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FI Campus event, 'Financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the 2014-2020 programming period'

  • 29|11|2017 - 01|12|2017

    fi-compass is pleased to announce the FI Campus event ‘Financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the 2014-2020 programming period’ 

    29 November – 1 December 2017, Brussels.





    FI Campus is a 3-day event for all ESIF financial instruments practitioners from across the EU. It is organised by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and will offer a comprehensive programme, including information sessions and interactive workshops covering:

    • EC Regulatory Guidance for ESIF financial instruments, presented by Commission experts,

    • Case studies sharing experiences of the implementation of ESIF financial instruments 2014-2020 in different Member States and regions for a number of Thematic Objectives, presented by managing authorities and other involved stakeholders,

    • Market practices, e.g. in equity or project development.


    Download the detailed programme ||| Register for the event


    The event language will be English.

    The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace, Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels, Belgium.

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact events@fi-compass.eu

  • EaSI TA Thematic Seminar - Developing your business model and innovating in BDS

  • 16|11|2017 - 30|11|-1

    EaSI TA Thematic Seminar on Mutual Learning

    Developing your business model and innovating in BDS

    Thursday 16th November from 8.30 AM to 3.30 PM

    We are pleased to invite you to the EaSI TA Thematic Seminar on Mutual Learning: “Developing your business model and innovating in BDS”.

    This seminar will take place under the umbrella of the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) of the European Commission.

    The full-day event will take place at Van der Valk Theaterhotel and Qredits in Almelo, Netherlands on Thursday 16th November from 8.30 - 15.30. This event will be led and hosted by Qredits, one of the most mature and sustainable organisations in the European sector.

    Participants will be able to exchange and discuss best practice with Qredits and other greenfield MFIs on the topic of strategy and business models, as well as innovative techniques for business development services.

    The morning session will look closely at Qredits’ own business model which is attracting a lot of interest and participants will also reflect on the unique selling points of their own models. In the afternoon, the focus will shift to Qredits’ use of technology in operations, with two parallel breakout sessions looking at the use of IT systems and also at the development of BDS for MCPs that are looking to embrace technology in their own business models.

    Download the preliminary agenda   |   Register for the seminar

    * Places are limited and so will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

    ** No more than 1 person per organisation.


    This event is organised in the framework of the EaSI TA programme and participation is totally free of charge.

    If you have any questions, please contact Kate Mazoyer

  • Ethical and Sustainable Finance for the future of Europe

  • 08|11|2017 - 30|11|-1



     


    INVITATION

    Ethical and Sustainable Finance for the future of Europe

    8th November, 6.30 p.m - Brussels, European Parliament, Room ASP3H1

    Sustainable and ethically-oriented finance, in addition to microfinance, are engines of growth and development in European countries as has been demonstrated over these years of crisis through its support of employment, welfare and social enterprises. Ethical and sustainable finance could act as tool for the EU to build a more inclusive Europe which is closer to its youth, delivering innovative environmental and social solutions, and highlighting European leadership as the White Paper on the Future of Europe suggests.

    To gain a deeper understanding about this, we are pleased to invite you to the European Parliament on 8th November at 6.30 p.m, where you will be able to learn more about Italian Law on Ethical and Sustainable Finance, setting the stage for discussion on the finance of a better future.

    For more information, please download the description of the event

    To register, please send the following mandatory data to relazioni.istituzionali@bancaetica.com

    ♦ Name and Surname
    ♦ ID card number
    ♦ Date and town of birth

  • Conference "From Crisis management towards everyday practice"

  • 06|11|2017 - 30|11|-1

    The Conference
    From Crisis management towards everyday practice
    co-organized by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee on 6th November 2017, will focus on the lessons from the refugees' integration for future labour market and social policies


    The Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals presented by the European Commission in June 2016 acknowledged that "investing resources and energy in integration policies today will contribute to making Europe a more prosperous, cohesive, and inclusive society in the long run." It also recognised that investing in the integration of refugees and other third country nationals needs not, and should not, be at the expense of measures that benefit other vulnerable or disadvantaged groups or minorities.

    In this regard, addressing the integration of refugees is an integral part of our efforts to modernise and build inclusive social and labour market policies, in order to offer meaningful opportunities for all to participate in society and the economy.

    The goal of this Conference is then twofold:

    (i) to take stock of the societal response and the major refugee-related policy developments at EU, national, regional and local level on labour market and social integration and determine what are the lessons learned;

    (ii) to discuss whether and how these developments and know-how change the way and means to address other challenges across EU societies and labour markets; and whether we can transform these short-term solutions into long-term gains for our society and our economy.

    The event will take place in the Economic and Social Committee (Rue Belliard 99-101 – 1000 Brussels). Please find attached a draft programme.

    Further information on registration in the following link

  • EaSI TA Thematic Seminar on Mutual Learning: Product Development & Distribution Channels in Rural Areas

  • 19|10|2017 - 30|11|-1

    EaSI TA Thematic Seminar on Mutual Learning

    Product Development & Distribution Channels in Rural Areas

    Thursday 19th October from 10 AM to 4 PM


    We are pleased to invite you to the EaSI TA Thematic Seminar for Mutual Learning on Product Development & Distribution Channels in Rural Areas. This seminar will take place under the umbrella of the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) of the European Commission.

    The full-day event will take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest, Romania, on Thursday 19th October from 10 AM to 4 PM.

    This event will be hosted by Patria Credit, a leading and experienced microfinance institution in Romania serving mainly rural population.

    The aim of this seminar is to promote best practices in the European microcredit sector and will focus on innovation in product development, design, and distribution in the context of rural areas.

    Participants will be able to learn from the good practices of Adie, which has over 25 years of experience in responding to the evolving needs of customers and in developing its customer base, and from the host of the event, Patria Credit.

    This seminar is targeted at Microfinance Institutions that are already working with clients in rural areas or those who are looking to innovate in rural areas.

    Download the preliminary agenda   |   Register for the seminar

    * Places are limited and so will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

    ** No more than 1 person per organisation.


    This event is organised in the framework of the EaSI TA programme and participation is totally free of charge.

    If you have any questions, please contact Kate Mazoyer

  • Third annual EU conference on financial instruments under the European Fund for Agriculture and Rural Development (EAFRD)

  • 10|10|2017 - 30|11|-1


    10 October 2017 in Paris

    The aim of the event is to raise awareness about how financial instruments can help deliver the objectives of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), especially in the fields of agriculture, agri-food, forestry and rural entrepreneurship.

    At least 3 good reasons to attend the conference:

    - A learning curve on financial instruments under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) as steep as the Eiffel tower;

    - A topic as current as the latest Paris haute couture fashion shows;

    - A platform to exchange with your peers, as inspiring as a visit to the Louvre.

    This conference is the event of the year for all stakeholders interested in EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development.

    For more good reasons to participate, check out the conference programme (English language version) and register until Tuesday, 3 October 2017:

    Event programme   |   Register

    The French language version of the conference programme is available here.

    The main language of the event will be English; simultaneous interpretation to and from French, English, German, Italian and Spanish will be provided.

    Whom will you meet at the conference?

    This fi-compass EAFRD conference targets especially:

    - Representatives of EU Member States and regions dealing with agriculture and rural development;

    - EAFRD managing authorities;

    - Representatives of the agricultural, forestry and agribusiness sector;

    - Financial institutions directly involved in the design, implementation and promotion of financial instruments as well as their associations;

    - Other European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) managing authorities and bodies managing or implementing financial instruments under other ESI Funds;

    - Representatives of Local Action Groups; and, if capacity allows,

    - Other actors supporting the implementation of financial instruments.

    Do not miss the opportunity to participate in this unique event that will bring together EAFRD financial instruments practitioners from across the EU Member States!

  • 08|10|2017 - 30|11|-1

    INVITATION

    Ethical and Sustainable Finance for the future of Europe

    8th November, 6.30 p.m - Brussels, European Parliament, Room ASP3H1

    Sustainable and ethically-oriented finance, in addition to microfinance, are engines of growth and development in European countries as has been demonstrated over these years of crisis through its support of employment, welfare and social enterprises. Ethical and sustainable finance could act as tool for the EU to build a more inclusive Europe which is closer to its youth, delivering innovative environmental and social solutions, and highlighting European leadership as the White Paper on the Future of Europe suggests.

    To gain a deeper understanding about this, we are pleased to invite you to the European Parliament on 8th November at 6.30 p.m, where you will be able to learn more about Italian Law on Ethical and Sustainable Finance, setting the stage for discussion on the finance of a better future.

    For more information, download the attached document.

     

    To register, please send the following mandatory data to relazioni.istituzionali@bancaetica.com

    • Name and Surname
    • ID card number
    • Date and town of birth

  • Alternative Finance Forum - Fintech, Social Finance and more

  • 05|10|2017 - 30|11|-1



    Since the global financial crisis, alternative finance, which includes financial instruments and distributive channels that emerge outside of the traditional financial system, has thrived in the US, Europe and Asia. The rise of disruptive technology and microfinance is helping many alternative finance institutions challenge the current financial landscape. However, questions arise to what extent further development of the sector is desired and what are the risks associated with such growth dynamics. The issue of regulatory under-reach or over-reach comes to the fore of the policy debates. 

    The Forum will gather alternative finance experts, practitioners, policy makers, regulators and researchers. The discussion will explore the opportunities for expanding access, equity and gender balance in support of social and economic progress.


    Check out the agenda for the event and submit registration in the following link: alternativefinanceforum.com

  • fi-compass workshop 'ESF financial instruments supporting social inclusion in the 2014-2020 programming period'

  • 03|10|2017 - 30|11|-1





    fi-compass
    is pleased to announce a thematic workshop ESF financial instruments supporting social inclusion in the 2014-2020 programming period taking place on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 in Madrid.


    This is the second in a series of fi-compass workshops on financial instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF) supporting specific thematic objectives and sectors.

    The detailed workshop programme and a link for registration are available here:

    Workshop programme   |   Register


    Online registration will be open until Wednesday, 27 September 2017. We suggest applying as soon as possible. Participant numbers will be limited to encourage peer-to-peer interaction.

    Objectives

    The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Member States and to exchange on a peer-to-peer basis on implementing ESF financial instruments to support social inclusion in the 2014-2020 programming period.

    During the workshop, experts will take participants through the different phases of the life cycle when designing and implementing financial instruments supporting social inclusion, based on the case studies:

    - National Fund for Social Entrepreneurship, Poland, and

    - ESF contribution to EaSI financial instrument implementing under Article 38.1(a) in Comunidad de Madrid, Spain.

    Audience

    This full day practical workshop is designed especially for ESF managing authorities and other stakeholders from all EU Member States directly involved in the design, set-up and implementation of financial instruments supporting social inclusion.

    The main language of the workshop will be English. Interpretation between English and Spanish will be available.

  • Convergences World Forum

  • 04|09|2017 - 05|09|2017

    The Convergences World Forum will celebrate its 10th edition on the theme "Together, let's innovate for a world of zero exclusion, zero carbon and zero poverty!". The event will take place on 4th and 5th September, 2017, at the Palais Brongniart in Paris.

    Since its launch in 2008, the Convergences World Forum has become a key event for all the professionals who seek innovative solutions to fight poverty in the world. The Forum offers experts and decision-makers a space for learning, networking and high level sharing to build answers together to the social and environmental challenges both in northern and southern countries. Every year, the Convergences World Forum is the culmination of the work of the Convergences platform for thought and gathers more than 7000 attendees in Paris.


    WHEN: 4th and 5th September 2017

    WHERE: Palais Brongniart, Paris - FRANCE


    Find more information about the event and the Call for Contributions on Convergences website.

  • Public hearing on sustainable finance

  • 18|07|2017 - 30|11|-1

    At the end of 2016, the European Commission established a High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance to help develop a comprehensive, overarching EU strategy on sustainable finance. After six months of intensive work, the Expert Group has summarized first results and policy options in its Interim Report which will be published on 10 July 2017.

    The Public Hearing will allow stakeholders to provide feedback to the European Commission and the High-Level Expert Group on barriers to and possible solutions for increasing sustainable finance, and ways to establish a more sustainable financial system.


    WHEN: 18 July 2017, 8.30 (CEST)

    WHERE: Rue de la Loi, 170, Charlemagne building, Room Alcide de Gasperi, 1040 Brussels, Belgium


    More information and registration here.

  • Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy

  • 10|07|2017 - 14|07|2017

    The 2017 Frankfurt Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance (CSEF) Summer Academy offers participants the chance to take a lead role in the climate finance story; including core coursework on the links between public and private sector finance, the impact of recent international climate negotiations, and policies and sources of financing to scale up and unlock climate finance.

    This course will take place on 10 - 14 July 2017 in Germany.

    Registration is open until 7th of May.

    Find all the information on Frankfurt School website.


    Find out more about The Micro, SME & Housing Finance Summer Academy.

  • The Micro, SME & Housing Finance Summer Academy

  • 03|07|2017 - 07|07|2017

    For more than 50 years, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management has been a leading Business School in providing professional academic and executive education to managers and executives of financial institutions.

    The 2017 Micro, SME & Housing Finance Summer Academy seeks to equip participants with profound technical know-how in one of four possible elective subjects (Risk and financial management, SME banking, rural finance and housing finance), leadership and negotiation skills and a good understanding of current trends in the community.

    This programme is aimed at managers of microfinance & housing finance institutions focusing on SME or agricultural clients, commercial banks active in microfinance, transformed MFIs, or microinvestment funds.

    This course will take place on 3 - 7 July 2017 in Germany.

    Registration is open until 1st of May.

    Find all the information on Frankfurt School website.


    Find out more about the Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy.

  • 5th European Microfinance Research Conference

  • 12|06|2017 - 14|06|2017


    The European Microfinance Research Conference is one of the primary meeting places for academic researchers working on microfinance and financial inclusion. The objective of the 5th European Microfinance Research Conference is to draw together ideas from Europe and beyond which tackle the inclusion problem. The main theme of the Conference is ‘Microfinance and Financial Inclusion’.

    12-14 June 2017, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

    Find more information about this conference on University of Portsmouth's website.

  • Financing the Social Economy in a globalized context: today & tomorrow

  • 30|05|2017 - 30|11|-1


    Ethical and solidarity finance institutions are historically committed to the support of the social economy and its actors. Within the context of a transforming society, the conference will discuss how ethical finance actors can deepen their commitment in this field and act as changemakers, balancing the engagement towards local communities and the need to act in a more and more globally interconnected society.

    This conference is organised by FEBEA (European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers), INAISE (International Association of Investors in the Social Economy) and TISE SA.

    WHEN: 30th May 2017

    WHERE: Klub Bankowca, ul. Smolna 6 - Warsaw, POLAND

    Register here.

  • 20th MFC Annual Conference

  • 24|05|2017 - 26|05|2017

    Horizon 2037: Fair finance for all

    The MFC will turn 20 this year, and therefore they are organising the MFC 20th annual conference to celebrate their landmark anniversary. This event will be titled “Horizon 2037: Fair Finance for All”, and it will be held in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which boasts the most dynamic European microfinance sector and which will celebrate its own 20th anniversary — of the founding of the first microfinance institutions in Bosnia. To mark this significant milestone, the conference program will feature renowned thinkers, experts and special guests that were involved with setting up the sector in the 1990s.

    This event will give the opportunity to discuss how major sector developments over the past two decades will serve the microfinance sector in the next two decades. In particular, the discussion will focus on how technology is transforming financial systems, disrupting traditional banking and the foundations of its current social structures — including the role of governments. It will consider the implications of the digital revolution and how microfinance institutions can be pro-active in embracing and leveraging technology to provide valuable opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and social enterprises.

    Early bird registration: 20 February - 31 March 2017
     

    WHEN: 24-26 May 2017

    WHERE: Hotel Hills, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina


    For more information and registration visit the MFC Annual Conference website.

  • ESF Financial instruments supporting self-employment and entrepreneurship

  • 18|05|2017 - 30|11|-1

    fi-compass is organising the workshop 'ESF Financial instruments supporting self-employment and entrepreneurship (Thematic Objective 8) in the 2014-2020 programming period' which will take place on 18th May in Vienna, Austria. This event is part of the series of fi-compass workshops on financial instruments for ESI Funds that support specific thematic objectives and sectors.

    The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Member States and to exchange on a peer-to-peer basis on implementing financial instruments to support Thematic Objective 8 ‘Promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility’ (TO 8) in the 2014-2020 programming period.

    This full day practical workshop is designed especially for ESF managing authorities and other stakeholders from all EU Member States directly involved in the design, set-up and implementation of financial instruments related to TO 8.

    The main language of the workshop will be English. Interpretation between English and Italian will be available.

    WHEN: 18th May 2017

    WHERE: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, Praterstrasse 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria


    Online registration will be open until Friday, 12 May 2017.

