Tag Archives: Access to Finance

Apply for New EIBURS Research Grant “Building the Future of Inclusive Finance: the Role of Fintechs and Digitalisation”

The EIB Institute is launching a new EIBURS sponsorship on the following topic: “Building the future of inclusive finance: the role of Fintechs and digitalisation” Research proposals should contain a strategy to address the following elements: i) the disruptive potential of technological and financial innovation ii) the use of financial innovations (Fintechs) in the inclusive finance sector iii) evidence on the ...

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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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Microfinance in Europe: Survey Report 2016-2017

The 8th edition of the report provides an overview of the development of the sector in terms of its main institutional characteristics, microloan portfolio, and social and financial performance for the period 2016-2017. The Report gives a sound image of the sector’s heterogeneity relating to the institutional model, the size, and the level of specialisation in microlending. The social goals ...

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Between Needs and Availability: The External Financing Gap Indicator

This MFC’s research paper considers the (mis)match between the financing needs of European MSMEs and the perception of availability of external financing. Publisher: Microfinance Centre Authors: Justyna Pytkowska, Piotr Koryński Year: 2018 Download “Between Needs and Availability: The External Financing Gap Indicator” Our question is: how do changes in the perceived need for external financing (and its availability) line up with the patterns ...

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Two New Publications added to the MFC Library!

Have you heard? The MFC Library is your source for all the latest publications on microfinance, financial inclusion, capacity building and other topics connected with FI. MFC specialists keep reviewing thousands of publications and recommend reports, which should not be missed. Today we’ve added two external publications: How Financial Institutions and Fintechs Are Partnering for Inclusion: Lessons from the Frontlines      ...

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EU budget: a new Social Fund and Globalisation Adjustment Fund

For the next long-term EU budget, the European Commission proposes to further strengthen the Union’s social dimension with a renewed European Social Fund, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), and a strengthened and more effective European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). For the period 2021-2027, the European Social Fund Plus would be worth €101.2 billion, and the Globalisation Adjustment Fund €1.6 billion. Both ...

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Social Performance Management in Microfinance: Infographic Report

Social performance management (SPM) refers to the systems that organizations use to achieve their stated social mission. As a part of Microfinance Centres’ ongoing efforts to promote social performance and support to MFC members in SPM implementation, we developed Social Performance Management Report based on data collected from 25 financial institutions, MFC Members from Europe. The Report presents current state of social ...

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Report “Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age” was published by CreditEase, IFC and Stanford University

The report on “Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age” was jointly published by CreditEase, IFC – International Finance Corporation, and Stanford University Graduate School of Business. This report highlights some of the central frictions that prevent greater financial inclusion and financial well-being, and associated technological innovations that are fostering creative new approaches to mitigating these frictions for individuals and small ...

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International Funding for Financial Inclusion: Key Trends and Development by CGAP

  The 2017 edition of CGAP’s annual Cross-Border Funder Survey reports has been released. Funder commitments to financial inclusion reached a historic high of US$37 billion in 2016. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA), which traditionally has been the top-funded region, funding has experienced a decline for the second year in a row. The average commitment in ECA per project ...

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Call for proposals: Entrepreneurial capacity building for young migrants

Organiser: European Commission Deadline: 24.05.2018  Budget: €2,225,000 Eligible applicants: established in one of the 28 EU countries The overall objective of this call is to support the creation, the improvement and the wider distribution of support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs. This call will identify potential entrepreneurs among migrants and raise awareness about entrepreneurship within migrant communities. Specifically, the focus is on: Training courses (e.g. on entrepreneurship, business ...

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