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8th European Microfinance Award: Ceremony & Winners!

Award Ceremony Pictures This year, MFC as a member of European Microfinance Platform and a recognised housing microfinance expert, had the pleasure to support the process of setting up and holding the 8th European Microfinance Award. The three 2017 Award finalists and the Winner were announced at the European Microfinance Award Ceremony held on Thursday evening, November 30th in Luxembourg. ...

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Housing Microfinance: Shelter Solutions for the Poor. Read the report!

Housing is often proclaimed to be one of the “big three” priorities for low-income households around the world, along with food and primary education. The global population living in substandard housing is 1.6 billion and climbing, especially as the world becomes more urban. In Sub-Saharan Africa, however, about 97 to 99 percent of people do not have access to formal ...

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Housing Microfinance: Read two new publications!

Read two new publications produced by Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter: The State of Housing Microfinance 2016-2017: the business case for housing microfinance       The state of Investment in Affordable Housing 

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European Solidarity Corps – Join in by offering a solidarity job or traineeship opportunity!

The European Solidarity Corps is the new EU initiative to foster solidarity in Europe. Since its launch in December 2016, more than 40.000 young Europeans have already signed up to take part in this unique experience. In order to meet the expectations of these young people, we need your support! What is it all about? The European Solidarity Corps is about ...

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Apply today for the chance to showcase your work to hundreds of funders, policymakers & practitioners!

Are you working on a customer-centric innovation that allows you to understand and meet the needs of low-income people? Share it with the world! Enter the Customer Centricity Challenge hosted by CGAP, the SPTF, Leapfrog, and Dvara. The top entries will be invited to present at the upcoming learning event in Mamallapuram, India, called Customer Centricity: Enabling Financial Choices & ...

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Read our latest case study on start-up ecosystem in Serbia!

This case note presents our research findings and analysis on the start-up enterprise landscape in Serbia. This research was designed to identify current good practice among financial services providers and international organizations serving start-ups; understand the future potential role of microfinance vis-a-vis start-ups; and propose concrete and practical steps to bring about more support for start-ups. This project is being ...

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EaSI TA Newsletter: Enjoy your reading!

Dear Readers, On behalf of the EaSI TA project team, we would like to congratulate you on the 3rd European Microfinance Day, which was officially held last month on 20 October! Our third project newsletter also brings you key updates from the different initiatives under the EaSI TA project. We are pleased to share that more organisations have been certified as compliant ...

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Scholarship opportunity for networks & MFIs to participate in SPTF Meeting in India!

Scholarship opportunity for networks & microfinance institutions to participate in SPTF Meeting in India 19-22 February 2018   SP Fund announces a Call for Presentations for national networks and microfinance institutions to share their activities and plans related to promotion, implementation of Universal Standards for SPM. The most active organizations and interesting proposals will be awarded a scholarship (to cover ...

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Start-up ecosystem research – country visit to Macedonia

Last week, on 24th – 27th October 2017 the MFC conducted a country visit to Skopje, Macedonia to meet with MFIs and the Alliance of Microfinance Organizations (MFO) as well as with other institutions working with start-up enterprises. Discussions focused on the needs of newly created and young enterprises and forms of support in terms of financial and non-financial services. ...

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Join the Webinar: Mikfrofinans Norge microfinance precedent (22 Nov)

Listen to the webinar!   The sky is the limit, some say. This is very true in case of Unni Sekkesæter from Mikrofinans Norge. Despite regulation forbidding money lending by any organization other than bank in Norway, Unni managed to convince the regulator to issue a precedent decision and grant her organization a permission to lend. Mikrofinans Norge is now ...

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