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Workshop for JASMINE Beneficiaries

This May, JASMINE Beneficiaries and service providers gathered in Brussels for a one-day experience-sharing meeting. Over the course of the event, participants learned about how project technical assistance will be delivered, how to use the JASMINE helpdesk, and also about how to practically apply the Code of Conduct.

Round 4 of the JASMINE Project kicks off technical assistance

BCC Mediocrati (Italy), Warmia and Mazury Regional Development Agency (Poland) and Kujawsko-Pomorski Loan Fund (Poland) are the first three microfinance institutions to complete the 4th round of the technical assistance program implemented by the Microfinance Centre (MFC) under the European Investment Fund’s (EIF) JASMINE program.

What does innovation mean for you? Take part in our survey!

The MFC has launched a new survey on innovation - we need your insights!

SP Fund collects 89 new SPM tools from leading MFIs to share across the industry

This month, SP Fund grantee networks contributed an overwhelming 89 new tools designed to help MFIs manage their performance in line with the new Universal Standards for Social Performance Management (USSPM). The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) is currently reviewing these new tools (in English, French, Spanish), and will select the strongest tools for inclusion in a new online USSPM resource library.

Financing micro-enterprises in Portugal: EIF and BES sign key agreement


Finance for micro-enterprises in Portugal as European Investment Fund and Banco Espírito Santo sign agreement under Progress Microfinance                                                     

The European Investment Fund and Banco Espírito Santo have signed a EUR 8.75 million loan agreement aimed at supporting micro-enterprises and self-employed entrepreneurs in Portugal.

Housing microfinance in the ECA: New case studies launched


New cases on ECA housing microfinance launched by Habitat for Humanity International

Submit your 90-Second Big Idea on how to fight global poverty!

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Calling all visionaries and innovators!

Do you have a big new idea on how responsible, inclusive finance can better tackle global poverty? Submit your “90-Second Big Idea” for a chance to win free registration to the MFC 2013 Annual Conference!

Get SMART! Join a free Smart Assessor's training in Budva (May 2013)

The Smart Campaign is pleased to announce several upcoming training events preceding the 16th Annual MFC Conference in Budva, Montenegro. In order to meet the growing demands of the sector to translate the Client Protection Principles into practice, the Smart Campaign staff will be conducting a Smart Assessors Training 26 and 27 May 2013.

MFC 2013: Early bird conference registration closes soon!

There's only two weeks left to benefit from early-bird registration for the 16th Annual MFC conference, entitled “Microfinance 2.0: Charting new waters”. 

16th Annual MFC Conference: Registration opens soon!

The 16th MFC annual conference, entitled “Microfinance 2.0: Charting new waters”, will map the new horizons of an industry emerging from crisis