  • 'Save as you borrow' Webinar

  • 12|05|2017 - 30|11|-1

    Join the upcoming webinar 'Save as you borrow' with Paul Jones (UK) - Head of Research Unit for Financial Inclusion, Liverpool John Moores University; Didier Gillet from French MFI, Parcours Confiance (MFI) and Olivier Jérusalmy (BE) from European Financial Inclusion Network to discuss how savings habits are created when customers are expected to save while they borrow.


    WHEN: 12 May - 11:00 CET
     

    Access the Webinar here. Previous registration is not needed.

  • SPTF webinar: PerMicro on Lending to Migrants

  • 11|05|2017 - 30|11|-1


    The SPTF Refugee Microfinance Working Group presents a webinar with PerMicro (Italy), who will share their experience of lending to migrants. Featured speakers will be Edoardo Scalco and Andrea Limone of PerMicro. The webinar will also share with participants research from Microfinanza on the financial inclusion of refugees.

    WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time)

    Access the webinar here.

  • Business Model Canvas Workshop

  • 04|05|2017 - 30|11|-1

    Microstart, in partnership with The Levi Strauss Foundation, is organising a workshop on Business Model Canvas on the 4th of May in Brussels. This workshop is intended for those who have an idea or business project and who need guidance on how to implement it.

    WHEN: 4th May 2017, 9h - 13h

    WHERE: microStart, Rue de Fiennes, 77 à Anderlecht (Belgium)

    If you wish to attend this workshop, register here (please note this workshop will be conducted in French).

  • Responsible Finance Conference 2017

  • 28|03|2017 - 29|03|2017


     

    Responsible Finance 2017 is the annual gathering for those working for a fair and responsible finance industry.

    This conference will consider the challenges and opportunities that Brexit and the Government’s new industrial strategy will present for those providing access to fair and responsible finance. The discussions will focus on the importance of financial inclusion and financial literacy for economic growth, at a national and local level, and how the current funding, political and regulatory environment is influencing the supply and demand for finance.

    This year’s conference will feature many practical sessions as well as introductions to new responsible finance models, partnerships and strategies. The list of guest speakers continues to grow, as it brings fresh perspectives from around the globe, expertise from within the industry and views from some rising stars. Once again the conference will feature the Citi Microentrepreneurship awards.

    EMN will take part in one of the conference's workshops.

    This event will take place on 28 - 29 March 2017 at Cardiff Marriott Hotel (UK).

    Registration to this event is now open. Get your early bird tickets before 3rd February.

    Visit Responsible Finance website for more information.

  • European Money Week

  • 27|03|2017 - 31|03|2017


    European Money Week is a joint initiative by European banking associations that aims to raise public awareness on financial literacy and improving financial education for students from elementary and secondary schools. The week consists of a series of events in the participating countries and at a European level.

    When: 27 - 31 March 2017

    There will be plenty of events taking place all over Europe. Check European Money Week website for a detailed agenda.

    EMN Vice-President, Dominique de Crayencour, will be a panellist at the kick-off event in Brussels, on 27th March.

  • La Semaine du Microcredit

  • 20|03|2017 - 24|03|2017

    La Semaine du Microcredit (Microcredit Week) will take place all around Belgium between 20-24 March 2017. This week full of different activities is organised by EMN members microStart and Hefboom. This event aims to encourage those who have projects in mind to start and develop those projects.


    20 - 24 March 2017

    Belgium


    Visit La Semaine du Microcredit website for more information (only in French and Dutch).

  • Commercialisation of Social Enterprises MOOC

  • 27|02|2017 - 30|11|-1


    The Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is partnering with EMN and e-MFP for its new MOOC on "The commercialisation of social enterprises: Stemming the tide of mission drift". Jorge Ramírez, EMN General Manager, will be a guest-speaker at this online course. The MOOC will be led by the ULB professor Marek Hudon.

    This MOOC will offer new insights on the issue of commercialisation or marketisation of social enterprises, the trend to make social enterprises more commercial or the turn to market-led techniques, funding or governance. The course will address two main issues related to this commercialisation trend. First, how commercialisation affects the management and operations of social enterprise. Second, which avenues could or should be used to avoid mission drift.

    The free 5 week course includes a total of 12-15 hours of content from a wide range of leading academic and practitioners in social enterprise and microfinance.

    The course starts on February 27th 2017.

    Find all the information about this MOOC and register here.

  • ADIE FESTIVAL

  • 30|01|2017 - 03|02|2017


    If you are in France, we are sure you do not want to miss ADIE FESTIVAL. Due to ADIE's Microfinance Week, which is taking place from 30th January to 3rd of February, they are organising a festival with the objective of helping people to start their own company or to make their business grow.

    They will hold a Conference in Paris on the 31st of January, more than 300 practical workshops all around France and free web conferences.

    Find all the information about the event and how to register on ADIE FESTIVAL's website.

  • EaSI TA Workshop: Measures Supporting Microcredit for Credit Guarantee Institutions

  • 18|01|2017 - 30|11|-1


    The Italian Microfinance Network (RITMI), in partnership with MicroFinanza Rating and the Galileo Network, has the pleasure to invite you to an upcoming workshop on the Measures supporting Microcredit for Credit Guarantee Institutions. This workshop will take place in the scope of EaSI Technical Assistance, which is in turn part of the Employment and Social Innovation Programme, an EU level financing instrument.

    The workshop is targeted at the consortium of Italian Credit Guaranee Institutions (Confidi) and the aim is to raise awareness amongst the Confidi of European initiatives for microcredit, like EaSI TA. Representatives from the European Institutions, from Italian banks and from microcredit providers will also attend the workshop.

    The event will also serve as an opportunity to discuss the challenges that are currently being faced by the Italian microfinance sector. The peaks in the level of unemployment, poverty and financial exclusion affect specific regions and people (young people, women, migrants and over 50s) and this thus requires a prompt and widespread response in terms of scale and target. As a consequence of the most recent changes in the regulatory framework for microfinance in Italy, new players have come onto the scene. The objective of the workshop is also to facilitate the development of the sector and to involve new potential actors in the microfinance market so as to be able to face these challenges.

    Download the programme and the registration form (IT). This workshop will be in Italian, no interpreting will be provided.

    18 January 2017
    Sala Donzelli, Camera di Commercio di Milano, Piazza dei Mercanti, Milan, Italy

  • WE FINANCE MICRO!

  • 21|12|2016 - 30|11|-1

    EU financial instruments for micro enterprises in Poland

    This event is organised by the Polish Ministry of Economic Development and the National Contact Point for EU Financial Instruments of the European Union. The main objective of the event is to promote and encourage Polish enterprises to invest and grow their businesses utilising foreign resources in this context – the available EU Framework Programs.

    This meeting is planned as a plenary & workshop type conference aiming to create an opportunity for enterprises, institutions and organisations to acquire new information, network directly with public and financial operators as well as sharing the experience and best practices.

    21st, December 2016, at. 11:00h

    Ministry of Economy Development, Aula Kinowa, Warszawa, ul. Wspólna 2/4

    The event will be live streamed here.

  • MFC Webinar: Converging path in Eastern and Western European Microfinance

  • 19|12|2016 - 30|11|-1


    The webinar will present the findings from the EMN-MFC Survey 2014-15 with a special focus on the similarities and differences between microfinance providers operating in Eastern and Western Europe.

    You can read the EMN-MFC Survey Report 2014-2015 here

    19th December 2016 at 11:00am CET

    Access the webinar on this link.

  • Microfinance Lunch Break: Islamic Microfinance

  • 13|12|2016 - 30|11|-1


    Islamic microfinance. A solution to expand financial inclusion?

    The Microfinance Lunch Break is a biannual event in Brussels to keep the financial sector in Belgium up to date with news from the world of microfinance and microinsurance.

    On 13th December the discussion will focus on Islamic microfinance. Mohammed Kroessin, Head of Global Islamic Microfinance Unit, Islamic Relief Worldwide UK, and Fadoua Boudiba, Senior Investment Officer for MENA and Africa, Triodos, Netherlands will discuss about the development and the contribution of the Islamic microfinance to the financial inclusion. The speakers will explain the main principles of the Islamic microfinance, as well as challenges it copes with today and the opportunities of its expansion. They’ll also explain how the sector adapt the social performances standards, woman empowerment and rural development.

    13th December 2016 at 12 p.m. Auditorium of KBC, Havenlaan 2, 1080 Brussels

    More information about the event.

    To register please click here.

  • European Microfinance Week | 16 - 18 November

  • 16|11|2016 - 18|11|2016

    The European Microfinance Week (EMW) is a major annual event for the microfinance industry, hosting high-level and in-depth discussions by all sectors of the European microfinance community working in developing countries. EMW welcomes over 400 top professionals in the microfinance industry each year from several dozen countries to share ideas, innovation and best practice. For a flavour of European Microfinance Week, check out last year's event here.

    As always, the EMW promises a stimulating programme which will include a fantastic line-up of plenary sessions: 'Microfinance and Access to Education'; 'Microfinance and Housing, One Brick at a Time'; and 'Digital Finance: Full Inclusion or Empty Promise?'. In addition, workshops with leading speakers on such diverse topics as green microfinance, microinsurance, risk management, rural finance, social performance, investments, remittances and financial education will also feature.

    Interested in sponsoring EMW 2016 and positioning your organisation at the forefront of the inclusive finance sector? See the attractive sponsorship packages here. The e-MFP Secretariat would be happy to discuss the opportunities available, contact@e-mfp.eu

    Consult the programme and register via the EMW website.

  • 12th EVPA Annual Conference

  • 03|11|2016 - 04|11|2016




    Good speakers, Good topics. Great networking opportunities.

    Are you interested in building sustainable non-profits and social enterprises? Are you curious about cross-border philanthropy and investment, scalable societal impact or green bonds? Would you like to work with government or corporations to find effective solutions to persistent societal problems? In that case, you will be interested in this year’s EVPA annual conference.

    Themed “Moving beyond Boundaries,” the event will be a platform to think about how to build and grow the European Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment sector, but also to learn about the latest in innovative financing models, impact measurement and capacity building.

    The Conference is like a big family dinner, where you have the opportunity to network and listen to family members sharing their knowledge and experiences. 

    Have a look at the programme and join EVPA in Paris on 3 & 4 November 2016.

    More information on the conference and registration

  • CoopEst 10th Anniversary

  • 20|10|2016 - 30|11|-1

    CoopEst is proud to invite you to the celebration of its 10th anniversary which will be a special opportunity to reflect on the past and inspire the future perspectives for financial and social inclusion based on the CoopEst experience and lessons learned on the 10-year long journey.

    Microfinance in Europe has long been recognised as a relevant tool to reduce social and financial exclusion. The provision of financial and non-financial services has helped thousands of underserved European citizens to create their own workplace, to improve the well-being of their families and to create jobs for others.

    Over the last 10 years CoopEst has marked its presence financing socially-rooted financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, enabling them to serve those excluded from mainstream finance.

    Recently CoopEst also opened new ways to enhance financial support to deprived populations.

    Download the agenda for more information about the event and how to confirm your attendance.

    20 October 2016

    Hotel Sofitel Europe, Place Jourdan, 1040, Brussels

    The event will also take place in the framework of the 2nd European Microfinance Day

  • Third European Microfinance Forum

  • 19|10|2016 - 21|10|2016





    The 3rd European Microfinance Forum (3rd EMF) will provide public institutions, private sector operators and non-profit organizations with a new opportunity to debate and share views from their various qualified perspectives on economic and social development and credit access.

    The 3rd EMF, based on all of the participants’ contribution, pursues three main aims:  (i) to contribute to developing and implementing European public policies aimed at supporting economic micro operators, enhancing public-private partnership; (ii) to spread national and international best practices; (iii) to be a networking opportunity.

    During the event there will be 15 workshops, 3 round tables that will include the participation of the National and Regional Structural Funds’ Managing Authorities, a meeting of the Ambassadors during which there will be the presentation of models of development cooperation for Microfinance, and many other activities.

    In addition, for the first time, within the Forum the “European Day of Financial Education” will be held, with the attendance of more than a thousand youths from Italian and European schools and with online connection with several other foreign schools.

    The programme for the “European Day of Financial Education” will also include the award ceremony for the best project for the contest “What enterprise guys!”, a competition organized as part of the paths of alternating school and work of Feduf, and the launch of the “Contest for start-up development” for 2016-2017 to support youths with microcredit in the development of their innovative business ideas.


    Location: Teatro Italia, via Bari 18, Rome

    Organised by: Italian Government Agency for Microcredit

    With the Patronage of: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Commission, European Investment Fund

    Find out more information on the event and registration: http://www.microcredito.gov.it/mff

  • Microfinance a tool for empowering people - Banca Etica

  • 19|10|2016 - 30|11|-1

    In the framework of the 2nd European Microfinance Day, Banca Popolare Etica is organising a conference entitled "Microfinance a tool for empowering people”. The event will bring together international, EU and national representatives from public authorities, financial sectors, social investors, NGOs and civil society to explore and discuss the role of microfinance in empowering people. Initiatives and best practices developed over the years in the world will be presented during the conference.

    Download the agenda.

    19th October at 11.00 a.m.
    Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
    Conferenze Internazionali, Conference room - Piazzale della Farnesina 1

  • Save the date! Webinar on the European Code of Conduct

  • 19|10|2016 - 30|11|-1

    Join the Microfinance Centre's webinar on the European Code of Conduct – lessons learnt from implementation. This webinar will be conducted in English on 19th October at 10.00 am CET.

    The webinar will discuss how effectively institutions can conduct self-evaluation and what are the most challenging clauses and solutions. Technical resources addressing the most common gaps will also be presented.

    Join the webinar here.

    Listen again to the previous webinar on job creation in the EU here

    Mark your diaries!

  • Training for NGOs on how to access EU Funds

  • 05|10|2016 - 30|11|-1

    Financing opportunities for NGOs through European Programmes 2014-2020

    The EIB Institute is organising a new session of its training course targeting NGOs and showing them how to access EU funds.

    The course will take place on the Bank’s premises on 5 October 2016. It is aimed at EIB staff who are currently involved in social activities (in NGOs, voluntary organisations, etc.) and other participants from Luxembourg and the Greater Region and designed to help them access EU funds, with topics ranging from identifying available sources to preparing a dossier to request financing. At the end of the course the participants should have a good knowledge of how to access available EU funds.

    Please click here for more details or download the programme here.

    To register please email events.eibinstitute@eib.org, including a brief background of how you are involved with an NGO or the voluntary sector.

  • Financial Inclusion through Microfinance

  • 22|09|2016 - 23|09|2016


    Financial Inclusion through Microfinance

    on 22-23 September 2016, at 10 AM | Hotel Marriott, Skopje


    The Alliance of Microfinance organizations is organizing this regional forum in cooperation with Savings house Moznosti, Savings house FULM, Microcredit foundation Horizonti and the Macedonian Enterprise Development Foundation, with the support of the USAID’ Microfinance Innovation and Inclusion Project.

    The Alliance of Microfinance organizations is an association of the leading non-banking microfinance organizations in the country aiming to lead the process of strengthening Microfinance and contribute to improved access to finance in the society.

    At the forum, there will have the opportunity to discuss different topics:

    > The key role of Microfinance in increasing financial inclusion

    > Innovative approaches in providing better access to finance

    > The current situation with Microfinance in the region, challenges and opportunities

    > The regulatory environment for Microfinance

    > Access to EU funding for microfinance

    The event will also bring together

    > Microfinance networks

    > Non-banking financial institutions in the field of Microfinance

    > The Regulatory institutions

    > Experienced experts from our country and the region

    > Donor community representatives

    Share your opinions and experiences and contribute to the process of financial inclusion through microfinance!

    Please, confirm your attendance on the mail-address: info@mfo.mk

  • 9th edition of the Convergences World Forum

  • 05|09|2016 - 07|09|2016




    Registration is now open for the 9th edition of the Convergences World Forum. The 2016 World Forum, focusing on “Managing the transition towards sustainable cities and territories” will take place on 5th, 6th and 7th September 2016 in Paris. Several booking options are possible depending on your business sector and your work situation and subject to the presentation of documentary proof.

    Experts and actors from the private, public and solidarity-based sectors will gather to share, debate and reflect around three themes:

    - Towards sustainable cities and territories

    - Meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals

    - An economy serving the Common Good

    Join for 3 days of exchanges and co-construction including 50 events, 350 speakers and 8000 experts!


    More information

  • 19th MFC Annual Conference "Microfinance in the Cloud"

  • 23|06|2016 - 24|06|2016

    MFC Annual Conference: “Microfinance in the Cloud”
    23-24 June 2016, Tirana International Hotel

    The Microfinance Sector cordially invites you to participate in the 19th MFC annual conference entitled: “Microfinance in the Cloud”. This event will be held in Albania, which boasts a very dynamic and well-functioning microfinance sector. The conference will be held in partnership with the Albanian Microfinance Association (AMA).

