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The 2016-17 State of Housing Microfinance: Understanding the Business Case for Housing Microfinance The 2016-17 State of Housing Microfinance, based upon a survey of 101 housing microfinance practitioners, is composed of insights and findings regarding practitioners’ perceptions of the challenges and opportunities facing housing microfinance, successful implementation strategies, and the performance of housing microfinance portfolios. Using a simple framework to analyze these responses ...

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Alternative Credit Scoring: Workshop for Chief Credit Officers held last week in Warsaw

On Thursday and Friday last week MFC convened a 2-day meeting for MFC member institutions from Bulgaria, Ireland, Armenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Poland, UK and USA to discuss how scoring methods and digitalization can support transformation to more efficient and more effective microfinance institutions. This was an excellent workshop bringing together a large number of credit ...

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Social Performance Management in Microfinance: Infographic Report

Social performance management (SPM) refers to the systems that organizations use to achieve their stated social mission. As a part of Microfinance Centres’ ongoing efforts to promote social performance and support to MFC members in SPM implementation, we developed Social Performance Management Report based on data collected from 25 financial institutions, MFC Members from Europe. The Report presents current state of social ...

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Report “Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age” was published by CreditEase, IFC and Stanford University

The report on “Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age” was jointly published by CreditEase, IFC – International Finance Corporation, and Stanford University Graduate School of Business. This report highlights some of the central frictions that prevent greater financial inclusion and financial well-being, and associated technological innovations that are fostering creative new approaches to mitigating these frictions for individuals and small ...

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International Funding for Financial Inclusion: Key Trends and Development by CGAP

The 2017 edition of CGAP’s annual Cross-Border Funder Survey reports has been released. Funder commitments to financial inclusion reached a historic high of US$37 billion in 2016. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA), which traditionally has been the top-funded region, funding has experienced a decline for the second year in a row. The average commitment in ECA per project in ...

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MFC Members’ news: KMF (Kazakhstan) improves customer communication

KMF is a microfinance organization operating in Kazakhstan with portfolio consisting of 220 567 active clients. KMF provides microfinance services for micro, small and agro business across coutry, including rural areas. The rapid growth of the Company and the long-term goal to increase the loan officers’ productivity urged to seek new horizons for communications. KMF introduced its own Call Center ...

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MFC-EMN Annual Conference 2018

Dates: 3-5 October 2018  Location: The Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao, Spain Organisation: Microfinance Centre (MFC), European Microfinance Network (EMN) Partner: Seed Capital Bizkaia Mikro Microfinance Centre (MFC) and European Microfinance Network (EMN) are pleased to announce that their joint annual conference will take place from 3-5 October 2018 in Bilbao, Spain. The event will be a meeting of minds and ideas and will be the ...

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MFC Members’ news: Asian Credit Fund’s new green economy programme

Asian Credit Fund (ACF) is a microfinance organization operating in Kazakhstan. ACF provides microloans for small businesses and supports households’ development predominantly in rural areas of Kazakhstan. In 2017 ACF launched its Green Economy programme, with a focus on “clean or green technology”. As part of its support for the program, ACF increased disbursement of green lending, providing loans for ...

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MFC Annual Conference

The Microfinance Centre’s annual conference is the largest and most high-profile financial inclusion event in the region. The event is a unique occasion to learn from an impressive line-up of speakers and your peers, share experiences, trends and best practices in inclusive finance. Every year more than 500 delegates from 31 countries around the world: Western Europe, New EU Member States, EU Accession countries, the Balkans, ...

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European Commission announced a proposal for a Regulation on Crowdfunding

The Action Plans on Sustainable Finance, FinTech and a proposal for a Regulation on Crowdfunding was announced by European Commission in 8 March 2018. EC Vice-President Dombrovskis said in his speech: “To compete globally, Europe’s innovators need access to capital, space to experiment, and scale to grow. But we also need to address consumer safety, and maintain the resilience of ...

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