Mission and Vision

Mission

Our mission is to advocate on behalf of the microfinance sector, as well as to facilitate capacity building at European level by promoting transparency, best practice, good governance and research among social purpose organisations who provide financial services to the underserved or who facilitate access to such services.

Vision

We envision a society in which all those who are financially and socially excluded have access to a full range of financial and complementary support services, which empower them to start new ventures, to consolidate existing businesses and to finance personal needs that improve their lives.

EMN Activities

We aim to organise our activities in an efficient and cost-effective manner. In order to do this and to develop and maintain a sustainable and diversified funding base, we also aim to get involved in the elaboration, coordination and/or implementation of other projects and services, thus ensuring that the total costs of delivering our core activities are covered. Nevertheless, our core activities will be focused on the following activities:

Advocacy at European level

Our competitive advantage is our pan-European perspective of the sector, our direct access to MFIs and our close links to the Commission.

We aim to build closer and stronger relations with EU institutions, addressing policy makers, regulators and funders in order to lobby for favourable policies for the development of the sector.

EMN is working towards improving European regulatory framework for microfinance by influencing policy. We will support members by advocating for change and improvements in the national microfinance context, and we will also act as a conduit of information on national and international policy and advocacy.

Capacity Building Facilitation

Our capacity building activities focus on key topics to reinforce the institutional integrity of our members, such as: growth, sustainability, good governance, quality, research and also the transparency of MFIs to increase the impact of microfinance in Europe.

We aim to decentralise the organisation and the execution of our activities as much as possible through our membership by encouraging and facilitating local and regional collaboration and by forming working groups in which members can actively participate and can offer their input into our activities.

EMN will build up its own expertise in capacity building and, while we will not aim to do so with our own implementing / executing training, consultancy and research team, we will lead and coordinate the various opportunities with members.