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Thematic Area:

Financial Inclusion & Microfinance

Duration:            

2015 – ongoing

Client:                

European Commission

Region:             

Europe

Country Coverage:           

27 EU Member States, Albania, Iceland, Montenegro, North-Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey

Project Overview

The European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (henceforth "EaSI") aims to foster employment and social inclusion in Europe by boosting access to, and the availability of, microfinance for micro-enterprises and vulnerable people who wish to start-up or develop their own micro-enterprise.

To reach this goal and expand financial access in Europe, the Programme envisions capacity building for public and private financial service providers (FSPs) within the microfinance sector to improve their operations and widen their outreach.

EaSI Programme Coverage

EaSI Programme Coverage

Within EaSI Technical Assistance, Frankfurt School and its consortium partners have provided tailored trainings to over 1,300 staff from more than 80 FSPs, as well as strengthened their institutional capacity and helped prepare organisations for compliance with the European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision. In 2019, the EaSI Programme also started offering investment readiness trainings to prepare FSPs to access funding from the European Investment Fund and other investors.

EaSI Technical Assistance - Service Providers

EaSI Technical Assistance - Service Providers

To further strengthen the European microfinance sector and facilitate the exchange and dissemination of good practices, the EaSI Technical Assistance team has organised more than 130 events: workshops and seminars, peer-to-peer trainings, study visits and web sessions.

These events have served more than more than 3,700 representatives of financial service providers, regulators, NGOs and other stakeholders from the European microfinance sector.

Upcoming Events

This section will be updated soon.

Past Events

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on Digital Payments and Open Banking for Albanian MFIs, 2 July 2020 at 10:00 – 12:30 CET

April 2020

EaSI Technical Assistance web session - part 6 from series: How to build a corporate immune system in response to COVID-19 - Financial planning and modelling, 29 April 2020 at 11:00 – 12:30 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on non-financial services for female MSME clients, 28 April 2020, 14:00 – 15:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on building landing pages, 27 April 2020 at 11:00 – 12:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session - part 5 from series: How to build a corporate immune system in response to COVID-19 - Risk management for Beginners and Back-up staff, 23 April 2020 at 11:00 – 12:30 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session - part 4 from series: How to build a corporate immune system in response to COVID-19 - New products and Online Channels for MFIs, 22 April 2020 at 13:00 – 14:30 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on Google Analytics, 21 April 2020 at 11:00 – 12:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on branchless operations in the time of COVID-19, 16 April 2020 at 11:00 – 12:00 CEST

EaSI Technical Assistance web session - part 3 from series: How to build a corporate immune system in response to COVID-19 - Loan restructuring and refinancing agreements, 16 April 2020 at 09:30 – 11:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session - part 2 from series: How to build a corporate immune system in response to COVID-19 - Stress test for success, 15 April 2020 at 11:00 – 12:30 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on Digital Client Relationship Management, 14 April 2020, from 11:00 to 12:00 CET

Join the EaSI Technical Assistance web session series: How to build a corporate immune system in response to COVID-19 - Business continuity,  9 April 2020 at 09:30 – 11:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on financial inclusion of traveller communities, 9 April 2020 at 11:00 – 12:00 CEST

Event Archive (2015-2019)

2019

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on Risk Management in a Digital Era, 10 December 2019, 11:00 - 12:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance peer-to-peer visit to MicroStart with focus on refugee clients in Brussels and Gent, Belgium, on 9-10 December 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on free IT tools for non-profit – part of a Digitalisation strategies series, 5 December 2019, 13:00 – 14:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance third web session from series on green finance at microfinance institutions on Environmental and Social Risk Management, 4 December 2019, 11:00 - 12:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web session on how to use digital financial solutions to enhance financial inclusion, 3 December 2019, 11:00 - 12:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance Study Visit to GLS Bank – learning from a successful social banking model in Bochum, Germany on 2-3 December 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance Study Visit to Qredits – an IT-driven microfinance business model for sustainable growth in Almelo, the Netherlands on 25 November 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance Investment Readiness Training to Italian Microfinance Institutions in Milan, Italy on 25-26 November 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance Microfinance Workshop exploring the role of Regional Microfinance Associations in Bucharest, Romania on 21 November 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance third web session from series on green finance at microfinance institutions on "Green Finance Products ", 14 November 2019, 11:00 – 12:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance for Microfinance: three workshops at the Ethical and Solidarity Finance Forum in Portugal, 7-8 November 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance second web session from series on green finance at microfinance institutions on "Greening Financial Institutions", 16 October 2019, 11:00 – 12:00 CET

EaSI Technical Assistance web series on green finance at microfinance institutions, first session: "Climate change – business opportunity for MFIs?", 26 September, 13:00 – 14:00 CET

