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Early Bird Registration for the MFC-EMN Annual Conference 2018 is open!

The Microfinance Centre (MFC) and the European Microfinance Network (EMN) are pleased to announce that Early Bird Registration is open for the MFC-EMN Annual Conference 2018! Register now and save up to 25%: Early Birds benefit from more than 15% discount on the conference! Early Birds Registration will run until 31st July. Register now! MFC and EMN Members also benefit from an additional 10% discount. Become a Member!  This year the joint MFC and ...

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Albania: Establishment of a National Working Group with the support of MFC and EC

In cooperation with the Microfinance Centre (MFC) and with the support of the European Union, the Albanian Microfinance Association (AMA) has initiated a series of workshops relating to the future vision and role microfinance can play in the future development of the county. The findings of the workshop, will constitute the basis for the drafting of a strategic sectorial paper ...

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Inclusive fintech: Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Inclusion

responsAbility Investments, the Microfinance Centre Member, is an Inaugural Signatory to the newly defined, globally applicable Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Inclusion. These Guidelines, an initiative co-led by the IFC and developed in collaboration with a group of over 50 fintech investors and digital financial innovators, aim to spread the benefits of the fintech revolution more widely. The ...

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EU budget: a new Social Fund and Globalisation Adjustment Fund

For the next long-term EU budget, the European Commission proposes to further strengthen the Union’s social dimension with a renewed European Social Fund, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), and a strengthened and more effective European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). For the period 2021-2027, the European Social Fund Plus would be worth €101.2 billion, and the Globalisation Adjustment Fund €1.6 billion. Both ...

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The European Investment Fund and Erste Group sign EUR 50 million deal to finance social enterprises

The European Investment Fund and Erste Group sign EUR 50 million deal to finance social enterprises in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Serbia. Deal signed under the framework of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) All seven Erste Group member banks can now grant loans at reduced interest rates and with lower collateral ...

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MFC co-organized Central American Microfinance Network Meeting in Warsaw

Members of the Red Katalysis Microfinance Network from Honduras, Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua met in Warsaw last week Tuesday and Wednesday for a 2-day conference organized with Microfinance Centre. The conference featured MFC presentations and discussions focusing on digitalization issues and strategies in microfinance, financial education and support for start-up enterprises. The conference also included discussions with the representatives from ...

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Macedonia hosted the 3rd Regional forum: Human resources in Microfinance

On May 13-14, 2018, the Alliance of Microfinance Organizations hosted the 3rd regional microfinance forum “Human resources in Microfinance-Current trends and challenges in the region”, following the first regional forum “Financial inclusion through Microfinance-Current condition, status and challenges” from 2016 and the second regional forum “Payment Services-The role of non-banking microfinance organizations” from 2017. The forum, attended by HR managers ...

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Current State of the Microfinance Sector in Kazakhstan: 149 organizations are operating

According to the register of microfinance organizations (MFIs) of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NB RK) on January 1, 2018 149 organizations are operating in the country. The number of MFIs for 2017 increased by 13 organizations. MFIs are represented in all regions of Kazakhstan. The largest number of MFIs has been registered in: Almaty city – ...

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Microfinance Centre Joins Finance Watch

Finance Watch, the independent non-profit organisation that defends the public interest in financial reform and regulation, has taken over the activities of European Financial Inclusion Network (EFIN) –  a network of researchers and practitioners working on financial inclusion. EFIN membership held its General Assembly  in Brussels, on 13 June 2018 and voted to close EFIN after its activities are transferred to ...

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Central American Microfinance Network Meets in Warsaw

Members of the Katalysis Network will meet in Warsaw this week Tuesday and Wednesday for an annual meeting and 2-day conference co-organized with the Microfinance Centre.  MFC has provided support in developing the conference agenda and will guide the colleagues from Central America through the history, opportunities and challenges of the microfinance sector in Europe and Central Asia. The Katalysis ...

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