Tag Archives: Research

Start-up ecosystem research – country visit to Macedonia

Last week, on 24th – 27th October 2017 the MFC conducted a country visit to Skopje, Macedonia to meet with MFIs and the Alliance of Microfinance Organizations (MFO) as well as with other institutions working with start-up enterprises. Discussions focused on the needs of newly created and young enterprises and forms of support in terms of financial and non-financial services. ...

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MFC Digitalization Working Group

The Digitalization Working Group goal is to discuss with MFC members the ways new technology can be sensibly embraced by microfinance institutions. We would also like to reach a shared understanding of the opportunities that exist as far as digitalization is concerned, MFI needs related to new technology, strategies, partnerships, and risks involved. MFC members discuss digitalization issues during virtual ...

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Research results

Microfinance in Europe. Social Performance Management Report  The Report presents current state of social performance practices of European microfinance sector in implementing SPM. The main achievements of the sector are positive contribution to sustainability of microbusinesses and support to excluded segments of population. The biggest challenges industry faces are setting S.M.A.R.T. goals during SPM implementation and providing non-financial services as ...

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MFC Barometer survey: Have your say!

Please take part in our annual barometer survey and let us know about your experience using EU programs and instruments, as well as about over-indebtedness issues in your country. Find out more here

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Digital Survey: The first ever study on digitalization in European microfinance

  The MFC has launched its first-ever study on the digitalization of European microfinance. The objective of the study is to review what digital solutions are employed and assess the level of interest in introducing new solutions at various stages of the financial service delivery process. The results will be presented in a research paper summarizing lessons from the field ...

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Please take a few minutes to complete our survey on digital solutions!

We are launching the first ever survey on digital solutions in European microfinance. The objective of the study is to review what digital solutions are employed in the process of providing microfinance in Europe and assess the level of interest in introducing new solutions at various stages of the delivery of financial services. The results will be presented in a ...

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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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Call for Papers! 5th European Microfinance Research Conference

Microfinance and Financial Inclusion 12-14 June 2017 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom The University of Portsmouth will host the 5th European Microfinance Research Conference between 12th and 14th June 2017. The Conference has a generic theme of Microfinance and Financial Inclusion and is organised in cooperation with the European Microfinance Platform and CERMi. The European Microfinance Research Conference is one of ...

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“Indicators to monitor over-indebtedness” working paper launched by the EFIN Working Group

The Working Paper “Indicators to monitor over-indebtedness” is a result of the work of the EFIN Working Group on Over-indebtedness coordinated by MFC. It proposes the indicators to monitor the current indebtedness levels, maps potential data sources and stresses the importance of good quality data. It also offers the ways forward to improve monitoring in the short-, medium- and long-term perspective. ...

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Microfinance in Europe: A Survey of EMN-MFC Members. Report 2014-2015

This seventh edition of the Report on microfinance in Europe provides an overview of the development of the sector in terms of the main institutional characteristics, the microloan portfolio, and the social and financial performance for the period 2014-2015. The Report is based on data collected through a survey which was carried out as a collaboration between the European Microfinance ...

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