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MFC research results

Microfinance in Europe: Survey Report. 2022 Edition

 The 2022 edition of the report on the status of microfinance in Europe, compiled by the European Microfinance Network and the Microfinance Centre, is out now.  This is the 10th edition of the Overview Survey, and it was a joint effort between the European Microfinance Network and Microfinance Centre for

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Microfinance Business Models

The paper identifies the key building blocks of a microfinance business model and reviews their relevance in view of the recent pandemic crisis. The changes to the business models are analysed from the point of view financial sustainability, operational efficiency, resiliency towards external shocks and institutional capacity to provide services.

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MFC Barometer of Trends in Microfinance – 2021 Edition

In 2021, the efforts of microfinance institutions focused on recovering to their pre-Covid-19 levels of activities and on building further resilience to the upcoming waves of the pandemic, while at the same time exploring new opportunities and venturing into the new areas of operations. The following is a brief summary

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MFC case studies

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

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MFC Policy Papers

#DigLitBootcamp: GDPR unpacked with Allen & Overy

GDPR unpacked with Allen & Overy 7th November, 10:30 – 11:30 (Warsaw/Amsterdam/Sarajevo) WATCH THIS WEBINAR – see below! This webinar targeted executive management, Board members and other staff/ stakeholders recommended by the CEO, as it will tackle some of the critical issues relating to data protection.  Data protection regulation comes

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MFC Webinars on Digitalisation

Explore Funding Opportunities – Erasmus Plus for MFIs Webinar Series

INTRODUCTION Surprisingly to many, Erasmus+ project might be a great opportunity for Microfinance Institutions, to finance practical training or exchange of experience for their staff. It is as simple as finding another MFI in EU country, and organize a peer exchange, covering spectrum of topics in  environmental sustainability, digital transformation

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Digital Era: A fresh perspective on change 

INTRODUCTION What does it need to become a digital leader in the microfinance space? Apart from introducing the technical infrastructure and effective processes and operations, mindsets must change. This can sometimes be overwhelming. However, with the right approach towards change, half of the work is already done.  Digital Era: A

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MFC Webinars on Covid Response

Crisis Roadmap for Microfinance Institutions: COVID-19 and Beyond

The crisis response roadmap is designed to help MFIs navigate the COVID-19 health pandemic and its economic impact, and to provide guidance on recommended practices that are relevant today and for future crises. Drawing from the industry’s experiences with previous crises, this roadmap guides MFIs through a series of practical steps to

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MFC Member | Erste Group Social Banking – Annual Report

Last year, Erste Group’s Social Banking provided a total of EUR 53 million in loans to starting entrepreneurs, microfinance businesses and social organizations, as well as to people in financial difficulties across CEE. Social Banking financed more than 1,400 clients and helped another 4,600 clients to improve their financial literacy

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Other video and MFC Webinars

#SFV2022 EU Funding for Microfinance and the Social Economy

Our experts discussed overview of current opportunities for MFIs and social enterprise finance providers in terms of EU programmes and initiatives such as InvestEU, SIFTA, fi-compass/AMIF.   This video was recorded during the virtual conference Social Finance Vibe 2022: Towards a Resilient Future, organized by Microfinance Centre on November 9-10.  https://youtu.be/YDN4W7BtBLs

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#SFV2022 Talk with Leaders: Karolina Witeska-Chmielewska, FDPA, Poland

Within Green Inclusive Finance Recognition, The Foundation for the Development of Polish Agriculture (FDPA) has been recognized as a Leader in sustainable agriculture innovation  for the capacity building of farmers in environmentally friendly agriculture. In this video, FDPA shares their experience and examples of initiatives.     This video was recorded

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MFC Tools to be used by Clients

Capacity building needs of social finance providers

MFC aims at building capacity of members and partners for mission driven, sustainable microfinance, concerned with climate protection issues, fostering social and digital inclusion. Over the year 2022, MFC used its interactions with members and partners to map the needs of social finance providers and to identify viable solutions. It

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Webinar: Products and services for SMEs

Date: September 16th, 2022 The webinar present the solutions for micro and small businesses, offered by Mastercard in partnership with financial institutions. MFIs, in search for ready to use digital solutions for their clients, can learn what they need to prepare for in order to utilize the available opportunities. Speakers: 

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Maria Nowak 1935 – 2022

It is with great sadness to inform you of passing of Maria Nowak, the Founder of MFC, at the age of 87. Maria has been called Yunus of microfinance in Europe. She has served at MFC Board for many years, contributing with passion and vision. It is a great loss. 

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Other MFC Tools

Capacity building needs of social finance providers

MFC aims at building capacity of members and partners for mission driven, sustainable microfinance, concerned with climate protection issues, fostering social and digital inclusion. Over the year 2022, MFC used its interactions with members and partners to map the needs of social finance providers and to identify viable solutions. It

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Webinar: Products and services for SMEs

Date: September 16th, 2022 The webinar present the solutions for micro and small businesses, offered by Mastercard in partnership with financial institutions. MFIs, in search for ready to use digital solutions for their clients, can learn what they need to prepare for in order to utilize the available opportunities. Speakers: 

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Maria Nowak 1935 – 2022

It is with great sadness to inform you of passing of Maria Nowak, the Founder of MFC, at the age of 87. Maria has been called Yunus of microfinance in Europe. She has served at MFC Board for many years, contributing with passion and vision. It is a great loss. 

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External publications

Capacity building needs of social finance providers

MFC aims at building capacity of members and partners for mission driven, sustainable microfinance, concerned with climate protection issues, fostering social and digital inclusion. Over the year 2022, MFC used its interactions with members and partners to map the needs of social finance providers and to identify viable solutions. It

Read More »

Webinar: Products and services for SMEs

Date: September 16th, 2022 The webinar present the solutions for micro and small businesses, offered by Mastercard in partnership with financial institutions. MFIs, in search for ready to use digital solutions for their clients, can learn what they need to prepare for in order to utilize the available opportunities. Speakers: 

Read More »

Maria Nowak 1935 – 2022

It is with great sadness to inform you of passing of Maria Nowak, the Founder of MFC, at the age of 87. Maria has been called Yunus of microfinance in Europe. She has served at MFC Board for many years, contributing with passion and vision. It is a great loss. 

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This initiative has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). For further information please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/social/easi