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Read the MFC’s latest digitalization case studies

The MFC’s recent “The Tech-and-Touch Mix in Microfinance” case study considers how MFIs in Europe incorporate high-tech solutions with a traditional high-touch approach to providing microfinance services, and discusses emergent models to combining the two approaches. Read more “Experimenting with Digital Solutions: Initial Lessons from European Microfinance” reviews digital applications and experimentation in digital transformation of EU MFIs. Using a digital ...

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Business Development Services and Microfinance: Case Studies in Operational Models

  The MFC research reviews the involvement of microfinance institutions in the provision of non-financial services to clients and other constituents. The provision of business development services (BDS) alongside credit has become a salient feature of many European MFIs. Over the years, different models of BDS have emerged, varying both by level of integration with core financial services and the ...

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EaSI Programme? It’s easy! Check out these top tips!

Oleg Moraru CEO, good.bee Credit (microfinance institution from Romania) is sharing with us top tips and tricks to using the different components of the EaSI Programme funded by the European Commission based on good.bee’s experience receiving its certification for compliance with the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision, and the support it has had from the EaSI Guarantee Facility and EaSI Technical ...

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Save the date for the 2019 MFC Annual Conference: 29–31 May in Istanbul, Turkey

We are pleased to announce that the next MFC Annual Conference will be held from 29–31 May 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. Pre-conference events: 29 May 2019 Main conference program: 30-31 May 2019         CEO Forum Summit: 1 June 2019 The Microfinance Centre’s Annual Conference is always one of the most significant regional events in the financial inclusion ...

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MFC explores the role of fintech sector in advancing financial inclusion

In the recent months, the MFC has conducted studies on the FinTech sector and its role in providing financial services to excluded and underserved groups in Poland and Ukraine. We have successfully identified FinTechs that contribute to financial inclusion and improved financial health, and explored their current and potential future cooperation with traditional finance providers. In Ukraine, our research was ...

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First EaSI Technical Assistance webinar: Opportunities and enablers of digitalisation for microfinance institutions

Date: 19 December 2018, ended Speaker: Jarosław Dmowski, digital expert Facilitator: Justyna Pytkowska, MFC Download webinar recording To help all interested European microfinance institutions understand better how to position themselves in the digital space, the European Commission is sponsoring a webinar organised under the umbrella of the EaSI Technical Assistance for Microfinance programme and hosted by the Microfinance Centre (MFC). ...

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The Microfinance Sector Consolidates Its Capability to Support Financial Inclusion in Europe

European MFIs reached outstanding gross microloan portfolio of EUR 3.2 billion in 2017, serving almost 1 million active borrowers 443,825 clients reached with non-financial services in 2017 The European Microfinance Network (EMN) and the Microfinance Centre (MFC) are proud to announce the launch of the “Microfinance in Europe: Survey Report 2016-2017”. The 8th edition of the report provides an overview ...

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Romania: the First Year of the National Working Group on Microfinance Summed up

In cooperation with the MFC several Romanian microfinance institutions including MFC members (FAER, good.bee Credit, OMRO, Patria Credit, Rocredit, Vitas) have initiated a series of meetings relating to the future vision and role microfinance can play in the country developments. The establishment of the Working Group is a part of the MFC’s initiative to support dialogue between local actors involved ...

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Update on the Process to Review the Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision

The European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision is an instrument for ensuring quality standards in the European microfinance sector. It is a voluntary instrument, developed in response to the need for a unifying set of expectations and standards for the sector for the benefit of practitioners, customers, funders, investors, regulators and partner organisations. The purpose of the update ...

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Digitalization Working Group Webinar: MFI’s Client Digital Financial Service Readiness

Date: 12 December 2018,  11:00 CET Topic: MFI’s client digital financial service readiness Facilitator: Justyna Pytkowska, Research Manager, Microfinance Centre Knowing your clients’ readiness to use digital financial services is important for designing appropriate front-end solutions that respond to both their digital capacity and needs. During this webinar, we will discuss how MFIs can research their clients’ current digital behavior and preferences, ...

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