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Microfinance stakeholders gathered in Luxemburg not too long ago to advertise cooperation amongst Europe-based microfinance our bodies working in creating international locations and to debate how monetary inclusion for the world’s poor may be enhanced to assist obtain the Millennium Growth Targets.
The European Microfinance Platform (eMFP), a rising multi-stakeholder community of over 120 members, organised the European Microfinance Week 2010, which happened on 30 November – 1 December 2010.
Microfinance is seen by the European Fee as certainly one of plenty of instruments that may assist cut back poverty. Workers from EuropeAid with thematic and challenge administration duties in microfinance, attended the European Microfinance Week.
EC attendees contributed in direction of two occasions on the work of the Fee on this sector, specializing in capability constructing for microfinance establishments (MFIs). The EC additionally co-facilitated a session on financial savings mobilisation with the Consultative Group to Help the Poor (CGAP). Examples of EC-funded initiatives had been current by devoted stands within the Plaza, together with an initiative on switch companies for remittances by MFIs.
A full round-up of the week’s shows may be accessed on the eMFP’s web site.
Of specific curiosity are:
- A presentation of the general function and strategy of the EC in microfinance, together with an overview of the Pointers to EC Help to Microfinance and of the EC’s present international portfolio on this sector.
To view the presentation comply with this hyperlink: http://www.slideshare.web/Capacity4Dev/ec-microfinance-focal-point-emfw2010
- A presentation on the second section of EU-ACP Microfinance Programme: One of the important examples of EC cooperation with the African, Caribbean and Pacific international locations on inclusive finance.
To view the presentation comply with this hyperlink: http://www.slideshare.web/Capacity4Dev/presentation-microfinance-eu-acp-countries
Additional details about the EU-ACP Microfinance Programme, together with illustrative movies, is on the market on-line, at:
European Microfinance Award 2010: HARBU and ‘Worth Chain Finance’
On the European Microfinance Week, a ceremony was held for the award of the third European Microfinance Award: a grant of 100,000 Euros from the Luxemburg Ministry of Overseas Affairs and Growth Cooperation. The bi-annual prize is awarded to initiatives or organisations that promote breakthroughs within the discipline of microfinance. The theme chosen for the 2010 award was ‘worth chain finance’. The winner of the prize was Harbu Microfinance Establishment from Ethiopia, for its contribution to the evolution of economic companies to worth chains within the creating world.
When it was established in 2005, Harbu’s main goal was to assist dairy farmers forge higher hyperlinks with retailers and the ladies’s organisations that processed their milk. At the moment, Harbu affords banking for each the agricultural and concrete poor, serving to producers, retailers and producers in any respect phases within the worth chain. To learn extra about Harbu, comply with this hyperlink.
On the European Microfinance Award Ceremony, the EC’s Commissioner for Growth, Andris Piebalgs, addressed attendees by a pre-recorded video presentation.
“I see the function of microfinance as one of many constructing blocks in assist for native, thriving micro and small enterprise sectors, creating jobs and serving to communities to boost their incomes,” stated Mr Piebalgs within the video, which may be seen in full right here.
Microfinance stakeholders ought to proceed to develop a variety of economic merchandise. These embody not solely credit score, however financial savings and insurance coverage merchandise, cash transfers and fee methods, defined Mr Piebalgs.
“The growth of economic inclusion,” stated Mr Piebalgs, “will help thousands and thousands of poor households to raised address monetary dangers and cut back their vulnerability to social, financial and environmental shocks.”
Mr Piebalgs careworn the necessity for the Fee and different donors to proceed cooperating with the non-public sector and work with native establishments to make sure that applicable and sustainable monetary companies can be found additionally to the poor and unbanked in creating international locations.