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Nine new microcredit providers to benefit from fi-compass EaSI TA (the Call is still open!)

Under the second Call for EaSI TA, which opened three months ago, nine European Microcredit Providers (MCPs) from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania have been selected to benefit from technical assistance. These MCPs can opt to receive microfinance institutional rating and tailor-made technical assistance to improve the quality of their operations under the EaSI TA framework. With this selection, the ...

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Just a few days until the 2016 Borrow Wisely Campaign kicks off!

#BWC2016   In October, we’re kicking off our third annual Borrow Wisely Campaign! This year, 21 leading financial institutions will work across 15 countries in Europe and Central Asia to improve clients’ financial literacy knowledge and skills. The Campaign has become an annual event for MFC and its members. What’s the Campaign all about? As with previous years, we’ll be ...

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Join the 2nd edition of the European Microfinance Day (EMD)!

#2016EMD MFC and EMN are teaming up to organize the second annual European Microfinance Day on 20 October 2016. Our theme is “Creating opportunities beyond microcredit”. MFC and EMN members will raise awareness across Europe about the value of microfinance in the fight against social exclusion and unemployment. This year, our key message is the importance of non-financial services to ...

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Adie, MicroStart and Taysir launch distance learning for micro-entrepreneurs!

What are we talking about? Three microfinance institutions (MFIs), namely Adie in France, microStart in Belgium and Taysir in Tunisia launch together an online training facility addressed to future micro-entrepreneurs in September 2016. This free of charge e-learning instrument is composed of 9 short videos and over 40 tools & exercises, which guide future micro-entrepreneurs throughout the process of their ...

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Join the first Regional Microfinance forum in Skopje (MK)!

The Alliance of Microfinance organizations Skopje is pleased to announce the first Regional Microfinance forum “Financial inclusion through Microfinance” which will take place on September 22-23, 2016 in Skopje (MK). Join the discussion on different topics, including the key role of microfinance in financial inclusion, innovative approaches in providing better access to finance, the current situation with microfinance in the region, ...

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Save the date for upcoming SP Fund webinars

“How can banks use the Universal Standards for SPM and SPI4? Experience from Khushhali Bank Ltd.” will be conducted in English on 29th September at 9.30am CET “How can banks use the Universal Standards for SPM and SPI4? Experience from Kompanion Bank, Kyrgyzstan will be conducted in Russian on 5th October at 9.30am CET The “Green Microfinance” webinar will explore ...

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Financing start-ups and social outcomes measurement

In a time of economic slow-down, the idea of financing start-up enterprises in the EU is quite alluring. As such, start-ups (enterprises in early stages of development, generally less than 2 years old) are high on European Commission’s agenda. For this reason, the MFC is taking a deep dive on how microfinance can support start-ups. We will examine existing practices ...

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Latest developments in entrepreneurship education in the EU

The recent “Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe” report, published by the European Commission, provides an overview of the variations in understanding of the concept of “entrepreneurship education” across EU member states. Although the definition recommended by the European Commission sees entrepreneurship education as one of the European Key Competences,[1] not all member states have adopted this approach. The European ...

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2016 Borrow Wisely Campaign kicks off in October!

#BWC2016   We’re proud to announce that 21 organizations from 15 countries will participate in our third region-wide Borrow Wisely Campaign. Our aim, as always, is to educate massive numbers of clients and potential clients about how to borrow wisely – harnessing the positive power of loans and avoiding the pitfalls of too much debt. This year, for the first ...

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MFC 2016: News from Tirana

The 2016 MFC annual conference “Microfinance in the Cloud”, held in partnership with the Albanian Microfinance Association (AMA) brought over 380 participants from 41 countries to Tirana! The over-arching conference theme considered the space that microfinance could potentially occupy if it fully embraces new technology, or the detachment it will suffer if it does not.  It was an honor to welcome ...

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