COVID-19 UPDATE: MFC-EMN ANNUAL CONFERENCE POSTPONED >>>
The Covid-19 pandemic currently affecting all of us has generated a great deal of uncertainty for large gatherings scheduled in the coming months. We also expect that you will have more pressing matters to deal with in your organisations and the focus should be on your own operations, clients and staff. We have therefore decided to postpone the MFC-EMN Annual Conference until October 2020.
Registration will be closed until we clarify the situation. More information will follow in the coming weeks, especially regarding the exact dates in October.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch (email@example.com). We will respond as soon as possible.
Advice for the public can be found at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Stay tuned and stay safe!
With kind regards,
The MFC and EMN team
Working together in a time of digital disruption
Over the last decades, technology has gradually changed the way we engage with the world. In the last few years alone, the rise of cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence and fintech has transformed entire business processes and systems. The microfinance sector is of course not immune to this digitalisation process which, while providing numerous benefits to customers and providers, also introduces a completely new way of doing business that is often removed from MFIs’ core expertise and comfort zone. Most European and Central Asian microfinance institutions have made significant steps towards using new technologies in their operations, but this work has not yet resulted in new business models.
The 2020 MFC-EMN Annual Conference in Sofia will help us take stock of the work that has been done so far on the technology front. It will also address some of the pressing questions about the future of the sector:
- How can microfinance reap the full benefits that technology offers today?
- What are the most promising technology-based business models and what can microfinance institutions learn from them?
- What kind of alliances and partnerships do we need to establish to enhance the economic benefits to businesses, communities and providers?
- How can we address other disruptive forces that the world is struggling with, such as climate change?
This conference will also be an opportunity to celebrate the integration of MFC and EMN, an exciting partnership and important step forward for the future of the social finance sector in Europe and worldwide. Both networks are joining skills and resources to become an even more relevant facilitator of the social and economic change. Both have contributed to the development and success of the microfinance sector and we would like to celebrate this special occasion with all of you.
We look forward to seeing you in Sofia!