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Day 2; 25 May



CONFERENCE DAY 2: Thursday, 25 May
10:00-11:15 Workshop 1a Workshop 1b Workshop 1c
Microfinance in Bosnia, Europe and globally Social enterprises: A new market segment for microfinance?  
11:45-13:00 Workshop 2a Workshop 2b Workshop 2c
Microfinance digitalization: emerging good practice New financial instruments for EU MFIs Inclusive finance regulation: new frontiers
13:00-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:45 Workshop 3a Workshop 3b Workshop 3c
Migrants and refugees – new and different wave Transforming businesses into platforms: what does the future hold for the old wave financial businesses?  
19:00 Gala Dinner



Workshop 1b - Social enterprises: A new market segment for microfinance?

The line traditionally drawn between two different sectors – microfinance and social enterprise – is thin and fading fast. That’s because many microfinance institutions are doing business to achieve a social purpose — and are in this way defined as social enterprises. Indeed, some argue that microfinance is the oldest form of social enterprise! The last few years have seen a significant growth of the social enterprise sector in Europe and elsewhere. The big question is: can we imagine synergies between these two socially-minded enterprise sectors? During this workshop we will provide evidence of the growing significance of the social enterprise sector in Europe as well as debating points as to why microfinance institutions should be thinking about serving social enterprises.

Moderator: tbc


Workshop 2a - Microfinance digitalization: emerging good practice

The goal of this workshop is to discuss the ways new technology can be sensibly embraced by microfinance institutions: in particular the ways technology can support strategic MFIs strategic planning process.   The experts and members of the MFC Digitalization Working Group will also discuss the opportunities that exist as far as digitalization is concerned, MFI needs, ways to respond to them and various risks involved.

Panelists: tbc


Workshop 2b - New financial instruments for EU MFIs

During this briefing, we will present new programmes and instruments for microfinance institutions recently announced by the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF). These include “EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window” – a new initiative to help micro-credit and social enterprise finance providers develop their business under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). Practitioners will discuss with EU representatives the ways financial and non-financial instruments can be accessed as well as practical concerns and experience they have working with EU instruments to support microfinance.

If you are from an EU or pre-accession country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia or Turkey), come and ask questions and give your feedback on the EU support programmes for microfinance.

Jorge Ramirez, European Microfinance Network (EMN), Brussels

Samuel Clause, European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg
Katarzyna Pawlak, Microfinance Centre (MFC), Poland


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