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Queen Máxima and Microfinance / Financial Inclusion

In the 'Crown Prince Phillippe and Crown Princess Mathilde News & Photos 2'-thread, there was today already this message about Princess Mathilde:
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Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium recently accepted an invitation to be an Emissary for the Year of Microcredit 2005. On 17-18 November 2004, she will participate at the launch of the U.N. International Year of Microcredit 2005 in New York. The Princess was invited by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to promote microcredit throughout the world. In her role as an official Emissary for the Year, Princess Mathilde will focus on promoting the social impact of microfinance on the well-being of families and clients, with special attention to women.
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The Dutch court announced today that Princess Maxima will be an advisor for 'the U.N. International Year of Microcredit 2005 '. Queen Rania and Princess Mathilde are emissaries. And Maxima will be advisor, maybe because she was economist en banker (?).

So also Maxima will be in New York 17 and 18 November.
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In the 'Crown Prince Phillippe and Crown Princess Mathilde News & Photos 2'-thread, there was today already this message about Princess Mathilde:
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Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium recently accepted an invitation to be an Emissary for the Year of Microcredit 2005. On 17-18 November 2004, she will participate at the launch of the U.N. International Year of Microcredit 2005 in New York. The Princess was invited by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to promote microcredit throughout the world. In her role as an official Emissary for the Year, Princess Mathilde will focus on promoting the social impact of microfinance on the well-being of families and clients, with special attention to women.
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The Dutch court announced today that Princess Maxima will be an advisor for 'the U.N. International Year of Microcredit 2005 '. Queen Rania and Princess Mathilde are emissaries. And Maxima will be advisor, maybe because she was economist en banker (?).

So also Maxima will be in New York 17 and 18 November.
Is it official? On this list from the UN, I find Rania and Mathilde, but no Maxima.

http://www.yearofmicrocredit.org/pag...tronsgroup.asp
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Yes it is official, here is the message from the RVD (Dutch):
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Prinses Máxima adviseur voor Internationaal Jaar van het Microkrediet te New York





Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Prinses Máxima der Nederlanden is op uitnodiging van de Verenigde Naties toegetreden tot de Groep van Adviseurs voor het Internationale Jaar van het Microkrediet 2005. Zij zal woensdag 17 en donderdag 18 november 2004 in het hoofdkwartier van de VN te New York de officiële lancering van het Jaar en de eerste plenaire vergadering van de Groep van Adviseurs bijwonen.



Microkrediet staat voor financiering van kleinschalige bedrijvigheid in ontwikkelingslanden: kleine leningen aan ondernemers. De Prinses is voor deze functie gevraagd vanwege haar bancaire ervaring in opkomende markten en kennis op het gebied van economie. Daarnaast kan zij vanuit haar positie een bijdrage leveren aan een toename van de bekendheid van microkrediet als effectief middel in de strijd tegen armoede in de wereld.

De Groep van Adviseurs zal het komende jaar fungeren als een denktank op het gebied van microkrediet. De Prinses zal met de andere adviseurs zoeken naar oplossingen voor het nijpende tekort aan kleinschalige financiële dienstverlening in ontwikkelingslanden. Vele miljoenen mensen zijn nog steeds buitengesloten van de financiële sector en daarmee geblokkeerd in hun streven naar economische zelfstandigheid en ontwikkeling.

Een groeiend aantal internationale organisaties zet zich sinds de jaren zeventig met toenemend succes in voor armoedebestrijding en ontwikkeling door financiële dienstverlening aan armen en mensen met een laag inkomen. Eind 2001 was microkrediet verschaft aan 26,8 miljoen mensen die zich door ondernemerschap aan armoede willen ontworstelen. Die zijn echter het topje van de ijsberg, want zij vormen maar 6 procent van de mensen die gebaat zouden zijn met deze vorm van dienstverlening. Het model werkt, maar de behoefte is veel groter dan het huidige aanbod. In veel landen wordt microkrediet, leningen van vaak niet meer dan enkele tientallen euro's, tot nu toe alleen verschaft door gespecialiseerde banken of microfinancieringsinstellingen zoals spaar- en kredietcoöperaties. De Algemene Vergadering van de Verenigde Naties heeft 2005 uitgeroepen tot Internationaal Jaar van het Microkrediet, in de hoop en verwachting dat regeringen, banken, bedrijven en niet-gouvernementele organisaties samen een grote sprong voorwaarts zullen maken op dit gebied. Zij sluit daarbij aan op een van de Millenniumdoelstellingen op ontwikkelingsgebied: halvering van de wereldwijde armoede voor 2015. De Groep van Adviseurs heeft 17 leden, allen afkomstig uit de financiële sector. Naast de Prinses hebben twee andere Nederlanders zitting in de groep: drs. Marilou van Golstein Brouwers, directeur Internationale Fondsen bij Triodos Bank, en Jhr.drs. Diederik Laman Trip, bestuursvoorzitter van ING Nederland. De activiteiten in het Jaar van het Microkrediet worden gecoördineerd door The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) en UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