    The over-arching conference theme considers the space that microfinance could occupy if it fully embraces new technology, or the detachment it will suffer if it does not. But is it really a simple binary choice between technology and tradition? Can we find a “third way” to maintain the unique value of microfinance within the digital world? What does a microfinance institution need to go digital, and what are the risks? This conference will be a key platform to debate the trade-offs, make the case for digital, and critically examine what aspects of traditional service delivery we need to preserve. Importantly, we’ll do all of this by putting the experience of real institutions under the microscope.

    To find out more and to register online please visit the conference website.

    Early bird registration closes on 29 April 2016 – so don’t delay!

  • 24th European Social Services Conference - The Future is Local

  • 20|06|2016 - 22|06|2016

    The 24th European Social Services Conference (ESSC) will explore how public services can collaborate more effectively with local communities and their citizens in combatting poverty and social exclusion.

    The ESSC is organised by the European Social Network (ESN) in cooperation with the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is attended by international delegates from all levels of government, private sector companies and third sector organisations dedicated to improving people’s lives.

    Promoting the economic and social development of local communities is at the heart of the mission of social services. In the Netherlands – as elsewhere in Europe and globally – despite the encouraging signs of renewed economic activity, the future remains challenging for all those who rely on and provide local public services. With continued pressure on public finances, inequality, persistent poverty and divided communities remain a common challenge across Europe.

    Find out more & consult the programme here | Register now

    Where? The World Forum. The Hague, The Netherlands
    When? 20-22 June 2016

  • Save the date! Inclusive finance for employment and social innovation

  • 06|06|2016 - 30|11|-1

    EIB Stakeholder Engagement Workshop, Monday 6 June 2016, Brussels

    Wondering how to support professional and social inclusion within the European Union despite public and private investment shortage?

    Join EIB Group (European investment Bank and European Investment Fund) experts, beneficiaries and financial intermediaries to discuss the numerous innovative solutions developed, often in partnership with the European Commission.

    Since the global economic and financial crisis, the EU has been suffering from low levels of investment. Collective and coordinated efforts at European level are needed to put Europe on the path to an inclusive recovery. The EIB Group (European investment Bank and the European Investment Fund) – often in partnership with the European Commission – is playing a leading role in addressing this issue by developing innovative responses. These financial and technical solutions contribute to supporting entrepreneurship, youth employment and the development of businesses with high social impact.

    A more detailed agenda will be available shortly.

    In the meantime, please register your place here or visit the EIB website here for more information.

    Time: 10.00 to 12.30 + sandwich lunch
    Location: EIB Brussels office,
                  Rond-Point Robert Schuman, 6
                  B-1040 Bruxelles / Brussels
    Language: English
    Contact:  Valérie Karcher

  • Save the date! Next SPI4 webinar: Operations through social performance lenses

  • 28|04|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The SP Fund team is pleased to invite you to the next webinar, focusing on social performance indicators related to operations. This event will take place on 28 April (English and Spanish) and on 4 May (Russian).

    If you are a network representative, operations manager or credit analyst – this webinar is for you! The webinar will explain the indicators related to operations and how to use that information for different reporting and performance management applications. It will also present examples of good practice.

    Webinar dates and times are as follows:

    English: 28 April 9.30 am CET. Please join by Webex by using this link


    Spanish: 28 April 4.00 pm CET, Please join by Webex by using this link


    Russian: 4 May 9.30 am CET. Please join by Webex by using this link

  • BRS invites you to the Microfinance Lunch Break on 27th April

  • 27|04|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The Microfinance Lunch Break is a biannual event in Brussels to keep the financial sector in Belgium up to date with news from the world of microfinance and microinsurance.

    When Michael Joseph talks about mobile money, you should listen. Michael will share his vision on financial inclusion and how mobile technology is creating new opportunities to provide services at the bottom of the pyramid.

    Michael Joseph is currently employed by Vodafone Group Services Limited as the Director of Mobile Money and is responsible for leading the strategic growth and development of the successful M-PESA proposition across the Vodafone footprint. He was one of the first World Bank Fellows, appointed in March 2011 to advise Governments, Regulators and other institutions on Mobile Money and other ICT initiatives. Previously, Michael was the founding CEO of Safaricom Limited, steering the company from a subscriber base of less than 18,000 in 2000 to over 17 million subscribers at his retirement in November 2010.

    After the success of the mobile payment service and its introduction in Asia and Europe, the sky seems to be the limit with new services such as savings, borrowings and micro-insurance. Do banks, microfinance institutions and micro-insurers have to be concerned of being made redundant? Or should they rather embrace this (r)evolution and look for new partnerships to increase their outreach and create value for their clients?

    27th April 2016 at 12.00 p.m.
    Auditorium of KBC, Havenlaan 2, 1080 Brussels

    Find out more and register now

  • Microfinance Insight Forum 17

  • 05|04|2016 - 30|11|-1


    Microfinance Insight Forum 17
    Crowds, Engagement and Control
    Modalities of funders support gathering and management in Internet based crowdfunding campaigns and crowdfunding business ecosystems

    Location: ESC Dijon, 29 rue Sambin, 21000 Dijon, France
    Date and time: Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 9a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Inquiries can be addressed to: mathieu-claude.chaboud@escdijon.eu

    This one-day roundtable, workshop and paper presentation mini conference will be centered around questions on the summoning and management, in various phases, of crowd support in crowdfunding project. It will notably include the impact of the massive use of information technologies in this context and the design of campaigns as well as their outcomes, including modalities of control of the campaigns and ventures.

    The goal of this one day mini-conference is to confront practices and research to guide future crowdfunding operations, businesses and entrepreneurs in their engagement and management of funders inside these business ecosystems. The day will be organised in two parts, a public event in the morning and an academic paper presentation followed by a researcher/practitioner meeting workshop in the afternoon.

    Organised by the Burgundy School of Business – Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comté, ESC Dijon-CEREN, Banque Populaire Chair in Microfinance

    No conference fee, lunch and coffee are offered by the Banque Populaire Chair of Microfinance, upon availability, for presenters, discussants and participants, provided they let the organisers know in advance, for administrative reasons.

    Consult the event programme | Visit the website here | Discover the Call for Papers

  • Save the date! Next SPI4 webinar: Marketing and product development through SP lenses

  • 24|03|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The SP Fund team is pleased to invite you to the next webinar, focusing on social performance indicators related to marketing and product development. This event will take place on 24 March (English and Spanish) and on 29 March (Russian).

    If you are a network representative, MFI Marketing or/and product development manager or credit analyst – this webinar is for you! The webinar will explain the indicators related to marketing, product development, and how to use that information for different reporting and performance management applications. It will also present examples of good practice.

    Webinar dates and times are as follows:

    English: 24 March 9.30 am CET. Please join by Webex by using this link


    Spanish: 24 March 4.00 pm CET, Please join by Webex by using this link


    Russian: 29 March 9.30 am CET. Please join by Webex by using this link

  • The 12th Annual Global Microfinance Forum

  • 17|03|2016 - 18|03|2016

    Successfully attracting funding whilst developing and distributing new products and services for maximum competitiveness

    17th & 18th March 2016 | Berlin, Germany | A UNIGLOBAL Event

    At present, Microfinance is facing significant changes: new products are being developed and launched by MFIs ; more and more traditional financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions are getting involved in microfinance; local authorities are developing and tuning up regulations in order to facilitate and speed up further financial sector development. Moreover, microfinance is seen as a reliable sector for private equity investments.

    The conference covers a very versatile range of topics, which makes this conference appealing to MFIs and banks, as well as private investors and developing organizations. As a backbone of speakers, there are the largest private and public investors in microfinance, commercial banks and developing organizations from all over the world.

    Key Topics

    • Global Trends: How do regional opportunities differ?
    • An insight into innovative features of Microfinance
    • Funding and Funders - Microfinance from investors perspective
    • Management capabilities in MFIS to diversify their funding
    • Beyond Microfinance: Financing SMES to fuel faster development
    • Green Microfinance: A solution for access to essential services?
    • MFIS challenges to use credit scoring
    • Raising client awareness and knowledge about financial products
    • Financial Inclusion: Progress, challenges and a view of the future

     

    Consult the Agenda | Visit the website for more information on speakers, venue and registration.

  • EVPA EU Webinar #6 - Crowdfunding for Impact

  • 16|03|2016 - 30|11|-1

    16 March, 3PM CET | Register here to join

    Since the launch of the first online platforms in the late 90's, the crowdfunding industry has grown steadily and today represents a market of EUR 30 billion, doubling or more every year.

    Increasingly popular as a means of raising finance with traditional businesses, crowdfunding is now also attracting a growing number of traditional charities and social entrepreneurs. As a result, a number of crowdfunding platforms have started catering for social purposes.

    How easy is crowdfunding to use and how can it meet the needs of social purpose organisations? Is it worth the time and effort? What are the different funding models available? And what are the regulatory issues to consider?

    These and other questions will be at the core of EVPA’s EU Webinar #6 on “Crowdfunding for Impact”, gathering EU experts and VP/SI practitioners. The session is taking place on Wednesday 16th of March 2016 (15:00 – 16:30 CET).

    Speakers include:

    • Joachim Schwerin, Principal Economist, DG GROW (Unit H3), European Commission
    • Oliver Gajda, Founding Executive Director, European Crowdfunding Network (ECN)
    • Silvia Steisel, Head of Philanthropy, Bank Degroof Petercam (Gingo Community Platform)
    • José Moncada, CEO and Founder, La Bolsa Social

    Find more about EVPA's EU Webinar Series

  • Belgian Microcredit Week | 14 - 18 March

  • 16|03|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The Belgian Microcredit Week will take place from 14 - 18 March under the slogan "Entrepreneurship has no age" (Il n’y a pas d’âge pour entreprendre).

    Objectives of the 5th Edition

    • Raise awareness among the general public of microcredit in Belgium as a key instrument in the fight against poverty, and of socio-economic development.
    • Encourage project holders to consider microcredit and its system of assistance as a springboard towards the creation of their own enterprise
    • Integrate the microStart project at national level by coordinating the events from different agencies in Brussels, Liege, Ghent, Antwerp and Charleroi as well as in their local offices.
    • Draw the attention of economic and political decision-makers to the existence of numerous obstacles to business creation, most notable regulatory barriers.

     

    This year microStart, in cooperation with Impulskrediet, has the honour of organising the Microcredit Week under the High Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians.

    Consult the Microcredit Week programme here (fr) and here (nl)

    For more information and to discover what events are happening near you, please contact microStart.

  • Belgian Microcredit Week | 14 - 18 March

  • 15|03|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The Belgian Microcredit Week will take place from 14 - 18 March under the slogan "Entrepreneurship has no age" (Il n’y a pas d’âge pour entreprendre).

    Objectives of the 5th Edition

    • Raise awareness among the general public of microcredit in Belgium as a key instrument in the fight against poverty, and of socio-economic development.
    • Encourage project holders to consider microcredit and its system of assistance as a springboard towards the creation of their own enterprise
    • Integrate the microStart project at national level by coordinating the events from different agencies in Brussels, Liege, Ghent, Antwerp and Charleroi as well as in their local offices.
    • Draw the attention of economic and political decision-makers to the existence of numerous obstacles to business creation, most notable regulatory barriers.

     

    This year microStart, in cooperation with Impulskrediet, has the honour of organising the Microcredit Week under the High Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians.

    Consult the Microcredit Week programme here (fr) and here (nl)

    For more information and to discover what events are happening near you, please contact microStart.

  • Frontier Innovations in Financial Inclusion - 18th Microcredit Summit

  • 14|03|2016 - 17|03|2016

    Dates have been extended! Responding to intense demand for more sessions, the organisers of the Summit have decided to extend the days of the 18th Microcredit Summit at no extra charge! New Dates now 14-17th March 2016

    Save the date and register today!

    The Microcredit Summit Campaign, in partnership with the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND), invites you to the 18th Microcredit Summit in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., on 14-17 March 2016 at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

    The Summit agenda will engage delegates in a thoughtful discussion around effective ways to reach the most vulnerable and marginalised and the microfinance services and financial inclusion strategies that promote inclusive, sustainable economic growth and social empowerment that helps improve their lives. View the agenda here.

    The 18th Microcredit Summit will be an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to promote best practices and engage in a thoughtful discussion around the challenges and opportunities in using microfinance as tool that can help us contribute to ending extreme poverty. This Summit will serve as a platform for innovations that use microfinance and other financial services and products as tools that facilitate movement out of poverty. Download the Summit overview package.

    For more information regarding registration, the summit agenda, keynote speakers, training sessions, traveling to Abu Dhabi, event venue, accommodation, relevant updates and more, visit the conference website

  • Belgian Microcredit Week

  • 14|03|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The Belgian Microcredit Week will take place from 14 - 18 March under the slogan "Entrepreneurship has no age" (Il n’y a pas d’âge pour entreprendre).

    Objectives of the 5th Edition

    • Raise awareness among the general public of microcredit in Belgium as a key instrument in the fight against poverty, and of socio-economic development.
    • Encourage project holders to consider microcredit and its system of assistance as a springboard towards the creation of their own enterprise
    • Integrate the microStart project at national level by coordinating the events from different agencies in Brussels, Liege, Ghent, Antwerp and Charleroi as well as in their local offices.
    • Draw the attention of economic and political decision-makers to the existence of numerous obstacles to business creation, most notable regulatory barriers.

     

    This year microStart, in cooperation with Impulskrediet, has the honour of organising the Microcredit Week under the High Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians.

    Consult the Microcredit Week programme here (fr) and here (nl)

    For more information and to discover what events are happening near you, please contact microStart.

  • EaSI Technical Assistance Workshops for the Hungarian Microfinance Sector

  • 09|03|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The EaSI Technical Assistance is part of the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme which is an EU level financing instrument. Its third axis aims to increase the availability and accessibility of microfinance for vulnerable groups and micro enterprises, build up the institutional capacity of microcredit providers and increase access to finance for social enterprises. It offers assistance to European microcredit providers and business development tools to the wider European mi-crocredit sector. Under fi-compass, a unique platform for advisory services, EaSI Technical Assistance (EaSI TA) offers institutional assessment and tailored train-ing to selected European microcredit providers, workshops to spread good prac-tice in the wider European microcredit sector and a dedicated helpdesk.


     

    Date: 9 March 2016

    Venue: Hotel Benczúr, 1068 Budapest, Benczúr u. 35, Hungary

    Structure of the event: the full day event will consist of three workshop sessions.

    Workshop 1: EU Financial Instruments and Technical Assistance for Microfinance

    Workshop 2: Hungarian Finance and Assistance Possibilities

    Workshop 3: European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision


    Registration is free
    -
     Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation costs. Deadline for registration: 4 March 2016

     

    Read the preliminary programme to find out more.

  • Responsible Finance Conference 2016

  • 08|03|2016 - 09|03|2016

    Responsible Finance ’16 will probe the issues, create the opportunities and work up solutions to shape a finance system that works for our economy and our people. A must-attend event for anyone interested in responsible finance, with inspiring speakers, dynamic discussions great networking and a growing number of delegates each year. It brings together the banking, alternative funding, community and policy sectors to share emerging trends, build partnerships and develop future strategies that make money work for people, businesses and communities.



    The Programme includes the EaSI TA Workshop on EU Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision.


    As lending practices, type of institutions, missions and regulatory frameworks vary considerably in Europe, the “European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision” (the Code) was identified by the European Commission as an important element to promote harmonized best practice in the sector. The recently launched EaSI Technical Assistance facility to support the European Microfinance sector is addressing responsible finance practices, including measures to empower customers. The central piece of ensuring that prudent practices are in place is the Code which provides guidelines and standards that allows for better market conduct of the European microfinance sector as a whole.  


    The Conference will take place on 8th & 9th March 2016 at the Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel in Manchester, UK

    Consult the conference programme & speakers

    Registration is now open, book your place here

    Visit the Responsible Finance website

  • Microfinance Social Enterprises Workshop - Athens

  • 02|03|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The Bodossaki Foundation, Fi-Compass and the European Investment Fund have the pleasure to invite you to an interactive workshop on Microfinance and Social Enterprises in Athens, Greece.

    The workshop provides a unique opportunity to exchange views on microfinance in Greece, potential support for social enterprises, as well as microfinance responses to the refugee and migrant situation in Europe.

    Join us on Wednesday March 2nd 2016, 10:00-15:00 at New Hotel, (Filellinon 16, Athina 105 57, 1st floor).

    Please click here for the agenda

    Please RSVP by Thursday 25 February to Ms. Eleni Karakitsiou by email: eleni.karakitsiou@bodossaki.gr or phone: (+30) 210 7259307.

  • Save the date! Next SPI4 webinar: HRM data

  • 25|02|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The SP Fund team is pleased to invite you to the next webinar, focusing on social performance indicators related to Human Resources. This event will take place on 25 February (English and Spanish) and on 1 March (Russian).

