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.
European Microfinance Week, 14th -16th November, is e-MFP’s annual event for its members and friends to come together, debate, share ideas, learn, network and - most importantly - look to the future of our sector.
Preparations for European Microfinance Week 2012 are well under way and we would like to thank all members who submitted proposals for sessions during our three day annual event. The proposals are currently being assessed and the Secretariat will follow up and keep you informed regarding your contribution.
The European Microfinance Award is organized jointly by the European MicrofinancePlatform, the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Directorate for Development Cooperation and the Luxembourg Round Table on Microfinance to promote microfinance initiatives and highlight their contribution to the development of the sector.
After a very decisive year during which the microfinance sector had to wake-up to certain realities, European Microfinance Week, e-MFP’s annual event for its members and friends, is the ideal place to come together, debate, share ideas, learn, network and - most importantly - look to the future of our sector.
Five years of microfinance partnership for the South - how it all began. The idea behind the Platform was to bring together European microfinance organisations that work in developing countries to share their ideas and experiences. The founding organisations shared the vision that microfinance should take an innovative and inclusive approach and that the e-MFP would represent the focal point of microfinance in Europe.