The European Microfinance Award 2020 “Encouraging Effective & Inclusive Savings” highlights the crucial role that savings can play for low-income and excluded populations, and how financial providers can encourage their effective and widespread use.

The 2020 Award brought a record number and range of applicants with 70 organisations from 37 countries applying!

Round 2 of the European Microfinance Award 2020 is now open. Deadline for submission of applications for Round 2 is 24th June 2020, 23:59 CET.

Thank you to all applicants for sharing with us your valuable work and congratulations to the organisations selected for Round 2. All applicants should have received notification of their result on Round 1 by email. If your organisation did not receive the notification or if there are any other questions, please contact us on

Good luck to all participants in this round!

La Ronda 2 del Premio Europeo de las Microfinanzas 2020 ha comenzado. El plazo límite para la presentación de candidaturas para la Ronda 2 es el 24 de junio de 2020, 23:59 CET.

Gracias a toda las organizaciones candidatas por compartir con nosotros su valioso trabajo y felicitaciones a las organizaciones invitadas a la Ronda 2. Todas las candidatas deben haber recibido la notificación de si han sido seleccionadas o no para la Ronda 2 por correo electrónico. Si su organización no ha recibido esta notificación o si tiene alguna otra pregunta, por favor contáctenos en:

Buena suerte a todos los participantes en esta ronda!

Le Second Tour du Prix européen de la Microfinance 2020 a désormais commencé. La date limite pour la présentation des candidatures au Second Tour est le 24 juin 2020, 23:59 CET.

Merci à tous les candidats d'avoir partagé leur excellent travail avec nous et félicitations aux organisations invitées au prochain tour. Tous les candidats doivent avoir reçu la notification de leur résultat au Premier Tour par courrier électronique. Si votre organisation n'a pas reçu cette notification ou si vous avez d'autres questions, veuillez nous contacter à l'adresse suivante:

Bonne chance à tous les candidats du Second Tour!

Read our news announcement here

Read the interview with Christoph Pausch published in MicroCapital presenting in a nutshell all the relevant information.

Read our blog "A Spotlight on Effective and Inclusive Savings"

Reference documents: Application Guidelines (EN, FR, SP), Concept Note (EN, FR, SP)

Watch our video Why the European Microfinance Award?  and learn more about the aims & benefits of the Award.

See the European Microfinance Award website

About the European Microfinance Award

The European Microfinance Award is a prestigious annual award with €100,000 for the winner and €10,000 for the runners-up, which attracts applications from organisations active in financial services around the world that are innovating in a particular area of financial inclusion. It serves two parallel goals: rewarding excellence, and collecting and disseminating the most relevant practices for replication by others.

The Award was launched in 2005 by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs. It is jointly organised by the Ministry, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), and the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg (, in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The Award is presented in a ceremony which in the past has been in the presence of Her Royal Highness the Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs. The ceremony takes place during the European Microfinance Week in Luxembourg.