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3 Oct

MFC-EMN Annual Conference 2018

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MFC-EMN Annual Conference

The European Microfinance Network (EMN) and the Microfinance Centre (MFC) are pleased to announce that their joint annual conference, in partnership with Seed Capital Bizkaia Micro, will take place from 3-5 October 2018 in Bilbao, Spain

Exploring the themes of future technological challenges and digitalisation opportunities, the conference will focus discussions on  

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The Euskalduna Conference Centre, located in the very heart of the city, will host the event providing a unique backdrop to the annual conference.

The event will be a meeting of minds and ideas and will be the perfect opportunity for members and other industry experts to network, exchange experiences, learn from an impressive line-up of guests and even lay the groundwork for successful partnerships going forward.

Upwards of 600 participants are expected to attend the conference this year from East and West Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and even further afield.

EMN and MFC’s respective annual conferences have always been the highest profile events on financial inclusion and microfinance in the region and this joint venture will be no exception. By joining our expertise and knowledge we will be able to offer an even more tailored and top-notch conference experience in 2018!

And if you are not yet convinced...

Moderators of the workshops might help you to take the best decision and join us in Bilbao! 

We invite you to shape your own conference programme according to the session(s) interesting you the most!

Workshop #1: Big data for financial inclusion

#BigData #Technology #Analytics #MIS #DataQuality

Workshop #2: Fundraising for Microfinance Institutions

#Fundraising #InvestmentReadiness #Funding #InvestmentReturn

Workshop #3: How to start the digitalisation journey in your MFI

#Digitalisation #Innovation #Strategy

Workshop #4: How can communities benefit from crowdfunding?


Workshop #5: Affordable Technology for small(er) Microfinance Institutions

#Technology #Affordability #cloudbased #SoftwareAsAService

Workshop #7: Fintech and financial inclusion

#Fintech #Technology #FutureOfFinance #Innovation

Workshop #8: MFIs and Banks: more than competitors

#SocialBanks #Cooperation #Technology

Workshop #9: New instruments for risk management

#RiskManagement #Scoring #Technology #AlternativeCreditScoring #CreditDecisioning

Workshop #10: EU Funding for Microfinance: Latest News and Challenges!

#SupportForTheSector #Update #EaSI-Programme

Workshop #14 Technological Innovation for Microfinance Institutions

#FinTech #Technologicalinnovation #Digitalisation #CustomerJourney #InvestmentReturn

Workshop #15: Financial Health: from diagnosis to medicine

#Financial Health #DigitalTools #ClientCentricity #Innovation #SocialFinance

Workshop #16: How can digitalisation improve your BDS Services?

#eLearning #businessplanning #digitaltools #housingmicrofinance

Target Audience

The 2018 MFC-EMN Annual Conference will be a dynamic platform for knowledge sharing between a large number of microfinance stakeholders, including:

  • microfinance practitioners
  • bankers - global and central
  • researchers, experts, academics
  • donors,
  • guarantee-granting institutions
  • investors,
  • local government representatives
  • policy makers
  • European Commission
  • World Bank
  • European Investment Fund
  • International Finance Corporation representatives
  • NGOs
  • Service providers
  • media representatives.

We hope you will be joining us this year to discuss current issues in the sector, share best practices and to learn first-hand the most innovative solutions for your operations. As a conference participant you will have a unique opportunity to expand your network, increase your visibility in the sector and promote your work among your peers, policy makers and experts from around the world.

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Pre- & post-conference events

Pre-conference events: 3 October (including member-only General Assemblies).
Post-conference events: 5-6 October, CEO Forum (for MFC members only).

Idea Lab

A group of practitioners and experts drawn from MFC and EMN members has been selected to join the 2018 MFC-EMN Annual Conference Idea Lab. The role of the working group is to be actively involved in shaping the agenda and programme of the annual conference. Find out more about the 2018 MFC-EMN Annual Conference Idea Lab

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