    If you are a network representative, MFI HR manager or credit analyst – this webinar is for you! We will explain the indicators related to human resources, and how to use that information for different reporting and performance management applications. We will present examples of good practice in HR.

    Webinar dates and times are as follows:

    English: 25 February 9.30 am CET. Please join by Webex by using this link


    Spanish: 25 February 4.00 pm CET, Please join by Webex by using this link


    Russian: 1 March 9.30 am CET. Please join by Webex by using this link

  • PUBLIC SEMINAR - Integrating refugees into the labour market: turning the crisis into an opportunity

  • 22|02|2016 - 30|11|-1

                  

     

     

     

    Public seminar
    organised by the Labour Market Observatory (LMO)
    in cooperation with Eurofound

    The Labour Market Observatory (LMO) of the European Economic and Social Committee has the pleasure to invite you to its public seminar on “Integrating refugees into the labour market: turning the crisis into an opportunity” taking place on Monday, 22 February 2016 from 14:30 to 18.00 at the EESC in Brussels.

    The event will be organised in cooperation with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) and will highlight factors which facilitate the employment of refugees, as employees or entrepreneurs. Speakers include researchers, MEPs and representatives of civil society, who will showcase a series of good practices from the grassroots level.

    The seminar will offer a wide range of views on best practices and challenges in this field and will contribute to the extensive work of the EESC in the migration/asylum/integration area, particularly to the opinion SOC/532 on Integration of Refugees (rapporteur Ms. Schweng, co-rapporteur Mr Gkofas), the work of the IMI permanent study group and the European Migration Forum.

    Please click on the following links to consult the agenda and to register.

    Venue: EESC, Room JDE 62, Rue Belliard, 99, 1040 Brussels
    Monday, 22 February 2016 | 14.30 – 18.00

  • The Refugee Surge in Europe: Economic Challenges

  • 16|02|2016 - 30|11|-1

    When: Tuesday 16 February 2016, 13.00-14.00

    Where: EIB East Building EKI 4.2.26 (98, blvd Konrad Adenauer, L-2950, Luxembourg)

    What: Midday Goes Social seminar

    Speaker: Bergljot Bjørnson Barkbu, Deputy Resident Representative to the EU, International Monetary Fund

    Bergljot Barkbu will present a recently published IMF Staff Discussion Note on the economic effects of the refugee influx. The paper shows that, in the short run, additional public expenditure is likely to have a modest positive impact on GDP, primarily in destination countries. Over the longer term, the impact on growth and public finances will depend on the speed and success of integration of refugees in the labour market. The presentation will focus on policies to foster the refugees’ economic integration.

    A sandwich lunch will be provided, starting at 12.30

    This seminar is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Please sign up before 12 February 2016 on our website and for further enquiries please email events.eibinstitute@eib.org.

    Download the invitiation here

    Related information:
    EMN Policy Note, Sector proposals following EIB’s announced support for refugees

  • New date: Seminar on Microfinance under the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020

  • 03|02|2016 - 30|11|-1

    This seminar will be held on 3 February 2016 in Brussels.

    The purpose of this workshop is to:

    • Outline the major EU social policy objectives in relation to use and implementation of financial instruments under the ESF;
    • Enable Member States and managing authorities to take further actions towards developing the microfinance sector;
    • Stimulate exchange and discussion on examples, advantages, features and suitability of microfinance in delivering ESF 2014-2020 objectives among Managing Authorities and social policy stakeholders;
    • Provide Provide the opportunity to discuss in depth the technical challenges that Member States and managing authorities are facing at the moment in regard to the design and set up of microfinance financial instruments

     

    Participants can expect to further their understanding of how microfinance can help in their efforts to deliver ESIF 2014-2020 objectives, in particular under the ESF.

     

    Consult the preliminary agenda | Visit the website

    If you would like to participate in both this event and the Conference on Financial Instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 on 2 February, please complete registration for both events separately.

    Deadline for registration: 26 January 2016. Register as soon as possible to ensure a place in this seminar.

    Register for the conference here

    Date: Wednesday, 3 February 2016 (All day)
    Location: Brussels
    Address: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, B-1040 Brussels
    Type: Seminar
    Registration Required: Yes

  • New Date: Conference on Financial Instruments under the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020

  • 02|02|2016 - 30|11|-1

    This conference will be held on 2 February 2016 in Brussels.

    This conference will conclude a series of regional fi-compass ESF seminars which began in the autumn of 2015. Input for the discussions at this workshop will come from conclusions from three  of these regional seminars: Paris, Rome and Warsaw. A snapshot of the lively discussions held during the regional seminars can be found here. Participants can expect to further their understanding of how ESF financial instruments can help in their efforts to deliver ESIF 2014-2020 objectives.

     

    The purpose of this conference is to:

    • Outline the major EU social policy objectives in relation to use and implementation of financial instruments under the ESF;
    • Stimulate exchange and discussion on examples, advantages, features and suitability of financial instruments in delivering ESF 2014-2020 objectives among Managing Authorities and social policy stakeholders;
    • Present the regulatory framework and key novelties of the financial instruments and the fi-compass support available;
    • Provide the opportunity to discuss in depth the technical challenges that the Managing Authorities and the Member States are facing at the moment as regards the design and set up of financial instruments;
    • Inspire new concepts for financial instruments by reviewing latest developments in the area of social investment.

     

    Consult the preliminary agenda | Visit the website

    If you would like to participate in this event and the Workshop on Microfinance under the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 on 3 February, please complete registration for both events separately.

    Deadline for registration: 26 January 2016. There is limited capacity for the events so please register as soon as possible.

    Register for the conference here

    Date: Tuesday, 2 February 2016 (All day)
    Location: Brussels
    Address: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, B-1040 Brussels
    Type: Conference
    Registration Required: Yes

  • Conference: Employment and Social Developments in Europe in 2015 - #ESDE2015

  • 21|01|2016 - 30|11|-1

    The European Commission will present its review of employment and social developments in Europe in 2015 at the #ESDE2015 conference in Brussels on 21 January 2016

    Commissioner Marianne Thyssen will open the event, which will feature panels on skills development and the role of mobility and migration, the role of social protection in promoting employment and fighting long-term unemployment, self-employment and entrepreneurship and the role of social dialogue.

    Consult the draft programme for the event.

    Registration, webstreaming & social media

    Please register to take part in this conference.

    The event will also be webstreamed. Visit the website to access the webstreaming on the day.

    Follow the conference and take part in the debate on Twitter with #ESDE2015

    Management Centre Europe, 1050 Brussels
    Languages: EN-FR-DE

  • Save the Date - Microfinance Insight Forum 15, 10 December 2015

  • 10|12|2015 - 30|11|-1

    Microfinance and self-employed entrepreneurs: North and South
    Key Question: How can microfinance and innovation help self-employed entrepreneurs in developed countries? 

    Keynote Speaker: Jean-Joseph Boillot - Co-President of Euro-India Economic & Business Group (EIEBG), Associate Professor of Social Sciences, and Doctor of Economics

    Date: Thursday, 10 Dec 2015
    Place: Burgundy School of Business, ESC Dijon-Bourgogne
    Language: French and/or English (no interpreting offered)

    For more information on the forum and speakers click here (in French)

    Contact the organisers if you want to present or participate

  • Impact Investing - Opportunities in developing countries

  • 10|12|2015 - 30|11|-1

     

    This event, organised by BIO, King Baudouin Foundation and EVPA, promises to generate a vivid discussion on opportunities and challenges of impact investing in developing countries.

    There will be interventions by Luc Tayart de Borms (FRB), Bram Thuysbaert (BIO), Loïc De Cannière (Incofin Investment), François de Borchgrave (Kois Investment) and Etienne de Callataÿ, and ample room for informal round table discussion.

    Objectives

    • Bring together the people in Belgium involved in impact investing in developing countries or interested in becoming involved.

    • Create more common understanding of the concept of impact investing, its potential and limits in a developing country context.

    • Reflect on opportunities to make impact investing in developing countries blossom in volume and in its effects.

    • Create an informal network regarding impact investing in the developing world.


    Please register by sending an email to communications@bio-invest.be by 3rd December 2015.

    The event is free of charge.

    Consult the programme here

  • Social Innovation Investor's Fair, Luxembourg

  • 03|12|2015 - 30|11|-1

    An Investor's fair unlike any other

    The EIB Institute, in cooperation with the European Commission, invite you to the Social Innovation Investor’s Fair to be held at the EIB premises (98, boulevard Konrad Adenauer), Luxembourg, on 3 December, 9:30-11:00.

    Twelve exceptional projects have been chosen from the Social Innovation Tournament and the Social Innovation Competition to showcase European social impact projects. These projects are seeking investment to reach their targets. The event will be moderated by Hedda Pahlson-Moller (OMSINT|TIIME) and the entrepreneurs will have a ‘counter-pitch’ by an experienced social investor/venture philanthropist.

    The Investor’s Fair is organised as part of a 2-day conference on “Boosting Social Enterprises In Europe” on 3-4 December.

    To register for the fair

    For further enquiries and registration for the Investor’s Fair, please visit the website and email institute@eib.org.

  • Different Voices - A Shared Future ~ 11th EVPA Annual Conference 2015

  • 01|12|2015 - 02|12|2015

    The EVPA Annual Conference is the premier event of the year on venture philanthropy and social investment in Europe, attracting around 500 delegates annually.

    Every year EVPA gathers its members and other actors in the social impact ecosystem to share learnings and observations - and to collaborate towards a more robust and effective ecosystem supporting organisations working towards sustainable social impact.

    EVPA's 11th Annual Conference 2015 will be the platform where different players complement and leverage each other's skills and experience. Delegates will discuss how different players are attracted into the VP/SI space and how all the different stakeholders in the sector can work together towards common goals. "Different Voices - A Shared Future"

    Join EVPA in Madrid on 1 and 2 December 2015!

    Registration is now open and Early Birds get a special offer if they register before 2nd October.

    Find out more about the Conference and book your tickets now!

    Casa de América
    Plaza de la Cibeles, 2

    28014 Madrid

  • European Microfinance Week 2015 - Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development

  • 18|11|2015 - 20|11|2015

    18-20 November 2015
    Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg

    European Microfinance Week is the major annual event of the microfinance industry hosting high level and in-depth discussions by all sectors of the European microfinance community (banks and financial institutions, government agencies, NGO's, consulting firms, researchers and universities) working in developing countries. It is organised by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and supported by the Luxembourg Government.

    The theme for 2015 is Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development.

    Over the three days there will be various different workshops, action groups and sessions on topics such as Bringing financial services to underserved markets, How MIVs can stay relevant in maturing markets, Green Microfinance in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC): translating successes abroad and many more.

    The European Microfinance Week will also feature the 6th European Microfinance Award Ceremony (at the European Investment Bank) followed by a cocktail reception.

    Consult the Conference website for more information, the preliminary agenda and registration

  • Midday goes social - Microfinance Social Performance in the EU: trends and trade-offs

  • 12|11|2015 - 30|11|-1

    The EIB Institute is pleased to invite you to an upcoming seminar under its ”Midday goes social” series on “Microfinance Social Performance in the EU: trends and trade-offs” by Marcella Corsi, Sapienza University of Rome.

    When?
    Thursday 12 November, 13:00-14:00

    Where?
    EIB, EKI 4226 (98, blvd Konrad Adenauer, L-2950, Luxembourg)

    Microfinance promises to serve low-income or disadvantaged beneficiaries excluded from the formal banking sector in a financially sustainable way (to achieve the so - called “double bottom line” of financial and social performance) and has fostered an anim ated debate over the past thirty years concerning the potential trade-offs between the two goals. However, until recently most of the emphasis of microfinance advocates has been devoted to MFIs’ financial performance following the “win-win” proposition, ac cording to which financial viability should be sufficient to show social impact.

    Following a growing awareness of the social aspects of microfinance and the increased availability of a common set of standardised indicators, mostly in the framework of the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), empirical research has increasingly explored the relationship between social and financial performance in the global microfinance industry.

    Marcella Corsi will present an empirical estimation of the actual interaction between European MFIs’ social and financial indicators for the period 2006-2013 and, in doing so, help to identify a core set of indicators aimed at convergence between EMN social performance indicators and the SPTF standards.

    A sandwich lunch will be provided, starting at 12.30. Visit the EIB Institute website for more information and registration.

    This seminar is free of charge, but registration is mandatory before 6 November 2015 on our website. For further enquiries, contact the EIB Institute.

  • MFC Annual Conference: “Employment, Youth and Investment: What can Microfinance do?”

  • 05|11|2015 - 06|11|2015





    The Microfinance Centre invites you to participate in the 18th MFC annual conference

    As we look ahead to the annual meeting in Prague this November, we recognise that economic crisis and uncertainty in Europe (and beyond) have major and direct ramifications for the microfinance industry and the people we serve. Therefore, now more than ever, it is important that we use our conference to discuss the issues that matter to you - to your institutions, your clients, your staff, your funders. Now more than ever, we need to have a dialogue about current microfinance practice: what's working, what's not, and what challenges are coming over the horizon that will require our collective attention and action.

    The broad conference theme

    The over-arching theme for this event is “Employment, Youth and Investment”. The hope is that it will help take a critical look at what the sector can realistically do to help get the European and global economy on the road to recovery – creating jobs, increasing productivity, and reaching out to hard-hit corners of the labour market, namely youth. Within this, what is the current and future role of the microfinance sector? At the same time, it’s important to recognize the limitations of our industry, and the myth of a “silver bullet” remedy to unemployment and poverty. So how can we practice “smart leveraging” – working to increase the reach and impact of other local community development efforts? If the aim is to create inclusive and sustainable growth – where does microfinance fit into the broader ecosystem of approaches?

    For more information visit the MCF2015 website

    Click here to directly register for this event

     

  • Creating a world without poverty and unemployment - Global Social Business Summit

  • 04|11|2015 - 07|11|2015

    Creating a world without poverty and unemployment

    4-7 November - Berlin, Germany
    Airport of Berlin Tempelhof

    The current economic and financial crisis makes it very clear that the current system is unsustainable. It is therefore the right time for us to change the way we do business. The GSBS is the worldwide leading forum for social business, non-loss, non-dividend companies with a social goal. It serves to spread awareness about social business, foster discussion and collaboration between practitioners and stakeholders, as well as present and conceive best practices.

    The annual event is organised by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, and gathers experts from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops.

    To find out more and to attend the event, visit the GSBS website

    See the workshop guideline

  • Festival Financité - Save the date!

  • 31|10|2015 - 30|11|-1

    La finance vous fait peur? Vous ennuie? Vous indigne?

    Venez découvrir une autre finance proche de VOUS, de VOS valeurs lors du Festival Financité du 16 au 30 octobre partout à Bruxelles et en Wallonie.

    Et le 31 octobre à Bruxelles pour une grande journée (Théâtre, conférences, spectacle humoristique, exposition, ateliers....)

    Consultez le programme complet

    Consultez le programme du 31 octobre

    Visiter le site

  • What role can microfinance play in Europe in the era of austerity?

  • 28|10|2015 - 29|10|2015

    Université de Bordeaux, 35 place Pey Berland 33 000 Bordeaux
    28 & 29 October 2015

    Microfinance is currently under intense scrutiny in developing countries with its potential to tackle poverty being questioned. However, the roles and practice of microfinance in developing countries and in developed countries have little in common. The key elements are radically different, especially with regard to the profile and number of potential borrowers; the ability to develop a profitable business model and the institutional settings.

    This conference organised by the Comptrasec (CNRS - Université de Bordeaux) in conjunction with the UCD Geary Institute (Dublin) and the financial support of the Aquitaine Region aims to examine the potential of microfinance in Europe to counter the dual challenges of austerity and financial crisis. This conference is open to all stakeholders working within the microfinance sector: microfinance providers, policy makers and researchers.

    Admission is free but registration is compulsory. Places are limited so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    Consult the conference programme: French & English. The conference offers French and English interpreting

    Visit the conference website for more information

  • World Savings Day 2015

  • 23|10|2015 - 30|11|-1





    Friday, 23 October 2015

    Ceremony and Debate: from 10:30 am to 12 pm

    Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, Brussels


    WSBI – the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute – hosted a special event in Brussels on 23 October as part of the run up to World Savings Day. The mid-morning event kicked-off with a ceremony to unveil a new WSBI World Savings Day exhibition – a collection of historical images used throughout the world to promote the annual fête and the role played by savings and retail banks. The programme also featured a debate on the Capital Markets Union, exploring how best to convert savings into investment, especially for small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) – the backbone of the real economy.

