Oct 19, 2018

Leading impact investment manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM) is pleased to announce the MXN 188 million (USD 10 million) investment in Financiamiento Progresemos, S.A. de C.V. SOFOM ENR (Progresemos), a leading rural Mexican non-bank financial institution serving micro and small entrepreneurs.

Oct 16, 2018

With the publication of the 2017 Global Findex database, we now have 9 years’ of trend data on financial inclusion. What have been the largest gains? What are the persistent gaps? Where should stakeholders working in financial inclusion focus their energies going forward? Join us in Paris on 29th October for this session co-organised by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and BNP Paribas.

Oct 16, 2018

The Microfinance Centre (MFC) and the European Microfinance Network (EMN) organised their joint Annual Conference, in partnership with Seed Capital Bizkaia Micro, from 3-5 October 2018 in Bilbao, Spain. Focused on the implications of the digital revolution on financial and social inclusion, the event gathered about 650 participants – including representatives from European institutions, investors, microfinance institutions, NGOs and fintech experts – from 44 countries (East and West Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and beyond).

Oct 10, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 6th European Research Conference on Microfinance will take place on June 3-5, 2019 at the Paris Dauphine University, France. This event is co-organised by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier Business School and Paris Dauphine University in cooperation with the European Microfinance Platform.

Oct 05, 2018

Our Autumn 2018 Newsletter is now out with: The three finalists of the €100,000 European Microfinance Award; Spotlight on e-MFP members and Financial Inclusion through Technology; Update on European Microfinance Week 2018; News from the Secretariat; articles on FinTech for Financial Inclusion: A framework for Digital Financial Transformation and Finance for Refugees: How do make it work plus all the latest news and activities from e-MFP and its members complete the edition.

Sep 30, 2018

Registration is open for European Microfinance Week taking place 14th - 16th November, in Luxembourg. Every year e-MFP's top event gathers close to 500 professionals from all over the globe and offers excellent networking opportunities and the chance to learn from your peers.

Sep 24, 2018

On the 20th of September, the Selection Committee for the European Microfinance Award 2018 on “Financial Inclusion through Technology” chose the three finalists who will go on to compete for the €100,000 prize: Advans Côte d'Ivoire, ESAF Small Finance Bank of India, and KMF of Kazakhstan.

Sep 21, 2018

The Funder Survey, which is driven by the participation of several funders, has become a reference for transparency and accountability. As CGAP marks the 10th anniversary of this initiative, the team would like to hear your thoughts on how the insights available from the Funder Survey can be improved.

Sep 11, 2018

'Finance for Refugees: The State of Play' provides an overview of the global potential market scope of refugees as well as a review of the sector's progress in the past few years. Remaining barriers are briefly described, including policy clarity, relevant information, legal barriers and funding.

Sep 10, 2018

Building on the successful event celebrating Luxembourg's Impact Ecosystem last summer, the Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund (LMDF) in partnership with the Ville de Luxembourg (VdL) will once again turn the spotlight on where business/finance converges with social/environmental.

Sep 04, 2018

Shareholders in AMK, one of Cambodia's largest deposit-taking microfinance institutions, have confirmed the sale of 80.01% of the Company's shares to SCSB. Current shareholders, Rural Impulse Fund II, Proparco, and the Cambodian Laos Development Fund (CLDF) have exited their shareholdings completely, while current majority shareholder, Agora Microfinance has divested part of its shareholding.

Sep 03, 2018

The 2018 Microfinance Barometer will be released on 3rd September. Entitled 'Microfinance and Profitabilites', this 9th edition presents the key figures of the sector and explores the topic of profitability in its multiple aspects.

Aug 27, 2018

Join e-MFP at the 11th edition of the Convergences World Forum taking place on September 3rd & 4th at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. More than 5,000 attendees and speakers from the business, solidarity, government, academic and media will gather to share ideas and build solutions around the theme “Make Society, Make Tomorrow”. See us at the launch of the 2018 Microfinance Barometer.

Aug 24, 2018

Digital financial services (DFS) are spearheading greater financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 338 million registered accounts in 2017 and a significant boost in penetration from 12 percent to 21 percent between 2014 and 2017.

Aug 23, 2018

"Finance for All: Wedded to Fintech for Better or Worse", examines risks (or banana skins) in the provision of financial services to people in emerging markets who have little or no access to these services. Based on a survey of over 300 practitioners and close observers of the industry in 70 countries, the report finds that new technology is delivering considerable benefits to the financial inclusion market – but is also creating new risks that service providers need to manage if they are to succeed.

Aug 20, 2018

VisionFund International has released its Annual Report for the financial year ending 30 September 2017 registering strong growth and impact. With a gross loan portfolio of $601 million, representing growth of 18% year on year, VisionFund’s micro loans, financial services, expert advice and training helped more than 1.2 million entrepreneurial clients grow or improve their fledgling businesses to provide their families with nutritious food, health care, education and improved shelter. During 2017, more than 4.4 million children were positively impacted through this work.

Aug 08, 2018

The "Finance for Refugees; making it work" conference will take place 7th September in The Hague and brings together the donor and the investor community and provides them a platform to discuss this critical issue and work towards sustainable solutions for refugees.

Aug 03, 2018

The European Microfinance Network (EMN) is seeking to recruit one (1) consultant to coordinate and carry out research activities in the framework of a project on the financial health of micro-entrepreneurs. Deadline Monday 20 August 2018.

Aug 01, 2018

RIM and PRMIA announce the RIM Institution Assessment Training for Independent Assessors taking place Sept. 26 – 28 in Luxembourg. This is an in-depth, 3-day training program designed for risk management experts, consultants, and consulting firms serving the microfinance industry.

Jul 31, 2018

Once again, Frankfurt School is offering development finance online courses starting on September 1st. Choose one of the 11 Certified Expert courses on Microfinance, Risk Management, Climate & Renewable Energy Finance, including two new courses on Digital Finance and Agricultural Finance.

Jul 26, 2018

VisionFund is looking for an experienced insurance professional who has the drive to build a business and a heart to serve the poor.

Jul 19, 2018

The Microfinance Centre (MFC) and the European Microfinance Network (EMN) are organising a joint annual conference “People and the Digital Revolution: Advancing Our Social Mission through Technology”, on 3-5 October in Bilbao, Spain.

Jul 16, 2018

ILO's Impact Insurance Academy, 10th – 14th September 2018 in Turin, Italy is a unique opportunity to learn from the ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance facilitated by the ILO's Impact Insurance Facility

Jul 12, 2018

Social impact investor Oikocredit continues to surpass the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients, according to indicators published today in Oikocredit's Social and Environmental Performance Report 2017. In 2017 almost 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations in which Oikocredit invests are women. This compares to an average of 70% for the sector as reported in the latest Symbiotics MIV Survey, which presents sector data for 2016.

Jul 03, 2018

Today, e-MFP is pleased to have launched its inaugural Survey of Financial Inclusion Trends, giving e-MFP members, opinion leaders and sector stakeholders the chance to score and comment on the importance and direction of particular financial inclusion trends, as well as to express any opinions on what they think - or hope - will be the future of the sector.

Jul 02, 2018

Our Summer 2018 Newsletter is now out with: Update on the call for applications for the €100,000 European Microfinance Award on Financial Inclusion Through Technology; Past Awards revisited; Offsite Session - our joint event with the Financial Inclusion Forum UK; Preparations for the European Microfinance Week 2018; What Role can Microfinance Play in Increasing Access to Affordable Clean Energy?; Focus on the Responsible Inclusive Finance Faciilty in Southeast Asia (RIFF-SEA); 100 Smart Certifications - a Milestone for Responsible Inclusive Finance; a look at the new study 'Critical Capital for African Agri-food SMEs'

Jun 27, 2018

The Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA) and The Risk Management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM) today announce their merger to meet the growing needs of the risk management community and elevate their mission to set standards and serve the risk management profession.

Jun 22, 2018

This report examines how new types of data and new data tools offer an unprecedented opportunity for financial service providers to better understand and serve clients, especially credit-seeking "thin-file" clients who are otherwise excluded from the formal financial sector

Jun 15, 2018

ILO’s Impact Insurance Academy, 10th – 14th September 2018 in Turin Italy is a unique opportunity to learn from the ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance facilitated by the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility.

Jun 07, 2018

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) today published the eighth edition of its Annual Impact Investor Survey, the most comprehensive collection and assessment of data on the global impact investing market. Respondents collectively manage over USD 228 billion in impact investing assets, a figure which serves as the latest best-available ‘floor’ for the size of the impact investing market.

Jun 05, 2018

When it comes to microfinance, people may automatically think of loans going towards businesses, yet, microfinance can also be used to support housing. Globally, people at the bottom spend around US $700 billion on housing. Lending in this sector is a relatively new area, starting out five years ago, and currently over 20 percent of micro-loans are used on housing. Although there has been an increase in demand for loans in this sector, it remains a niche.

Jun 01, 2018

The application period for the European Microfinance Award 2018 on Financial Inclusion through Technology has now closed. Thank you to the 27 institutions from 22 countries, representing nearly every geographical region, who have applied.

May 31, 2018

Preparations are underway for European Microfinance Week, 14th - 16th November 2018 and e-MFP is launching a request for proposals from its members for sessions which will take place during this year's prestigious event.

May 30, 2018

With €49.3 million granted in 2017, the Foundation expanded its activities to 32 countries. It supported 69 microfinance institutions and social businesses who accompany 3.2 million clients, of which 77% are women and 75% live in rural areas.

May 23, 2018

The next SPTF Social Investor Working Group meeting will take place in Luxembourg on June 18-19, 2018 and will be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) in partnership with the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg (InFiNe.lu). This meeting is open to investors only.

May 22, 2018

A report that provides a framework to microfinance investors seeking a responsible exit reveals that financial offers have a greater influence on decisions than social goals.Entitled Caveat Venditor: Towards a Conceptual Framework for Buyer Selection in Responsible Microfinance Exits, the report, written by microfinance experts Sam Mendelson and Daniel Rozas, shows only a minority of investors hold the congruence of a buyer’s offer with a seller’s social mission as crucial to deciding whether or when to exit a project

May 18, 2018

In 2017 ILO intensified its engagement with policy-makers and financial institutions - banks and credit unions, insurance companies and investment funds - to contribute to decent work through sustainable and equitable economic growth.

May 14, 2018

The 44th Midi de la Microfinance becomes the Midi de la Microassurance (Microinsurance) with international experts invited to discuss the innovations in Nicaragua and the Philippines regarding the development of these essential services to protect the microfinance clients

May 14, 2018

Join this webinar to hear from experts at FSD Africa, Kenya Commercial Bank and CGAP's Gateway Academy on how to strengthen the value proposition of digital learning sector-wide.