Five EaSI Technical Assistance workshops during the 16th EMN Annual Conference 2019 in Vienna, 5-7 June 2019

Eight EaSI Technical Assistance events during the MFC Annual Conference 2019 in Istanbul, 29-31 May 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance Workshop on Refugee and Migrant Finance and Support in Europe, Istanbul, 9 April 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance Microfinance workshop on the microfinance legal framework in Romania, 27 March 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance Microfinance workshop exploring digitalisation strategies for microfinance institutions, Brussels, 15 March 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance Microfinance workshop on the current challenges in loan analysis, Warsaw, 7 March 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance Microfinance study visit to FAER in Romania, 6-7 March 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance study visit to BCRS – on investment readiness and fundraising for microfinance institutions, 20 February 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance study visit to TISE – expanding access to microfinance by leveraging government funding opportunities, 12-13 February 2019

EaSI Technical Assistance study visit to Qredits – exploring an IT-driven microfinance business model, 7 February 2019

2018

First EaSI Technical Assistance web session – Opportunities and enablers of digitalisation for microfinance institutions, 19 December 2018

How to access the EaSI Financial Instruments – a microfinance workshop in Albania, 13 December 2018

Six EaSI Technical Assistance workshops during the MFC-EMN Annual Conference 2018

2017

'Microfinance support for Portugal from fi-compass': Three EaSI TA workshops the “Ethical and Solidarity Finance Forum (FFES III)” in Lisbon, Portugal, 24-26 November 2017

Three EaSI TA Workshops within the Ethical and Solidarity Finance Forum (FES III) in Lisbon, Portugal, 24th - 26th November 2017

'Promoting microfinance good practices from the Netherlands' : EaSI TA Seminar on strategy, business development (BDS) and digital innovation, Almelo, the Netherlands, 16 November 2017

EaSI TA Thematic Seminar: 'Developing your business model and innovating in BDS', Almelo, Netherlands, 16 November 2017

'Microfinance advice for rural Romania': EaSI TA thematic seminar on Product Development and Distribution Channels in Rural Areas, Bucharest, Romania, 19 October 2017

EaSI TA Thematic Seminar on Mutual Learning 'Risk and Credit Management', Deva / Sarmizegetusa, Romania, 25 September 2017

EaSI TA Thematic Seminar in Romania: Product development and distribution channels in rural areas, Bucharest, 19 October 2017

'Microcredit providers meet in Venice': Three EaSI TA workshops for EU microcredit providers at the European Microfinance Network's 14th annual conference, Venice, Italy, 21-23 June 2017

Three EaSI TA workshops at the European Microfinance Network Annual Conference, Venice, 21-23 June 2017

EaSI TA workshop: EU support instruments for microfinance in Poland, Warsaw, 23 March 2017

First fi-compass microfinance workshop in Serbia, 14 March 2017

Microcredit for credit guarantee institutions in Italy: fi-compass EaSI TA workshop, Milan, Italy, 18 January 2017

2016

Workshop on EU instruments for microfinance in Sofia, Bulgaria, 10 November 2016

First EaSI TA workshop on EU Instruments for microfinance in Sofia, Bulgaria: 10 November 2016

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

More microfinance advice from fi-compass for European microcredit providers, Regional EaSI TA workshop in Skopje, FYROM, 22-23 September 2016

EaSI TA workshop at the Regional Forum ‘Financial Inclusion through Microfinance’ in Skopje, FYROM, 22-23 September 2016

EaSI TA at the Microfinance Centre Annual Conference: 'Microfinance in the Cloud', Tirana, June 2016

'Microfinance in the Cloud': EaSI TA at the Microfinance Centre Annual Conference, Tirana, June 2016

EaSI TA at the European Microfinance Network Annual Conference: 'Shaping European Microfinance: Who, What, and For Whom?', Warsaw, June 2016

'European microfinance in the spotlight': EaSI TA at the European Microfinance Network Annual Conference, Warsaw, June 2016

'Microfinance for all?' EaSI TA at a microfinance workshop in Bratislava, May 2016

Hungary and UK host fi-compass workshops for microcredit providers, March 2016

fi-compass workshop supports the development of Greek microfinance, March 2016

EaSI TA at the workshop “Microfinance under the European Social Fund (ESF)”, Brussels, February 2016

2015

EaSI TA at the European Microfinance Week 2015: 'Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development', Luxembourg, November 2015

EaSI TA at the Microfinance Centre Annual Conference "Employment, Youth and Investment: What can Microfinance do?”, Prague, November 2015

EaSI TA at the Conference “What role can microfinance play in Europe in the era of austerity”, Bordeaux, October 2015

EaSI TA at the Conference “University Meets Microfinance” at Frankfurt School, September 2015