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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”

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#MFC2017: Save the date!

  Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to announce that the MFC will hold its 20th anniversary conference on 24-26 May 2017 (pre- conference events: 24 May)  in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stay tuned for the news on conference topics and events! Best regards, The MFC Team Learn more about the 19th

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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 •

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Microfinance CEO Forum 2016

The Microfinance CEO Forum is a global professional and business networking opportunity for senior executives from the microfinance sector to share the experiences and learn from their peers in a relaxed and trustful environment. We are holding our Annual CEO Summit for EBRD-funded MFIs in June 2016 (24-25 June) in

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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

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Software Group empowers the microfinance sector through technology

Software Group (SG) specializes in end-to-end solutions for the microfinance sector, focusing particularly on microfinance institutions, cooperatives and credit unions. The company is active in over 60 countries on 6 continents and works from offices in Australia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico and Philippines. A global market leader, SG continues

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Note on Inclusive Entrepreneurship

  92% of the total number of enterprises in Europe are microenterprises with less than ten employees. The setting up of microenterprises has become more attractive for a wider strata of population than before. However, based on several recent studies, the national frameworks for entrepreneurship in the EU member states

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MoU EMN-MFC and the EIB group

  The microfinance sector is in rapid development within the EU at a time when micro-entrepreneurship is becoming a growing option next to salary employment or unemployment benefits. In this framework, all efforts should be developed at EU level to support the microfinance sector in terms of policies, regulation, finance

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Read the MFC’s latest digitalization case studies

The MFC’s recent “The Tech-and-Touch Mix in Microfinance” case study considers how MFIs in Europe incorporate high-tech solutions with a traditional high-touch approach to providing microfinance services, and discusses emergent models to combining the two approaches. Read more “Experimenting with Digital Solutions: Initial Lessons from European Microfinance” reviews digital applications and

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The Tech-and-Touch Mix in Microfinance

This case study reviews how European MFIs incorporate high-tech solutions with the traditional high-touch personal approach to providing microfinance services and discusses the emergent models that MFIs are applying to combine these two approaches. Unlike FinTechs, MFIs retain the personal touch as a distinctive feature and a unique sales proposition

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EaSI Programme? It’s easy! Check out these top tips!

Oleg Moraru CEO, good.bee Credit (microfinance institution from Romania) is sharing with us top tips and tricks to using the different components of the EaSI Programme funded by the European Commission based on good.bee’s experience receiving its certification for compliance with the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision, and the

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