May 07, 2018

MicroCapital: Each year, the European Microfinance Award covers a different theme. Why technology and why now?
Christoph Pausch: We are at a fascinating time in the evolution of financial inclusion. A whole new range of technology-enabled solutions has the potential to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, facilitate com­munication and remove artificial borders for people who have been excluded from the formal economy. These solutions include credit, insurance, savings, payments and transfer services. As a strengthening alternative to cash, mobile money can have special benefits for women, rural communities and the very poor. Among the Award applicants, we hope and expect to see a real diversity of financial services providers beyond traditional MFIs, such as mobile network operators and money transfer organisations.

May 02, 2018

"Caveat Venditor: Towards a Conceptual Framework for Buyer Selection in Responsible Microfinance Exits" - new research commissioned by NpM, in partnership with the e-MFP Investor Action Group and the Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC). This new paper written by Sam Mendelson and Daniel Rozas goes beyond raising questions, and seeks to provide a template to help investors navigate the complex terrain of "responsible exits."

Apr 24, 2018

See why applying for the European Microfinance Award is a good idea in our video below. This prestigious annual award with €100,000 for the winner attracts applications from financial service providers around the world that are innovating in a particular area of financial inclusion.

Apr 23, 2018

Financial inclusion is on the rise globally, accelerated by mobile phones and the internet, but gains have been uneven across countries. A new World Bank report on the use of financial services also finds that men remain more likely than women to have an account. Globally, 69 percent of adults – 3.8 billion people – now have an account at a bank or mobile money provider, a crucial step in escaping poverty. This is up from 62 percent in 2014 and just 51 percent in 2011. From 2014 to 2017, 515 million adults obtained an account, and 1.2 billion have done so since 2011, according to the Global Findex database.

Apr 23, 2018

There are an estimated 500 million smallholder families - representing about 2 billion people - around the world. Together, they make up one of the largest potential markets for financial services in many developing countries. Yet, reliable data on their financial lives and options is scarce. New tools from CGAP, MIX, One Acre Fund, and i2i shed light on this important client group by putting demand- and supply-side data at your fingertips.

Apr 20, 2018

Our Spring 2018 Newsletter is now out with: Launch of the European Microfinance Award 2018 Financial Inclusion through Technology - details of how to apply for the €100,000 prize; Publication of our latest European Dialogue, Microfinance for Housing: Building New Foundations in Housing Finance; "Microfinance in the Americas from the Point of View of an Investor", an article from our member BNP Paribas; BlueOrchard looks at "SMEs and SDGs: Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals"; Social performance pioneer CERISE celebrates its 20th anniversary; Insights from the recent 2018 SPTF Annual Meeting/Customer Centricity Learning event; Updates from our Action Groups plus all the latest news and activities from e-MFP and its members complete the edition.

Apr 19, 2018

The Sustainable Finance Forum Luxembourg brings together the European sustainable finance community: policy makers, practitioners, public stakeholders and corporate and retail investors. The high-level conference, featuring business and political leaders, will address key regulatory and market challenges, the asset management industry’s role in sustainable investment, as well as how capital markets can contribute to a sustainable low-carbon economy

Apr 13, 2018

The next Offsite Session is a joint event joint event between the Financial Inclusion Forum UK and e-MFP, and is generously hosted by Allen & Overy. The panel discussion will be on access to finance for affordable housing

Apr 12, 2018

'Building New Foundations in Housing Microfinance' draws on the fascinating and diverse housing programmes of the 2017 Award winner and semi-finalists and distills the varied initiatives into seven factors for success.

Mar 22, 2018

Missed EMW 2017? Catch up now with our conference report which gives extensive coverage of all the sessions

Mar 21, 2018

This report highlights some of the central frictions that prevent greater financial inclusion and financial well-being, and associated technological innovations that are fostering creative new approaches to mitigating these frictions for individuals and small businesses globally.

Mar 20, 2018

This Midi will rely on a concrete example of coaching that took place between a financial consultant specialized in risk management with recognized expertise in banking in Europe and worldwide, and a Togolese microfinance institution

Mar 19, 2018

In 2018, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) European Research Conference will be held in The Netherlands. At this conference, scholars, representatives of cooperatives and policy makers will exchange the state of the art on building and strengthening cooperatives in different sectors and different countries.

Mar 15, 2018

On 19th April, InFiNe.lu in association with the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, is holding "The World of SMEs: Investors’ Perspective" - a SMEs finance seminar which will focus on the investors' perspective.

Mar 15, 2018

In an increasingly competitive space, employee development and retention are two key challenges for financial institutions in developing countries. One way they are addressing these challenges is by turning to online learning platforms such as CGAP's Gateway Academy

Mar 13, 2018

Check out CGAP's new research tool for financial services providers who are looking to serve smallholders.

Mar 08, 2018

This week with International Women's Day, there's a lot of discussion on how to serve women clients better. During EMW we took at look at understanding women and their needs within the environment in which they live

Mar 07, 2018

The study from Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus, Food & Business Knowledge Platform and ICCO Cooperation, focuses on agrifood SMEs that form the 'missing middle': too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. A major conclusion is that there are very few investment funds that meet the financing needs of agrifood SMEs.

Mar 02, 2018

The GSMA unveiled its seventh annual 'State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money', offering a current snapshot of the mobile money landscape and highlighting the impact that greater financial inclusion has on lives, economies and innovation. The report provides the only comprehensive picture of mobile money around the globe. Today, with more than 690 million registered accounts in over 90 countries, mobile money has evolved into the leading payment platform for the digital economy in many emerging markets. The report shows that, in 2017, the mobile money industry processed transactions worth a billion dollars a day, generating direct revenues of over $2.4 billion.

Feb 21, 2018

Mark your calendar now and join us for European Microfinance Week in Luxembourg, 14th – 16th November !

Feb 20, 2018

We're excited that the newest MIMOSA findings will be presented first-hand by Daniel Rozas, with input from long-time India microfinance expert Sanjay Sinha and credit data expert Parijat Garg, on 21 and 23 February 2018, in both Bangalore and Mamallapuram.

Feb 20, 2018

This MicroLead case study aims to highlight experiences of integrating client protection principles – the minimum standards microfinance clients should expect – into the initial design and roll-out of a digital savings product designed for savings groups

Feb 16, 2018

Meet e-MFP at the Customer Centricity Learning Event and SPTF Annual Meeting in Mamallapuram, India, February 19 - 22, 2018. This year's learning event - entitled Customer Centricity: Enabling Financial Choices and Positive Outcomes for Low-Income Customers - is an event jointly organized by SPTF, CGAP, Dvara and LeapFrog Investments

Feb 15, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Boulder MFT - with more than 30 courses offered by world-renowned experts in English and French, the Boulder MFT is considered an industry standard in microfinance training.

Feb 13, 2018

Once again, Frankfurt School is offering development finance online courses starting on March 1st. Choose one of the 10 Certified Expert courses on Microfinance, Risk Management, Climate & Renewable Energy Finance, and more

Jan 31, 2018

The Cooperativa de Ahorro y Préstamo Tosepantomin, which means "everyone's money" in Nahuatl, won the European Microfinance Award 2017 for its support to marginalized rural communities through housing construction projects, which include savings products, mortgages, and technical assistance. Álvaro Aguilar Ayón, Chair of the cooperative's Board of Directors, spoke with Portal de Microfinanzas about the cooperative's launch, their clients, sustainable housing product development, and the lessons learned along the way.

Jan 30, 2018

'Commercialization of social enterprises: Stemming the tide of mission drift'. Find out how to avoid mission drift when transitioning a social enterprise or microfinance venture into a for-profit organisation

Jan 26, 2018

This new brochure presents the background on the Award, outlines the selection process, the Award ceremony and showcases the Award winner (Cooperative Tosepantomin, Mexico) and the two finalists (Mibanco, Peru and The First MicroFinance Bank – Afghanistan).

Jan 25, 2018

The CAS in Sustainable Finance covers the areas of Sustainable Investing, Sustainable Banking and Insurance, Microfinance, Microinsurance, and Emerging Market Finance. The courses combine academic training and research with current business practices, while promoting technical, methodological and social skills.

Jan 22, 2018

Our Winter Newsletter is out now with: highlights of European Microfinance Week (EMW) and the European Microfinance Award; spotlight on Cooperativa Tosepantomin, winner of the 2017 Award plus an interview with Alavaro Aguilar Ayon from Tosepantomin; an outline of the e-MFP General Meeting of Members with an introduction to our new e-MFP Chair and Board members; an article on the new research center at University of Agder in Norway - CERSEM; a look at Making Microfinance Investment Responsible and EMW 2017 updates from our other Action Groups. All the latest news and activities from e-MFP and its members completes the edition.

Jan 19, 2018

Over 690,000 families totalling up to four million people living in six low-income countries stand to benefit from a new climate insurance programme launched by VisionFund International, World Vision's microfinance arm and Global Parametrics, a new venture funded by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and by the InsuResilience Investment Fund, set up by German development bank KfW and managed by Swiss-based impact investment manager BlueOrchard Finance.

Jan 17, 2018

Every two years since 2009, e-MFP organizes the European Research Conference on Microfinance in collaboration with European universities. The Research Conference is a unique event that gathers together high level researchers, academics, professionals and students ensuring that the latest research is disseminated to the whole microfinance community. e-MFP is launching this call for interest to find a host and organiser for the 6th edition of the conference in 2019.

Jan 16, 2018

A report published by GIIN reveals a range of available strategies used by investors to strengthen their ability to exit in a way that meets liquidity objectives while also ensuring sustainable impact.

Jan 10, 2018

e-MFP is looking for a consultant to support the European Microfinance Award 2018 on “Financial Inclusion through Technology”

Jan 08, 2018

How can MFIs reduce interest rates whilst ensuring their sustainability? During this Midi, organised by ADA and InFiNe.lu, the audience will have the chance to hear and interact with experts coming both from the regulatory and the MFI sectors, from Africa and Latin America.

Jan 02, 2018

In case you missed the session at EMW 2017, catch up with the video of "Financial Inclusion Regulation: Challenges for Emerging Market Economies and Developing Countries"

Dec 22, 2017

Critics have landed plenty of punches over the long years of debate around microfinance's true impact on the poor. But to my mind, the industry's best response to these critiques has been to point to its singular success: Microfinance is "the only social innovation to: (1) reach global scale, (2) build a complete industry infrastructure, (3) tap into commercial capital on multiple continents, and (4) 'produce enough profit to generate actual controversy over the returns to social investments,'" as Grameen Foundation founder Alex Counts put it (paraphrasing a paper by Financial Access Initiative Managing Director Tim Odgen).

Dec 18, 2017

Over 490 participants from 66 countries gathered at EMW 2017 - see why in our photo galleries:

Dec 18, 2017

If you missed the TED-style session at EMW 2017, here's your chance to catch up on the entertaining session

Dec 15, 2017

During European Microfinance Week our media partner The Gateway sat down with Christoph Pausch e-MFP Executive Secretary, to discuss this year's conference theme: housing finance

Dec 14, 2017

A refugee settling in a new land, a family buying a home, a farmer nurturing her crops — every person has different financial needs — and loans, savings, and payment services should help them solve the challenges in their everyday lives. This year, European Microfinance Week focused on the heart of inclusive finance — understanding and interpreting customer needs.

