Current Projects

DRSAT: MFI Digital Readiness Self-Assessment Tool

New technology and digital transformation can spell big changes for an institution’s working habits, processes, products and services. To unlock the potential of digital tools, MFIs first need to understand where they are starting from. An MFI’s ability to implement large-scale digital initiatives is called its ‘digital readiness’. By identifying digital challenges and opportunities across both internal and external aspects ...

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Financial Inclusion for Inclusive Growth in Europe II: A collaboration with the European Commission 2018–2021

Project Description The overall objective of the program “Financial Inclusion for Inclusive Growth in Europe II” is to widen and deepen financial inclusion of the European citizens. To achieve this, the MFC program encompasses advocacy and capacity building for EU practitioners and policymakers. Project status: active Project duration: 2018 – 2021 Project regional focus:  EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, ...

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Microfinance Barometer

Project background The purpose of the Microfinance Barometer is to provide insights into country-level issues and priorities in delivering microfinance and supporting entrepreneurship. The research is focused on identifying weaknesses in the legal/regulatory environment, the capacity of MFIs, and limitations in the abilities of clients to use microfinance services. Project status: active Project regional focus: Europe and Central Asia Project objectives  The ...

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Borrow Wisely! Financial Education Campaign

What is Borrow Wisely! Campaign? The Borrow Wisely! promotes global client protection standards. This annual international campaign is led by the MFC and its partners. We work with any institution that is a responsible lender (complying with current global standards of client protection) working in the Europe and Central Asian region. What is our goal? We aim to educate large ...

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MFC Coaching and Peer-mentoring Programme for Leaders in MFIs

Project Description Coaching and mentoring prove to be one of the most efficient tools especially in the development of middle and senior managers. If you ask, more and more managers admit how satisfied they were about the services of the professional coach. In 2019, MFC continues with its mentoring and coaching services to our members and partners: MFC kicked off ...

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European Microfinance Day

  The European Microfinance Day initiative was launched in 2015 as a tool to highlight the impact of the microfinance sector in Europe from a social and an economic perspective. EMD is organised in cooperation with European Microfinance Network (EMN). The main objectives of the European Microfinance Day are: To raise awareness among European citizens on the existence of microfinance and on ...

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MFC Partnership Programme for Country Associations

Since its inception Microfinance Centre has maintained very close ties with the country level associations, recognizing their role and potential in advancing financial and association inclusion in the countries where they operate. The aim of the Programme is to move the relationship with country level associations to a new, partnership oriented level. The Partnership Programme will focus on better leveraging ...

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Building Financial Capabilities and Strengthening Institutions through Customer-Centered Innovations

Time and time again we observed that personal money management skills are crucial for survival of microenterprise, while building up the savings significantly improves the resilience towards economic shocks of the family and helps pursuing the family’s dreams. Thus for years MFC has been working on improving financial health of the low income people. Today, the behavioral economy research shows, that ...

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MFC Annual Conference

  The Microfinance Centre’s annual conference is the largest and most high-profile financial inclusion event in the region. The event is a unique occasion to learn from an impressive line-up of speakers and your peers, share experiences, trends and best practices in inclusive finance. Every year more than 500 delegates from 40+ countries around the world: Western Europe, New EU Member States, EU Accession countries, the ...

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Migrant Acceleration for Growth Network

There is a growing body of evidence that (aspiring) migrant entrepreneurs require a different set of core competences to successfully set up and run their businesses in a changing society in dynamic economic and labour market circumstances. To address this challenge MFC, along with 7 European partners, kicks off a new project aimed at linking and training organisations supporting migrant ...

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