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Call for nominations for 2017 Financial Inclusion Ambassador Award

  MFC is launching the third edition of the Ambassador Award for the MFC members and partners’ advocacy efforts towards financial inclusion. Share your tips for effective advocacy! This year we are seeking members (organizations and/or individuals), who significantly contributed to the successful process of promotion or advocacy for financial inclusion, at the country level or at the EU level. ...

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#2016EMD Videos: Non-Financial Services according to EMN & MFC members

Watch the videos from the members of both networks explaining what is meant by non-financial services! “Not only microcredit but also… ” Non-financial services explained by EMN and MFC members Non-financial services explained by microfinance clients Source: EMN YouTube Channel

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TA under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)

  Funder: The European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB) Partners: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, European Microfinance Network (EMN) The MFC (as part of a consortium including the European Microfinance Network and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management), is delivering training  in good governance (including social performance), management information systems, strategic planning, and risk management. MFC also assists ...

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Nine new microcredit providers to benefit from fi-compass EaSI TA (the Call is still open!)

Under the second Call for EaSI TA, which opened three months ago, nine European Microcredit Providers (MCPs) from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania have been selected to benefit from technical assistance. These MCPs can opt to receive microfinance institutional rating and tailor-made technical assistance to improve the quality of their operations under the EaSI TA framework. With this selection, the ...

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Watch Our Video on the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision!

Still confused or curious about the European Code of Good Conduct? Don’t know if it applies to you? Need to learn how to use it? Our 4-minute video is for you!  To sign up for the ECoGC please complete the form and send it to: European Commission – DG Regional Policy – Unit B3 – European Code of Good Conduct for ...

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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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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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EaSI Technical Assistance to the European Microcredit Sector

What is EaSI Technical Assistance? The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme is an EU level financing instrument. Under fi-compass, a unique platform for advisory services on financial instruments and microfinance, EaSI TA offers institutional assessment and tailored training to selected microcredit providers, workshops to spread good practice in the wider European microcredit sector and a dedicated helpdesk. How is ...

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