Dec 13, 2017

Katharine Pulvermacher and Stewart McCulloch spoke at the session, "The transformative role of insurance in African agriculture." In this interview, they provide insights on some of the discussions around this issue and the challenges in scaling up agricultural insurance for smallholder farmers.

Dec 11, 2017

NextBillion's post from Paul DiLeo, Grassroots Capital Management:Last week, I moderated the closing plenary of European Microfinance Week, exploring the question of where microfinance – and MFIs – would be in five or 10 years. Panelists came from different organizations with varying perspectives of the industry

Dec 11, 2017

During the closing day of European Microfinance Week, Imran Matin of the US-based nonprofit Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) stressed the importance of not just whether women will use financial services, but "what account ownership will translate into in terms of achievement." Foreshadowing a theme of the session, he added that "intra-household dynamics is very important and also particularly difficult to measure.

Dec 06, 2017

Many thanks to our media partners MicroCapital, Microfinance Gateway, Le Portail Microfinance, NextBillion, Development Finance and Accion for the excellent coverage of EMW 2017

Dec 04, 2017

European Microfinance Week (#EMW2017), organised by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), concluded Friday in Luxembourg, with a provocative plenary that asked where the sector is heading in the next five to ten years. The closing plenary followed two days of workshops and plenaries: one plenary profiling the three finalists of the European Microfinance Award 2017 on Microfinance for Housing and another that sought to critically examine one of the core orthodoxies of microfinance – that outreach to women clients necessary increases women’s empowerment. Entitled “Women clients ≠ women empowerment: beyond the numbers”,

Dec 04, 2017

If you weren't at EMW 2017, or missed the livestream on Facebook, you can catch the exciting plenaries recorded by NextBillion

Dec 01, 2017

The Cooperativa de Ahorro y Préstamo Tosepantomin helps marginalised rural Mexican communities with their residential housing building projects by offering savings and home loan products paired with technical support. The cooperative is also recognised for its promotion of eco-friendly building techniques.

Nov 30, 2017

The European Microfinance Week (#emw2017) conference opened today in Luxembourg, hosted by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP). A member-driven conference supported by the Luxembourg government, EMW continues to grow as one of the most important annual events in the microfinance industry, bringing together all branches of the microfinance sector, including e-MFP’s own members, to discuss trends, innovations, challenges and opportunities in inclusive finance in developing countries

Nov 23, 2017

Blue Orchard has recently published a new study on SMEs and SDGs exploring how to support small and medium enterprises to achieve the sustainable development goals

Nov 23, 2017

Rural finance is on the agenda during European Microfinance Week. Far from the bustling financial centers of the city, people in rural areas have long been underserved by traditional financial institutions. While this is a problem for all rural residents, the lack of access to financial services is particularly difficult for farmers since it bars them from growing their agricultural businesses. We talked to Jonathan Agwe of IFAD to get his opinions on the challenges that rural clients face in accessing financial services, as well as the solutions to help reach them.

Nov 22, 2017

In the run up to European Microfinance Week our media partner Microfinance Gateway talks with Sandra Prieto from Habitat from Humanity's Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter and Laura Hemrika from Credit Suisse about the upcoming session "Strategic Funding for Housing Microfinance."

Nov 21, 2017

In this interview (in French) with Christoph Pausch, e-MFP, our media partner Le Portail Microfinance takes a look at housing finance - topic of the European Microfinance Award 2017 and a key focus at European Microfinance Week, 29 Nov - 1 Dec

Nov 20, 2017

Are you working in financial inclusion? Don’t miss European Microfinance Week taking place 29 Nov – 1 Dec, in Luxembourg. Every year e-MFP’s top event gathers close to 500 professionals from all over the globe and offers excellent networking opportunities and the chance to learn from your peers.

Nov 07, 2017

In the run up to European Microfinance Week 29 Nov - 1 Dec, our media partner Le Portail Microfinance features an article (in French) by Alexis Lebel, OpenCBS & Jacinta Maiyo, Pamiga on digital finance, one of the many themes explored at EMW 2017

Nov 07, 2017

Kashf Foundation, which is a pioneer in women centric urban microfinance, has undertaken a detailed scoping of women led sectors in the rural economy along with MEDA to create a suite of products and services which can work for rural women in Pakistan. In this talk Zainab will present facets of women centric product development and preliminary outcomes and challenges from the pilot.

Nov 06, 2017

Dutch development bank FMO has agreed to provide a long-term loan of JOD 5 million (approximately USD 7 million) to SME-lender SANADCOM, a spin-off company of Microfund for Women, Jordan's leading privately owned Microfinance institution.

Nov 06, 2017

In anticipation of European Microfinance Week, 29 Nov - 1 Dec, MicroCapital takes a look at one of the upcoming sessions "Investing in MFIs: Importance of Human Resources to Achieve Impact" with Rüdiger Meister, ADG International

Oct 27, 2017

Want to master microinsurance? Starting end of February 2018, Microinsurance Master is a comprehensive 10-week leadership programme in partnership with Pioneer Insurance, ILO's Impact Insurance Facility and MicroInsurance Centre. Participants 'learn by doing' from industry leaders through training and coaching.

Oct 24, 2017

In this Talk, Justin McAuley will detail a product that VisionFund has implemented to automate the application process for loan officers in the field. Drawing on data from over 80 sources, the technology uses an algorithm to create loan terms appropriate to the financial situation of individual clients.

Oct 22, 2017

Economically isolated for decades, Myanmar has only recently opened up to the global community. With this came a lot of discussion about this South East Asian country being the 'last frontier' of financial inclusion. Microfinance legislation was passed in late 2011, but what has happened since? And what does the future look like? As part of Financial Inclusion Week 2017, join speakers from the UNCDF and VisionFund Myanmar to discuss what's next for microfinance in Myanmar

Oct 20, 2017

Today, as our friends and colleagues across the continent mark European Microfinance Day, we would like to offer a view from the South. After all, e-MFP occupies a distinct place – we’re a platform for Europe-based microfinance actors who are specifically focused on working in the South as their core objective. Like an astronomer atop a lonely mountaintop, we find ourselves in the heart of Europe, yet our minds are focused on the world beyond. So what does European microfinance look like when seen from the South? Well, it is a bit like looking at the stars – the light shines bright yet comes from a distant past. Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Europe look remarkably similar to the global MFIs of the 80s and 90s -- small, local organizations with a deep focus on lending to micro-enterprises while maintaining basic financial sustainability.

Oct 19, 2017

The unmet demand for finance for housing is massive. Read what some e-MFP members are doing to fill this gap

Oct 18, 2017

In India, energy access is a huge challenge; 80 million households have little or no access to grid electricity due to the lack of grid access in certain geographies. Providing quality, safe and reliable alternatives to kerosene and other traditional fuels means addressing two main challenges: distribution and affordability.

Oct 17, 2017

Veronica Herrera co-founded MiCrédito in 2004 with the support of the Canada-based development association MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates). “Empowering youth is vital to see the change in Nicaragua that we seek” Mrs Herrera says. “I believe education, in addition to microfinance, is a powerful tool to […] empower youth” she adds.

Oct 16, 2017

Join Marina Kortenbusch has she explores the most effective ways to facilitate communication across cultures and nurture communities that support green development. Building on her experience of establishing the BFC Green learning and communication platform, Marina will share insights into building networks, suggestions for tapping into social media, and lessons for the future.

Oct 11, 2017

Our Autumn Newsletter is now out with: The three finalists of the €100,000 European Microfinance Award Great and a look at how e-MFP members are supporting access to housing for low income people; Update on European Microfinance Week 2017; Offsite Sessions - our events in Zurich and Utrecht; The InsuResilience Investment Fund - a Public-Private Partnership; BRS celebrates 25 years; Luxembourg Inclusive Finance Research Conference; plus all the latest news and activities from e-MFP and its members completes the edition.

Oct 03, 2017

In anticipation of European Microfinance Week, 29 Nov - 1 Dec, MicroCapital takes a look at one of the upcoming sessions with Manuel Hörl, Credit Suisse

Oct 02, 2017

The First MicroFinance Bank Afghanistan; Mibanco of Peru; and Cooperative Tosepantomin of Mexico Announced as Finalists for European Microfinance Award on Microfinance for Housing

Sep 29, 2017

The ADA Chair in Financial Law (Inclusive Finance) at the University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, organizes on the eve of the European Microfinance
Week the first Luxembourg Inclusive Finance Research Conference

Sep 28, 2017

Join Ndumiso Mpofu as he describes market solutions which were used to increase the speed of recovery for communities affected by El Nino. Ndumiso will also present a summary of findings from recovery lending in fragile African states from November 2015 to June 2017

Sep 27, 2017

The 3rd European Microfinance Day takes place on 20th October - The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness at European level of the existence and added-value of the microfinance sector in its fight against social exclusion and unemployment

Sep 26, 2017

Symbiotics has just published its 11th annual edition of the Symbiotics Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIV) Survey. This unique study provides asset managers, investors and academia alike with the latest information of most of the world’s microfinance fund activity in emerging markets

Sep 18, 2017

e-MFP & NpM are holding a one day training for investors on green inclusive finance, prepared and delivered by Enclude BV, organised by the e-MFP Microfinance & Environment Action Group and hosted by NpM.

Sep 14, 2017

Join Microfinance Gateway on September 20th for a webinar featuring a conversation between a researcher from CGAP and a policymaker from the Central Bank of Brazil which will demystify behavioral research and show actionable measures for policymakers working on consumer protection policies

Sep 14, 2017

Rural Outreach and Innovation Talks provide an ideal opportunity to share experience on rural development projects. Each Talk lasts 30 minutes in total, consisting of a 15-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute discussion.

Sep 12, 2017

The Helix Institute of Digital Finance has released a new paper by Mike McCaffery and Annabel Schiff, "Finclusion to Fintech" which is designed to help fintech innovators understand the unique money management strategies used by low-income people in the developing world.

Sep 11, 2017

Over 150 delegates and speakers from more than 30 countries attended the 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance - if you missed the event, catch up on the main highlights in the conference report now out.

Sep 08, 2017

Following the success and positive feedback on previous trainings, e-MFP is holding two new trainings at the upcoming African Microfinance Week (SAM) taking place in Addis Ababa, 9 - 13 October: ' Training for MFIs: The opportunity of Clean, Resilient business: training on green inclusive finance for MFIs', 9th of October & 'Training for investment officers: Due diligence for MFIs venturing into SME finance', 13th of October

Sep 06, 2017

Twice a year BlueOrchard organises thematic breakfast meetings in Zurich and Geneva. The next events will take place on September 27th 2017 in Zurich and September 28th 2017 in Geneva. During these events insights into BlueOrchard’s recent developments and the latest trends in the impact investment space will be provided.

