Every two years since 2009, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) organises 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.

6th European Research Conference on Microfinance
New Tools, New Actors: Which aims, values and beneficiaries?

University of Paris-Dauphine, Paris, France
3rd - 5th June 2019

This 2019 edition of the European Research Conference on Microfinance, co-organised by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier Business School and Paris Dauphine University in cooperation with the European Microfinance Platform, will focus on the challenges of industrialiSation and massification, which have been fuelled by the increasing use of new technologies as supposedly efficient instruments for fostering financial inclusion worldwide. These new technologies have brought unprecedented opportunities, including cost reduction and the penetration of isolated areas. But they also present unparalleled risks, including issues of privacy, the use of big data for commercial purposes, and a loss of face-to-face relationships. The spectrum of financial inclusion has also been observably widening. It now associates public transfers with various basic services such as water, sanitation and health. Given the massification and diversification of supply, it's crucial to consider what the underlying missions and objectives may be.

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Previous editions:

The 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance was held at the University of Portsmouth, 12th to 14th June 2017. It was organized by the Portsmouth Business School in collaboration with e-MFP and CERMi,  and gathered more than 130 delegates. Three Plenary sessions and close to 90 papers were presented over the three days.

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The 4th European Research Conference on Microfinance was held at the University of Geneva (Geneva Finance Research Institute), 1st - 3rd June 2015. It was organised by the University of Geneva’s School of Economics and Management and its Center for Microfinance and Financial Inclusion. The conference brought together 160 participants from universities, investment funds and policy making institutions of 24 countries.

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The 3rd European Research Conference on Microfinance was held in the University of Agder, Norway, June, 10th - 12th 2013. Organised by the Norwegian Centre for Microfinance Research at the University of Agder in cooperation with the Center for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) and the University of Groningen, it gathered 250 participants from 35 countries and more than 180 papers were presented and discussed.

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The 2nd European Research Conference on Microfinance was held in Groningen University, the Netherlands, 16th - 18th June 2011. Organised by the former e-MFP Research Action Group, the conference provided a collection of 170 research papers, which were discussed by a public of over 200 researchers and practitioners in microfinance from all over the world.

The first European Research Conference in Microfinance was held at Université libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels, 2nd to 4th of June 2009.  Organised by CERMi in collaboration with the former e-MFP Research Action Group, it gathered 250 participants from 50 countries and over 70 papers were presented.