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Join the thematic fi-compass workshop on ESF financial instruments (31st January, Rome)!

  ESF financial instruments supporting employment, entrepreneurship and social inclusion in the programming period 2014-2020 31 January, Rome (Italy) Programme Experiences from already active financial instruments can be a source of inspiration and basis of discussion for practitioners who are interested in advancing with similar financial instruments. The thematic fi-compass workshop on ESF financial instruments supporting employment, entrepreneurship and social inclusion in the ...

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Read our latest research papers!

Digitalizing Microfinance in Europe The paper summarizes the results of the survey on the use of fintech solutions and digitalization of the customer relations and lending process among MFIs in Europe. While there is a widespread recognition about the need to use digital processes to a larger degree, the ability and willingness of MFIs to do that varies greatly. The ...

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Webinar: Microfinance & Business start-ups: Review of the current practice in Europe

Speaker: Justyna Pytkowska, MFC Date: 23 January 2018, ended The webinar presented the results of the research aimed at exploring the role of microfinance in providing financial services to start-up enterprises. We discussed opportunities and challenges faced by the microfinance sector to more deeply engage in the entrepreneurship and start-up financing market. The study was jointly implemented by MFC and EMN ...

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Collaboration Agreement between Banca Etica, CoopEst & MFC Signed!

Banca Popolare Etica, CoopEst and Microfinance Centre signed a collaboration agreement this November in Brussels in the European Parliment. All institutions wish to consolidate the microfinance sector in Europe and to increase its social impact. This Agreement intends to support MF projects, both financially and operationally, with particular concern to support funding needs of MFC Members in Eastern and Central European countries through the intermediation ...

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Welcome to our new members: Banca Etica, Brutto & GLS Alternative Investments

  Banca Etica (Italy) is a cooperative bank operating in Italy and Spain, owned by citizens and social organisations and is inspired by the principles of Ethical Finance: transparency, participation, sobriety, efficiency, and the awareness of the non-economic consequences of economic actions. Banca Etica is free from the influence of politics and economic-financial groups, and its members are citizens and organisations; ...

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Asian Credit Fund – 20 years of supporting entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan

  We are pleased to announce that Asian Credit Fund, the 2nd largest MFI in Kazakhstan by clients, is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Since its founding in 1997, ACF has supported over 117.000 entrepreneurs and households in Kazakhstan with a total of $74.2M in disbursed loans among  115.000 clients. Women are a key focus of ACF’s business, and currently comprise ...

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Borrow Wisely Campaign: The first results are available!

  We are pleased to share with you the first results of our 2017 Borrow Wisely Campaign! During the month of October, our partners from 15 countries were able to reach out to over 235 000 of people. Through face to face meetings, workshops, text messages, Facebook, and websites our members were educating their clients about the rules of wise borrowing. ...

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MFC advocates Financial Education for All in Poland

As in previous years, in 2017 MFC has been leading a growing group of financial education stakeholders, i.e. likeminded Polish partners to advocate for better coordination and quality of efforts. This informal group is called Partnership for Financial Education and comprises NGOs, commercial companies and public institutions, such as Ombudsmen. The representatives of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, and Polish ...

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SPM think tank’s works concluded – recommendations submitted to the European Commission

One and a half year ago EMN initiated a Think Tank on Social Performance Management and invited MFC to participate. The Think Tank, which integrates practitioners, network representatives, and investors held a series of meetings in order to discuss how to integrate into the EU Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Providers and a more social approach based on international ...

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Alternative Finance Forum: Fin-tech, Social finance & more

  The Alternative Finance Forum took place on the 5th of October in Warsaw, Poland. It was organised by Microfinance Centre with a generous support from the European Investment Bank Institute. The theme and the tagline of the Forum was “Fintech, Social Finance and More”, which also served as the organising principle for the Forum.     The purpose of ...

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