Sep 04, 2017

e-MFP is delighted to partner the 8th Microfinance Barometer released today. Convergences presents, in partnership with the National Federation of French Saving Banks (FNCE), MasterCard Foundation, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and Oikocredit, the Microfinance Barometer 2017, Convergences' historical main subject.With 132 million clients and a loan portfolio worth 102 billion dollars, microfinance consolidates its role a key lever for financial inclusion of marginalized populations.

Aug 31, 2017

RIM's Institution Assessment Training for Independent Assessors is an in-depth, 3-day training program designed for risk management experts, consultants, and consulting firms serving the microfinance industry

Aug 22, 2017

The Alternative Finance Forum: Between Fintech and Social Finance, takes place on 5 October 2017 at the Copernicus Conference Centre (Warsaw, Poland). Gathering 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.

Aug 11, 2017

A special track on “Microfinance” will be included at the FMA 22nd European Conference taking place 13th to 15th June 2018 in Kristiansand, Norway. This is the first time a special track on microfinance is included at a FMA conference and is a unique opportunity to disseminate research among top finance scholars

Aug 02, 2017

Hosted by the e-MFP, SMP and Credit Suisse, this event will address the factors that matter in applying microfinance to ensure adequate, affordable quality education and how to effectively achieve scale in this area of financial inclusion. The panel will introduce the winner and one of the finalists of the 2016 European Microfinance Award which focused on Microfinance and Access to Education. It will also explore the perspective of investors and technical assistance providers who are key in growing the sector responsibly.

Aug 01, 2017

This new report from CFI and IIF examines how partnerships between mainstream financial institutions and fintechs are addressing financial inclusion challenges and expanding access to the formal financial economy for underserved segments of the global population, particularly in emerging markets

Aug 01, 2017

Women’s World Banking is holding its biennial 'Making Finance Work for Women' Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 24- 25. The Summit will convene 300 participants in a variety of innovative sessions addressing the most important issues in women’s financial inclusion.

Jul 28, 2017

BlueOrchard's Social Performance Report 2017/2018 highlights the common vision shared with the United Nations in creating a better future and shifting the world onto a sustainable path

Jul 20, 2017

Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which includes several e-MFP members, today announced in their newly published State of the Sector report that they provided $682 million in loans to 765 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during 2016

Jul 18, 2017

Interested in the evolving credit market for agricultural SMEs and the millions of smallholder farmers they represent? Register for the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance's "State of the Sector" webinar, which will take place at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) / 4:00 p.m. (CEST) on Wednesday, July 19.

Jul 13, 2017

ADA is an NGO which plays a leading role in the inclusive finance sector in Luxembourg and internationally. ADA is widely recognized for its work supporting the autonomous development of populations which are excluded from traditional financial services.

Jul 13, 2017

Now that three years have passed since CGAP and the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion published “The Art of the Responsible Exit in Microfinance Equity Sales,” this subject deserves a re-visit and perhaps expansion of the paper’s general principles into industry guidelines. As the financial inclusion and impact investment industries mature and grow, so does the issue of how investors committed to advancing financial inclusion can “exit responsibly” from the institutions in which they invest equity

Jul 07, 2017

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter is now out with: Great news on Luxembourg Government's continued support to e-MFP with the signature of a new agreement; Update on the response to call for applications for the €100,000 European Microfinance Award on Microfinance for Housing; Preparations for European Microfinance Week 2017; Offsite Sessions - our events in Paris & London; The Microfinance Industry: Revolution or Footnote? Lessons for the Next Ten Years - reflections form the recent workshop hosted by Lehigh University's Martindale Centre

Jun 21, 2017

Philippe Breul, founder of PHB Development, will teach in the French language sessions of the Boulder Microfinance Training Program, which will be held from 17 July to 4 August 2017 in Turin, Italy. In 2 one-week courses, he will share his experience and strategies in implementing digital finance.

Jun 16, 2017

PAMIGA is implementing a project to support the use of digital finance solutions in partner Microfinance institutions (MFIs), to ensure a sustainable growth in the MFIs selected, by reaching new geographical areas and underserved clients.

Jun 16, 2017

At BSHF we were very interested to learn about the European Microfinance Awards and really keen to hear more about some of the great practice being identified. We have been running the World Habitat Awards since 1985. In searching for and sharing the best examples, we have a lot in common with e-MFP. Our objective is to identify and highlight approaches to housing across the world which make outstanding contributions to people's living conditions. As a minimum we believe everyone should be able to afford their home, have access to basic services, and be free from the threat of eviction or displacement. This might seem like stating the obvious, but it isn't something that can be taken for granted.

Jun 15, 2017

This Midi will be dedicated to the female entrepreneurs of Africa. In Lomé as in Abidjan and Kigali, in an Africa ever more dominated by men, these women’s entrepreneurial task is threefold: they are domestic entrepreneurs first, then entrepreneurs of their future, and finally business entrepreneurs in their own society.

Jun 15, 2017

The European Development Bank (EIB) and the Global Development Network (GDN) are looking to recruit 10 researchers for one year fellowships under a joint programme in applied development finance. The fellows should be nationals of countries in Africa, the Caribbean or Pacific regions

Jun 14, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the Best PhD Paper Award at the 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance!

Jun 13, 2017

Humanitarian crises pose a formidable development challenge. While the nature and incidences of these crises vary significantly, they affect tens of millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable

Jun 12, 2017

Demographic pressure and the youth bulge in the developing world pose a major employment challenge. This situation is exacerbated by insufficient job creation, scarce formal wage employment opportunities and vulnerability in the workplace. For these reasons, fostering youth entrepreneurship has gained importance in the global and national development policy agenda.

Jun 08, 2017

UGAFODE, one of Uganda's five deposit-taking microfinance institutions (MFIs), is now featured in UNCDF MicroLead's third digital finance toolkit: "Leverage an Existing Agent Network"

Jun 08, 2017

e-MFP is looking for a consultant to conduct a one day training for Investment Officers on ‘Due diligence for MFIs venturing into SME finance’ which will take place on Friday13th of October 2017, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in the framework of the African Microfinance Week

Jun 01, 2017

The white papers explores different factors that will contribute to a new investment paradigm over the coming decades, namely demographics, credit markets, and the global internet connectivity.

May 31, 2017

Can the know-how of German cooperatives – particularly in the field of renewable energy – be used for cooperation with our African partners? Can positive experiences with the decentralized energy transition be shared with African partner countries? How can cooperatives, municipalities and other decentralized actors get involved in a common effort with Africa?

May 30, 2017

Convergences and BNP Paribas are holding a morning event (in French) 'Assisting social start-ups' 20th June. This event is aimed at social entrepreneurs who are launching or developing their projects

May 30, 2017

RIM's Institution Assessment Training for Independent Assessors is an in-depth, 3-day training program designed for risk management experts, consultants, and consulting firms serving the microfinance industry

May 26, 2017

Blockchain, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency. In the financial inclusion community, we have been excited by the potential of new technology and its ability to increase access in the markets we serve. But what is this technology? How will it benefit the poor?

May 24, 2017

The application period for the European Microfinance Award 2017 on Microfinance for Housing has now closed. Thank you to the 37 institutions from 23 countries which applied

May 19, 2017

The GIIN’s 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey is based on an analysis of the activities of 209 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations. Survey respondents collectively manage nearly USD 114 billion in impact assets

May 18, 2017

Read MicroCapital 's great nterview with Christoph Pausch, e-MFP Executive Secretary on Housing Finance and the 2017 European Microfinance Award on why was housing selected as the theme of this year's European Microfinance Award

May 17, 2017

Preparations are underway for European Microfinance Week, 29th November - 1st December 2017 and e-MFP is launching a request for proposals from its members for sessions which will take place during this year's prestigious event.

May 15, 2017

There's only one week left to apply for the European Microfinance Award 2017 on Microfinance for Housing. The European Microfinance Award is a prestigious €100,000 award which attracts applications from financial institutions around the world that are innovating in a particular area of financial inclusion. Presented annually, it serves two parallel goals: rewarding excellence, and collecting and disseminating the most relevant practices for replication by others.

May 15, 2017

Register now for great webinar on 17 May 2017 9:00 AM ET (U.S.) from Microfinance Gateway and RIM which features a practical methodology and a toolkit for microfinance institutions (MFIs) interested in developing a best practice risk management system

May 11, 2017

Housing plays an important role in household asset building – providing both a place of protection from vulnerabilities as well as a base from which to be economically productive. Even low-income people prioritize investment in improving their living conditions. The base of the pyramid is estimated to spend over $330bn annually on shelter. The question is why we lack financing for housing?

May 08, 2017

Time is running out to register for the 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance - one of the primary meeting places for academic researchers working on microfinance. Organized by the Portsmouth Business School, in cooperation with the European Microfinance Platform and CERMi, the conference will draw together ideas from Europe and beyond which tackle the inclusion problem

May 04, 2017

Deloitte and Mastercard have released a joint report titled ‘Leveraging digital to unlock the base of the pyramid market in Africa’, with focus on the waves of digital innovation in financial services. The report, released during the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF), reinforces that digital technology is financially empowering more Africans

May 03, 2017

We're delighted to announce that on 2nd May e-MFP signed a new agreement with the Luxembourg Government for the period 2017 – 2021, which guarantees the financial support required for implementing our new Strategic Plan. This firm commitment will enable us to build on our achievements and further develop our activities.

Apr 19, 2017

The Burgundy School of Business will organize the 8th edition of its annual conference “Institutional and Technological Environments of Microfinance” (ITEM) on "financial inclusion" in Dijon, France on 7th and 8th December 2017

Apr 12, 2017

The Global Symposium on Microfinance will be held May 22-23, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Apr 10, 2017

Our Spring 2017 Newsletter is now out with: Launch of the European Microfinance Award 2017 Microfinance for Housing - details of how to apply for the €100,000 prize

Apr 10, 2017

Drawing on BlueOrchard’s expertise, "Small Money, Big Impact" explains how microfinance works and why. It illustrates through the experience of individuals, facts and figures the worldwide impact of microfinance

Apr 10, 2017

Over the past two decades, Luxembourg has actively supported the development of microfinance and inclusive finance as tools for fostering development and eradicating poverty

Apr 05, 2017

Oikocredit is looking for a Chief Risk Officer (CRO) to join the team in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, to enable risk-informed strategic decision making

Mar 30, 2017

We're delighted to announce the release of the latest European Dialogue entitled Investing in Tomorrow, presenting the outcomes of the European Microfinance Award 2016, on Microfinance and Access to Education

Mar 29, 2017

ADA is pleased to invite you to submit research paper for the conference Research Meets Africa that will take place on 9th of October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mar 29, 2017

LMDF is looking for an Assistant Investment Manager, who can take responsibility for many of the investment and control processes in the microfinance and other Sub-Funds

Mar 27, 2017

The School of Business and Law at the University of Agder in Norway invites applications for up to seven full-time fixed-term appointments as PhD Research Fellows in International Management, including issues in Microfinance

Mar 21, 2017

The conference is being organised by the University of Portsmouth, UK in cooperation with e-MFP and the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) with an overall theme of “Microfinance and Financial Inclusion”

Mar 16, 2017

Join the webinar series on Risk Management for Financial Inclusion hosted by Microfinance Gateway and Risk Management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM) to discuss effective strategies and share practical tools

Mar 15, 2017

InFiNe.lu, in co-operation with VBDO (The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development) organises a masterclass on investing and climate change to share insights and best-practices and discuss the next steps institutional investors can take on this topic

Mar 14, 2017

We're delighted to announce our Off-site Sessions, a new activity developed under our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 that provides e-MFP with opportunities for more frequent touchpoints with its members and external stakeholders besides the European Microfinance Week.

