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Join the 2nd edition of the European Microfinance Day (EMD)!

#2016EMD MFC and EMN are teaming up to organize the second annual European Microfinance Day on 20 October 2016. Our theme is “Creating opportunities beyond microcredit”. MFC and EMN members will raise awareness across Europe about the value of microfinance in the fight against social exclusion and unemployment. This year, our key message is the importance of non-financial services to ...

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Adie, MicroStart and Taysir launch distance learning for micro-entrepreneurs!

What are we talking about? Three microfinance institutions (MFIs), namely Adie in France, microStart in Belgium and Taysir in Tunisia launch together an online training facility addressed to future micro-entrepreneurs in September 2016. This free of charge e-learning instrument is composed of 9 short videos and over 40 tools & exercises, which guide future micro-entrepreneurs throughout the process of their ...

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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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Latest developments in entrepreneurship education in the EU

The recent “Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe” report, published by the European Commission, provides an overview of the variations in understanding of the concept of “entrepreneurship education” across EU member states. Although the definition recommended by the European Commission sees entrepreneurship education as one of the European Key Competences,[1] not all member states have adopted this approach. The European ...

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Research results

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 gener al 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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Watch Our Video on the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision!

Still confused or curious about the European Code of Good Conduct? Don’t know if it applies to you? Need to learn how to use it? Our 4-minute video is for you!  To sign up for the ECoGC please complete the form and send it to: European Commission – DG Regional Policy – Unit B3 – European Code of Good Conduct for ...

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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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Join the European Microfinance Day (EMD) – 20th October 2016

#2016EMD   Microfinance Centre (MFC) in cooperation with European Microfinance Network (EMN) would like to invite you to join the 2nd edition of the European Microfinance Day this 20th October 2016. The European Microfinance Day is a campaign jointly rolled out by both networks with the aim to raise awareness of microfinance as a tool to fight social exclusion and ...

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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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