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Don’t Miss These Opportunities for EaSI TA for MFIs!

The EaSI Technical Assistance to the European Microcredit Sector Programme helps European microcredit providers strengthen their institutional capacity and share best practices through technical assistance, trainings, workshops and other support. The program is jointly implemented by the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, the Microfinance Centre and the European Microfinance Network. All EaSI TA activities are free-of-charge for microcredit providers ...

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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 The Microfinance Centre’s Annual Conference is always one of the most significant regional events in the financial inclusion sector. As usual, we’re putting together an impressive line-up of speakers, and designing an ...

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Microfinance Centre and Responsible Finance Sign Partnership Agreement

The Microfinance Centre and the Responsible Finance, the voice of the Responsible Finance industry working to increase access to fair finance throughout the UK, today announced a new collaboration to increase financial inclusion and access to affordable and ethical finance. The relationship involves shared learning about systems, the effective and ethical use of data, product design, financial technology and fintech, and reaching the ...

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Call for proposals on transaction cost support in the area of social finance now open

  A call for proposals on transaction cost support in the area of social enterprise finance under the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is aimed at financial intermediaries that undertake long-term risk capital investments of less than EUR 500 000 in the form of equity, quasi-equity or hybrid financing to social enterprises in the EaSI participating countries. The grant ...

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Financial Inclusion Compass 2018: e-MFP Survey of Financial Inclusion Trends

The European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) has launched the Financial Inclusion Compass 2018 – its new paper on emerging short, medium and long-term trends in the financial inclusion sector, based on a survey of e-MFP members and key industry stakeholders. The Compass was conceived to be a way to leverage e-MFP’s multi-stakeholder membership and position in the inclusive finance community, while ...

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First impact assessment of MFC Member Erste Group’s Social Banking activities

First impact assessment of Erste Group’s Social Banking activities: 14,000 new jobs created across CEE for people who were left behind. More than 2,500 starting entrepreneurs received business advice and financing; 400 funded social enterprises and NGOs employed over 1,500 people from socially excluded groups; Almost 14,000 new jobs were created across CEE; Total loan volume exceeded EUR 170 million. ...

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The Universal Standards for Social Performance Management – Where do we go from here?

  The Microfinace Centre, the CERISE and the SPTF in cooperation with e-MFP Making Microfinance Responsible (MIR) Action Group have published brief “The Universal Standards for Social Performance Management – Where do we go from here?” The brief presents lessons from five years of promoting the Universal Standards for social performance management (SPM) for responsible microfinance and tries to answer ...

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EaSI TA Workshop in Albania: Applying for and Contracting EaSI Financial Instruments for MFIs

Date: 13 December 2018, Tirana, Albania Topic: Applying for and Contracting EaSI Financial Instruments for Microfinance Institutions The Microfinance Centre in cooperation with the Albanian Microfinance Association is pleased to announce an upcoming event “Applying for and Contracting EaSI Financial Instruments for Microfinance Institutions”, which will take place in Tirana, Albania on 13 December 2018. The event is organised on the ...

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Don’t Miss Upcoming Webinars for Microfinance Professionals!

04 Dec, 16.00 (CET): Results from Habitat for Humanity’s study on the impact of KWFT’s housing microfinance product, organised by SPTF The webinar will present the findings from the impact evaluation of a housing microfinance project on a range of outcomes for beneficiaries in Kenya. The project provided technical assistance to six leading financial institutions to develop housing microfinance products and ...

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Mapping the Future of the Albanian Microfinance Sector

The Albanian Microfinance Association is teaming up with the MFC to map a vision of the role microfinance can play in the future development of Albania and continue the series of workshops for the Albanian National Working Group on microfinance. The establishment of the Working Group is a part of the MFC’s initiative to support dialogue between local actors involved in microfinance and financially ...

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