Mar 10, 2017

Twice a year BlueOrchard organises thematic breakfast meetings in Zurich and Geneva. The next two events will take place on March 29th 2017 in Zurich and March 30th 2017 in Geneva

Mar 03, 2017

Registration is open for the 20th anniversary MFC Annual Conference “Horizon 2037: Fair Finance for All” which takes place 24-26 May 2017, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mar 02, 2017

Missed EMW 2016? Now you can catch up with our conference report which gives extensive coverage of all the sessions

Mar 02, 2017

I could not have been happier when I heard that this year the European Microfinance Platform is focusing on housing microfinance. As a microfinance specialist for the last 21 years—and the last 9 exclusively dedicated to microfinance products for housing—I have witnessed the growth potential of this sub-sector of microfinance, as well as the constraints and limitations to the expansion of housing finance portfolios, amongst which the most important include lack of adequate capital and insufficient knowledge on how to develop differentiated housing finance products. When we hear that: at least 1.6 billion of the global population lives in substandard housing; at least half of the global population—3.5 billion people—currently lives in cities; and 828 million people live in slums (according to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals), both funders and financial institutions alike should take note and pay close attention.

Mar 01, 2017

Cordaid Investment Management B.V. (CIMBV) is the subsidiary of Stichting Cordaid that manages all investments. CIMBV is an Alternative Investment Fund Manager registered at the Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). We combine the unique ability to finance partners with grants, equity and debt instruments in selected countries across three continents. We have EUR 80 million of assets under management, predominantly investments in microfinance institutions (MFI's), small and medium enterprises (SME's) and funds with a social mission. Over 70 investees are being served worldwide

Feb 24, 2017

Climate Finance and the Social Development Goals will be the focus of this year's annual Impact Investing Conference organized by the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) in collaboration with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Luxembourg Fund Labelling Agency LuxFLAG

Feb 15, 2017

ESELA, an international network of law firms, legal experts, academics and others specialising in the law as it relates to social enterprise holds its annual conference on the theme of 'Teaming Up in the Middle: How Business and Not for Profits Jointly Create Social Impact', 28th April in Brussels

Feb 14, 2017

Save the Date for LMDF's event on 8th March 2017, Luxembourg

Feb 13, 2017

A recent report from the Asian Development Bank, Oliver Wyman and Microsave looks at the role that digital finance can play in accelerating financial inclusion, focusing on four Southeast Asian markets – Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar

Feb 06, 2017

Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) announced at their regional meeting that they have formally adopted a set of jointly developed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles. These principles apply across the nine members’ loan portfolios, which in 2015 encompassed $597 million to 672 businesses purchasing crops and providing services to two million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Feb 03, 2017

Financial Inclusion. Housing. How often have you seen the two concepts appear together? If you think rarely – you’re not alone. Housing finance is that mysterious niche that crops up from time to time, but rarely makes headlines in our sector. And that’s both a conundrum and a shame.

Feb 02, 2017

Cordaid Investment Management B.V. (CIM B.V.) is the subsidiary of Cordaid that manages all investments. CIM B.V. combines the unique ability to finance partners with grants, equity and debt instruments in selected countries across three continents. CIM B.V. has EUR 80 million of assets under management, predominantly investments in microfinance institutions (MFI's) and small and medium enterprise (SME) funds with a social mission and serves over 100 investees worldwide. CIM B.V. is looking for a Compliance Officer (32-36 hours per week)

Feb 01, 2017

Initial Public Offerings in microfinance tend to inspire heated opinions: Does investment boost the industry's growth, or compromise its social focus? NextBillion discussed the topic in a Twitter chat on January 30, 2017

Jan 27, 2017

This new brochure presents the background on the Award, outlines the selection process, the Award ceremony and showcases the Award winner (Kashf Foundation, Pakistan) and the two finalists (Fundación Génesis Empresarial, Guatemala and Opportunity Bank Uganda Limited)

Jan 26, 2017

Listen to the NextBillion podcast and on Monday, Jan. 30, these topics will be discussed in more depth in NextBillion’s first Twitter chat, featuring Kanze, Rozas and Microfinance Transparency founder Chuck Waterfield – join us at 10:00 AM EST at #MFICHAT

Jan 24, 2017

Don't miss Daniel Rozas in NextBillion's inaugural Twitter chat, which will take place at 10:00 AM EST on Jan. 30. You can follow the conversation at #MFICHAT.

Jan 24, 2017

The objective of this assignment is to provide a better understanding of key challenges and obstacles faced by entrepreneurs, notably in accessing adequate finance to grow their businesses, in the following countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam

Jan 18, 2017

Take 25.000€ crowdfunded, 150 selected micro entrepreneurs, a Renault 4L car and 2 dreamers. Mix it all and discover an around the world trip supporting micro and small businesses through microcredit! Come and meet the team on 1st March in Luxembourg

Jan 17, 2017

The European Microfinance Programme (EMP) recruitment campaign for academic year 2017-2018 has started. Launched in 2005, the EMP is co-organized by three universities: Université libre de Bruxelles, Université de Mons and Université Paris-Dauphine and five NGO partners: ADA, BRS, CERISE, Positive Planet and SOS Faim. Courses are held in Brussels, on the premises of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

Jan 16, 2017

Check out the e-MFP Winter 2016/2017 Newsletter for highlights of European Microfinance Week (EMW); an interview with Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf Foundation, winner of the 2016 European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and Access to Education

Jan 13, 2017

NextBillion took the opportunity of European Microfinance Week to talk with Graham Wright, MicroSave about fintech - How can microfinance institutions go about leveraging fintech in their products and practices?

Jan 12, 2017

Microfinance, a lead sector within the larger impact investing spectrum, has gained prominence from development-minded investors over the past decades. Initially, international funding into microfinance was generated largely from donor organizations, including public development agencies and private foundations. As the market gained traction, the role of private capital grew in importance as not only a means for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to reach scale, but also to increase their social outreach beyond what was possible with donor money.

Jan 11, 2017

VisionFund International is hosting an online discussion on 8th February about why the microfinance industry needs to fundamentally alter the way it thinks about insurance

Jan 11, 2017

Following last year's extremely successful event, e-MFP is pleased to announce that European Microfinance Week will take place 29th November - 1st December 2017, in Luxembourg.

Jan 09, 2017

Key issues and policy suggestions for promoting financial inclusion are discussed in this new policy brief from ADB

Dec 22, 2016

Financial Inclusion Forum UK is excited to invite you to what promises to be a stirring and thought provoking evening “Digital Financial Services: Are we realising their full potential?” featuring Graham Wright, Founder of MicroSave and Anant Nautiyal of GSMA hosted by Citi on 19th January in London.

Dec 22, 2016

The 'Guidelines on Outcomes Management for Investors' from e-MFP's Social Performance Outcomes Action Group is one of the top 2016 publications featured in the Microfinance Gateway's 'Year in Review: Top Ten Publications of 2016'.

Dec 20, 2016

The ADA Chair is launching the first edition of its Certificate in Law and Regulation of Inclusive Finance from 16th of 27th january 2017. This two weeks of executive training aims to deepen the students’ specific knowledge and skills in the field of inclusive finance law and regulation, with a focus on developing countries ensuring awareness of the topic of law and regulation in the inclusive finance scene for regulators, intermediaries and other inclusive finance organisations

Dec 15, 2016

The European Microfinance Research Conference is one of the primary meeting places for academic researchers working on microfinance. Since the first conference in Brussels, Belgium, in 2009, and its successors in Groningen, Netherlands (2011), Kristiansand, Norway (2013), and Geneva, Switzerland (2015), the conference has been a unique platform for academics to exchange ideas, build and consolidate networks, give visibility to their projects and to identify gaps and different paths for new research

Dec 15, 2016

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management offers different programmes on Development Finance, which will help you to systematically and successfully develop your qualifications and to build your career while recognizing the social function of education

Dec 14, 2016

Join VisionFund International's next private dinner 'Empowering today's women for the women of tomorrow' with VisionFund International's Social Performance Director, Johanna Ryan, on 31st January in London.

Dec 14, 2016

Together with the the Netherlands Space Office and the Rabobank Foundation, NpM is organising its annual conference on the theme of Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food

Dec 13, 2016

The market size of investments in the microfinance sector by specialized financing vehicles has increased over five-fold in the last decade. This is one of the many high-level findings coming out of the recently released white paper co-written by Symbiotics and CGAP about the 10-year landscape of microfinance off-shore investments.

Dec 09, 2016

New publication - “How to IPO Successfully and Responsibly—Lessons From Indian Financial Inclusion Institutions”

Dec 09, 2016

SOS Faim's mission is to see a world without hunger, that is fairer, more caring and respectful of the environment, where all peoples can live in dignity, with their basic needs provided for.

Dec 09, 2016

Microfinance Gateway inteviews Kashf Foundation winner of the European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and Access to Education

Dec 06, 2016

Over 450 participants from 58 countries gathered at EMW 2016 - see why in our photo galleries

Dec 04, 2016

Islamic microfinance: A solution to expand financial inclusion? 13th December

Dec 02, 2016

Microfinance conferences have offered a unique experience in recent years. In the world outside the events, the industry has been wracked by extraordinary upheaval. It has lurched from development sector darling to punching bag, as client over-indebtedness grabbed headlines, research cast doubt upon its anti-poverty impact, and skeptics gleefully used these events to call the entire industry into question.

Nov 29, 2016

European Microfinance Week is the highlight of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) calendar and a major annual event of the microfinance industry, hosting high-level discussions by all sectors of the European microfinance community working in developing countries.The conference each year welcomes among the 400 participants much of the Platform’s membership, now over 120 organisations and individuals. This year’s conference was particularly special, being the tenth anniversary of e-MFP, and a perfect opportunity to reflect on how much has changed in the past decade, and how much there is to expect in the decade ahead.The conference, held over 16th-18th November provided focus to six main streams: green microfinance; investors, donors and funders; rural finance; social performance; and digital innovations and the 2016 European Microfinance Award topic of Access to Education.

Nov 28, 2016

e-MFP is looking for a consultant to support the 8th European Microfinance Award

Nov 25, 2016

MicroCapital reports on the lively debate at the EMW 2016 Closing Plenary, 'Digital finance: Full inclusion or empty promise'

Nov 24, 2016

Development Finance reports on the EMW 2016 session ‘Myanmar, the new Golden Land for microfinance?’

