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Call for proposals on transaction cost support in the area of social finance now open

  A call for proposals on transaction cost support in the area of social enterprise finance under the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is aimed at financial intermediaries that undertake long-term risk capital investments of less than EUR 500 000 in the form of equity, quasi-equity or hybrid financing to social enterprises in the EaSI participating countries. The grant ...

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Financial Inclusion Compass 2018: e-MFP Survey of Financial Inclusion Trends

The European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) has launched the Financial Inclusion Compass 2018 – its new paper on emerging short, medium and long-term trends in the financial inclusion sector, based on a survey of e-MFP members and key industry stakeholders. The Compass was conceived to be a way to leverage e-MFP’s multi-stakeholder membership and position in the inclusive finance community, while ...

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First impact assessment of MFC Member Erste Group’s Social Banking activities

First impact assessment of Erste Group’s Social Banking activities: 14,000 new jobs created across CEE for people who were left behind. More than 2,500 starting entrepreneurs received business advice and financing; 400 funded social enterprises and NGOs employed over 1,500 people from socially excluded groups; Almost 14,000 new jobs were created across CEE; Total loan volume exceeded EUR 170 million. ...

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The Universal Standards for Social Performance Management – Where do we go from here?

  The Microfinace Centre, the CERISE and the SPTF in cooperation with e-MFP Making Microfinance Responsible (MIR) Action Group have published brief “The Universal Standards for Social Performance Management – Where do we go from here?” The brief presents lessons from five years of promoting the Universal Standards for social performance management (SPM) for responsible microfinance and tries to answer ...

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EaSI TA Workshop in Albania: Applying for and Contracting EaSI Financial Instruments for MFIs

Date: 13 December 2018, Tirana, Albania Topic: Applying for and Contracting EaSI Financial Instruments for Microfinance Institutions The Microfinance Centre in cooperation with the Albanian Microfinance Association is pleased to announce an upcoming event “Applying for and Contracting EaSI Financial Instruments for Microfinance Institutions”, which will take place in Tirana, Albania on 13 December 2018. The event is organised on the ...

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Don’t Miss Upcoming Webinars for Microfinance Professionals!

04 Dec, 16.00 (CET): Results from Habitat for Humanity’s study on the impact of KWFT’s housing microfinance product, organised by SPTF The webinar will present the findings from the impact evaluation of a housing microfinance project on a range of outcomes for beneficiaries in Kenya. The project provided technical assistance to six leading financial institutions to develop housing microfinance products and ...

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Mapping the Future of the Albanian Microfinance Sector

The Albanian Microfinance Association is teaming up with the MFC to map a vision of the role microfinance can play in the future development of Albania and continue the series of workshops for the Albanian National Working Group on microfinance. The establishment of the Working Group is a part of the MFC’s initiative to support dialogue between local actors involved in microfinance and financially ...

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MFC Webinar: Peer-mentoring and Coaching for Microfinance Professionals

  Peer-mentoring for inquiring professionals Speaker: Pawel Sopkowski, CEO, CoachWise Facilitator: Ewa Bankowska, MFC Date: 27 November 2018, ended Download the webinar recording Download the webinar presentation On-the-job training is a regular feature in microfinance institutions. What is the value added of peer-mentoring then? When should it be used, and more importantly – not used? If you want to find ...

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Microfinance in Europe: Key Results from the Survey Report 2016-2017 Webinar

Date: 11 December 2018, ended Organisers: European Microfinance Network (EMN), Microfinance Centre (MFC)  The aim of the session was to present the key results of the report “Microfinance in Europe: Survey Report 2016-2017” released in December 2018. Watch the webinar recording: This eighth edition of the report provides an overview of the European microfinance sector’s developments on the main institutional characteristics, microloan portfolio, ...

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The 2018 Borrow Wisely Campaign is Over, but the Impact Goes on…

‘Are you kidding me? This is unbelievable! A financial institution that is taking care of me and my budget? From the bottom of my heart, thank you and MFC for this kind of support!’ A MI-BOSPO client Throughout October, 24 different financial institutions took part in the MFC’s fifth annual Borrow Wisely Campaign. Borrowers from 16 countries in Europe and Central Asia ...

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