The first international credit union conference on social microfinance and community development (ICMF)—an initiative of the Kalimantan Credit Unions Coordinating Agency (BKCU Kalimantan) and Gunadarma University (UG), is dedicated to developing and promoting research in various issues relating to credit unions microfinance, and community development for sustainable and equitable economic development.
Significant achievement has been made by the Kalimantan Credit Unions Coordinating Agency (BKCU Kalimantan), as a secondary credit union, in supervising and developing more than 40 primary credit unions (with more than 400 thousands members) within Kalimantan and other parts of Indonesia. Those primary credit unions have successfully empowered social and economic status of their members. In addition, primary credit unions under BKCU Kalimantan supervision in the last ten years have been nationally recognized as the highest growth rate both in term of total members as well as total assets.
This achievement has motivated BKCU Kalimantan, Gunadarma University, and the West Kalimantan Provincial Government, supported by Tanjungpura University, the Credit Union Central of Indonesia, and the Asian Confederation of Credit Union, to organize an international credit union conference on social microfinance and community development.
The conference objectives are as follows:
- to promote research relating to various management issues of organizations dealing with microfinance and community development including cooperatives, credit unions, nonprofit organizations, and rural/community banks;
- to encourage integration and exchange of knowledge among academics and professionals worldwide in financial management, human resource management, strategic management, risk management, insurance, and banking industries relating to cooperatives, credit union, and micro and small scale enterprises;
- to develop frameworks for a better understanding of the importance of organizations such as credit unions, cooperatives, rural/community banks, micro and small scale enterprises, and nonprofit organizations in sustainable and equitable economic development.