Nov 24, 2016

MicroCapital reports from the EMW 2016 session 'Investing in green inclusive finance: Challenges, opportunities, strategies, the way forward'

Nov 23, 2016

Thanks to our media partners for their excellent coverage of European Microfinance Week (#emw2016)

Nov 23, 2016

MicroCapital reports from the EMW 2016 session 'Myanmar, the new Golden Land for microfinance'

Nov 22, 2016

e-MFP marked its 10th anniversary during EMW which offered a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements so far, and look ahead as well.

Nov 21, 2016

EMW 2016 concluded Friday in Luxembourg, after having brought together over 470 opinion-leaders, top management of banks, funds and other financial institutions, practitioners, academics, analysts, raters and industry commentators to present key innovations, challenges and the work conducted in the previous year by e-MFP’s several dedicated Action Groups

Nov 18, 2016

Thursday, 17th November saw the long-awaited ceremony for the 7th European Microfinance Award which was won by Kashf Foundation of Pakistan

Nov 18, 2016

Islamic microfinance: A solution to expand financial inclusion?

Nov 18, 2016

See NextBilion's live streaming of the #emw2016 Closing Plenary, Digital Finance: Full inclusion or empty promise?

Nov 11, 2016

In advance of European Microfinance Week 16-18 November, Microfinance Gateway talked with Philippe Bruel, PhB Development, moderator of the session 'Data driven microfinance: small bits, big data

Nov 09, 2016

In anticipation of European Microfinance Week, 16 - 18 November, our media partner Responsible Investor posed some questions to Triple Jump

Nov 08, 2016

As part of it's series looking at what's in store at European Microfinance Week, 16-18 November, our media partner MicroCapital talked with Lucia Spaggiari of Microfinanza Rating & Amelia Greenberg of the Social Performance Task Force from e-MFP’s Social Performance Outcomes Action Group

Nov 07, 2016

e-MFP is delighted to announce a new publication, European Dialogue No.10: Guidelines On Outcomes Management For Investors. The Guidelines are the result of the work carried out by the e-MFP Social Performance Outcomes Action Group

Nov 04, 2016

'Digital finance: full inclusion or empty promise?' - one of the great sessions at European Microfinance Week 16-18 Nov. See Graham Wright's interview on Microfinance Gateway:

Nov 02, 2016

In the run up to European Microfinance Week, our media partners have been talking to panellists to see what's in store

Oct 27, 2016

CERMi a multilingual, international research centre based in Belgium, is offering a full time one-year research fellowship on microfinance and SME banking, at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM), ULB

Oct 26, 2016

The 2017 SPTF Social Investor Working Group Meeting will take place March 15 & 16 at the University of Zurich, Zurich, hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF), and the University of Zürich’s Centre for Microfinance

Oct 25, 2016

Our e-MFP Action Groups are gearing up for European Microfinance Week (EMW) where they'll gather for their annual meetings on 16th November and also share their latest findings in panels they've organised on 17th & 18th November. In anticipation of EMW the Microfinance & Environment Action Group and the Digital Innovations for Financial Empowerment Action Group have released the following publications:

Oct 24, 2016

Led by speakers including Laurie Lee (CEO, CARE International UK) and Josefine Lindänge Gutman (CEO, Hand in Hand International), the conference will explore evidence-based solutions to overcoming the lack of access to capital and training faced by women entrepreneurs in the developing world

Oct 21, 2016

This week marks Financial Inclusion Week. In support of this effort to highlight what Financial Inclusion means for the Platform, e-MFP would like to highlight the work being done in Cambodia by its members and partners, including ADA, BIO, FMO, Incofin, and Proparco, as well as by the MIMOSA Project.

Oct 18, 2016

What does financial inclusion mean for your organisation and what role does your organisation play as a financial inclusion agent?

Oct 13, 2016

CoopEst celebrates its10th anniversary on the 2nd European Microfinance Day in Brussels on October 20th from 6pm to 8pm at Hotel Sofitel Europe.

Oct 11, 2016

Check out the e-MFP Autumn 2016 Newsletter for an update on the 7th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and Access to Education and the 3 Finalists chosen

Oct 11, 2016

As part of Financial Inclusion Week 2016, on Wednesday 19 October VisionFund International is hosting a webinar about providing Mobile Money to rural microfinance clients.

Oct 10, 2016

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has entered into an agreement with Citi to expand local currency lending to the microfinance sector under the Microfinance Risk Participation and Guarantee Program. Under the agreement, ADB and Citi will together facilitate up to $100 million of local currency loans to microfinance institutions in developing Asia.

Oct 04, 2016

MicroCapital previews one of the exciting plenaries of European Microfinance Week, 'Microfinance and housing, one brick at a time', in an interview with the panellists Rajnish Dhall of Micro Housing Finance Corporation, Mark van Doesburgh of Triple Jump and Daniel Rozas,

Sep 26, 2016

Fundación Génesis Empresarial, Kashf Foundation, and Opportunity Bank of Uganda Announced as Finalists for 7th European Microfinance Award on Access to Education

Sep 20, 2016

Last week saw two nearly identical financial scandals hit two very different parts of the world. One was the revelation that Wells Fargo, one of the leading US banks, had falsely created some 2 million accounts for customers who never asked for them and were largely unaware of their existence. The other was about banks in India secretly depositing 1 rupee (0.015 euro) into their customer’s accounts.

Sep 13, 2016

The annual Microfinance Barometer which analyses trends in the sector is now available in English. e-MFP is proud to partner the Barometer and has contributed two articles

Sep 05, 2016

For the 5th year running, the 2016 edition of the Positive Economy Forum will be held on September, 13th – 17th, 2016 in Le Havre.

Aug 30, 2016

The Microinsurance Network will hold a workshop "How to optimise distribution in the low-cost insurance environment?", 28th September

Aug 29, 2016

The 9th edition of the Convergences World Forum will take place 5 – 7 September 2016, in Paris. e-MFP is delighted to be the organiser of the session on ‘Microfinance & housing: The role of microfinance in providing access to housing’

Aug 23, 2016

In 2015, through 20 programmes in 10 countries, Entrepreneurs du Monde gave its support to 153,000 men and women in their initiatives to bring their families out of poverty

Aug 05, 2016

The 2016 report assesses these countries’ financial inclusion ecosystems based on four dimensions of financial inclusion: country commitment, mobile capacity, regulatory environment, and adoption of selected traditional and digital financial services

Aug 04, 2016

A lack of data is a significant bottleneck for financial institutions and development organizations. The same is true for knowledge about a targeted sector, especially when working in agriculture and agri-finance

Aug 03, 2016

Tthe CSFI report takes a broader look at financial inclusion and describes the risks in the provision of financial services to people in emerging markets whose access to these services is either limited or non-existent.

Jul 26, 2016

WSBI announced a new partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to help boost financial access and economic development in seven African countries. The Foundation has committed $16 million over 5½ years to enable at least one million people to open accounts at banks in Côte d'Ivoire Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda.

Jul 21, 2016

The Better Than Cash Alliance 'Responsible Digital Payments Guidelines' identify eight good practices for engaging with clients who are sending or receiving digital payments and who have previously been financially excluded or underserved

Jul 20, 2016

Rise in loan ticket size and shift of borrower base in favour of urban areas marked a strong rebound in Indian microfinance industry, whose combined gross loan portfolio (GLP) grew 84 per cent to Rs 53,200 crore in FY16 from Rs 28,900 crore in the previous year

Jul 15, 2016

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Learn more about IFAD's activities in their annual report

Jul 14, 2016

MicroCapital features an interview on rural finance with Marina Kortenbusch, Business and Finance Consulting who serves as the Head e-MFP’s Rural Outreach and Innovation (ROI) Action Group and Josien Sluijs, e-MFP board member and Director of the Netherlands’ Platform for Inclusive Finance, which is also a member of the ROI Action Group

Jul 12, 2016

The symposium to be held in May 2017, aims to take stock of the theoretical and professional debates regarding agricultural and rural development, food security, and their reciprocal relations with overall development

Jul 11, 2016

Thin - Filed and No - Filed individuals and emerging SMEs find it difficult to qualify for loans from financial institutions as they do not have previous banking history. Credit bureaus traditionally used the credit history of individuals or financial data of SMEs, such as, balance sheets and bank transactions for credit assessment. However, the traditional procedure is not applicable to previously unbanked individuals and new businesses

Jul 11, 2016

New study from CFI and IIF on banks' significant contribution to expanding financial inclusion

Jul 08, 2016

e-MFP is launching this call for interest to find a host for the 5th edition of the conference. Interested organisations should submit a brief proposal and the deadline for submission is 22 August 2016

Jul 07, 2016

Check out the e-MFP Summer 2016 Newsletter for the latest update on the 7th European Microfinance Award 'Microfinance and Access to Education'; an article on 'Financing Access to Energy' from e-MFP's Microfinance and Environment Action Group

Jul 07, 2016

Alterfin is looking for an Africa Investment Manager to be based in Brussels, Belgium (full time), with frequent travels to Africa. This position involves responsibility for the development and management of loans to MFIs and POs in Africa, through the portfolio management of Alterfin and Fefisol

Jun 24, 2016

Womens World Banking (WWB) announces the release of the digital 2015 annual report which shares their progress toward bringing innovative financial services to women around the world.

Jun 22, 2016

Back in November 2015, a press release briefly made the rounds, announcing that "Opportunity, Inc. . . . has entered into a share purchase agreement to sell six banks serving sub-Saharan Africa to the MyBucks Group, a Luxembourg-based financial technology (fintech) company." This generated some comments on LinkedIn and a blog by consultant Hannah Siedek, who recognized how unusual a deal this was and wondered if she should consider it "a good (or not so good) operation." But aside from this, reaction has been surprisingly muted

Jun 21, 2016

Social investor, Oikocredit, announced its social performance results for 2015. Result highlights include: Investments in low-income countries up 22% to € 132 million, Clients reached through inclusive finance partners up 24% to 46 million

Jun 17, 2016

The Scaling Up REmittances (SURE) 2016 Call for Proposals aims to attract innovative pilot projects and scale up initiatives to support IFAD’s rural transformation agenda

Jun 14, 2016

See MicroCapital's interview with Christoph Pausch, e-MFP, on the 7th European Microfinance Award on Access to Education - why it's important and how can MFIs approach education

Jun 14, 2016

Taking part at the #EDD2016 in Brussels? Join Gabriela Erice, e-MFP, panelist on the 'Technology and innovation in financial inclusion for sustainable development' session, Thursday June 16th

Jun 02, 2016

The application period for the 7th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and Access to Education has now closed. We'd like to thank all the institutions which applied.

May 30, 2016

The WSBI Annual Meetings "Banking in the 21st Century" will be hosted by the Government Savings Bank, the WSBI member in Thailand.

May 23, 2016

The Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce its latest executive education program - the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Sustainable Finance

May 19, 2016

Representatives of ResponsAbility and LMDF funds will present the opportunities and challenges of microfinance investments.

