Nov 10, 2015

European Microfinance Week, 18th - 20th November, is fast approaching and the deadline to register is Wednesday,11th November 18.00.

European Microfinance Week (EMW) 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, NGOs, consulting firms, researchers and universities) working in developing countries. Organized by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), one of the industry's premier networks for knowledge sharing, and supported by the Luxembourg Government, EMW welcomes over 400 top professionals in the microfinance industry each year, from several dozen countries. You can read about the 2014 conference here.

The theme of the 2015 European Microfinance Week is Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development, and will feature a broad range of plenaries, workshops and smaller working group meetings. Specific sessions this year will include:

• A plenary session on 'Assessing limits: towards sustainable growth in microfinance'
• A plenary session covering 'Sustainable Development Goals and financial inclusion'
• Over twenty dedicated workshop sessions including on whether and how financial inclusion can foster financial stability; assessing impact; the role of apex organizations; best practice in risk management; microfinance investment fund governance; innovations in agri-finance products; and regulation and capacity building – among others.

Running alongside European Microfinance Week is the now-annual European Microfinance Award, jointly organised by the Luxembourg Development Cooperation, e-MFP, and the Inclusive Finance Network (InFiNe) Luxembourg in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB). This year's Award, its Sixth edition, covers Microfinance in Post-disaster, Post-conflict Areas and Fragile States, recognizing MFIs and other financial institutions that operate in post-disaster/post-conflict areas and provide financial and non-financial services aimed to increase the resilience of the affected population. The Award will be presented during EMW at the European Investment Bank headquarters.  

"As always, this year's European Microfinance Week will attract a diverse and impressive range of stakeholders from all parts of the financial inclusion ecosystem. Along with the prestigious European Microfinance Award, this makes EMW one of the most important events on the industry calendar for the sharing of ideas, innovation and best practice" - Christoph Pausch, Executive Secretary of e-MFP

For more information on the draft programme and to register, visit the conference website