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Building New Foundations in Housing Microfinance: European Microfinance Award 2017 summary

The latest European Dialogue published by the European Microfinance Platform presents the picture of the trends and some of the most interesting initiatives underway in the housing microfinance sector that were submitted for the European Microfinance Award 2017. MFC staff: Katarzyna Pawlak and Ewa Bańkowska, had a privilege to be part of the award process as expert consultants. The publication is the compilation of the ...

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Assessing the European market of Microfinance

The study Assessing the European market potential of business microcredit and the associated funding needs of non-bank MFIs depict a huge potential demand for small business loans across the EU-28 members states and the dynamism of a sector that needs adequate support to ensure a wider outreach to the underserved to deliver on its mandate to improve social and financial ...

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MFC Members meeting in Bulgaria

MFC Members in Bulgaria met last week to discuss MFC’s new strategy. The strategy calls for reinventing social finance in the digital era and pledges to strengthen MFC members’ business and social performance through digitalization strategies and technology practises. MFC members in Bulgaria voiced their support the new strategy but cautioned against engagement with commercially oriented fintech.

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Public consultation on the review of the SME definition

New open public consultation launched by the European Commission on 6 February 2018. The consultation is about the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The results of the consultation will be an important input for the evaluation and possible revision of some aspects of the SME definition that applies across EU policy areas*.   Consultation period: 6 February 2018 ...

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Join fi-compass ESF Conference about Financial instruments

Second fi-compass ESF Conference Financial instruments funded by the European Social Fund – boosting social impact 8 – 9 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium   The European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), supported by the European Investment Bank, is pleased to announce the Second fi-compass ESF Conference ‘Financial instruments funded by the European Social Fund – ...

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MFC-EMN Conference 2018: Save the date!

Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are pleased to announce that MFC and EMN will hold its joint conference on the 3-5 October 2018 in Bilbao, Spain. Pre-conference events will be held on the 3rd October, and post-conference event (only addressed to MFC members) will take place on the 5th-6th October.     This year we will be working closely with our official conference partner, Seed Capital Bizkaia, ...

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Register for the 1st Forum on Migrant Entrepreneurship Support & the Role of Entrepreneurial Skills!

1st Forum on Migrant Entrepreneurship Support and  the Role of Entrepreneurial Skills 20th February 2018, Danube University Krems, Austria   Microfinance Centre along with the consortium members of the MAGNET* (Migrant Acceleration for Growth Network for Entrepreneurship Training) Project, co-funded by the European Union, would kindly like to invite you to the first of four thematic forum on “Identifying common ...

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Meeting the challenges of a changing world: Our new organizational strategy

  As the year draws to a close, we are setting our sights on the next horizon. On the future challenges and opportunities that await us as social purpose organisations. The landscape that surrounds our work is in a state of unprecedented change, and traditional assumptions about how we organize our work, our communities, and our economy are being challenged. ...

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Join the thematic fi-compass workshop on ESF financial instruments (31st January, Rome)!

  ESF financial instruments supporting employment, entrepreneurship and social inclusion in the programming period 2014-2020 31 January, Rome (Italy) Programme Experiences from already active financial instruments can be a source of inspiration and basis of discussion for practitioners who are interested in advancing with similar financial instruments. The thematic fi-compass workshop on ESF financial instruments supporting employment, entrepreneurship and social inclusion in the ...

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Read our latest research papers!

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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