European Microfinance Week (EMW), 16-18 November, 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. 

With a fantastic line up of plenaries: the opening one introducing the finalists of the 7th European Microfinance Award, another on Microfinance and Housing – the topic of next year’s 8th Award, and the closing plenary on Digital Finance: Full inlusion or empty promise?

The plenaries were complemented by 24 workshop sessions across six main streams: green microfinance; investors, donors and funders; rural finance; social performance; and digital innovations – some of which built on the work of the Action Groups as well as issues laid out in the plenary sessions. They included financing sustainable energy, agricultural value chain finance, microfinance for refugees, several on client protection and impact evaluation, and a series of sessions over both days related to the big theme of education – including education and child labour, and a double session on financing of education, covering both implementation and funding.



Conference report

Blog: Digital finance, housing and education dominate discussion at European Microfinance Week 2016

Photos and video from the conference

Media partner coverage

Press Release 21 November 2016 - European Microfinance Week wraps up with debate on digital finance's threat to traditional microfinance

Press Release 18 November 2016 - Kashf Foundation, winner of the 7th European Microfinance Award "Microfinance and Access to Education" (additional French version)

Press Release 17 November 2016 - Celebrating ten years of inclusive finance at European Microfinance Week 2016 ( additional french version)

Twitter #emw2016

Save the Date for European Microfinance Week 2017, 29th November - 1st December, see more here.


European Microfinance Week 2016 Sponsors

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