    About World Savings Day

    For more than 90 years, the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute and its members have spearheaded annually a day dedicated to promoting the virtue of people saving money. Celebrated at the end of October, World Savings Day was the first initiative of WSBI – the voice of savings and retail banks in close to 80 countries. WSBI serves members located in close to 20 EU Member States who represent a third of the European retail banking sector. Celebrated in Europe and around the world, the day provides a chance for members to connect with people in their local areas.

    The event brought together more than 60 EU policy-makers, stakeholders, WSBI members as well as Brussels-based media.

    Read the minutes of the session.

  • Festival Financité - Save the date!

  • 16|10|2015 - 30|11|-1

    Are you afraid of Finance? Does it bore you? Does it shock you?

    Come discover a different sort of finance near you at the Festival Financité.

    From 16-30 October all over Wallonia and on 31st October in Brussels for a special last day!

    See the full programme (French only)

    See the programme for 31st October (French only)

    Visit the website (French)

  • Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers

  • 15|10|2015 - 16|10|2015


    15th and 16th October, 2015 - Milan, Italy


    Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore
    is delighted to invite you to its International Conference on Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers

    Smallholders generally constitute the vast majority of farmers in most countries, and they account for 60% of global agriculture and provide up to 80% of food in developing countries. Despite their socio-economic importance, smallholder farmers represent the largest share of the developing world‘s undernourished. Facilitating access to appropriate financial products can improve their productivity, livelihood and food security; reduce risks; smooth cyclical cash flows; and help them manage their farm as a viable business.

    Over 30 international speakers will reflect on and discuss the development of microfinance solutions to improve financial inclusion of smallholder farmers. There will be 3 Plenary Sessions and 9 Workshops. Discover them now.

    The International Conference is associated with the Giordano Dell’Amore Microfinance Best Practices International Award 2015, a 50,000 EUR prize granted by the Foundation to the best initiative promoting financial inclusion of smallholder farmers in a developing country. The winner will be announced during the Conference.

    Participation in the conference is free but registration is compulsory.

    To find out more and register please visit the Conference website

  • Credit Unions: How can EU policy foster financial inclusion?

  • 15|10|2015 - 30|11|-1

    Fall Meeting of European Parliament Credit Union Interest Group Credit Unions: 

    How can EU policy foster financial inclusion?

    Thursday 15 October, 12:00 – 14:00


    12:00 – 12:15

    Registration and welcome


    12:15 – 12:25

    Introduction by co-chairs MEP Harkin, Vice - President Czarnecki


    12.25 – 13.00

    Presentation of best practice examples:

    Credit unions as an alternatives to traditional financial institutions

    Margaret Heffernan, Manager of Rathkeale & District Credit Union Limited and Director of the Irish League of Credit Unions

    Grzegorz Buczkowski, Member of Board of Directors, Stefczyk Credit Union

    Robert Kelly, General Manager, NHS Credit Union and Director of Association of British Credit Unions


    13:00 – 13:50

    Roundtable discussion:

    What type of policy environment should the EU create for credit unions?


    13:50 –14:00

    Closing remarks


    Venue: European Parliament, Room A1E201

     
    >>> Read the summary of the session and the press release.

  • EAPN 2015 Annual Policy Conference | Can the Semester deliver on poverty and participation?

  • 09|10|2015 - 09|10|2015

    In 2010, the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth set a target to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020, delivered through the coordination cycle of the European Semester. The strategy and process have strikingly failed to deliver so far, with 1 in 4 people now in poverty and social exclusion, an increase of 5 million since 2008.

    On Friday, 9th October, EAPN will hold its annual policy conference where it will present its Assessment of the 2015 National Reform Programmes (NRPs) and European Semester, and debate key questions together with 150 stakeholders including 80 EAPN national members, decision-makers and other stakeholders.

    Key questions include: What needs to be done to ensure that the European Semester deliver on its Europe 2020 commitments to reduce poverty and promote participation? How can we help the EU move forward on a social, sustainable and democratic strategy that could give hope and restore faith in the EU?

    Key speakers include Commissioner Thyssen; Outi Slotboom, DG ECFIN; Raquel Lucas, Cabinet of Commissioner Dombrovskis; Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto, MEP & Tom Dominique, Chair of the SPC.


    The seminar will take place at: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

    Room VMA3 | Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels

    From 9.00am to 1.00pm


    The seminar is free and open to any EU or national stakeholder. Register before 25th September 2015

    Please see the draft programme of the conference here.

    For more information and to register click here

  • "Extending the Impact of Investing" - NpM Green Inclusive Finance Conference, with FMO and Hivos

  • 22|09|2015 - 30|11|-1

    FMO, Hivos and NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, cordially invite you to join the Green Inclusive Finance Conference.

    Tuesday, 22nd September 2015
    Korzo Theater, The Hague

    Extending the Impact of Investing

    Both financial and environmental sustainability are listed high on the world’s agenda. Green inclusive finance combines financial inclusion with environmental sustainability. It extends the focus to providing access to finance in which businesses and investments are not only financially empowering but also environmentally sustainable.

    The conference offers the inclusive finance community a unique platform to foster knowledge sharing.

    For more information consult the website

    If you would like to attend the event please contact the event organisers: conference@inclusivefinanceplatform.nl

  • 14th University Meets Microfinance Workshop Action Group

  • 14|09|2015 - 15|09|2015

    The 14th University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Workshop invites university students, researchers and practitioners to explore the topics of Responsible Inclusive Finance and Customer Empowerment through various plenary and panel sessions by experts in the field of microfinance and financial inclusion.

    Over the past few decades the microfinance sector has experienced crises on almost every continent. The role of client over-indebtedness has been highlighted as a contributing factor and has led to a strong movement towards greater protection of microfinance clients. Responsible inclusive finance requires the engagement of various microfinance stakeholders to find regulatory, institutional and client level solutions and strategies that ensure both financial and social objectives are achieved and that no harm is done to clients. Client protection is key to the positive progress of the microfinance sector, but it is the development of empowered customers through complaint mechanisms, financial education and business development services that will truly enable the base of the pyramid to benefit from inclusive financial services.

    Over this two day workshop, plenary sessions, expert presentations, research from the field and open discussions will enable participants to delve deeply into the topics drawing on perspectives from around the world.

    Register today

    Consult the programme for more information

    Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
    Sonnemannstraße 9-11,
    Frankfurt am Main

    14th and 15th September 2015

  • Convergences World Forum - 8th Edition

  • 07|09|2015 - 09|09|2015

    Registrations for the Convergences World Forum 2015 are now open!

    This 8th edition will take place on 7, 8 and 9 September 2015 in Paris.

    The Convergences Forum will gather 8 000 representatives of civil society, public authority, private sector professionals, development experts and social entrepreneurs, all committed to achieving one shared objective: Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty.

    Join the Forum in Paris and shape the 2015 agenda towards a world rid of exclusion, carbon and poverty

    For more information consult the Convergences World Forum 2015 website

    Preview the programme and speakers of the upcoming World Forum

    Register here

    Palais Brongniart - Hôtel de ville, Paris

  • EESC Conference: Integrating migrants in the labour market: a win-win situation for both migrants and society

  • 25|06|2015 - 25|06|2015

    SAVE THE DATE: The Labour Market Observatory (LMO) and the Group on Immigration and Integration (IMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee have the pleasure of inviting you to their conference on “Integrating migrants in the labour market: a win-win situation for both migrants and society”.

    This conference will focus on employment of third-country nationals coming to the EU for family reunification, work or study. The conference will offer a reminder of the benefits of their integration in the labour market and it will also look into existing challenges – such as the divergence of legal frameworks – and the recognition of skills and qualifications.

    The conference will also offer a place to share good practices regarding education, employment and language learning.

    Save the date to take part in this debate and join the various speakers, including representatives from the European Institutions, think-tanks and more!

    25 June 2015
    9.30 – 17.00
    Brussels, EESC.

  • Learning from Failure – Bankruptcy and Second Chance for Honest Bankrupt Entrepreneurs, High Level Conference

  • 18|06|2015 - 30|11|-1

    DG GROW at the European Commission is organising a high-level conference to share experiences and good practices in the policy area of bankruptcy and second chances on 18th June 2015.

    The main objectives of the conference are to highlight the importance of a second chance for honest entrepreneurs, underline the role of the education system for preparing individuals to face failure and second chance, to take stock of achievements in Member States in the context of bankruptcy legislation, and to chart the way for developing existing actions and launching new ones supporting distressed enterprises and their owners in pre- and post-bankruptcy procedures.

    Register for this event to take part in the various workshops and explore this notion from different perspectives, including legal, financial, and enterprise education.

    Register before 11th June 2015

    To consult the programme and register click here

  • FEBEA Conference ~ Culture and Ethical Finance: towards a lasting alliance

  • 15|06|2015 - 30|11|-1


    In collaboration with CREDAL and on the occasion of its General Assembly, the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks (FEBEA) is organising an open day of seminars on 15th June 2015 in Mons, Belgium.

    The topic at the heart of this day: financing culture.

    Culture, as the fourth pillar of sustainable development, is an important part of the creation of a fairer and more united society. Advocates of ethical finance in Europe have, for many years, supported initiatives involved in the development of such a society. Ethical finance has always played a role in the historical pillars of sustainable development (environmental, social, economic) and it also has one to play in this cultural pillar.

    Financing culture raises issues in all European countries and this, in spite of the undeniable social role it plays and significant economic weight it holds in this sector. The aim of this conference is to open new avenues of collaboration and to lay the foundations for creative partnerships between ethical finance and culture. 

    Simultaneous interpreting from French to English, English to French will be available

    Consult the programme in French here

    Consult the draft programme in English here

    Register directly here (in French)

    15 June 2015 ~ 9.00-18.00
    PLAZA ART, Rue de Nimy 12, Mons


    Where: Mons, Belgium

  • Global Sustainable Finance Conference 2015

  • 11|06|2015 - 12|06|2015

    The next Global Sustainable Finance Conference will be held from 11th to 12th of June 2015.
     
    The overall objective of the Global Sustainable Finance Conference is to contribute in sustainability transformation of the financial services industry and capital markets by providing an international forum to key stakeholders from across the world for sharing knowledge and experiences and for working together for a strong, fair, safe and resilient financial services sector that works in harmony with the natural environment.

    If you are interested in attending this event find more informations here


    Where: Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 12th University Meets Microfinance Workshop 2015

  • 11|06|2015 - 12|06|2015


    The University of Bergamo, Italy and the Research Center on International Cooperation are hosting the 12th University Meets Microfinance Workshop on 11th and 12th June 2015 in Bergamo, Italy.

    This Workshop will look at the question: Enhancing Food Security and Resilience to Climate Change: What Role For Microfinance?

    Highly unpredictable and extreme weather events are amongst the consequences of climate change. In low-income countries, smallholder farmers that mostly rely on rain-fed agriculture for their subsistence and food supply chains are particularly exposed to these potentially disastrous events. Consequently, microfinance institutions (MFIs) that offer their financial services to smallholder farmers are affected by climate change as it entails a systemic and non-diversifiable risk.

    From the institutional perspective, MFIs should implement appropriate risk management strategies where donors and policy makers can contribute with technical assistance, funding and emergency liquidity facilities.

    The University Meets Microfinance (UMM) workshop brings together practitioners, academics and students working on financial inclusion topics. The 12th edition will be an important venue to debate about the relationship between climate change, food security and microfinance.

    To consult the workshop programme and register click here


    Where: University of Bergamo, Italy

  • The 4th Child & Youth Finance International Summit and Awards Ceremony

  • 09|06|2015 - 11|06|2015


    Act for Impact: A Global Plan for Youth Economic Citizenship

    Together with the Emirates Foundation, Child & Youth Finance International will hold the 4th Global Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to address key issues and present the latest innovations and achievements in developing a global plan for youth economic citizenship education from practitioners and policy makers world-wide.

    This is the year of global action. The 4th Child & Youth Finance International Global Summit will convene government officials, senior practitioners, innovators and children and youth to address the gap between action and impact.

    Dates: June 9th - 11th 2015

    Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    For more informations click here


    Where: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • The Business of Doing Good - Microfinance Lunch Break

  • 05|06|2015 - 30|11|-1

    Microfinance Lunch Break - The Business of Doing Good
    The Business of Doing Good: Can a real customer-centric approach be the key driver for commercial success?

    Specialist and keynote speaker Anton Simanowitz, Director of The Business of Doing Good, will outline what it takes to create microfinance organisations that consistently deliver positive change for their clients and succeed in increasingly competitive markets.

    Join him at the latest edition of the Microfinance Lunch Break on 5th June 2015.

    Register before 27th May 2015.

    For more information about this event and to register click here.

    5th June 2015 at 12 pm 
    KBC Auditorium, Havenlaan 2, 1080 Brussels

  • Social Business and CAC 40 - Conference-Debate, France

  • 12|05|2015 - 30|11|-1

    Convergences is pleased to invite you to uncover the results of its latest publication in a Conference-Debate on “Social Business and CAC 40” in Courbevoie, France on Tuesday, 12 May.

    This study is a first as it presents the initiatives of 14 companies of the CAC 40 and it also makes an assessment of the diversity of its approaches and projects that have a strong environmental and social impact, including the economic and financial inclusion of people at the ‘Base of the Pyramid’ and the support of social enterprises.

    Join moderator Isabelle Hennebelle, journalist at L’Express, and engage in a fruitful debate with the distinguished speakers.

    Register before the weekend while places last!

    To consult the programme and speakers and to register click here (in French).
    This event will be held in French

    EY, Tour First, 1, place des Saisons, 92400 Courbevoie

    12 May 2015 from 18.00 – 20.00 CET

  • European institutions Open Doors Day

  • 09|05|2015 - 30|11|-1

    On 9 May 2015, the European institutions will open their doors to the public to celebrate Europe Day.

    Amongst them, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which represents the various economic, social and civil components of organised civil society (employers, workers and various interest), will welcome you to its headquarters.

    2015 is also the European Year for Development. This is why the EESC is inviting NGOs specialised in various fields of development to participate in this special day.

    Microcredit, climate change, participatory democracy, the European Year for Development and the EESC in the world will be presented to the 4000 visitors expected this year!


    Programme

    • Find out about the work of the EESC and its partners towards sustainable economic, social and environmental growth in developing countries.

    • Share your concerns about economic growth, employment, the environment and development around the world.

    • Discover the EESC's educational and interactive programme with information stands, activities, music, games, etc.

    • Test your knowledge of the EESC, the European Union and the European Year for Development and win a prize.

    • Face painting, colouring, a quiz, souvenir photos … all ages and tastes will be catered for!



    European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

    Open Doors Day

    Saturday 9th May 2015, from 10:00 to 18:00

    99 rue Belliard - 1040 Brussels

  • Better Finance International Conference: A Capital Markets Union for Growth, Jobs and Citizens"

  • 06|05|2015 - 30|11|-1

    Better Finance  invites you to mark the new date for its upcoming International Conference on "A Capital Markets Union for Growth, Jobs and Citizens" on May 6th 2015 in Brussels.

    High level speakers and panelists will take part in the event:

    Lord Jonathan Hill, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (Confirmed); El?bieta Bie?kowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME (TBC); Markus Ferber, ECON Committee Vice-Chair (TBC); Sven Giegold, Green MEP (TBC); Michel Sapin, French Minister of Finance and Public Accounts (TBC); David Wright, IOSCO Chair (TBC); Philippe de Backer, ALDE MEP; Martin Merlin, Director Financial Markets, DG FISMA, European Commission (TBC); Rainer Riess, Interim Director General, Federation of European Stock Exchanges (FESE).

    For more informations click here


    Where: Brussels

  • Impact investing & microfinance conference

  • 29|04|2015 - 30|11|-1

    The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, in association with LuxFLAG, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), is pleased to announce the:

    Impact Investing & Microfinance Conference

    rain in the desert or drop in the ocean?


    The conference will bring together industry professionals, practitioners and researchers from a broad variety of national and supra-national organisations, banks and asset management companies, investment funds and Microfinance Institutions.

    For more information and a detailed program please click here


    Where: Namur Premises, Luxembourg-Hamm

  • ICO Foundation Chair "Financing SMEs in Spain"

  • 29|04|2015 - 30|11|-1



    Ms. Irene Garrido, ICO Foundation President, is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the ICO Foundation Chair "Financing SMEs in Spain".

    This event will be closed by Mr Iñigo Fernandez de Mesa, Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Enterprise and Business Support.

    For more information on the programme and confirmation of attendance, click here (in Spanish).


    April 29th 2015, 11am - 14pm

    ICO Foundation Auditorium - Madrid

  • Youth Business Spain “Mentoring Programme for Young Entrepreneurs” presentation

  • 29|04|2015 - 30|11|-1

    YouthBusinessSpain

    Youth Business Spain is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the new "Mentoring Programme for Young Entrepreneurs".

    Register to join the distinguished speakers for this event: 

    Carmen García de Andrés, President; Andrew Davenport, CEO of Youth Business International; Enrique Casanueva, President of JP Morgan Chase Spain and Portugal; Diego Hidalgo, Founder of FRIDE and Club de Madrid.

