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18th MFC annual conference titled: “Employment, Youth and Investment: What can Microfinance do?

Thursday, November 5, 2015 to Friday, November 6, 2015

The 18th MFC annual conference titled: “Employment, Youth and Investment: What can Microfinance do?” will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on 5-6 November, 2015.

Economic crisis and uncertainty in Europe (and beyond) have major and direct ramifications for the microfinance industry and the people we serve. Therefore, now more than ever, it is important that we use the conference to discuss the issues that matter to you – to your institutions, your clients, your staff, your funders. Now more than ever, we need to have a dialogue about current microfinance practice: what’s working, what’s not, and what challenges are coming over the horizon that will require our collective attention and action.

Against this thematic backdrop, conference will try to address issues of microfinance role in financing start-ups and social entrepreneurs, innovative ways of supporting youth, new trends in offering housing products, the role of microfinance in community development, the issues of dealing with currency risks and many others.

This year, in addition to our traditional workshops and plenaries, we’re testing an uncommon new format called “un-conference sessions”. We’re using these sessions to talk about any issues of interest to practitioners. If you’d like to convene a small, informal un-conference session to tap into the insights of your peers on a particular topic, challenge or need – please let us know.

The Pre-Conference Events will take place on Wednesday, 4th November.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organizer at either mfc@guarant.cz (tel: +420 284 001 444) or microfinance@mfc.org.pl