Publications & Resources

Microfinance in Europe: Survey Report 2016-2017

 The 8th edition of the report provides an overview of the development of the sector in terms of its main institutional characteristics, microloan portfolio, and social and financial performance for the period 2016-2017. The Report gives a sound image of the sector’s heterogeneity relating to the institutional model, the size, and the level of specialisation in microlending. The social ...

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Social Performance Fund: 7 years of Scaling up Social Performance Infographic Summary

The Social Performance Fund managed by the Microfinance Centre, aimed at promoting social performance standards and encouraging systematic integration of Social Performance Management (SPM) in order to ensure responsible and inclusive microfinance. Through 7 years, in cooperation with our partners such as SPTF, CERISE, SmartCampaign, MIXMarket and thanks to a mix of capacity building, off-site support and financial support, we managed ...

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Watch and listen again to recent Webinars!

Microfinance & Business start-ups: Review of the current practice in Europe   Mikfrofinans Norge microfinance precedent Watch WebEx recordings. Download the WebEx player first! Presentation in PDF Implementing the European Code of Good Conduct – practitioners experience Presentation in PDF   Delivering Financial Capability: A Look at Business Approaches This webinar was organised as part of the celebrations of the ...

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Case studies

Supporting “generation start-up”: Opportunities for Montenegro This case note presents our research findings and analysis on the start-up enterprise landscape in Montenegro. 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. ...

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Research results

Microfinance in Europe. Social Performance Management Report  The Report presents current state of social performance practices of European microfinance sector in implementing SPM. The main achievements of the sector are positive contribution to sustainability of microbusinesses and support to excluded segments of population. The biggest challenges industry faces are setting S.M.A.R.T. goals during SPM implementation and providing non-financial services as ...

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Annual Reports

MFC Annual Report 2017 MFC Annual Report 2016 MFC Annual Report 2015 MFC Annual Report 2014 MFC Annual Report 2013 MFC Annual Report 2012    

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Policy Papers 2009-2016

  MFC Policy Paper No.5: Demystifying the role of microfinance in job creation The paper discusses the role of microfinance in job creation through self-employment and microenterprise. Despite high expectations, in general microenterprises have a limited however socially important contribution to job creation. It is necessary to distinguish between growth-oriented young firms that have a potential to create jobs and ...

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SP Fund Partners/Grantees Publications

  Social Performance Country Report developed by Union of Credit Organizations of Armenia (UCORA), 2016. The report includes information about SP policies, practice and results collected from 9 UCORA members.         SP country report – Azerbaijan, developed by AMFA, 2016 This report details the state of Social Performance Management (SPM) practice among AMFA members in key operational ...

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External Publications 2015-2017

The 2016-17 State of Housing Microfinance: Understanding the Business Case for Housing Microfinance The 2016-17 State of Housing Microfinance, based upon a survey of 101 housing microfinance practitioners, is composed of insights and findings regarding practitioners’ perceptions of the challenges and opportunities facing housing microfinance, successful implementation strategies, and the performance of housing microfinance portfolios. Using a simple framework to analyze these responses ...

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Over-indebtedness trends in Europe

According to Eurostat data, the level of over-indebtedness (measured by the incidence of arrears on mortgage, rent, utility bills or hire purchase) decreased in 2016 in most EU countries. Please read our latest release with more information about this trend.   Download “Over-indebtedness trends in Europe”

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