    For more information on the programme click here (in Spanish).

    To register click here.

    29th April 2015, 11.30 onwards

    Espacio Fundación Telefónica, calle Fuencarral 3, Madrid

  • European Social Business Forum

  • 19|03|2015 - 30|11|-1

     
    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus
    , Hans Reitz, Co-founder of The Grameen Creative Lab, and Mikrofinans Norge invite you to the European Social Business Forum 2015, which will take place on Thursday March 19th, 2015 in Oslo / Kolbotn, Norway. 

    Building on the two previous European Social Business Forums, this year's forum will gather social business experts and practitioners, academics, policy makers and social investors. A varied program will include training sessions on technical know-how on how to run a social business. In addition, several parallel sessions will focus on the role and characteristics of an enabling environment for social business.

    A panel discussion on the topic of entrepreneurship in today`s society followed by a networking evening reception will bring the European Social Business Forum to a close. Optionally, you can register for this panel discussion & evening reception only. The panel discussion will start at 5pm and last an hour.

    On March 20th, a study trip with Mikrofinans Norge will be organized in Oslo, showcasing their work in helping immigrants and others in becoming entrepreneurs with a social business approach.

    For more information and a detailed program please clik here


    Where: Oslo

  • Microcredit Week by microStart

  • 16|03|2015 - 21|03|2015

    Encouraged by the success of the previous three editions, microStart is back with the event of the year: Microcredit Week, 16 -21 March 2015, Belgium.

    For its 4th edition of the Microcredit Week, microStart 's objective is to highlight its project leaders, the best proof that  entrepreneurship is for everyone.    

    Enjoy open days in microStart agencies, participate in fairs, conferences, film debates and much more.

    More informations here about the programme. (French Version)


    Where: Belgium

  • Green Microfinance in Brazil

  • 11|03|2015 - 30|11|-1

    Green Microfinance: A new frontier for inclusive financial services. 

    Workshop in Green Microfinance in Brasil.

    11 March 2015, Sao Paolo, Center for Microfinance and Financial Inclusion Studies of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Planet finance Brazil

    Scientific organisers: Davide Forcella (ULB-CERMi), Rafael Moser (FGV), Lauro Gonzalez (FGV)  

    For more informations click here or contact Davide Forcella





    Where: São Paulo, Brazil

  • Global Money Week 2015

  • 09|03|2015 - 17|03|2015

    Global Money Week (GMW) is a money awareness celebration. The goal is to teach children and youth about money, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur through fun and interactive activities.

    GMW2015’s theme is ‘Save today. Safe tomorrow.’ Why? Because: social and financial exclusion lead to an unsafe tomorrow where there is excessive spending and no saving.

    Global Money Week (GMW) is taking place in the second week of March each year.

    The exact dates for #GMW2015 are: 2015 – March 9-17


    Where is Global Money Week happening? Everywhere. GMW is an international Week – with many events, activities, projects, launches and competitions taking place in over 100 countries.

    Read more here


    Where: Everywhere

  • European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing

  • 09|03|2015 - 10|03|2015



    The event, organised by the European Commission, aims to discuss how Europe can address the challenges and seize the opportunities arising from demographic change through ICT and innovation.

    A wide variety of meetings and side-events with one goal: to turn the opportunities of demographic ageing in growth and jobs for Europe.

    The Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing will take place in Brussels on 9-10 March 2015.

    For more informations click here

    Related EMN Publications:

    Research Working Group: Microfinance as a Tool of Active Ageing

    December 2012 - EMN Research on Senior Entrepreneurship

    December 2012 - Microfinance as a support to Senior Entrepreneurship


    Where: Brussels

  • Community Finance 2015: Putting Values into the Economy

  • 05|03|2015 - 30|11|-1



    Community Finance 2015: Putting Values into the Economy   

    Thursday 5th March 2015

    The next CDFA community finance event of the year will bring together leading alternative lenders, banks, government bodies, social investors, the media, think tanks and other policy shapers who are interested in positive change in the financial services industry.

    The conference will start with an inspiring awards ceremony, celebrating the small businesses that are thriving across the UK. The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards dinner will take place on the evening of 4th March.

    It is the best place to discover how fair and affordable finance can achieve economic growth and change lives.

    More informations here


    Where: Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-63 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA

  • 1st Anniversary Program GENERA ~ Fundation Pinnae

  • 16|02|2015 - 30|11|-1


    Program GENERA fosters and facilitates the social integration of individuals at risk of social exclusion through their incorporation in the labour market. At the same time, this program encourages entrepreneurship, directing it towards self-employment.

    The program is orientated to all individuals at risk of social exclusion or to those individuals that want to start a new self-employment activity. It is also directed to entrepreneurs or people with business initiative. It is a program to create.

    On the occasion of the 1st Anniversary of the Program Genera, Fundation Pinnae organizes a special event to celebrate and present the program. The agenda includes the presence of microfinance actors and entrepreneurship experts.

    Please, notice the event will be in Spanish.

    To join the event or get more information, please contact secretaria@pinnae.cat.

     




    Where: Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona

  • Public Speech on 'Member-based enteprises: The spotlight on financial services co-operatives'

  • 13|02|2015 - 30|11|-1



    On Friday 13 February at 16.15, prof. dr. Hans Groeneveld, professor in Cooperative Financial Services, will give a public speech on the topic of "Member-based enterprises: The spotlight on financial services co-operatives".

    Venue: 'Aula' of the Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2 (Tilburg)

    Time: From 16.15

    Click here for the official invitation(ducth)


    Where: Tilburg

  • Innovation Financing as a business opportunity

  • 04|02|2015 - 30|11|-1




    On February 4, 2015 Sweden’s government agencies Tillväxtverket and VINNOVA together with the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund and the European Commission invite you to learn more about guarantees for banks for innovation loans to small and medium-sized companies, as well as loans for innovation projects to companies.

    The financial instruments offered by the EIB Group make it possible for Swedish banks to offer innovative companies additional financing on favorable terms.

    This, by the 50% guarantee offered by the instruments. The purpose of this guarantee is to encourage banks to lend to businesses with fewer than 500 employees in need of investment financing and / or operating capital to support research, development and innovation activities, with financial support from the EU.

    Larger companies that need loans between 7.5 and 25 MEuro for innovation projects may receive loans directly from the European Investment Bank and will get information on about that during the day.

    If you want to have a bi-lateral meeting with EIF or EIB, you can book it when register.

    Sign up here no later than January 30!

    If you have questions, you can contact Karin Aase, VINNOVA karin.aase@vinnova.se tel +46 8-473 31 17 or Andreas Backfolk, Tillväxtverket andreas.backfolk@tillvaxtverket.se tel + 46 8-681 93 28.

    See the whole agenda of the event here


    Where: Stockholm

  • Microcredit and support to enterprise creation in France and in Europe: which effects on employment?

  • 03|02|2015 - 30|11|-1

    Organized jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital, the ILO, the Caisse des Dépots et Consignations, this conference will be the opportunity to discuss the role of microcredit and support to enterprise creation as a tool for reintegration on the labour market, enterprise development and job creation.

    Based on the results of a survey conducted in 2013 with beneficiaries of microcredit in France, participants will discuss further what can be the future of microcredit in such a country as France, what is the role of the various actors, and how to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the microfinance schemes.

    The conference will run in French

    Click here for register.

    More informations here about the programme.

     


    Where: Paris

  • Fourth Annual Convention of the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion

  • 20|11|2014 - 21|11|2014

    The fourth Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion took place in Brussels on 20-21 November 2014.

    This year the focus was on social innovation and how new creative ideas can contribute to address social needs and to improve people's lives.

    Bringing together more than 700 participants, the conference highlighted the role of social innovation to create private-public partnerships, promote social entrepreneurship and make a better use of available resources to give support according to each individual needs.

    Read more about the event.

    The first day plenary sessions took stock of action at national and European level and explored ways of investing in Europe’s social dimension.

    The day continued with a number of workshops; among them, one focused on Financial inclusion. Find here the minutes of the session. 


    Where: Brussels

  • 10th EVPA Annual Conference

  • 17|11|2014 - 18|11|2014

    “Collaborating for Social Impact, the next 10 Years”


    Are you interested in social investment opportunities for non-profits and social enterprises? Are you curious about social impact measurement, social impact bonds or investing in emerging economies?
     

    The EVPA Annual Conference welcomes both newcomers on the venture philanthropy scene as well as more experienced organisations. In addition to discussing the key issues and important developments in venture philanthropy and social investment, you will have the opportunity to network with other participants in a number of social events.

    The EVPA Annual Conference, now in its tenth year, is one of the largest and most established Conferences on social investment and venture philanthropy. It annually attracts around 500 experts and practitioners from Europe and beyond, to connect, learn and discuss relevant developments, research and trends in this rapidly growing field.

    This year’s conference is themed ‘Collaboration for Social Impact, the next ten years’ – and offers a forward looking programme, which will be relevant and valuable for those who would like to create societal impact into the future. With collaboration crucial in tackling the systemic societal challenges facing us, the programme looks at how this sector can do so more effectively in the next ten years.

    What to expect from the Conference?

    → Connect with peers, learn and understand more about our sector and Europe’s latest trends in venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI).

    → Get tangible learnings and ideas on what may be next in your day to day work

    → Take the opportunity to pause and regain a sense of energy, inspiration and belonging


    For further information about the annual conference and the programme, please visit EVPA website or contact EVPA


    Where: Berlín, Germany

  • European Microfinance Week

  • 12|11|2014 - 14|11|2014

    European Microfinance Week is the major annual event of the microfinance industry hosting high level and in-depth discussions by all sectors of the European microfinance community (banks and financial institutions, government agencies, NGO’s, consulting firms, researchers and universities) working in developing countries. It is organized by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and supported by the Luxembourg Government. Last year the event welcomed nearly 400 microfinance professionals from 59 countries.

    With this year’s theme of Developing Better Markets, the European Microfinance Week will feature:

    • a plenary discussing the complexity of balancing financial inclusion with the need for market stability with representatives of Central Banks and experts on regulation;

    • plenary on managing overindebtedness: speaking from experience, featuring some of the most prominent names in the sector;

    • over 20 in-depth sessions exploring microfinance in conflict zones, post-disaster areas, working with individuals in poverty, agricultural value chains, as well as extending savings to the last mile;

    • sessions exploring issues relevant to microfinance investors, including managing social responsibility during equity sales.

    To know more about the European Microfinance Week and submit your registration, click here.


    Where: Luxembourg

  • Inauguration of the Charleroi MicroStart Agency

  • 07|11|2014 - 30|11|-1


    microStart
    is a group of innovative socially-oriented firms created in 2010 of which the job is – through microcredit – to finance and support those excluded from the banking system (jobseekers, recipients of help from Public Social Welfare Centres (Centres publics d’aide sociale (CPAS)/Openbare Centra voor Maatschappelijk Welzijn (OCMW) and the self-employed, etc.), to create or to develop a small independent business.

    Philippe Maystadt, microStart SCRL-FS Board President, Olivier Brissaud, microStart Support asbl President, & Anna Tinebra, microStart Charleroi Agency Manager, are pleased to invite you to the inauguration of the microStart Charleroi Agency.

    Save the date!

    DATE: Friday, 7th November 2014 - 4pm

    ADDRESS: Boulevard de Janson, n°76 6000 Charleroi

    TELF: +32 (0)71 96 09 87

    e-MAIL: charleroi@microstart.be




    Where: Boulevard de Janson, n°76 6000 Charleroi

  • Microfranchising: an innovative vehicle for microenterprise promotion

  • 07|11|2014 - 30|11|-1

    "Microfranchising represents an innovative example of support to microenterprise creation, offering turnkey business models to low-income entrepreneurs who lack a viable business project idea or do not want to start their business alone".

    This is the point of view shared by ADIE, the winner of the 2014 edition of “Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award” organized by Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore in collaboration with European Microfinance Network (EMN).

    Specifically the Award was addressed to the proposal “Adie Social Microfranchising Initiative (AMS)” which has already created around one hundred jobs in France through the first two microfranchise networks and its overall objective is to create between 3,000 and 5,000 jobs by 2020.

    The workshop aims at offering to specialized Italian professionals and banking foundations, as sector’s financial sponsors, the possibility to discuss in detail this innovative microfinance service and the experience and operating principles of the French leader as well as the Italian progress.

    Find here the minutes of the session.

  • World Savings Day

  • 30|10|2014 - 30|11|-1

    It is clear that saving money is the way forward to achieve well-being. And the current socio-economic context provides strong arguments to continue to save. But is there an enabling environment that facilitates this objective? Many challenges arise and make saving money difficult or less attractive.

    • Do the current low-interest rates create the adequate incentives to save?

    • How can we encourage spending to boost the economy while at the same time saving money for the future?

    • And how will developed economies navigate through the demographic transition? Can savings trends keep pace with an ageing population and are young people still being educated to save?

    A panel of economists and bankers will discuss these topics, after an introduction by the WSBI President Heinrich Haasis, on the importance of the 90th celebration of the World Savings Day.

    To know more and confirm your participation, click here.


    Where: Savings and Retail Banks House, rue Marie-Thérèse 11, 1000 Brussels

  • Distributing social allowances in line with EU strategies: innovative solutions

  • 23|10|2014 - 24|10|2014

    What to expect?

    • Exchange of experiences and practices with European experts and stakeholders in the field of social policies.

    • Introduction on EU Funds and new opportunities for 2014-2020 (fights against poverty, health, social inclusion, employmetn).

    • Presentation of key success factores of concrete solution (telemanagement of long-term care, vouchers, etc).


    Where: Milan, Italy

  • Launch Event Youth Business Italy Programme

  • 09|10|2014 - 09|10|2014

  • Current situation and future challenges for the Spanish SMEs

  • 08|10|2014 - 30|11|-1

    ICO Fundation and the Economic Studies Institute (IEE, Instituto de Estudios Económicos) are pleased to invite you to the presentation of the study "Current situation and future challenges for the Spanish SMEs". The event will be attended as well by the President of the Spanish SMEs Confederation.

    Limited places. Please contact ICO to confirm your participation.

    Telf. 91 782 05 80 - iee@ieemadrid.com

    Please, notice that the presentation will be conducted in Spanish.




    Click here to access to the external link.


    Where: ICO Auditorium - Calle Los Madrazos 36-38, 28014 Madrid

  • “Improving access to finance: using EU microcredit schemes”

  • 07|10|2014 - 30|11|-1

    OPEN DAYS 2014 12th European Week of Regions and Cities

    “Improving access to finance: using EU microcredit schemes”

    Organisers: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Group - CoR

    Venue: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Room 51

    Speakers and chair(s): Mr. Sapy Patrick , Mr. Verkerk Bas (Chair), Mr. Eriksson Per-Erik , Mr. Ramirez Puerto Jorge

    Increasing the supply of microcredit (loans of up to €25,000) is essential for encouraging new businesses, self-employment and stimulating economic growth. Micro-entrepreneurs are often faced with the difficulty of raising money due to what the banks see as a high-risk, low-return activity coupled with high handling fees. This is not just a problem for businesses; it is a problem for the wider economy because it slows growth. In order to counter this trend and to improve access to finance, enhancing the capacity of non-bank microcredit providers is essential.

    The workshop will explore the joint initiative of the EC, EIF and EIB called JASMINE and the financial mechanism called Progress Microfinance, therefore providing a forum for best practices in terms of both technical and financial assistance.

    Update December 2014: Find here the minutes of the session.

  • Financial instruments to support microfinance and social enterprises

  • 07|10|2014 - 30|11|-1

    OPEN DAYS 2014 12th European Week of Regions and Cities

    Financial instruments to support microfinance and social enterprises

    Organisers: DG EMPL,C.2

    Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Room 0D

    Speakers and chair(s): Ms Isabelle De Schryver, DG REGIO; Ms Emmanuelle Guiheneuf, DG EMPL; Dr. Markus Freiburg, FASE; Dr. Luca Galassi, ESF Managing Authority Sardinia; Mr. Jorge Ramirez, European Microfinance Network; Mr. Michal Petrik, DG EMPL

    Use of financial instruments in order to support microfinance and social enterprises in EU regions is an innovative way of boosting employment in the EU. New EU-level instruments will be launched this year and will be accompanied by provision of technical assistance. The new instruments can be further complemented by activities of managing authorities on the regional/national level, notably through ESI funds.

    Update December 2015: Find here the minutes of the session

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  • “Borrow Wisely!” Campaign

  • 01|10|2014 - 30|11|-1

    On 1 October 2014, 12 MFC members are launching the international “Borrow Wisely!” Campaign across 9 countries in Europe and Central Asia. Our aim is to educate thousands of existing and potential microfinance clients on how take on safe and responsible levels of debt.

