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Save the date! #2017AFF Alternative Finance Forum in Warsaw

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn and network with diverse alternative finance professionals representing a variety of business models and types of services. Alternative Finance Forum: Between Fintech and Social Finance Date:         October 5, 2017 Time:         9:00 – 17:00 Location:  Copernicus Conference Centre, Warsaw, Poland   Join us for this Alternative Finance Forum: Between ...

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Micro-entrepreneurship Awards 2016

  In June, a special ceremony was held in Warsaw to bring together people from business, academia and the public sector—and to announce winners of the twelfth edition of the competition for the best micro-entrepreneur of 2016. Thanks to support from the Citi Foundation, we could select the best innovative and traditional micro-enterprises. The winner of the main award is ...

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Winners of the third annual Financial Inclusion Ambassador Award!

In 2017, we announced the winner of our third annual Financial Inclusion Ambassador Award, to recognize members and partners for their financial inclusion advocacy work. This year, we awarded organizations that significantly contributed to promotion or advocacy for financial inclusion at a national and regional level. Specifically, we looked for organizations that engaged in a dialogue that led to a ...

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Digital Survey: The first ever study on digitalization in European microfinance

  The MFC has launched its first-ever study on the digitalization of European microfinance. The objective of the study is to review what digital solutions are employed and assess the level of interest in introducing new solutions at various stages of the financial service delivery process. The results will be presented in a research paper summarizing lessons from the field ...

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Welcome to our new members: ACAF, Erste Group Bank, Maritza Invest & USTOI!

ACAF (Spain), the Self-Funded Communities Association, is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 and based in Barcelona. The organization focuses on the creation and follow-up of saving groups as a way of fighting social and financial exclusion. Learn more   Erste Group Bank AG (Austria) Founded in 1819 as the first Austrian savings bank, Erste Group went public in 1997 with ...

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Microfinance CEO Summit in Sarajevo

Our third annual CEO Summit (part of our CEO Forum initiative) was held in Sarajevo this year, alongside our annual conference.  Discussion focused on the application and implications of fintech for microfinance, and novel approaches to engaging employees to create increased efficiency and talent retention. The Microfinance CEO Forum creates a unique space for collaboration, learning and sharing of best ...

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#MFC2017 in pictures!

[foogallery id=”6696″] MFC Membership meeting [foogallery id=”6722″]

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The EaSI Helpdesk on Microfinance is Live

The European Commission in the frame of its Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme has launched a fully renovated Helpdesk, which will assist all institutions and individuals interested in European microfinance. The service is addressed to microfinance and guarantee granting institutions, public and private banks, local and regional authorities, networks, business incubators, research centres and potential clients from EU Member ...

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Find the latest news on the European Code of Good Conduct!

The pilot phase testing the European Code of Good Conduct for microcredit provision with some microcredit providers has come to an end in April 2017. This test phase has allowed some conclusions to be drawn in order to better meet the needs of the microcredit market in Europe. Revision of the APR clause: The networks have voiced some concerns about ...

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Read the first EaSI TA Newsletter NOW!

  Dear Readers, Our first project newsletter introduces EaSI TA’s key achievements since the project’s start and announces project updates and future events. In particular, we are pleased to share that the EaSI TA’s second Call for Expression of interest is still open. Eligible institutions can apply by May 19, 2017. The Call for Expression of interest with all annexes ...

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