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4th European Microfinance Day Brussels Closing Event Summary

Juncker Plan: new EUR 25 million fund benefits from first capacity building agreement in Europe to support microfinance providers 26th of Oct, 2018: Today, the European Microfinance Network and the Microfinance Centre have closed in Brussels the 4th European Microfinance Day, an initiative launched in 2015 to highlight the impact of the microfinance sector in Europe from a social and ...

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4th European Microfinance Day: the Sector Calls for Innovative Funding Sources to Keep Supporting Entrepreneurship and Employment

4th European Microfinance Day The sector calls for innovative funding sources to keep supporting entrepreneurship and employment European microfinance consolidates its capacity to support financial inclusion through the provision of financial and non-financial services The sector reached an outstanding gross microloan portfolio of €3.2 billion in 2017, serving almost one million active borrowers On the 20th October, the European microfinance ...

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Between Needs and Availability: The External Financing Gap Indicator

Publisher: Microfinance Centre Authors: Justyna Pytkowska, Piotr Koryński Year: 2018 Download “Between Needs and Availability: The External Financing Gap Indicator” This MFC’s research paper considers the (mis)match between the financing needs of European MSMEs and the perception of availability of external financing. Our question is: how do changes in the perceived need for external financing (and its availability) line up with the patterns ...

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MFC-EMN Annual Conference 2018 Outputs: Digital transformation is here and now!

The Microfinance Centre (MFC) and the European Microfinance Network (EMN) organised their joint Annual Conference, in partnership with Seed Capital Bizkaia Micro, from 3-5 October 2018 in Bilbao, Spain. Focused on the implications of the digital revolution on financial and social inclusion, the event gathered about 650 participants – including representatives from European institutions, investors, microfinance institutions, NGOs and fintech ...

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Better Entrepreneurship Online Tool by OECD and EC

The Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool is an online tool designed for policy-makers and other interested parties at local, regional and national level who wish to explore how public policy can support social entrepreneurship, as well as entrepreneurship by people from under-represented groups. Policy-makers and other stakeholders can take a short survey assessing their policy ecosystem. Its results will guide them ...

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MFC Signs Strategic Partnership with Ukrainian Association of Financial Companies

The MFC’s Partnership Programme for Country Associations is an initiative that is expected to move the cooperation with country level microfinance networks to a new, strategic level. The Microfinance Centre has signed strategic partnership with the Ukrainian association of financial companies (VAFK).  The Memorandum of Understanding was signed during MFC-EMN Annual Conference 2018 in Bilbao by Anna Zamazeeva VAFK’s Chairman of the Board and Grzegorz ...

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MFC Continues Organising Country Meetings on Financial Inclusion

This autumn, the MFC is heading back out on the road to convene country meetings to discuss with partners the latest in microfinance and financial inclusion. This includes: EaSI TA program, EaSI financial instruments, our new digitalization strategy, research on the sector, important events, communication with the European Commission. Upcoming meetings include: Poland: We’re talking to the Polish Union of Loan Funds ...

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Microfinance Gateway Becomes Findev Gateway

The Microfinance Gateway, CGAP’s independent knowledge platform, is changing its name to FinDev Gateway. The new brand reflects the platform’s broadening scope in recognition of the role financial inclusion plays in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. “The new name, FinDev, which stands for ‘Financial Inclusion for Development’, is part of a strategic repositioning of the Gateway, which has ...

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Welcome to the New MFC Member: PCES doo from Macedonia

We are very pleased to introduce the new MFC Member: PCES doo from Macedonia. PCES doo is an IT consulting and engineering company founded on years of experience in IT for financial institutions and digital financial services. PCES acts as translator, facilitator and moderator at the intersection of IT and banking, establishing integrated solutions to realize the full potential of ...

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EaSI Technical Assistance for Microfinance entering a new phase

The European Commission will directly manage the EaSI Technical Assistance, working closely with Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (the leader of the Consortium with the MFC and the EMN) and MicroFinanza Rating. Building a more inclusive and fairer Union is a key priority for the European Commission, which has recognised the potential of microfinance and social enterprises to foster job creation, inclusive entrepreneurship ...

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