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Time flies. It’s hard to believe that the Africa Board Fellowship (ABF) program will soon begin its fifth cohort of fellows. Over the past few years and four cohorts, the ABF program has included more than 125 CEOs and board members from over 40 financial inclusion institutions across 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. If you’re an inclusive finance leader in sub-Saharan Africa, now’s your chance to join the governance and strategic leadership program. Applications are now open for the fifth cohort.

ABF recently held two seminars in Cape Town, welcoming the fourth cohort of fellows and graduating the third cohort. With new case studies on disruptive technologies, and an emphasis on interactive role plays and simulations, the seminars proved once again that peer-to-peer exchanges are an effective way to examine best and worst governance practices. To hear the fellows’ takeaways from the two seminars, watch our new video above.

The fifth cohort will kick-off with an opening seminar May 3-5 in Cape Town. The six-month fellowship begins and ends with multi-day in-person seminars and between seminars fellows are connected through a virtual collaboration space that includes discussion forums and dialogues.

The ABF program has demonstrated that many of the fellows are clearly struggling with the same challenges at their respective institutions and have a lot to share with each other. Though each ABF fellowship is only six months long, it is our hope that the connections forged among fellows create a durable network of leaders throughout sub-Saharan Africa in the financial inclusion sector.

This year, with Calmeadow and Sanabel, CFI is also hosting a Governance and Strategic Leadership Seminar for inclusive finance CEOs and board members of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The seminar will be held March 7-9 in Amman, Jordan. The highly-interactive two and a half days include discussions guided by industry leaders, case-based dialogues examining pressing sector risks, collaborative simulations, and opportunities for peer exchange and learning.

To learn more about the MENA seminar, and to register to attend, click here.

To learn more about ABF, and to apply, click here.

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