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Events

Microfinance news from fi-compass

Recent news from fi-compass featuring our support for the European microfinance sector includes:

Selection of bodies implementing financial instruments: fi-compass event series continues

A new round of knowledge sharing events is underway through fi-compass to help Member States and regions implement financial instruments. These include an event dedicated to Commission guidance, and also a series of seminars with thematic focus, such as those for revolving funds supporting energy efficiency investments or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Other events in the fi-compass pipeline will feature advice about agricultural instruments as well as microfinance.

New advisory services from fi-compass

The new 2016-2018 work programme has been launched by fi-compass. The new advisory services build on the achievements of the first fi-compass work programme, which include a successful series of capacity building events and the publication of many new learning resources about European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) financial instruments, as well as the continuation of the Employment and Social Innovation programme technical assistance (EaSI TA).

Two EaSI TA Workshops during the 3rd European Microfinance Forum, 19-21 October 2016, Rome

The 3rd European Microfinance Forum (3rd EMF) will provide public institutions, private sector operators and non-profit organisations with a new opportunity to debate and share views from their various qualified perspectives on economic and social development and credit access.

More microfinance advice from fi-compass for European microcredit providers

Advisory work provided by fi-compass EaSI TA continues with a workshop in Skopje, FYROM, on 22-23 September.  This workshop is being arranged as part of the Alliance of Microfinance Organisations' first Regional Microfinance Forum, and fi-compass support will complement the Forum's overall aims for microfinance and financial inclusion.

'Microfinance in the Cloud’ conference

More than 380 participants attended the Microfinance in the Cloud conference from over 40 countries in Europe and Central Asia. This international audience was able to benefit from fi-compass expertise provided through the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation Technical Assistance (EaSI TA).

European microfinance in the spotlight

Microfinance expertise from fi-compass was involved in five knowledge sharing sessions at the European Microfinance Network (EMN) Annual Conference in Warsaw on 16 and 17 June 2016. This support from fi-compass was provided through the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation Technical Assistance (EaSI TA).

Social innovation perspectives from Portugal

Financial instruments can be used by Member States to support social policy objectives. Experience from Portugal highlights how such socially-oriented revolving funds can help to fill gaps in the availability of finance for the growth of social innovation and social entrepreneurship projects.

Entrepreneurship for disadvantaged groups fostered by fi-compass microfinance workshop

On 31 May 2016, the European Parliament together with the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Technical Assistance (TA) organised the ”Microfinance for all?” workshop in Bratislava to discuss the role of microfinance, entrepreneurship education and best practice learning for Slovakian entrepreneurs. The workshop aimed at exchanging examples of good practices on how to target micro and social enterprises among different public, private and non-profit stakeholders and on how to implement these practices for Slovakia. The current challenges in Slovakia, with high long-term unemployment rates, especially among youth and women, represent a call for action in the fields of microfinance as well as training and mentoring programmes to create an economic and social impact. The focus of the workshop was on disadvantaged groups that have so far been neglected in the country, e.g. people that are socially excluded or at risk of losing the job.

Placing farmers at the crossroad of investment decisions

The advantages of financial instruments as a means for future investment in the EU agricultural sector were emphasised at a fi-compass macro-regional seminar held in Rome on 13 June. More than 130 participants from 12 Member States, including experts from managing authorities, guarantee fund managers, bankers, investors, and consultants, took part in constructive talks on financial instruments supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), such as loans and guarantees, for agriculture and rural businesses.