It's a great pleasure to start this newsletter with the announcement of the 6th European Microfinance Award which this year focuses on microfinance in post-disaster, post-conflict areas and fragile states.
Thanks to the tremendous response to the call for sessions and speakers for European Microfinance Week, e-MFP has put togther an inspiring programme which promises to stimulate lively debate and exchange.
It's a pleasure to start this newsletter with the announcement of the 5th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment. This year the objective is to highlight opportunities for microfinance to improve environmental issues and encourage the industry to find innovative solutions for global environmental concerns in developing countries.
We look forward to another busy year in 2014 for e-MFP: Following the enthusiasm and dynamism of European Microfinance Week, we will continue to support our members in transforming this energy into concrete projects and actions.
With the European Microfinance Week 2013 only some weeks away, the e-MFP Secretariat is currently very busy preparing the event which will take place 12th – 14th November in the Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg.
The first half of 2013 has been particularly busy for e-MFP; with 10 new publications, participation in several of the sector’s top events and co-organization of the fantastic 3rd European Research Conference on Microfinance in Norway.
For this Spring Newsletter, I am happy to share a few words with you as the new Chairwoman of our European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP). I am following in the footsteps of Axel de Ville and Marc Bichler who I want to thank for their commitment in promoting and leading e-MFP during the last years.
It was a pleasure to meet so many of you at European Microfinance Week and to see that what started as a rather small conference in 2005, has developed over the years into such a major microfinance event. On page 1-4 we share highlights and report from some of the 24 sessions.