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Join the 6th ECN Crowdfunding Convention in Vilnius!

Agenda           Registration   Technology is changing drastically the way SMEs and individuals can get access to finance. Crowdfunding, marketplace lending, digital payments and mobile transfers have raised the standards of efficiency, transparency and openness, challenging traditional financial institutions to innovate and adapt to clients’ digital expectations and needs. More recently, the emergence of AI and blockchain are opening the door to even more ...

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3rd European Microfinance Day: Save the date!

Dear Members, We are pleased to announce the 3rd edition of the European Microfinance Day (EMD)! European Microfinance Network (EMN) and Microfinance Centre (MFC) would like to invite you to join the communication campaign jointly rolled out by both networks with the aim to raise awareness of microfinance as a tool to fight social exclusion and unemployment in Europe around ...

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Research results

Digitalizing Microfinance in Europe The paper summarizes the results of the survey on the use of fintech solutions and digitalization of the customer relations and lending process among MFIs in Europe. While there is a widespread recognition about the need to use digital processes to a larger degree, the ability and willingness of MFIs to do that varies greatly. The ...

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Save the date! #2017AFF Alternative Finance Forum in Warsaw

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn and network with diverse alternative finance professionals representing a variety of business models and types of services. Alternative Finance Forum: Between Fintech and Social Finance Date:         October 5, 2017 Time:         9:00 – 17:00 Location:  Copernicus Conference Centre, Warsaw, Poland   Join us for this Alternative Finance Forum: Between ...

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Microfinance & the start-up sector: Romania visit || Read our new case studies!

In early October, MFC staff visited Romania to meet with a range of stakeholders (including MFC members Vitas and GoodBee) to discuss how the microfinance sector currently supports start-up businesses, what challenges the sector faces in that work and the opportunities to expand that support in future. Among key issues and ideas we heard was the fact that 1) the ...

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Edukacja Finansowa w Polsce

  Od 2003 r., w MFC zrealizowaliśmy ponad 50 projektów w 22 krajach. Projekty realizowane w Polsce są naszym laboratorium – ich wynikami dzielimy się z innymi! Moje mieszkanie – moja odpowiedzialność! Celem projektu realizowanego w latach 2015 – 2016 było kształtowanie pozytywnych zachowań młodych dorosłych w zakresie zarządzania finansami osobistymi i własnym mieszkaniem. Usamodzielniający się wychowankowie Młodzieżowych Ośrodków Wychowawczych ...

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Increasing Access to Finance for Rural Population in Belarus

   Funder: USAID     Partner: Republican Microfinance Center Financial services can be a lifeline to low-income people, when used correctly. We’re working in Belarus to build the capacity of the Republican Microfinance Centre to provide training on budget management and saving to low-income communities. As part of this, our master trainers are rolling out our Plan Your Future and Debt Management modules across ...

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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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MFC Members Recognized for Financial Inclusion Work

      Financial inclusion is high on the European Union agenda, and we support our members to become effective inclusion advocates. We do this by continually expanding our Financial Inclusion Ambassador Toolkit. We aim at simple, strong and effective initiatives. This June, we held our second annual “Inclusion Ambassadors” award ceremony. We acknowledged four members who not only reach ...

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First Employment and Social Innovation microfinance deal in Albania

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Fondi Besa (BESA) have signed the first guarantee agreement aimed at supporting micro-enterprises in Albania under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). This new EaSI guarantee agreement with the non-bank microfinance institution BESA, will cover a loan portfolio of ALL 3 billion (c. €22 million) for micro-borrowers, targeting in particular the ...

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