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Apply now! 2017 European Microfinance Award “Microfinance for housing”

The European Microfinance Award 2017 “Microfinance for Housing” is intended to highlight the role of microfinance in supporting access to better quality residential housing for low-income, vulnerable and excluded groups, with no or limited access to housing finance in the mainstream sector. The prize of €100,000 will be presented on 30th November 2017 during the European Microfinance Week in Luxembourg. ...

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EaSI Technical Assistance is open for applications – find out how to apply!

If your institution is a microcredit provider (greenfield microfinance institution, non-bank microcredit provider, guarantee granting institution on a licensed bank) operating in one of the 28 EU Member States, Albania, FYROM, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia or Turkey, you can apply as soon as possible for the 2nd EaSI TA Call, no later than May 19th, 2017. The second EaSI TA ...

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Start-up ecosystem research – first country visit in Albania

On 27/02 – 3/03/2017 the first country visit of MFC took place in Tirana, Albania. During the visit discussions were held with leading Albanian MFIs (AgroInvest, BESA Fund, Crimson Finance Fund, FedInvest NOA, UniFin), the development agency AIDA, and UNDP. The discussions revealed growing interest of microfinance institutions in serving more start-up enterprises recognizing their unique challenges and needs. The ...

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#EaSITA Dołącz do nas 23 marca 2017 r. w Warszawie!

Fundacja Microfinance Centre (MFC), Polski Związek Funduszy Pożyczkowych (PZFP) oraz Krajowy Punkt Kontaktowy ds. Instrumentów Finansowych Programów Unii Europejskiej mają zaszczyt zaprosić na warsztat „Unijne narzędzia wsparcia finansowego i technicznego dla funduszy pożyczkowych w Polsce”. Warsztat odbędzie się 23 marca 2017 roku w Warszawie. Warsztat jest bezpłatny, zorganizowany dzięki wsparciu unijnego programu fi-compass. Pytania prosimy kierować do Pani Aldony Rutkowskiej  

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A new round of the research on start-up ecosystem in Europe in 2017

This year, we continue exploring the conditions for business creation and the role of microfinance vis-a-vis start-ups. This year, we are teaming up with the European Microfinance Network (EMN) to carry out the project in 8 countries: Albania, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain and the UK. This project is implemented within the four-year Framework Partnership Agreement of MFC and ...

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Save the date! 14th EMN Annual Conference

The European Microfinance Network (EMN) will hold its 14th Annual Conference in Venice, Italy on the 22nd & 23rd June 2017. The purpose of the event is to be a meeting of minds, ideas, and experiences. About 300 delegates are expected to attend, including microfinance practitioners from all over Europe, service providers, academics and researchers who are interested in the ...

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First European microfinance institution certified under the European Code of Good Conduct

Europe’s first microcredit provider (MCP) to receive certification for compliance with the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision (referred to as ‘the Code’) is the Dutch firm Qredits. Qredits was founded as a non-profit organisation in 2009 to assist the social and financial inclusion of micro-entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. Elwin Groenevelt, the General Director of Qredits welcomed this certification ...

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EaSI: Find out more about instruments & activities for financial intermediaries!

            We are pleased to share with you the new brochure about the instruments and activities that are available for financial intermediaries under the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme*. Download the brochure in English, French & German.   *The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme aims at promoting social inclusion, combating poverty and improving ...

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Breaking news! EIF and European Commission launch new capacity building initiative for micro-credit and social finance providers!

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Commission are announcing a new initiative to help micro-credit and social enterprise finance providers develop their businesses under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The new “EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window” will reinforce the capacity of selected financial intermediaries in the areas of microfinance and social enterprise finance. Through equity investments (such as seed financing, ...

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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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