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2nd Call for the Expression of Interest for EaSI TA services

We are pleased to announce that EIB’s fi-compass programme has issued its second Call for the Expression of Interest (EOI) for EaSI technical assistance (EaSI TA) services with the goal of selecting up to 34 European microcredit providers in the period of 2016 – 2017. For more information, please visit the fi-compass website What is EaSI TA? EaSI TA is ...

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Ambassador Toolkit: Advocacy for Financial Inclusion

Why to advocate? It is both important and urgent that national and EU wide coalitions advocate for ensuring wider and deeper financial inclusion for all citizens. In today’s environment of growing demand for financial services and the imminent stronger dependence on financial services for managing personal finances, it is imperative to achieve greater political and financial commitment to support long-term ...

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How Microfinance Fits into European Union Policies?

The Europe 2020 strategy is about delivering economic growth with higher employment. It recognises entrepreneurship and self-employment as key for achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The strategy is implemented by European Comission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker. The so called Juncker plan identifies 10 priorities of work, which include creating jobs and boosting growth. In its support to entrepreneurship and ...

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Getting started with the European Code of Good Conduct? Get help!

Using the self-regulation guidelines known as the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision? We can help! We work with microcredit providers to assess current compliance levels, in particular to: • Review the organization’s self-assessment results • Clarify specific clauses of the Code, their applicability and compliance levels • Propose strategies to address areas of weaknesses and poor compliance ...

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EaSI Technical Assistance to the European Microcredit Sector

What is EaSI Technical Assistance? The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme is an EU level financing instrument. Under fi-compass, a unique platform for advisory services on financial instruments and microfinance, EaSI TA offers institutional assessment and tailored training to selected microcredit providers, workshops to spread good practice in the wider European microcredit sector and a dedicated helpdesk. How is ...

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Financial Inclusion Ambassador’s Toolkit

The Toolkit helps our members navigate the financial inclusion landscape and be more effective advocates for financial inclusion. What is Financial Inclusion? While financial inclusion is “in vogue” — it’s also quite a vague term. Do we really know what it means? Does everyone mean the same thing? Does access differ from inclusion? How do we ‘do’ inclusion? How do ...

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The European Union Code of Good Conduct for microcredit providers

The EU Commission invites you to endorse the European Union Code of Good Conduct for microcredit providers Objectives of the Code The European Union Code of Good Conduct for microcredit providers (the Code) presents good practice guidelines to enable the microfinance sector to face the challenge of accessing long-term finance. It details common standards around microfinance provider operations and reporting. ...

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Access to Finance

Measuring Access to Finance: Developing evidence-based access policies According to the recently-published Global Findex data, 45% of adults in the ECA region have access to financial services, making it among global leaders in financial inclusion. However, performance within the region is mixed. Some countries (such as Slovenia) boast near universal access, while in others (such as Kyrgyzstan), less than 5% ...

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Ambassadors’ Contacts

Financial Inclusion Ambassadors in Microfinance Each year, MFC identifies and awards institutions, which contribute to promotion of financial inclusion in a significant way.   2016 ADIE – Association pour le Droit a l’Initiative Economique, France Agroinvest d.o.o., Serbia good.bee Credit IFN SA, Romania PARTNER Microcredit Foundation, Bosnia and Herzegovina   2015 Business and Cultural Development Center (KEPA), Greece National Contact ...

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Access to Finance Barometer

As part of a multi-component project funded by European Commission, MFC is developing and testing methodology of Access to Finance Barometer that will provide insights into the country-level access to finance issues and priorities in 10 EU countries. The purpose of the AFS Barometer is to assess the level of financial inclusion and conditions of access to finance in EU ...

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