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Current State of the Microfinance Sector in Kazakhstan: 149 organizations are operating

According to the register of microfinance organizations (MFIs) of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NB RK) on January 1, 2018 149 organizations are operating in the country. The number of MFIs for 2017 increased by 13 organizations. MFIs are represented in all regions of Kazakhstan. The largest number of MFIs has been registered in: Almaty city – ...

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Microfinance Centre Joins Finance Watch

Finance Watch, the independent non-profit organisation that defends the public interest in financial reform and regulation, has taken over the activities of European Financial Inclusion Network (EFIN) –  a network of researchers and practitioners working on financial inclusion. EFIN membership held its General Assembly  in Brussels, on 13 June 2018 and voted to close EFIN after its activities are transferred to ...

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Central American Microfinance Network Meets in Warsaw

Members of the Katalysis Network will meet in Warsaw this week Tuesday and Wednesday for an annual meeting and 2-day conference co-organized with the Microfinance Centre.  MFC has provided support in developing the conference agenda and will guide the colleagues from Central America through the history, opportunities and challenges of the microfinance sector in Europe and Central Asia. The Katalysis ...

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Webinar: Transforming Microfinance Operations for a Digital World

Topic: Transforming Microfinance Operations for a Digital World Date: June 13, 2018, 14:00 – 15:00 CET Presenters: Nicole Van Der Tuin, Chief Executive Officer and David Kruijff, Director of Global Client Strategy, First Access Host: Grzegorz Galusek, CEO, Microfinance Centre The results of the recent survey conducted by MFC revealed  that unlike banks and microfinance institutions in the developing world, MFIs ...

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MFC Signed Strategic Partnership with the MNBFIA (Mongolia) and MCPI (Philippines)

MFC’s Partnership Programme for Country Associations is a new initiative that is expected to move the cooperation with country level microfinance networks to a new, strategic level.  This week next 2 Associations joined the Programme: MNBFIA (Mongolia) and MCPI (Philippines). At the moment Programme is started with 11 country level associations, apart from the above-mentioned MFO (Macedonia), AMFI (BiH), AMFOT (Tajikistan), AMFA (Azerbaijan), AMFI (Kyrgyzstan), UCORA (Armenia), AMA ...

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Call for Proposals: evaluation of MFC’s partnership with the European Commission

The Microfinance Centre looks for a consultant to conduct the evaluation of its 2018-2021 Strategic Partnership Agreement Framework with the European Commission. Consultants are herewith invited to present their application for the external evaluation of the project “European level networks active in the promotion of access to finance (microfinance and social enterprise finance)” for the years 2018 – 2021. The ...

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MFC Working Group works on the Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Providers concluded

In January 2018 the Microfinance Centre initiated a working group with the objective to revise the EU Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Providers clauses and provide recommendations to the European Commission based on practitioners knowledge and experience. The Working Group included: Adrien Gizon (Adie), Jelena Stojkovic (Agroinvest), Stephen Deakin (BCRS), Laura David (good.bee), Chiara Pescatori (Microfinanza Rating), Micol Guarneri ...

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Attend to Saving Groups Workshop!

Topic: Saving Group Movement in Europe: A new way to foster financial and social empowerment Date: Tuesday 19th of June 2018, 9 am – 4:30 pm  Location: The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Hague, the Netherlands Registration: free of charge, registration form Program: download If you are interested in exploring what saving groups can mean for your own working environment, come to our international ...

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Apply for Scholarship for the Rural and Agricultural Finance Program!

Training dates: July 16th – 27th, 2018 Training location: Utrecht, the Netherlands Scholarships application deadline: May 21th, 2018 The 4th Edition of the Boulder Rural and Agricultural Finance Program in English will bring together rural and agricultural finance specialists from around the world representing MFIs, Rural Banks, Central Banks, Ministries of Finance and Agriculture, Donor Agencies, Investors, Development Agencies, and more. The 2018 Boulder RAFP ...

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Join Borrow Wisely Campaign 2018!

Want to promote international client protection standards and responsible lending? Join Borrow Wisely campaign 2018! This year, the Microfinance Centre will organize the campaign which helps to improve clients’ financial literacy levels for the fifth time. As previous campaign editions proved to be a great tool for reaching massive numbers of clients with targeted financial education messages. The campaign will be held on October 2018. ...

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