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Microfinance in Europe: Survey Report (2020 Edition)

This Survey Report presents a detailed snapshot of the microfinance sector up until the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, with information gathered in 2018-2019. However, based on additional data collected during the first semester of 2020, we were also able to produce a chapter on the preliminary impact of the pandemic on European MFIs. While the effects of the current crisis remain ...

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Impact of the European Commission’s Social Business Initiative

  In 2011, the European Commission presented the Social Business Initiative (SBI) which established an EU level action plan with concrete measures to establish a favourable environment for social enterprises (SE). This study analyses the impact of the SBI on the development of social enterprises/social economy and their operating environments at national and EU levels. The study also includes an ...

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The Contribution of the Fintech Sector to Financial Inclusion and Health – A Review of Opportunities and Challenges

The case studies present findings on the current state of the fintech industry in six countries: (UK, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey and the Czech Republic) in the context of their potential contribution (positive and negative) to financial inclusion and financial health of individuals and small businesses. The summary paper offers a comparative analysis of fintechs’contribution to financial inclusion and health ...

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Innovations in EU Policy and Legislation

“Innovations in EU Policy and Legislation” aims to inform MFC members of the implications of recent EU legislation and policies in financial services, and to assist them in identifying potential market opportunities. Read the paper:  Innovations in EU Policy and Legislation

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The Fintech Market in the Czech Republic – The Current State of the Fintech Sector And Its Potential to Contribute to Financial Inclusion and Health

The case study present findings on the current state of the fintech industry in Czech Republic in the context of the potential contribution (positive and negative) to financial inclusion and financial health of individuals and small businesses. READ : Czech Republic_FINTECH CASE STUDY

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EU Funding Toolkit – a Very Useful Resource on EU Funding Programmes by Euclid Network

Euclid Network in cooperation with EC prepared a very handy toolkit about all of the EU funding programmes. It can be very useful for all of the MFI’s, social enterprises, start-ups, institutions helping migrants You can find there the Overview on EU funding instruments: EaSI, COSME, ESF, Interreg Europe, Erasmus+, LIFE and Horizon 2020. If your institution is searching for ...

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Benchmarking Microfinance Romania

The Romanian microfinance institutions managed to access 8.3% of the EaSI Guarantee Facility’s budget, making available more than 170 million Euros for financing small businesses, sole entrepreneurs and farmers who carry out income generating activities, and this one it’s just the beginning, another 5 transactions are ready for signing and implementation during the first months of 2020. Few know that ...

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SME Financial Health Scorecard Summary

The paper presents the concept of financial health for small businesses and describes the MFC’s approach to constructing a comprehensive measure of financial health. First, the paper argues for the need to develop a measure of financial health for a small business that goes beyond traditional balance sheet and income statement-based financial indicators. Next, the paper consolidates emerging understanding of ...

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Digital Pathways in Financial Inclusion – European Microfinance Platform

Download the European Microfinance Platform’s Publication “Digital Pathways in Financial Inclusion” draws on the technology initiatives of the winners and semi-finalists of the 2018 European Microfinance Award on ‘Financial Inclusion through Technology’, paving the way for how advances in technology can be adopted by financial services providers who serve the excluded. Between the developer or engineer on the one end, ...

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Social Performance Management of the Microfinance Sector in the Caucasus and Central Asia

  Social Performance Management (SPM) refers to the systems that organisations use to achieve their stated social goals and creating value for clients. The microfinance sector applies commercial means to achieve social ends. Microfinance institutions (MFIs) who translate their mission and values into measurable objectives are more likely to achieve strong social performance, such as: reaching the target market, delivering ...

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