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Btw. I think it is better that she did not attended the funeral of Van Gogh. It is too dangerous, it would have give much problems with security etc.
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thank you! I suppose the UN will add her to their info page later on
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Two little videos, Rtl Nieuws talked with the Princess today. About Prince Bernhard and the Microcredit-work. (Dutch)

Link to videos: http://www.rtl.nl/actueel/rtlnieuws/video/

Names videos:
- Máxima over schoonvader
- Prinses bij VN in New York
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Old 10-27-2005, 10:40 AM
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Princess Maxima today...
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Princess Maxima today from seegerpress :

Princess Maxima receives the first copy of a book about microfinance at the developing organization Cordaid in The Hague. The title of the book is "Investing in the Poor, Linking social investors to microfinance". the princess is UN-advisor for the intl year of microcredit 2005
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and pictures from DPA earlier today without watermarks:)
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Princess Maxima today from seegerpress :

Princess Maxima receives the first copy of a book about microfinance at the developing organization Cordaid in The Hague. The title of the book is "Investing in the Poor, Linking social investors to microfinance". the princess is UN-advisor for the intl year of microcredit 2005
some more from seegerpress, too bad it got watermarks but it's so lovely to see her cheerful expressions...:)

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cheerfull expressions OK, spontanious woman as well, but every time I see pictures of her it irritates me a bit that she has to stand there with her mouth wide open, I can look right into her throat!
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2 more pictures from yesterday from DPA without watermarks:)
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have colourpress any pictures from Máxima yesterday?
Here they are Patrick from Colourpress without watermarks:)
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And the last part from Colourpress great pictures as usual without..:)
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Princess Maxima visit Cordaid foundation about micro credit. The micro credit committee wants to give people of 3rd world countries a small lone, to start their own businesses, The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 27/10/2005 /Photos from Newcom
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Queen Máxima and Microfinance / Financial Inclusion

Princess Maxima will NOT be attending the jordan statevisit. Instead she goes to Brazil from 28 november untill 1 december and to Argentina 4-7 december, as UN advisor for microcredit.

In Sao Paulo she will talk to Brazilian and Dutch banks, She will also visit some projects of two Brazilian banks in the outscirts of Sao Paulo. In Nova Trento she will visit people who receive micro credit who are working in agriculture. In Brasilia she will speak with representatives of the brazilian gouverment and to the president of the central bank.

In Argentina Maxima will visit the province of Jujuy where she will speak to an Arentinian bank and some of its customers. In Buenos Aires, at the Universita Catholica, Maxima will hold a speech about microcredit. She will also speak to representatives of financial institutions and their customers and with the presidet of the central bank and representatives of the gouverment.

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Here we go again, I tried to do my best using a translator. Sorry again for not knowing the rules.

Princess Maxima will visit Argentina
She will come in a business trip

The Hague (EFE)
Princess Maxima Zorreguieta, the argentinian wife of the crown prince of Holland, Willem Alexander, will visit in the next weeks Argentina and Brazil to promote the access and the information on microcredits, informed yesterday the Dutch Real House in an official notice.
In the occasion of her work visit, the princess - who travels in quality of member of the Group of Advisors for the Year the International of Microcrédito- will be between the 28 of this month and 1° of December in Brazil and between Dec 4th and 7th in Argentina.
During her visit, Maxima will interview governmental delegations, nongovernmental, directive organizations of central banks and privates, and representatives of institutes of credit in both countries. The objective of the visit is the development of mechanisms that facilitate the access of the population on microcredits.
In Argentina, Maxima will go to the province of Jujuy, where she will speak with members of the Central Bank of the Woman and their clients in a market. And in Buenos Aires, she will pronounce a speech on microfinancing in the Catholic University Argentina (where she received the master's degree in Economy) and it will interview members of the government.
In San Pablo, she will visit projects of the Bank Real and Unibanco in peripheral areas; in Nova Trento she will be entrevistará with clients of a cooperative of credits activates in the agrarian sector and Brasilia, with representatives of the government and the Central bank.
Since her wedding in February of 2002, Maxima has been in Argentina in private visit at least in two occasions. The last year, the princess almost spent a month of vacations in the country. She arrived on Aug 9th 2004 and her husband arrived two weeks later. They were in Bariloche and Villa la Angostura.
Before that, the princes of Orange had traveled to Argentina in May of 2004 to attend the marriage of a friend.
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Key note speech by Princess Máxima

International Year of Microcredit 2005, UN International Forum to Build Inclusive Financial sectors, 7 November 2005, UN Headquarters New York.



Mr Chairman, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen – thank you. I am honoured to speak to you today as a member of the Advisors Group for the International Year of Microcredit 2005.


What better way to mark the end of the Year than to spend these days in the company of so many leading thinkers and practitioners, considering how to take microfinance forward. And then, at tomorrow’s gala dinner, to celebrate microentrepreneurs, who are the living proof that access to financial services can transform lives, empowering people to escape poverty by pursuing their dreams.