    How will we achieve our ambitious aim? Here’s some numbers:

    - 678 field staff ready to promote Campaign messages

    - 1966 posters displayed

    - 42 500 brochures distributed

    - 123 000 leaflets distributed

    Why joining the campaign?

    “Since its inception, Horizonti has been promoting and considering itself as a socially responsible lender, focusing the services in line with client's needs and their capacities to manage finance and debts. But, also the value of this was not sufficiently promoted externally in public. The "Borrow-Wisely" Campaign is an excellent opportunity to re-confirm our customer care orientation and commitment to responsible finance” says Vase Davaliev, Executive Director.

    “Participation in this campaign allows us to avoid the risk that customers will be indebted and by doing so we will ensure that their and our own investments bring planned outcomes. The goal is to help the client to assess their real needs” says Dženita Ki?i?, Operational manager, AgroInvest, Serbia

    The “Borrow Wisely” Campaign promotes international customer protection standards and financial education.

    To learn more contact Kinga Dabrowska.

  • EU Access to Finance Day

  • 23|09|2014 - 30|11|-1

    The EU Access to Finance Days provide the opportunity to discuss the design of future instruments for the new programming period 2014-20 between the key SME finance stakeholders as well as financial intermediaries under the current EU programmes. These include Horizon 2020, European Structural and Investment Funds and the new COSME Programme.

    The Brussels' meeting focuses on access to finance for SMEs and this with a special focus on Belgium's situation. It is generally recognized that more effort needs to be made in order to favour access to finance for SMEs and especially for micro-enterprises who lack the necessary background to mount a good business plan and who are generally less aware of “things” that are not within their core activity. The importance for the EU lies on financing growth and various speakers pointed out that especially MSMEs are reluctant to growth.

    Click here to access to the minutes of the event.

  • 13th European Meeting of People experiencing Poverty

  • 22|09|2014 - 24|09|2014

    The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) is organising the 13th European Meeting of People experiencing Poverty (PeP) on 22-24 September in Brussels.

    The focus of the event is on funding the fight against poverty and in particular on the use of structural funds and the new Fund for European aid to the most deprived (FEAD).

    László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Sergio Aires, President of EAPN, Franca Biondelli, Undersecretary at the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Michel Servoz, Director-General for Employment and Social Affairs, are among the key speakers.

    Around 200 participants will attend, including people experiencing poverty, representatives of national governments and EU institutions, European and national NGOs, social partners and academics.


    Where: Charlemagne building (22 and 24/09), Autoworld (23/09), Brussels (Belgium)

  • Capacity Building Seminar: Supporting youth in entrepreneurship

  • 22|09|2014 - 23|09|2014

    The aim of this Capacity Building Seminar is to have an international exchange of information on youth entrepreneurship actions across the European Union and on how the European Funds can be used to support actions that combine entrepreneurship promotion and youth employment policies. It will examine the how strategies for youth entrepreneurship can be designed and implemented.

    The 1.5 day seminar will be structured around discussion based on input from case studies and expert presentations on the policies that governments have used in this field. Input from international experts and OECD staff will provide a framework for discussion, and all sessions will be facilitated in order to bring out common conclusions. The seminar is conceived as a system aimed at establishing a common knowledge and experience exchange platform among the participants, rather than a traditional and conventional “vertical capacity building” event. New and fresh knowledge is expected to be generated through such exchanges and due to the combination of the experience and knowledge all the participants will bring.

    October 2014: Find here the minutes of the event.


    Where: Rue Joseph II , 27 1000 - Brussels

  • 7th Annual EuroMed Academy of Business Conference

  • 18|09|2014 - 19|09|2014

    The EuroMed Academy of Business annual conference has established itself as one of the major Business Management conferences of its kind in the European and Mediterranean regions, in terms of size, quality of content, and standing reputation of attendees. Many of the papers presented contribute significantly to the business knowledge base. Its Book of Proceedings is highly recognized and accepted for wide citation. Many papers were published in Special Issues in leading journals, and were driving international research and teaching programs.

    The conference attracts hundreds of leading scholars from leading universities, principal executives and politicians from all over the world. The EuroMed Academy enjoys a network of more than 40 country directors serving as its ambassadors and promoters around the world.

    The goal is to create a friendly and approachable academy and environment, a strong network, whereby its members (including senior international scholars, faculty members, doctorate students, researchers and business people) are guiding and mentoring each other.

    Read more...


    Where: Kristiansand (Norway)

  • Labour economics after the crisis: what theoretical lessons to draw from policy experience?

  • 18|09|2014 - 19|09|2014

    Commissioner László Andor and DG EMPL will host a two-day conference in Brussels on 18-19 September to discuss the state of play and the way forward in the area of labour economics. The long financial and economic crisis has had a strong impact on labour markets and employment policy in Europe.

    Now in the 2014, which is a transition year of the European institutions, the EU is emerging from the long crisis with reinforced coordination mechanisms. Their good functioning, however, cannot be taken for granted without clarifying and consolidating the theoretical conclusions of the crisis experience and the evolution of policies.

    What needs to be learned and discussed in the area of labour economics? How can academic experts and advisers continue to help the EU in designing and implementing the right policies in the area of employment? The conference will bring together theoreticians, experts, analysts, advisers, and policy makers to discuss these questions.

    Participation is by invitation only.


    Where: Management Centre Europe, 118 Rue de l'Aqueduc, Brussels

  • Business opportunities beyond the piggy Bank: Changing the face of savings in Microfinance

  • 18|09|2014 - 19|09|2014

    The event is a two-day seminar focused on discussing and creating reflection opportunities about the success factors when mobilizing savings projects among poorer people in Latin America. It will offer a series of presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions from the institutions that participated in the project implementation, as well as multilateral entities, foundations, regulators and Latin American financial institutions.

    The seminar will discuss over the key factors identified for savings implementation, such as:

    • Low income customers profile and financial needs

    • Regional savings panorama

    • Innovation and product design

    • Channels and technology

    • Marketing and communication skills

    • Financial education

    The event will be held in the Hotel Las Americas in Cartagena (Colombia) on September 18 and 19. It doesn’t have an admission fee, but participants need to register on the events website.

    Participants are responsible for transportation and accommodation fees. Hotel rates will have special event’s price based on reservation date.


    Where: Hotel Las Américas, Cartagena (Colombia)

  • EVPA Workshop on Exit Strategies

  • 11|09|2014 - 12|09|2014

    EVPA’s working definition of an exit strategy: “An exit strategy is the action plan to determine when a VPO can no longer add value to the investee, thus ending the relationship, while ensuring that the social impact is either maintained or amplified".

    The first objective of this research project is to provide VP/SI practitioners with an important tool to assist them in their daily activities and thus enhance the effectiveness of their work. The second objective is to increase the transparency and accountability of the VP/SI sector.

    This workshop is an opportunity for you and others with or without experience in exits to learn from each other and to use the research to further build your internal knowledge on the topic. The workshop aims to cover the different considerations when using the three main types of financing in VP/SI (grants, debt and equity).


    Where: Philanthropy House, Rue Royale 94, 1000 Brussels

  • Decent Work, Quality Jobs and Poverty – the missing link in Europe 2020. What way forward?

  • 11|09|2014 - 30|11|-1

    The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament will host a joint seminar with EAPN - European Anti Poverty Network and the European Trade Union Confederation to critically examine how the quality of work and employment are taken up in the Europe 2020 Strategy, both at national and EU level: what are the consequences for poverty and social exclusion and how can we ensure that decent work and quality jobs are back on the agenda as a priority.

    Six years after the beginning of the financial crisis, and four years into the Europe 2020 Strategy, the employment and social situation in Europe keeps deteriorating, with devastating consequences including increasing poverty and social exclusion. The slow economic recovery is not being felt by the millions of unemployed, people in precarious jobs or suffering from, or at risk of poverty. At this rate, the Europe 2020 employment target will not be met, and the poverty reduction target is undermined by a proliferation of punitive activation practices, attacks on workers' rights, and a downward pressure on wages and job quality, while inclusive labour markets remain a distant objective.

    How can we bring back the quality dimension in the European employment debate, and make sure that it delivers on reducing poverty, promoting social cohesion, and ensuring a sustainable economic recovery?

    October 2014: Find the minutes of the session here.


    Where: Altiero Spinelli Building - Room A3G-3 - European Parliament

  • Cohesion Forum - “Investment for jobs and growth: promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities”

  • 08|09|2014 - 09|09|2014

    The Cohesion Forum is a large scale political event bringing together more than 700 people including high level representatives from European institutions, Prime Ministers and ministers, regional and local representatives, economic and social partners, NGOs and academics.

    The main goal is to discuss how the next generation of Cohesion Policy programmes which will be launched in 2014 can contribute to the recovery of the European economy. With a budget of more than EUR 350 billion, Cohesion Policy can play a key role in supporting growth-enhancing and job-creating investments in 2014-20.

    The Cohesion Forum is a unique opportunity to discuss with all stakeholders how EU policies can improve the living conditions and opportunities for all European citizens in the years to come.

    Registrations will be closed on 11 August 2014.


    Where: Charlemagne & Berlaymont, Brussels

  • 7th Convergences World Forum

  • 08|09|2014 - 10|09|2014

    Gathering iconic figures and international experts, the World Forum is the place where public and private actors, as well as members of civil society, students, and the media can meet and exchange ideas to fight poverty.

    In 2013, 5,000 international participants from over 1,300 different organisations such as associations, public institutions and private companies shared ideas and thoughts with 350 speakers from across the world through60 debates, workshops and networking sessions.

    Encouraging exchange is one of the primary objectives of the World Forum: the Market Place which gathered 40 dynamic exhibitors, the Co-creation Spot and several networking events brought diverse actors together to develop innovative projects and new complementarities that will hopefully lay the foundation for future alliances towards a fair and sustainable world.

    12/10/2014: Download here the report of the event together with the minutes of the session on Microfinance and Poverty: What kind of business models in microfinance to reach the most vulnerable populations?


    Where: Paris

  • 17th Microcredit Summit - Generation next: Innovations in Microfinance

  • 03|09|2014 - 05|09|2014

    Imagine a world where all people, no matter how poor or remote, have access to the financial and social services they need to build a pathway out of poverty.

    This is the world wanted to be envisioned and worked towards at the 17th Microcredit Summit in Merida, Mexico, this September 3-5, focused on the theme Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance. The Microcredit Summit Campaign, with the support of the Ministry of Economy (Mexico) and its National Microenterprise Financing Program (PRONAFIM), will host this Summit in the middle of the ancestral lands of the Mayan civilization.

    The 17th Microcredit Summit will continue to highlight Campaign Commitments, bringing attention to the innovative work of financial inclusion and microfinance to reach those living in extreme poverty and facilitate their movement out of poverty. Those who attend will engage in deep discussion, knowledge-sharing, and relationship-building that will ultimately advance our collective mission towards poverty reduction and full financial inclusion for the billions that remain unbanked and excluded from the system.


    Where: Mérida, México

  • Impact and implications of the global financial and economic crisis on sustainable development & climate change proposals for an integrated global response to the crisis.

  • 26|06|2014 - 29|06|2014

    Conference Theme: Impact and implications of the global financial and economic crisis on sustainable development & climate change proposals for an integrated global response to the crisis. 

    Call for papers:United Nations welcomes paper presentation from interested participants,scholars, financial experts, policy makers, and other practitioners. Paper presentations will be scheduled for 20 minutes each including questions. 

    The following topics can be covered in your submission and presentation: 

     

    • Causes and Solutions of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis
    • Global Repercussions of the Financial and Economic Crisis
    • Fundamental Defects of the Free Market System
    • The Impact of the Financial and Economic Crisis on Developing Countries
    • The Impact of the Financial and Economic Crisis on Millennium Development Goals MDG's
    • Accounting & Financial Regulations
    • Government and/or Private Sector Response to the Financial and Economic Crisis
    • Any other topic relating to Finance and Economy. 

     

    Important Dates: Submission of Paper Presentation and Proposals -- 10th June, 2014.

    Submission of Registration form and Proof of Accommodation from the Central Park Hotel -- As early as possible. Registration Closing Date -- As set by the United Nations.

     

    For further details about registration form, visa, flight ticket and other details, write an acceptance letter to be part of this event and send directly to the (Conference Organizing Secretary) Ms. Cristina Parceog via e-mail: registration@un-event-org.tk For more information call +44(0)702-401-1774


    Where: International Convention Centre London, United Kingdom

  • 9th meeting of the Stakeholder Dialogue of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion

  • 25|06|2014 - 30|11|-1

    As you know the Commission has taken a commitment to review the 2020 strategy in 2014.

    With the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, "Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth", of 5th March 2014, the essential data and outcomes of this stocktaking have been presented.

    Following this we now have to concentrate on the follow-up, in particular on the public consultation and on how to develop a sustainable strategy for the period from 2015 to 2020.

    Click here to access to the official minutes of the meeting


    Where: Management Centre Europe (MCE), Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, 1050, Brussels Belgium

  • From active inclusion to social investment

  • 16|06|2014 - 30|11|-1

    In 2008, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive Active Inclusion Strategy based on three strands: adequate income support, inclusive labor markets and access to quality services. Since then, in the wake of the financial crisis, Europe has experienced a severe social set-back. Today, one in four Europeans lives in or is at risk of poverty, and progress has been slow regarding the smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive growth envisaged in the Europe 2020 strategy.

    To support Member States in their efforts to emerge from the crisis within current budget constraints, the European Commission published its 2013 Social Investment Package (SIP). The SIP presented an assessment of how Member States have implemented the Commission's recommendations on active inclusion, reiterating the crucial need for active inclusion in the fight against poverty.

    This conference aims at focusing on the measures taken at European level to step up active inclusion and social investment.


    Where: Rue Belliard 99 1040 Brussels

  • 30th anniversary of Crédal cooperative

  • 14|06|2014 - 30|11|-1

    The anniversary party of the finance cooperative Crédal will take place on Saturday, the 14th of June in Brussels.

     In the programme:

    - General Assembly of the Crédal cooperative

    - a "village" of clients

    - panel discussion with Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Olivier De Schutter, Eric Keuleneer, Alec Bowl and Bernard Delville

    - concert of Klezmic Zirkus.

    Reservation compulsory by the 26th of May 2014. 

    More information (in French) here


    Where: Brussels

  • Community is the answer

  • 09|06|2014 - 11|06|2014

    Registration is now open!

    Book your place as a full 3-day delegate or day delegate here:

    www.communityistheanswer.org/registration

     

    This major event will explore some of the most significant local and global questions we face today in the context of the answer: community.

    How will we address the challenges of poverty? Of growing inequality? Of the environmental crisis? Of the failure of our institutions?

    Community is the answer will showcase community-based solutions from Scotland and around the world. It will allow community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers to come together and examine what actually matters to people, how to measure it and how to place it at the core of what we do.

    Taking place in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the gathering is expected to attract several hundred Scottish and international participants. This will be a unique opportunity for those who care about community development to learn about how people in different contexts are tackling similar challenges; to create new connections; and to develop networks which will last beyond the life of the event.

    Read more...


    Where: Glasgow (Scotland)

  • 17th MFC Annual Conference

  • 27|05|2014 - 28|05|2014

    The 17th MFC annual conference, entitled “The new world of financial inclusion: What role for microfinance?” will tackle the implications for the microfinance industry of the concepts of financial inclusion and access to finance.

    In recent years, access to finance and financial inclusion (rather than microfinance) have increasingly been come to seen as paths to social and economic prosperity. These two concepts encompass more financial and non-financial products and services, new delivery channels and more players (including banks, transfer agencies, mobile companies, etc.). This conference is a critical opportunity to debate how microfinance sits alongside these concepts, and discuss if there are any threats or new opportunities that can be explored by microfinance.

    The starting point will be clear definitions around terminology, and what we mean by the concepts of “access”, “financial inclusion” and “microfinance”, how they relate to each other, policy implications of these definitions and how these play out in practice across Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.


    Where: Istanbul, Turkey

  • Microfinance Insight Forum- 12 - Quarterly conference

  • 21|05|2014 - 30|11|-1

    Microfinance Insight Forum- 12 Quarterly conference 

    The Banque Populaire Chair In Microfinance In Collaboration With The University Of Burgundy

    21st May 2014 - Groupe ESC Dijon - 29 Rue Sambin 21000 Dijon - SallA09

    From macro to micro finance

    9h30   Reception and Coffee 

    10h00 Introduction by Alexandre Asselineau/ Christine Sinapi

    10h10 Marc Pilkington and Christine Sinapi "Crisis perception in financial media discourse: a mainstream vs Minsky opposition"

    11h00 Yulia Vymyatnina "Minsky's theory of financial instability in state-dominated economies: Case studies of USSR and post-Soviet Russia"

    12h00 Lunch at Sodexho

    13h00 Damien Wilson"Crowdfunding of the Wine industry: A Case study"

    13h40   Marc Pilkington "Risks and Governance in e-money" 14h20 Hayyan Alia"A modified HHEP model for assessing impact of microfinance"

    14h50 Cloture

  • MetLife Foundation’s Financial Inclusion Immersion “Leadership Meeting for MetLife’s EMEA Region”

  • 20|05|2014 - 30|11|-1

    European Microfinance Network (EMN) is invited to participate in the MetLife Foundation’s Financial Inclusion Immersion at the upcoming Leadership Meeting for MetLife’s EMEA Region. The meeting will be attended by more than 100 MetLife regional leaders, country heads and key regional and country staff.