May 19, 2016

The sixth edition of the Annual Impact Investor Survey from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is based on an analysis of the activities of 158 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations

May 10, 2016

Peruvian savings banks are taking the plunge into a high-tech initiative designed to boost financial inclusion. Called BIM, short for "Billetera móvil", translated as "Mobile Wallet", the unique national e-wallet system brings together 34 financial institutions – including those savings bank within WSBI member Peruvian Federation of Municipal Savings and Credit Banks (FEPCMAC) under the partnership called "Modelo Peru"

Apr 27, 2016

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?

Apr 25, 2016

Registration is open for the 13th EMN Annual Conference with the theme 'Shaping European Microfinance | Who, What and for Whom?'

Apr 21, 2016

Since 2006, the European Microfinance Award (€100,000 prize) has supported innovative thinking in the microfinance sector

Apr 19, 2016

The 9th Edition of the European Dialogue is focused on the 2015 European Microfinance Award, recognising excellence in microfinance in post-disaster/post-conflict areas & fragile states

Apr 18, 2016

The Microinsurance Network is looking for a Microinsurance Expert

Apr 18, 2016

Check out the e-MFP Spring 2016 Newsletter for details of the 7th European Microfinance Award Microfinance and Access to Education

Apr 17, 2016

What opportunities can climate finance offer impact investors after the Paris Cop 21 Agreement to direct all finance towards sustainable, low-emissions, climate-resilient development? How can private investors adhere to this commitment and achieve both environmental and financial return? How can the impact finance industry reach sufficient scale to attract institutional investors while not losing sight of its original mission?

Apr 06, 2016

Preparations are underway for European Microfinance Week, 16th - 18th November 2016 and e-MFP is launching a request for proposals from its members for sessions

Apr 04, 2016

The 2016 European Microfinance Award 'Microfinance and Access to Education' is intended to recognise the role of microfinance in enabling access to education for children and/or skill-training for youth and adults to enhance their employment and self-employment.

Apr 04, 2016

The ILO Impact Insurance Facility and its partners are organizing a public symposium to look into successful models in agriculture insurance, and discuss key issues such as relevance for small-scale farmers and the role of governments to improve equity and sustainability of the schemes.

Mar 30, 2016

The annual SPTF meeting will take place 30 May - 2 June.

Mar 25, 2016

Positive Planet has completed the implementation of the Shea Project Phase 1 (2012-2014), which was reaching more than 15,000 women shea processors through capacity building on best practices of shea processing, microfinance and ICT with the aim of tackling the major issues faced by women shea producers.

Mar 18, 2016

What are the e-MFP Action Groups? How do they contribute to the inclusive finance sector? What are the benefits of being a member?

Mar 16, 2016

e-MFP members Agora Microfinance and VisionFund International help increase the quality and availability of financial services tailored to meet the unique needs of smallholder farmers

Mar 10, 2016

Entrepreneurs du Monde will bring together nine Asian partner organisations to work together in Kolkata, India from 14th - 18th March

Mar 03, 2016

The Advans group is looking for a highly motivated Chief Operating Officer to join its team. This position is a replacement and is based at the Paris office

Mar 01, 2016

IFAD’s multi-donor supported Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) is organizing a side event in occasion of the 12th CAADP Partnership Platform on “Financing African Agriculture and Implementation Support for accelerated Agriculture Growth and Transformation” held by AU/NEPAD in Accra, from 11 to 15 April 2016

Feb 29, 2016

The intriguing experience of mobile money pioneer M-PESA.
27th of April 2016 in Brussels with Michael Joseph, Director of Mobile Money at Vodafone Group Services Ltd

Feb 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the extensive conference report is now accessible online

Feb 15, 2016

Read about ILO's activities to develop inclusive insurance across 14 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa in their 2015 annual report

Feb 12, 2016

Investment funds and microfinance: how to boost sustainable agriculture in developing countries?

Feb 12, 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 Boulder MFT in English and French, July 18 to August 5, 2016 – Turin, Italy

Feb 04, 2016

The next course period will start on March 1, 2016.

Feb 01, 2016

The Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce its latest executive education program

Jan 22, 2016

FOROAGRO is an international event that will unite world experts to discuss and debate how best to promote various initiatives that ensure broad-based financial services for agriculture, food security, climate change

Jan 21, 2016

See the new e-MFP publication presenting the 3 finalists of the 6th European Microfinance Award

Jan 18, 2016

European Microfinance Week, 16th - 18th November 2016

Jan 15, 2016

Check out the e-MFP Winter 2015/2016 Newsletter

Jan 14, 2016

The Award is open to any European institution or organisation directly or indirectly involved in the financial inclusion of people excluded from mainstream financial services or with a limited access to them in European Union or EFTA countries.

Jan 08, 2016

Agricultural finance is crucial to support the growth of the agricultural sector. Indeed, it is essential for food security, job creation, and overall economic growth.

Dec 18, 2015

The material from the very successful training course organised by the e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group during European Microfinance Week

Dec 03, 2015

Thank you to the 457 participants from 67 countries who gathered at European Microfinance Week, 18 - 20 November 2015

Dec 03, 2015

Microfinance Gateway have published an article on CRG, winner of the 6th European Microfinance Award

Dec 02, 2015

e-MFP is looking for a consultant to support the 7th European Microfinance Award

Dec 01, 2015

This report is the first attempt in the microfinance sector to address the area of green performance monitoring in a comprehensive manner

Nov 27, 2015

Call for Tenders for the final evaluation of University Meets Microfinance II (UMM) –deadline December 7, 2015: tender description, technical proposal template and financial proposal template – Expression of interest due by Nov. 30th

Nov 27, 2015

Global microfinance markets are expected to grow by 10-15% in 2016, although growth rates will differ markedly between regions. This is the key finding of the newly released responsAbility Microfinance Market Outlook 2016

Nov 26, 2015

SPTF is pleased to invite you to a webinar that will share the findings so far from their joint project with UNHCR to develop guidelines for financial service providers seeking to provide microfinance to refugee populations

Nov 26, 2015

Thanks to our media partners MicroCapital, Next Billion, Microfinance Gateway and Le Portail de la Microfinance, for their excellent coverage of European Microfinance Week

Nov 25, 2015

Small is powerful: how to support small businesses in Africa?

Nov 24, 2015

The three finalists videos shown at the 6th European Microfinance Award Ceremony, held on 19th November, at the European Investment Bank are now available online

Nov 23, 2015

European Microfinance Week (#EMW2015) concluded Friday in Luxembourg, with a closing plenary looking ahead to the future of microfinance, 'Where to from here?", with Blaine Stephens of the MIX Market, and Marc Labie of UMONS.

Nov 20, 2015

Crédit Rural de Guinée (CRG) has been announced as the winner of the 6th European Microfinance Award, focusing this year on Microfinance in Post-disaster, Post-conflict Areas & Fragile States, for its innovative response to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea

Nov 19, 2015

European Microfinance Week (#emw2015) got underway today in Luxembourg, with this year's attention on Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development

Nov 17, 2015

Don't miss the conversation at European Microfinance Week, ‪#‎emw2015‬

Nov 10, 2015

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

Nov 10, 2015

The e-MFP Digital Innovations for Financial Empowerment (DIFE) Action Group just released a new publication: the FINCA Tanzania Success Case

Oct 27, 2015

Microfinance Lunch Break in Brussels, 8th December Brussels

Oct 23, 2015

Triple Jump, an impact investment fund manager with a global portfolio, is looking for a Portfolio Analyst, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECCA) Team and a Portfolio Analyst, Latin America

Oct 22, 2015

Cantilan Bank was awarded for its gender-sensitive approach to financial inclusion and agricultural value chain financing for smallholder farmers

Oct 14, 2015

The e-MFP Action Group of Investors in Tier 2/3 MFIs is organizing a one-day workshop for investment officers during the Working Day, 18th November, of the European Microfinance Week

Oct 07, 2015

Check out the e-MFP Autumn 2015 Newsletter

Oct 06, 2015

On September 22nd, NpM in cooperation with FMO and Hivos, hosted the Green Inclusive Finance Conference

Oct 01, 2015

Borrow Wisely Campaign 2015: International financial education campaign will reach over 150 000 clients in 30 days

Sep 24, 2015

Crédit Rural de Guinée, The First Microfinance Institution - Syria and TSKI from the Philippines are the three finalists who will go on to compete for the €100,000 prize

Sep 24, 2015

The e-MFP Outcomes Action Group was formed in June 2015, in partnership with the SPTF Outcomes Working Group. It includes members of both e-MFP and SPTF.

Sep 21, 2015

In anticipation of European Microfinance Week 2015, media partner MicroCapital talked with Edvardas Bumsteinas of the EIB

Sep 18, 2015

The 9th edition of the Symbiotics Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIV) Survey has just been published

Sep 11, 2015

EMN and MFC will celebrate the 1st European Microfinance Day, 20th October with the 180 members of both networks in the European Union

Sep 08, 2015

The set of product catalogues aims at providing a simple but comprehensive overview of both the technical and financial requirements, and socioeconomic and environmental benefits of the most common renewable energy (RE) and energy efficient (EE) technologies

Sep 03, 2015

The Forum is a meeting place for the public sector, private companies, civil society, media and students committed to sustainable development and to fighting poverty

Sep 01, 2015

The conference organised by NpM – Platform for Inclusive Finance, FMO and Hivos will take place in The Hague on 22 September 2015

Aug 27, 2015

The report evaluates access to and usage of affordable financial services by underserved people across 21 countries

Aug 24, 2015

The Positive Economy Forum is a platform working for development of a positive economy , oriented towards the interests of future generations

Aug 24, 2015

Microcredit emerged with the objective of including the poor into the banking system to help them improve their lives and change their destiny

Aug 24, 2015

The EcoMicro Program, co-funded by the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund and the Nordic Development Fund, recently commissioned a study on The State of and Perspectives on Green Microfinance in Latin America and the Caribbean

Aug 18, 2015

The Mifos Initiative is holding a webinar Transforming Financial Inclusion - Mifos & SACCOs/Credit Unions, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM GMT

Jul 31, 2015

The 14th University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Workshop on Responsible Inclusive Finance and Customer Empowerment will take place on 14th - 15th September at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Jul 31, 2015

The annual Microfinance Barometer which analyses trends in the sector has just been published (in French). This year, as there is a special focus on digital finance, Philippe Breul, Head of the new e-MFP Digital Innovations for Financial Empowerment Action Group

Jul 29, 2015

What's in store at European Microfinance Week (EMW), 18th - 20th November 2015

Jul 28, 2015

VisionFund International is looking to expand it's team and has four job opportunities

Jul 22, 2015

This month's MicroCapital Monitor features an interview with Severine Debbos of ILO and Jared Penner of Child and Youth Finance International on More Inclusive Finance for Youth: Scalable and Sustainable Delivery Models for Financial and Non-Financial Services

Jul 22, 2015

Successful MFI practitioner in western europe seeks international expansion

Jul 16, 2015

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.

