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First Employment and Social Innovation microfinance deal in Albania

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Fondi Besa (BESA) have signed the first guarantee agreement aimed at supporting micro-enterprises in Albania under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). This new EaSI guarantee agreement with the non-bank microfinance institution BESA, will cover a loan portfolio of ALL 3 billion (c. €22 million) for micro-borrowers, targeting in particular the ...

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2nd Call for the Expression of Interest for EaSI TA services

We are pleased to announce that EIB’s fi-compass programme has issued its second Call for the Expression of Interest (EOI) for EaSI technical assistance (EaSI TA) services with the goal of selecting up to 34 European microcredit providers in the period of 2016 – 2017. For more information, please visit the fi-compass website What is EaSI TA? EaSI TA is ...

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CEO Summit 2016

We are pleased to invite you to the 2016 CEO Summit, which will take place in Tirana on 24-25 June, 2016. This Summit will follow the annual MFC conference, and in the same venue (conveniently located in the heart of the Albanian capital). Over these two days, our aim is to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and support so ...

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Reaching delinquent youth through “My home, my responsibility”

Teaching vulnerable kids to be both money smart and energy smart – this is how we’d describe our year-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity Poland and the Delinquent Youth Center of Orione Convent. Our project aimed to give kids the knowledge and skills they needed to transition from care to independent living. To do so, we created innovative financial education ...

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Getting started with the European Code of Good Conduct? Get help!

Using the self-regulation guidelines known as the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision? We can help! We work with microcredit providers to assess current compliance levels, in particular to: • Review the organization’s self-assessment results • Clarify specific clauses of the Code, their applicability and compliance levels • Propose strategies to address areas of weaknesses and poor compliance ...

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Microfinance CEO Forum 2016

The Microfinance CEO Forum is a global professional and business networking opportunity for senior executives from the microfinance sector to share the experiences and learn from their peers in a relaxed and trustful environment. We are holding our Annual CEO Summit for EBRD-funded MFIs in June 2016 (24-25 June) in Tirana, Albania. In addition, in the fall (28-29 October) we ...

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EaSI Technical Assistance to the European Microcredit Sector

What is EaSI Technical Assistance? The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme is an EU level financing instrument. Under fi-compass, a unique platform for advisory services on financial instruments and microfinance, EaSI TA offers institutional assessment and tailored training to selected microcredit providers, workshops to spread good practice in the wider European microcredit sector and a dedicated helpdesk. How is ...

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Software Group empowers the microfinance sector through technology

Software Group (SG) specializes in end-to-end solutions for the microfinance sector, focusing particularly on microfinance institutions, cooperatives and credit unions. The company is active in over 60 countries on 6 continents and works from offices in Australia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico and Philippines. A global market leader, SG continues to grow and develop worldwide; its focus in 2016 are ...

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The KMF Financial Education project in Kazakhstan reached 76,000 people!

  In order to increase the level of financial education of the population in Kazakhstan, KazMicrofinance (KMF*), with the support of its parent company KMF Fund – “Demeu” has developed a project it is calling “Increase of Financial Literacy of the Population“. Using an innovative design approach to ensure best results, KMF developed this unique project for Kazakhstan in December ...

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Chief Credit Officers peer exchange workshop

part of the CEO Forum sponsored by EBRD The Chief Credit Officers peer exchange workshop will take place happen in Istanbul from 26-28 May, 2016. This year’s event will focus on credit scoring – a topic of increasing importance in the microfinance industry today. More than ever microfinance is using some form of scoring to increase its efficiency and manage ...

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