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Register for the 1st Forum on Migrant Entrepreneurship Support & the Role of Entrepreneurial Skills!

    1st Forum on Migrant Entrepreneurship Support and  the Role of Entrepreneurial Skills 20th February 2018, Danube University Krems, Austria The Microfinance Centre along with the consortium members of the MAGNET* (Migrant Acceleration for Growth Network for Entrepreneurship Training) Project, co-funded by the European Union, would kindly like to invite you to the first of four thematic forum on ...

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Meeting the challenges of a changing world: Our new organizational strategy

  As the year draws to a close, we are setting our sights on the next horizon. On the future challenges and opportunities that await us as social purpose organisations. The landscape that surrounds our work is in a state of unprecedented change, and traditional assumptions about how we organize our work, our communities, and our economy are being challenged. ...

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Welcome to our new member: BCRS Business Loans (UK)!

BCRS Business Loans was established in 2002. Its Mission is to lend responsibly and with impact by meeting the demand from SME businesses unable to fully access finance from traditional sources. BCRS provides relationship-based lending with Loans from £10,000 to £150,000. BCRS works with small to medium size enterprises from most sectors that are unable to obtain commercial bank finance. ...

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Apply today for the 2018 World Habitat Awards!

The World Habitat Awards recognise and highlight innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programmes from across the world. The World Habitat Awards are a great opportunity for projects to receive the recognition they deserve. Being a finalist or winner will bring international recognition. Winning projects also receive a cash prize of £10,000, a trophy and have the ...

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Join the thematic fi-compass workshop on ESF financial instruments (31st January, Rome)!

  ESF financial instruments supporting employment, entrepreneurship and social inclusion in the programming period 2014-2020 31 January, Rome (Italy) Programme Experiences from already active financial instruments can be a source of inspiration and basis of discussion for practitioners who are interested in advancing with similar financial instruments. The thematic fi-compass workshop on ESF financial instruments supporting employment, entrepreneurship and social inclusion in the ...

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Read our latest research papers!

Digitalizing Microfinance in Europe The paper summarizes the results of the survey on the use of fintech solutions and digitalization of the customer relations and lending process among MFIs in Europe. While there is a widespread recognition about the need to use digital processes to a larger degree, the ability and willingness of MFIs to do that varies greatly. The ...

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Webinar: Microfinance & Business start-ups: Review of the current practice in Europe

Speaker: Justyna Pytkowska, MFC Date: 23 January 2018, ended The webinar presented the results of the research aimed at exploring the role of microfinance in providing financial services to start-up enterprises. We discussed opportunities and challenges faced by the microfinance sector to more deeply engage in the entrepreneurship and start-up financing market. The study was jointly implemented by MFC and EMN ...

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Collaboration Agreement between Banca Etica, CoopEst & MFC Signed!

Banca Popolare Etica, CoopEst and Microfinance Centre signed a collaboration agreement this November in Brussels in the European Parliment. All institutions wish to consolidate the microfinance sector in Europe and to increase its social impact. This Agreement intends to support MF projects, both financially and operationally, with particular concern to support funding needs of MFC Members in Eastern and Central European countries through the intermediation ...

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Welcome to our new members: Banca Etica, Brutto & GLS Alternative Investments

  Banca Etica (Italy) is a cooperative bank operating in Italy and Spain, owned by citizens and social organisations and is inspired by the principles of Ethical Finance: transparency, participation, sobriety, efficiency, and the awareness of the non-economic consequences of economic actions. Banca Etica is free from the influence of politics and economic-financial groups, and its members are citizens and organisations; ...

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Asian Credit Fund – 20 years of supporting entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan

  We are pleased to announce that Asian Credit Fund, the 2nd largest MFI in Kazakhstan by clients, is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Since its founding in 1997, ACF has supported over 117.000 entrepreneurs and households in Kazakhstan with a total of $74.2M in disbursed loans among  115.000 clients. Women are a key focus of ACF’s business, and currently comprise ...

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