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The European Commission Works with the Western Balkans and Turkey to Boost Competitiveness, Long-term Growth and Job Creation

The European Commission published its assessments of the Economic Reform Programmes (ERP) of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. The ERP assessments provide an analysis of each country’s structural reform priorities, including economic, business and sectoral key challenges. The exercise mirrors the European Semester within the EU and has become one of the key components of the enlargement process ...

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Exploring the Relationship between Fintech and Financial Inclusion at the MFC Annual Conference 2019

When the first Fintechs appeared, experts predicted they would usurp mainstream finance—later scaling back their predictions to mere ‘disruption’. The increasingly dominant view, however, is that while Fintechs will catalyse advances in the finance industry as a whole, they are likely to do so as collaborators with astute incumbents, rather than direct competitors. The landscape of future collaboration between Fintechs ...

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Join CGAP’s FinEquity Meeting on advancing women’s financial inclusion before MFC Annual Conference 2019

Date: 29 May 2019 Location: Istanbul, Turkey Topic: Women’s financial inclusion Pre-conference event of the MFC Annual Conference Globally, 2 billion people remain unbanked and women lag behind men in terms of access to formal accounts, credit and savings products. 80% of women-owned small businesses have unmet credit needs, resulting in a credit gap of up to $320 billion. Closing the gender gap in ...

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Call for Expressions of Interest: EaSI Technical Assistance for Social Enterprise Finance Providers

Social enterprise finance providers can now apply for technical assistance services under the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme! To build the emerging European social enterprise finance sector and to facilitate access to EaSI financial instruments, the European Commission is extending the scope for the provision of EaSI technical assistance – which previously focused only on microcredit providers – to cover also ...

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Migrant Entrepreneurship Support: Access to Finance Conference Outputs

      More than 70 practitioners took part in the conference “Migrant Entrepreneurship Support: Access to Finance” held on April 3-4, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. The conference was organized jointly by two European Consortia: M-Up and MAGNET. As a member of the MAGNET Consortium, MFC was responsible for shaping the agenda of the event, facilitating workshops and speaking on fintechs ...

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Join “EU Funding for Microfinance: Latest News” Workshop at MFC Annual Conference 2019

Calling all microfinnace institutions in the Eropean Union! Representatives from the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Consortium of the Frankfurt School, the Microfinance Centre and the European Microfinance Network will provide important updates on the programmes and instruments that support microfinance practitioners in the EU during the workshop “EU Funding for Microfinance: Latest News” at the ...

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Towards Inclusive, Safe and Sustainable Financial Services for Consumers

Finance Watch publishes its blueprint on retail financial services with an assessment of the current market failures and key priorities for the next European Commission. In its blueprint the public interest NGO Finance Watch suggests key priorities for the next European Commission to ensure inclusive, safe and sustainable financial services for consumers. Download the blueprint (pdf, 4 pages) A well-functioning ...

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Frankfurt School’s Development Finance e-Campus Programmes Discounted for MFC Members

Registrations for the March 2019 intake of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management development finance certification courses are extended and discounted for MFC members! Development Finance plays a key role in alleviating people from poverty. With 25 years of work experience in this sector, Frankfurt School shares this experience with you via the FSDF e-Campus, which provides excellent and internationally accredited online Certified ...

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CEO FORUM Highlights 2019: Ideas Sharing, Peer Learning Workshops, Webinars and More

The CEO FORUM is a global professional and business networking opportunity for senior executives from the microfinance sector to share the experiences and learn from their peers in a relaxed and trustful environment. CEO FORUM is our prime programme for the  MFC Network CEOs. This year the CEO FORUM welcomes its new sponsor, the European Investment Bank Institute in Luxembourg which ...

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MFC Member Software Group with an Innovation Award from the European Investment Bank

Software Group, the MFC member from Bulgaria, was recognized as one of the most innovative tech companies in Europe by the European Investment Bank (EIB). The company received an Innovation Award during the 2nd annual EIB Venture Summit in Luxembourg. Software Group was selected due to its constant work for driving innovation through providing cutting-edge digital solutions in the financial sector. The EIB’s ...

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