives (AMK, Banco de Oro, Equity Bank, Grupo ACP, HDFC, MicroCred, OpenRevolution, ParaLife, Sanasa, Shorebank, and others) to share experiences in putting responsible finance into action. Read More…

RFFII -2011 - The Hague


The second Responsible Finance Forum (RFF II) was organized by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, jointly with Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands in het capacity as UNSG’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, BMZ, CGAP, and IFC. Recent microfinance crises had underscored the need for appropriate products, practices and policies to protect and positively impact the end-users of microfinance. Collective action of MFIs, industry associations, national regulators, donors and investors was urgent. Read More…

RFFI - 2010 - Berlin, Germany

The first Responsible Finance Forum (RFF I) was organized in 2010 and, for the first time, it established an informal Community of Practice (COP) to improve cooperation and share expertise and knowledge on the emerging concept of responsible finance. The Community of Practice aimed to be an informal community of investors, donors, microfinance asset managers, financial service providers, practitioners and experts on financial services, sharing a common vision for a fair and customer-centric delivery of financial services. Read More…

India Responsible Finance Forum


The Responsible Finance Forum (RFF) India, founded in 2011, is an independent voluntary body promoting responsible finance (RF) principles among financial inclusion sector participants. RFF is the first multi-stakeholder body in the country having representations from various stakeholder groups like Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), Business Correspondents (BCs), multilateral and bi-lateral organizations, industry associations, networks, lenders, investors and think tanks. Read More…