MFC Activities in Europe

 

  • Networking Program focuses on organization of different sector events. The MFC flagship Annual Conference is a unique learning and networking opportunity for representatives of microfinance sector.
  • Capacity Building Program aims at improving capacity of microfinance institutions through organizing workshops, seminars and training courses in 30+ topics. The flagship JASMINE is a EU funded project that helps micro-credit providers reach high standards through the technical assistance and consulting services. Since mid 2010 MFC has trained over 600 employees of EU microfinance institutions within Jasmine. (http://www.mfc.org.pl/en/content/jasmine-project)
  • Financial Education Program aims at improving financial capabilities of micro-entrepreneurs and low-income households as a strategy towards greater economic security and financial inclusion. Since 2004 the Program has built the capacity of nearly 1000 local trainers in 16 countries  and reached out with financial education to almost 100,000 micro-entrepreneurs and low-income households. In 2007, MFC established FEVA - Financial Education for Vulnerable Adults Partnership to advance financial education in Europe with the support of the European Commission (www.fevagroup.org).
  • Research Program offers quantitative and qualitative research studies on demand for financial services (credit, deposits, microinsurance), access to finance, over-indebtedness, entrepreneurship, etc. The results of the studies have been used to inform the development of new financial products and policies facilitating access to financial services. For a sample of MFC research e.g. an overindebtness study in Bosnia or an annual entrepreneurship survey for Poland visit http://www.mfc.org.pl/en/publications/research-results
  • Social Performance Management Program (SPM) supports MFI’s and networks in clarifying their social performance strategies, reporting on SP results, diagnosing and improving functional areas to align them with the principles of client protection and good management practice. MFC is strongly involved in setting up the Universal Standards for Social Performance and contributed to the development of the European Code of Conduct.
  • Policy Program focuses on activities related to financial inclusion enabling regulation. In 2011 MFC cooperated with its member institution ADIE and released a report on barriers to microcredit in EU. The MFC Policy Forum is recognized as an important regional gathering that supports efforts to improve the policy, legal and regulatory environment for financial service providers.
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