    MetLife Foundation adopted financial inclusion as its global focus in 2013. At that time, EMEA leaders briefly heard about MetLife Foundation and the new focus. The Warsaw meeting will provide a valuable opportunity for the leaders to hear more about the issue globally and regionally and to begin to think about how to execute MetLife Foundation’s strategy locally.

    Click here to access to the minutes of the meeting.


    Where: Warsaw

  • High-level conference on social policy innovation

  • 19|05|2014 - 20|05|2014

    The European Commission is organising a high-level conference on social policy innovation in Brussels on 19-20 May 2014.

    The conference will focus on the role of social policy innovation and social investment in implementing structural reforms at country level and delivering on the Europe 2020 objectives.

    The conference will report on the experiences of the recent past and examine more in depth how EU countries will be best supported for social policy innovation and social policy experimentation through the new Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

    Click here to access to the EMN presentation and here to the press release of the conference.


    Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels (Belgium)

  • EBAN 14th Annual Congress & 9th Annual Awards 2014

  • 19|05|2014 - 20|05|2014

    The theme for the EBAN 14th Annual Congress and 9th Annual Awards is “The Power of the collective: Business Angels, Seed Funds, Accelerators & Incubation Space”.

    EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor community, gathering 109 member organisations in 37 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 5.1billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs and creation of wealth and jobs.

    More information; http://www.ebancongress2014.org/ 


    Where: Dublin Castle, Ireland

  • Employment and Social Inclusion in Europe: Developing Skills and Supporting Disadvantaged Groups

  • 14|05|2014 - 30|11|-1

    In the face of the recent economic downturn, the labour market and social conditions remain extremely challenging in Europe. In October 2013, Eurostat estimated that over 26 million people were unemployed in the EU-28, of whom over 19 million were in the Eurozone. Boosting employment in the EU is, therefore, one of the main priorities of policy makers.

    The European Employment Strategy (EES) seeks to promote a life-cycle approach to work, lifelong learning and improved support for those seeking a job, as well as ensuring equal opportunities. For its actions to be effective, the EU must invest in jobs and people and improve the functioning of its labour market by addressing skills mismatches and segmentation.

    In line with the Europe 2020 Strategy, the ‘Social Investment Package’ seeks to promote social investment across Member States to prevent any form of exclusion or discrimination of vulnerable groups and to ensure their participation in society. High unemployment rates among young people and seniors should also be addressed through the implementation of active inclusion policies at national level.


    Where: Rue Bodenbroek 2/4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

  • High-level conference 'Youth Guarantee: Making It Happen'

  • 08|04|2014 - 30|11|-1

    László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is hosting a one-day high-level conference on the Youth Guarantee on 8 April in Brussels.

    The event will bring together key practitioners involved in the implementation of the Council Recommendation on establishing a Youth Guarantee adopted in April 2013.

    It will discuss progress achieved by Member States in putting in place Youth Guarantee schemes and making use of the € 6 billion Youth Employment Initiative made available to support the Youth Guarantee's delivery, in addition to support from the European Social Fund available over 2014-20.


    Where: Management Centre Europe, Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, Brussels, Belgium

  • Workshop on “Micro-finance and the new programming cycle 2014-2020”

  • 07|04|2014 - 30|11|-1

    Following the success of the first two rounds of regional workshops run as part of the Capacity-Building Project during 2013, the third round is being organised as one single event which will be attended – for the first time all together – by the managers of the Convergence Objective Regions as the beneficiaries of the project’s activities, accompanied by the managers of their respective in-house companies.

    Thanks to the presence of distinguished representatives of the Italian Banking Association-ABI, the relationship between banks and microcredit/micro-enterprises in the light of the “Banks 2020” project will be discussed in depth. Furthermore, together with experts from Ania and Assilea, the foundations will be laid for defining and developing new micro-finance products, such as micro-insurance and micro-leasing which are highly innovative areas that have so far been explored very little in our country; lastly, experts from the Microcredit Agency will illustrate a number of the main problems involved in the process of reporting on microcredit instruments activated in the Regions for the Structural Funds programming period 2007-2013.

    Click here to download the program and the agenda.


    Where: The Representative Office of the European Parliament in Italy Sala delle Bandiere - via IV Novembre, 149

  • Seminar on “Addressing social divergences in European societies: improving minimum income support”

  • 03|04|2014 - 03|04|2014

    The seminar will have three workshops. Workshops speakers start with 10-15 minutes interventions followed by discussions. The first workshop will look at key challenges of income support schemes (such as coverage and adequacy). The second workshop will examine efficient benefit and service delivery. The third workshop will focus on linking income support with activation measures.

    The workshops should aim to explore what are best practices within the respective areas, and highlight what the European value could be in those areas (exchange of best practice, monitoring in European Semester, financial support).

    Click here to access to the minutes of the seminar.


    Where: Brussels

  • Better Finance Manifesto, Saving for Growth and Jobs

  • 28|03|2014 - 30|11|-1

    Whereas there are many challenges ahead, few are as acute as dealing with the fallout of the financial crisis. In order to shore up the real economy, protect savers and investors, concentrate on long term investment for job creation and better protect European citizens, EuroFinUse wrote the BETTER FINANCE MANIFESTO, outlining necessary changes to benefit the real economy.

    EuroFinUse will present the BETTER FINANCE MANIFESTO at the conference and engage MEPs from different political groups in a debate on these crucial issues, including the critical requirements for the recovery and the long-term financing of the real European economy and what needs to be done to restore European household's confidence in long-term savings and investments.

    Closing date for registration is 23 March 2014.

    Click here to download the programme.

    Click here to access to the minutes of the meeting.


    Where: European Parliament

  • 10th Global Microfinance Forum

  • 20|03|2014 - 21|03|2014

    Theme: "Adapting Microfinance in a complex landscape: evolving towards a real positive impact" 

    Microfinance Industry is evolving steadily. To identify trends, minimize risks and strengths responsible practices, make the agents involved to analyze their models to stay relevant in a complex scenario.

    The economic situation encourages the industry to move forward to new lines of action, where to focus in the importance of strong and transparent partnerships and understanding the clients and their needs have become a more important points. Besides, responding accordingly with appropriate financial inclusion plans and products will be the key of its success.

    Uniglobal’s 2 days Forum will bring together leaders in the Microfinance industry to discuss and share the latest practices and strategies in order to take advantage on a changing environment. 

    For further information and registration, click here 


    Where: Vienna (Austria)

  • The Week of Microcredit by microStart

  • 17|03|2014 - 23|03|2014

    7 days to discover microcredit from the 17th to the 23rd of March.

    microStart is looking forward to welcoming you again for the annual Week of Microcredit. This is an opportunity for you to discover how microStart can help you create your micro- business through microcredit support.

    The Week of Microcredit also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the world of microfinance!

    Meet with delegates from the world of entrepreneurship, enjoy open days in microStart agencies, participate in fairs, conferences, film debates and much more.

    During 7 days, microStart and key members in the field of employment and entrepreneurship will mobilize around a common cause: entrepreneurship as a tool to fight unemployment and social exclusion.


    Where: Belgium

  • Seminar "EU Cohesion Policy supports SMEs"

  • 13|03|2014 - 14|03|2014

    Jorge Ramirez (EMN General Manager) will participate as a speaker in the seminar "EU Cohesion Policy supports SMEs" organized by the DG REGIO from the European Commission. The event will take place on 13 & 14 March 2014 in Barcelona.

    The seminar will discuss about how the EU Cohesion Policy can support SMEs and help them to enhance their competitiveness. In the 2014-2020 programming period, Cohesion Policy will further strengthen this support and will become a key lever to facilitate access to finance for SMEs and to promote their presence in international markets.

    The seminar will be structured around three main themes:

    • The importance of the SMEs in Spain and Europe;

    • Cohesion Policy support in favour of SMEs and entrepreneurship and

    • Access to finance for SMEs.


    Where: Barcelona

  • Social Entrepreneurs: Have your Say!

  • 16|01|2014 - 17|01|2014

    Europe is changing and new economic models are needed. European citizens, business, entrepreneurs and policy makers are taking action on the challenges we are facing in our social, economic and environmental spheres through social innovation, new forms of investment and surprising solutions. One of the key results is the emergence of a new social entrepreneurship sector which is taking root throughout Europe. 

    The European Commission, as a key policy maker for Europe, launched the Social Business Initiative (SBI) in October 2011. Its objective is to illuminate and stimulate the action and innovation that is already taking place and to support it to move forward by connecting policy makers, social entrepreneurs, citizens and investors.

    Organized in Strasbourg Convention Center ("Palais des Congrès"), the event will bring together all the stakeholders to discuss the issues we face.

    Consult the program here...

    On Thursday January 16th, at 2.15pm, in the scope of Microfinance and social entrepreneur’s stakeholder forum on green economy, there will be a workshop on the role of microfinance in the green economy. In this workshop the following European MFIs will be represented:

    • Partner mikrokreditna fondacija from Bosnia Herzigovina (EMN Member);
    • Fédération Nationale des Caisses d’Epargne from France (EMN Member) ;
    • Crédal from Belgium (EMN Member);
    • Davide Forcella, Research Fellow at ULB and FNRS in Belgium;
    • Marion Allet, PAMIGA from France ;
    • Karl Dayson, University of Salford from UK. 

    This workshop seeks to illustrate the role of European microfinance in the green economy, an area with a high job creation potential. It will bring together academics and microfinance practitioners to discuss the status of green microfinance in Europe and present successful models of microfinance support in the areas of energy efficiency, organic agriculture and renewables.

    Read more...

    Click here to access to the summary! 


    Where: Strasbourg (France)

  • CDFA Annual Conference 2014

  • 12|01|2014 - 13|01|2014

    Community Finance ’14 – the local banking solution
    13th February 2014

    The CDFA’s annual conference will bring the community finance world together to debate, learn, network and inspire.

    A new breed of lenders is bringing jobs, aspiration and wealth to local communities. See first-hand how CDFIs are evolving into the new breed of community banks. Community finance is delivering economic growth and changing lives. Find out how it can do this in your neighbourhood. Discover how to raise capital, lend local and put the ethics into finance. Join the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) for the industry event of the year, to discuss how we can become the heart of a fairer financial system.
     
    Speakers will include Sajid Javid MP (Financial Secretary to the Treasury), Dawn Austwick OBE (Big Lottery Fund), Cathy Jamieson MP (Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury), Nick O’Donohoe (Big Society Capital), Indy Johar (The Hub),, Bruce Davis (UK Crowdfunding Association) & Ed Mayo (Co-operatives UK)

    Read more...

    The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards
    12th February 2014

    The CDFA and Citi Foundation have teamed up to host a prestigious awards ceremony to celebrate  the innovative and important work of CDFIs.

    The CDFA conference will open with a bang – with a prestigious awards ceremony to celebrate the innovative and inspirational work of CDFIs to build financial inclusion and economic development. The CDFA has teamed up with the Citi Foundation to bring the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards to the UK.  Find out which organisations and individuals will be crowned winners, and who’ll be walking away with prize money of £65,000!

    Read more...

    Register for these exciting events before 20th December and save 20% for you and your team!! 
    Register to both events here!


    Where: Bristol (UK)

  • Decent Work, Quality Jobs and Poverty – the missing link in Europe 2020. What way forward?

  • 30|11|-1 - 30|11|-1

    The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament will host a joint seminar with EAPN - European Anti Poverty Network and the European Trade Union Confederation to critically examine how the quality of work and employment are taken up in the Europe 2020 Strategy, both at national and EU level: what are the consequences for poverty and social exclusion and how can we ensure that decent work and quality jobs are back on the agenda as a priority.

    Six years after the beginning of the financial crisis, and four years into the Europe 2020 Strategy, the employment and social situation in Europe keeps deteriorating, with devastating consequences including increasing poverty and social exclusion. The slow economic recovery is not being felt by the millions of unemployed, people in precarious jobs or suffering from, or at risk of poverty. At this rate, the Europe 2020 employment target will not be met, and the poverty reduction target is undermined by a proliferation of punitive activation practices, attacks on workers' rights, and a downward pressure on wages and job quality, while inclusive labour markets remain a distant objective.

    How can we bring back the quality dimension in the European employment debate, and make sure that it delivers on reducing poverty, promoting social cohesion, and ensuring a sustainable economic recovery?

    October 2014: Find the minutes of the session here.


    Where: Altiero Spinelli Building - Room A3G-3 - European Parliament

  • "Impact Investing" seminar

  • 30|11|-1 - 30|11|-1

     



    This event, organized by BIO, King Baudouin Foundation and EVPA, promises to generate a vivid discussion on opportunities and challenges of impact investing in developing countries.

    There will be interventions by Luc Tayart de Borms (FRB), Bram Thuysbaert (BIO), Loïc De Cannière (Incofin Investment), François de Borchgrave (Kois Investment) and Etienne de Callataÿ, and ample room for informal round table discussion.

    Objectives

    • Bring together the people in Belgium involved in impact investing in developing countries or interested in becoming involved.

    • Create more common understanding of the concept of impact investing, its potential and limits in a developing country context.

    • Reflect on opportunities to make impact investing in developing countries blossom in volume and in its effects.

    • Create an informal network regarding impact investing in the developing world.


    Please register by sending an email to communications@bio-invest.be by December 3rd 2015.

    Event is free of charge.

    Read more details on the programme.

  • European Money Week – Brussels launch event

  • 30|11|-1 - 30|11|-1

    The second European Money Week starts on Monday, 14 March. It promotes national financial education projects for young people in more than 20 European countries. The week is filled of many different initiatives by national banking associations, under coordination by the European Banking Federation.

    The Financial Education Roundtable is the Brussels launch event for European Money Week, organised by the Financial Education Platform. You can join #EMW2016 in Brussels at the Residence Palace Press Centre, 14.00-17.00.

    The programme for the event will be announced shortly, stay tuned!

    Website: www.europeanmoneyweek.eu
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/EuropeanMoneyWeek
    Twitter: @EUMoneyWeek #EMW2016

  • Belgian Microcredit Week | 14 - 18 March

  • 30|11|-1 - 30|11|-1

    The Belgian Microcredit Week will take place from 14 - 18 March under the slogan "Entrepreneurship has no age" (Il n’y a pas d’âge pour entreprendre).

    Objectives of the 5th Edition

    • Raise awareness among the general public of microcredit in Belgium as a key instrument in the fight against poverty, and of socio-economic development.
    • Encourage project holders to consider microcredit and its system of assistance as a springboard towards the creation of their own enterprise
    • Integrate the microStart project at national level by coordinating the events from different agencies in Brussels, Liege, Ghent, Antwerp and Charleroi as well as in their local offices.
    • Draw the attention of economic and political decision-makers to the existence of numerous obstacles to business creation, most notable regulatory barriers.

     

    This year microStart, in cooperation with Impulskrediet, has the honour of organising the Microcredit Week under the High Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians.

    Consult the Microcredit Week programme here (fr) and here (nl)

    For more information and to discover what events are happening near you, please contact microStart.

  • 30|11|-1 - 30|11|-1


    Financial Inclusion through Microfinance

    on 22-23 September 2016, at 10 AM | Hotel Marriott, Skopje


    The Alliance of Microfinance organizations is organizing this regional forum in cooperation with Savings house Moznosti, Savings house FULM, Microcredit foundation Horizonti and the Macedonian Enterprise Development Foundation, with the support of the USAID’ Microfinance Innovation and Inclusion Project.

    The Alliance of Microfinance organizations is an association of the leading non-banking microfinance organizations in the country aiming to lead the process of strengthening Microfinance and contribute to improved access to finance in the society.

    At the forum, there will have the opportunity to discuss different topics:

    • The key role of Microfinance in increasing financial inclusion

    • Innovative approaches in providing better access to finance

    • The current situation with Microfinance in the region, challenges and opportunities

    • The regulatory environment for Microfinance

    • Access to EU funding for microfinance

    The event will also bring together

    • Microfinance networks

    • Non-banking financial institutions in the field of Microfinance

    • The Regulatory institutions

    • Experienced experts from our country and the region

    • Donor community representatives.


    Share your opinions and experiences and contribute to the process of financial inclusion through microfinance!


    Please, confirm your attendance on the mail-address: info@mfo.mk