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Join the European Microfinance Day (EMD) – 20th October 2016

#2016EMD   Microfinance Centre (MFC) in cooperation with European Microfinance Network (EMN) would like to invite you to join the 2nd edition of the European Microfinance Day this 20th October 2016. The European Microfinance Day is a campaign jointly rolled out by both networks with the aim to raise awareness of microfinance as a tool to fight social exclusion and ...

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#MFC2017: Save the date!

  Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to announce that the MFC will hold its 20th anniversary conference on 24-26 May 2017 (pre- conference events: 24 May)  in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stay tuned for the news on conference topics and events! Best regards, The MFC Team Learn more about the 19th MFC Annual Conference in Tirana, Albania!

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First Employment and Social Innovation microfinance deal in Albania

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Fondi Besa (BESA) have signed the first guarantee agreement aimed at supporting micro-enterprises in Albania under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). This new EaSI guarantee agreement with the non-bank microfinance institution BESA, will cover a loan portfolio of ALL 3 billion (c. €22 million) for micro-borrowers, targeting in particular the ...

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MFC Newsletter

  View recent editions of MFC’s newsletter where we curate the top news on financial inclusion and microfinance. Sign up for our newsletters via the Subscibe form (JOIN US section). MFC Newsletter No.4/2018 MFC Newsletter No.3/2018 MFC Newsletter No.2/2018 MFC Newsletter No.1/2018 MFC Newsletter No.4/2017 MFC Newsletter No.3/2017 MFC Newsletter No.2/2017 MFC Newsletter No.1/2017 MFC Newsletter No.4/2016 MFC Newsletter No.3/2016 MFC Newsletter No.2/2016 MFC Newsletter No.1/2016

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2nd Call for the Expression of Interest for EaSI TA services

We are pleased to announce that EIB’s fi-compass programme has issued its second Call for the Expression of Interest (EOI) for EaSI technical assistance (EaSI TA) services with the goal of selecting up to 34 European microcredit providers in the period of 2016 – 2017. For more information, please visit the fi-compass website What is EaSI TA? EaSI TA is ...

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CEO Summit 2016

We are pleased to invite you to the 2016 CEO Summit, which will take place in Tirana on 24-25 June, 2016. This Summit will follow the annual MFC conference, and in the same venue (conveniently located in the heart of the Albanian capital). Over these two days, our aim is to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and support so ...

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Ambassador Toolkit: Advocacy for Financial Inclusion

Why to advocate? It is both important and urgent that national and EU wide coalitions advocate for ensuring wider and deeper financial inclusion for all citizens. In today’s environment of growing demand for financial services and the imminent stronger dependence on financial services for managing personal finances, it is imperative to achieve greater political and financial commitment to support long-term ...

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How Microfinance Fits into European Union Policies?

The Europe 2020 strategy is about delivering economic growth with higher employment. It recognises entrepreneurship and self-employment as key for achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The strategy is implemented by European Comission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker. The so called Juncker plan identifies 10 priorities of work, which include creating jobs and boosting growth. In its support to entrepreneurship and ...

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Reaching delinquent youth through “My home, my responsibility”

Teaching vulnerable kids to be both money smart and energy smart – this is how we’d describe our year-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity Poland and the Delinquent Youth Center of Orione Convent. Our project aimed to give kids the knowledge and skills they needed to transition from care to independent living. To do so, we created innovative financial education ...

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