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 ...Read More »
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 – ...Read More »
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, ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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. ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
Join us for the webinar presenting the findings from the research on the start-up ecosystem in Europe!
Watch the webinar! The webinar will take place on 23rd January 2018 at 12:00 noon CET. Please register for this meeting here. The webinar will present the results of the research aimed at exploring the role of microfinance in providing financial services to start-up enterprises. We will discuss opportunities and challenges faced by the microfinance sector to more deeply engage ...Read More »
Banca Popolare Etica, CoopEst and Microfinance Centre signed a collaboration agreement this November in Brussels in the European Parliment. All institutions wish to consolidate the microfinance sector in Europe and to increase its social impact. This Agreement intends to support MF projects, both financially and operationally, with particular concern to support funding needs of MFC Members in Eastern and Central European countries through the intermediation ...Read More »
One and a half year ago EMN initiated a Think Tank on Social Performance Management and invited MFC to participate. The Think Tank, which integrates practitioners, network representatives, and investors held a series of meetings in order to discuss how to integrate into the EU Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Providers and a more social approach based on international ...Read More »