Jul 09, 2015

The Centre for European Research in Microfinance and the Centre for Social Economy are offering a 2-year full-time research fellowship

Jul 07, 2015

Check out the e-MFP Summer 2015 Newsletter

Jun 29, 2015

Microfinance et auto-entrepreneurs : Nord et Sud - Comment la microfinance peut-elle aider les auto-entrepreneurs dans les pays développés ?

Jun 29, 2015

Triodos Green Fund has provided a loan to Compana Hondurena de Energia Solar S.A. de CV, to build a ground-mounted solar plant on a remote and rugged area in the southeast part of Honduras.

Jun 12, 2015

VisionFund has published their 2014 annual report together with the first social performance report.

Jun 12, 2015

Investisseurs & Partnaires (I&P) has recently published the handbook 'Investing in Africa's Small and Growing Businesses'

Jun 05, 2015

Thank you to all organisations who applied for the 6th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance in post-disaster, post-conflict areas and fragile states

Jun 04, 2015

Youth Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Panel Session and Discussion, 24 June 2015, Paris

May 29, 2015

"More Inclusive Finance for Youth: Scalable and Sustainable Delivery Models for Financial and Non-Financial Services" has just been released by the e-MFP Youth Financial Inclusion Action Group

May 28, 2015

6th European Microfinance Award to recognise excellence in providing financial services in post-disaster, post-conflict areas and fragile states

May 26, 2015

Enhancing food security and resilience to climate change: what role for microfinance?

May 22, 2015

MicroCapital talks with Davide Forcella and Yekbun Gurgoz about the European Microfinance Award - why this theme and what sort of services would be considered

May 22, 2015

The symposium (in French) will take place 28 May in Paris on the theme of "Financing for sustainable development on the agenda for post- 2015"

May 21, 2015

See presentations and recording from the WWB webinar on 'Rebuilding in Crisis Environments: Experiences from Financial Institutions'

May 12, 2015

Don't miss the 24 May deadline for registration for the Fourth European Research Conference on Microfinance in Geneva 1-3 June.

May 05, 2015

Having been closed off for 40 years, Myanmar has undergone recent reform and is once again experiencing economic growth and is being touted as the "final frontier" by the Economist

Apr 24, 2015

After almost ten years of existence, Terrafina Microfinance has decided to reposition by increasing focus on agricultural microfinance

Apr 22, 2015

The SPTF invites you to participate in the SPTF Universal Standards for SPM Implementation Series

Apr 21, 2015

UMM Bachelor & Master scholarships for field missions in developing countries, 2nd Call for Applications 2015

Apr 19, 2015

The latest Global Findex, the world’s most comprehensive gauge of progress on financial inclusion, has just been released

Apr 16, 2015

Preparations are underway for European Microfinance Week, 18th - 20th November 2015 and e-MFP is launching a request for proposals from its members for sessions

Apr 15, 2015

Check out the new e-MFP Spring Newsletter

Apr 14, 2015

The Global Forum on Remittances and Development (GFRD) is organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank and the European Commission

Apr 08, 2015

Registration is now open for the EMN 12th Annual Conference, 'Microfinance and banks: are we the right partners?'

Apr 02, 2015

Climate change and poverty reduction are probably the two major challenges of our century. Developing countries, most vulnerable to the threats of climate disruption, are the first impacted by the effects of this phenomenon manifested by natural disasters

Mar 27, 2015

The next UMM Workshop will take place at the University of Bergamo, Italy, 11-12 June 2015.

Mar 25, 2015

The new European Dialogue features the ten organisations and their projects which were shortlisted for the 2014 Award

Mar 17, 2015

The 2015 Impact Investing & Microfinance conference will take place 29 April 2015

Mar 17, 2015

WSBI in collaboration with Kenya Post Office Savings Bank (KPOSB) has carried out a study

Mar 16, 2015

The new European Microfinance Week 2014 conference report is now accessible online

Mar 09, 2015

A new UMM Thematic Paper on 'Value Chains in Agricultural and Green Microfinance' is now available

Mar 06, 2015

NpM, in cooperation with Achmea and Michael McCord, president of the MicroInsurance Centre, is organising a seminar on the importance of microinsurance and how to transform that into a business case

Mar 06, 2015

A panel session and discussion on 'Responsible Digital Finance: Global and Local Perspectives on Emerging Opportunities and Risks'

Mar 04, 2015

GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme has released its 2014 State of the Industry Report on mobile financial services.

Feb 23, 2015

The Global Forum on Remittances and Development (GFRD) 2015 will be held in Milan on 16-19 June

Feb 23, 2015

A new video tutorial in three languages is now available

Feb 02, 2015

We invite PhD, Master and Bachelor students enrolled at universities in the European Union to submit applications to the “University Meets Microfinance” (UMM) Scholarship Program

Jan 23, 2015

Check out the e-MFP Winter 2014/2015 Newsletter

Jan 22, 2015

For third consecutive year, the e-MFP Investors in Tier 2/3 MFIs Action Group publishes their Annual Survey

Jan 19, 2015

e-MFP has released a new publication presenting the 3 finalists of the 5th European Microfinance Award

Jan 19, 2015

The Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce a number of executive courses for professionals in 2015

Jan 06, 2015

The study explains the success of digital financial services (DFS) in Kenya and presents challenges and opportunities for the development of DFS in seven other countries

Dec 05, 2014

Register for LinkEd development finance e-learning courses, starting on 2 March 2015

Dec 04, 2014

The International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Bank Group and the European Commission are pleased to announce the upcoming Global Forum on Remittances and Development 2015 which takes place in Milan on 16-19 June

Dec 01, 2014

e-MFP would like to thank the over 400 participants from 56 countries who gathered at European Microfinance Week

Nov 27, 2014

See the videos shown at the 5th European Microfinance Award ceremony

Nov 25, 2014

The Fourth European Research Conference on Microfinance will take place 1st - 3rd June 2015 at the University of Geneva.

Nov 20, 2014

European Microfinance Week 2014, with the theme of 'Developing Better Markets' gathered over 400 opinion-leaders

Nov 17, 2014

Over 400 practitioners, investors, academics and support providers gather at Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg to present on market-driven innovations in financial services in the global South

Nov 13, 2014

European Microfinance Week (#emw2014) got underway today in Luxembourg, with this year's attention on "Developing Better Markets", a key focus to be discussed in the context of digital innovations, investment, social performance and sustainability.

Nov 09, 2014

The e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group will present seven new products in their product catalogue series at European Microfinance Week

Nov 02, 2014

Launch of the 2014 Microfinance Barometer

Oct 24, 2014

The e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group have published 'The Green Index: an innovative tool to assess the environmental performance of MFIs'.

Oct 20, 2014

With European Microfinance Week, 12th - 14th November, fast approaching, our media partners MicroCapital and Le Portail Microfinance

Oct 09, 2014

Check out the e-MFP Autumn 2014 Newsletter. Discover the 3 finalists for the European Microfinance Award and read about their innovative initiatives.

Oct 08, 2014

Interesting new publication from SOS Faim on green microfinance

Oct 02, 2014

The e-MFP Youth Financial Inclusion Action Group has launched a call for case studies for their next publication "More inclusive microfinance for youth – scalable and sustainable delivery models

Sep 22, 2014

Press Release: Announcing the Finalists for the 5th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment

Sep 09, 2014

On the occasion of the 5th edition of the Convergences World Forum

Sep 08, 2014

Microfinance, or access to financial services, has an effect on the lives of the poor. This is one of the main conclusions of the extensive ING-NpM research 'A Billion to Gain?'

Sep 04, 2014

Incofin Investment Management's Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II) together with Triodos Microfinance Fund (TMF) and

Sep 03, 2014

e-MFP's Microfinance & Environment Action Group discuss the tools they have developed

Sep 01, 2014

Following the successful response to the e-MFP Remittances Action Group's publication

Aug 28, 2014

Join Daniel Rozas and Jonathan Morduch in the 'NpM One Day Open University'

Jul 18, 2014

World Politics Review has published the following article from e-MFP Board Member Hans Dieter Seibel:

Jul 14, 2014

The risk of client indebtedness dominates the list of concerns about the future of the microfinance industry, according to a new risk survey.

Jul 10, 2014

Check out e-MFP's Summer 2014 Newsletter. Read how ASKI, previous winner of the European Microfinance Award used the prize to increase their activities in support of food security.

Jun 26, 2014

Global experience of microfinance institutions active in remittances included in Best Practices Guide

Jun 24, 2014

responsAbility has just published the 2014 edition of 'Perspectives'

May 23, 2014

Created last February, the Burkina Faso based investment fund Sinergi Burkina will be officially launched on October 14th 2014 in Ouagadougou.

May 23, 2014

Is there a business case for investing in client protection?

May 21, 2014

Triple Jump investigates whether the databases of microfinance institutions (MFIs) can be mutually accessed to better understand the impact of microfinance on end-clients.

May 15, 2014

Varvara Maslova and Judith Santbergen have recently joined Triodos the Emerging Markets team as Investment Officers.

Apr 14, 2014

Take a look at e-MFP's Spring Newsletter. Get the background on the 5th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment. Catch up on e-MFP's lastest news and activities.

Apr 11, 2014

The recent University Meets Microfinance Newsletter includes details of the UMM Awards ceremony at European Microfinance Week and information on the e-MFP UMM Action Group activities.

Apr 03, 2014

Luxembourg puts a strong emphasis on the importance of sustainable development through financial inclusion by bringing together key stakeholders from the public, private and civil-society sector around this common objective.

Apr 02, 2014

The 4th European Microfinance Research Conference will be hosted 1st - 3rd June 2015, by the University of Geneva (Geneva Finance Research Insititute) in association with the Graduate Institute, the University of Fribourg and the University of Zurich. A call for papers will be issued in May 2014.

Mar 28, 2014

Over the past decade, Africa has experienced unprecedented growth, with 5-6% growth rate at the continent level. However, this growth remains heterogeneous, fragile, insufficient and unevenly distributed.

Mar 21, 2014

CERISE has released a universal social performance assessment tool that integrates latest sector social performance standards. This newest version - SPI4 - enables its users to evaluate the level of implementation of the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management, including the Smart Campaign Client Protection Principles.

Mar 20, 2014

Incofin Investment Management and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management present the Report of the first EIB Rural Impulse Fund II Symposium in Africa. Through this publication, which provides insights and best cases about microfinance in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region, they wish to encourage future initiatives promoting peer-to peer-learning and financial inclusion in rural areas.

Mar 20, 2014

In this paper, we estimate the number of empty savings accounts at MFIs and banks in Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Pakistan, as well as in cooperatives among a mix of countries worldwide

Sep 09, 2013

e-MFP would like to thank the 378 participants from 59 countries who attended European Microfinance Week, 12th - 14th November 2013 in Luxembourg

Sep 07, 2013

If you missed the event, see the European Microfinance Week video now