In my year as a member of the Advisors group, I had the privilege of meeting many micro-entrepreneurs on my travels: a seamstress and a pot maker in Nairobi, a medicine maker and a shop owner in Kampala who sold me a pretty dress for my daughter, and many more – a lot of them women who kindly sympathised with me everywhere I went during my pregnancy! It is striking how women are empowered by microfinance and not only economically. As you know, when you invest in a woman, you invest in her whole family. Her children go to school, the whole family gets better health care and she gets a voice in her community. I recall one lady, in a meeting of women entrepreneurs I attended in Kampala, saying that as her business succeeded, people started coming to her for advice on how to start a company and how to deal with all sorts of problems, including husbands!


I have long been a believer in the power of microfinance – not just microcredit, but the whole range of financial services that help people to manage their risks and have a better chance of fulfilling their potential. That is, affordable savings accounts, insurance and money transfer as well as loans. During the Year I have become more convinced than ever of the benefits of microfinance, not only in reducing poverty but also in building trust and dignity. By enabling entrepreneurship and empowering people, microfinance gives people the opportunity to determine for themselves what is best for them. Poor people do not want hand-outs: they want opportunities. Microfinance recognizes that poor and low-income people are dynamic and savvy businesspeople. The lady who sold me the dress for my daughter in Kampala also imported shoes. But her current shoe supplier was too expensive and she was considering switching to another supplier. Through her loan officer she found different possibilities in terms of price, quality and conditions of supply. I was amazed that this woman from distant Kampala, owning a small shop, knew so much about the global shoe market and knew perfectly well what was good for her business.


So as well as celebrating the end of the Year, we are here to think more about what needs to be done to ensure that many millions more people have access to affordable financial services. And there is much still to be done, especially if we are to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.


The biggest challenge is not how to do microfinance, but how to do it on a big enough scale to make a real macroeconomic difference. I and my fellow advisors are convinced that to move to the next level profitability will be crucial. Good financial services come at a cost, no matter what the social objective. To reach the very large number of poor people who need financial services, microfinance must become commercially viable. Microfinance should no longer base itself on charity. It should be a self-sustaining system. If we want to reach hundreds of millions of unbanked people, a viable, efficient and profitable microfinance system is essential.


Institutions I visited such as Equity Bank and KREP in Kenya, amongst many others, are good examples of why pursuing profits should be welcomed, not feared. Both are now profitable while banking the previously “unbanked”, providing them with a whole range of financial products. When I spoke to them, what really encouraged me was the fact that even as they grew and became more profitable, more than ever they thought primarily about their clients and how to serve them better.


Being profitable has enabled these institutions to provide credit and financial services to many, many more people, with greater efficiency and lower cost. Other microfinance providers should follow their example. But to do so, they will need a government and regulations that help them to achieve this, rather than getting in their way.


They will also need professionals, such as competent loan officers, internal auditors, treasurers, and so on. Currently, these professionals are in short supply in many developing countries. This is something where donors can help, and I encourage them – which means many of you – to invest in training the people who can make microfinance work.


There is also a need for mainstream financial services firms to get more involved in nurturing the growth of microfinance. At the start of the year, many of the bankers I spoke to were reluctant. The encouraging thing is that, after speaking with them some more, they started to get excited about the potential of this new market. Some of them even discovered that they were already involved in microfinance of some sort. Some of them realized that in their specific areas of expertise, there was something tangible that they could do. I applaud them, and urge others to join them. We need the experience of mainstream bankers to help this sector grow.


Lastly, a word about remittances, the billions of dollars, euros, and pounds sent back home. Although the fees they pay have started to come down, they are still far too high. I hear complaints about this everywhere I go, including in the Netherlands, from where immigrants send money to Morocco, Turkey, Ghana, Suriname, Ecuador and many other places.


In South Africa, I met a woman who received money from her son in England. She wanted to add another room to her one-room-house. Every time the money arrived from her son – worth much less after money transfer fees - she bought bricks and cement bags and put them next to her house until she had enough to build it. But when the rains came, more than a quarter of the building materials were damaged and destroyed. Imagine if the fees had been lower. Imagine if banks had offered her a bank account in which to save the money, or, even better, offered her a loan so that she could build the room right away. Banks should make much more of the opportunities created by what are, in many cases, highly predictable and regular remittance payments.


In closing, then, I believe that the Year of Microcredit has been a tremendous success. Great strides have been made in building inclusive financial sectors that can provide a pathway out of poverty for millions. Don’t forget that accessible financial services are as much part of the infrastructure that a country needs for its development as roads or electricity are. More hard work lies ahead; the Year is ending, but our efforts must continue. I ask not just for your commitment but also your action. There are still many millions of people out there who need affordable financial services. Let’s invest in them. They deserve it, and they are worth it.


Thank you.
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No pictures?!

Nice speech, and I'm glad to know she is doing serious, thoughtful work. But I want some glamor shots too!
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Can anyone get an audio version of her speech at the Microcredit meeting 2005? It would be really nice to hear her speak in English.
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