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  • The report 'Remittances Market in The Netherlands' by MoFA is out now!

    This report was initiated and partly financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of the objectives was to find ways in which costs of money transfers could be reduced. Read more

  • 5th European Microfinance Award has been launched!

    The European Microfinance has launched its 5th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment. Apply now! Read more

  • A new report on SME Finance in Asia and a Gender Tool Kit by the ADB

    Find here the new Gender Tool Kit and SME Finance Monitor of the Asian Development Bank. Read more

  • Scholarships for student field missions in developing countries

    The UMM Scholarships Program offers scholarships to support student field experiences on topics related to financial inclusion. Apply before 15 April 2014! Read more

  • Queen Máxima awarded the Deutscher Medienpreis 2013 in Baden-Baden, Germany

    On 21 March 2014, Her Majesty Queen Máxima was awarded the 'Deutsche Medienpreis 2013' for her role as UN special advocate for inclusive finance. Read more

  • Better processes, tailored products and the right people are key in successful agri-lending

    Agrifin, the Agriculture Finance Support Facility, has published videos featuring 17 financial institutions that share their lessons on the three keys of success to agricultural lending; Processes, Products and People. Read more

  • H.M Queen Máxima on going forward in graduation from extreme poverty: 'Savings, Scale, Stakeholders'

    At the Reaching the Poorest Global Learning Event 2014, H.M. Queen Máxima addressed the participants in a video meassage emphasizing the importance of taking a holistic approach to getting people out of poverty. She focussed on three key areas in inclusive finance for poverty graduation: Savings, Scale, Stakeholders. Read more

  • Call for Proposals for 2014 event Convergences: respond online before 5 March

    Convergences World Forum invites you to be involved in the designing of its 7th event in September 2014. 20 session are open for your proposals. Respond online before 5 March 2014. Read more

  • European Green Microfinance; a Young but Promising Sector

    A recent study carried out by the European Microfinance Network (EMN) shows that European green microfinance is a young but promising sector. Initiatives associated with environmental protection have been provided by app. 25% of the institutions in Europe. The main challenges are lack of funding, inadequate human capital and low client interest. These can be mitigated by partnerships with specialized institutions and trainings for employees. Read more

  • Terrafina presents work to Queen Máxima

    Mid December, HM Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited Tanzania and Ethiopia in her capacity of United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. In Ethiopia she was present at the thematic event on agri-business and financial inclusion organised by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). At this event Harm Haverkort, Microfinance Advisor at Terrafina, gave a presentation on Terrafina’s inclusive finance approach. Read more

  • Sign up for new e-course of Frankfurt School

    'Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance' is the newest online course offered by the LinkEd E-learning Platform of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Register now for the next course period (March - August 2014). Read more

  • Winners announced in CGAP Photo Contest 2013

    In November CGAP announced the 30 winners of the 2013 Photo Contest. The CGAP Photo Contest ‘aims to highlight stand-out photography from amateurs and professionals around the world depicting financial inclusion’ (CGAP, 2013). Find here three winning Dutch entries. Read more

  • Benefits of partnerships to help acces to basic services

    With the paper "Microfinance Partnerships to Help Access Basic Services", Convergences examines 'how multi-actor partnerships can help microfinance institutions in their mission to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable clients and in particular, support them in their access to basic social services' (Convergences, 2013). Find the study here. Read more

  • NpM director Josien Sluijs new board member European Microfinance Platform

    At the annual meeting of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) in November Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, was voted as new board member of the e-MFP. Ms Sluijs will represent the Dutch inclusive finance sector; 'I am looking forward to being a board member of e-MFP. I believe that representation of the Dutch sector on European level is important.' Read more

  • What is Financial Inclusion?

    When we talk about inclusive finance, what does it actually entail? Take a look at this animation of The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI): "Constance considers financial inclusion". Read more

  • The Smart Campaign in a nutshell; new video release

    The foundation of the Smart Campaign is the seven client protection principles (CPPs). The seven CPPs form the heart of their technical work. To learn more about the Smart Campaign, their assessments and the CPPs, find the newly released video here: Read more

  • Infographic on funding figures 2012 of NpM members

    The 2012 infographic on fundings of NpM members is the latest edition of 'Funding Figures'. The map gives insight into the funding of inclusive finance projects of the NpM member organisations. Read more

  • NpM members present vision on microfinance and tax avoidance

    The report ‘Paying Taxes to Assist the Poor? Balancing Social and Financial Interest’ is a result of dialogue among members of NpM and presents the joint vision of all members on microfinance and taxation. In this report the members have agreed that they “should, in principle, invest in the country where the activities take place. Second, NpM and its members hold that there is no justification for profit shifting or the deliberate structuring of companies [...] Read more

  • Professor Thorsten Beck: 'Increase Sustainable Outreach to SMEs'

    'Increase sustainable outreach to SMEs' says Thorsten Beck in Upsides, an initiative of FMO and Triodos. Thorsten Beck - Professor of Banking and Finance at Cass Business School in London, Professor of Economics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and Research Fellow at CEPR - was one of the keynote speakers at the NpM conference "SME Finance, How to Reach the Missing Middle?" in September. Read more

  • 'Important that inclusive finance be part of the post-2015 agenda' says Queen Máxima

    On 26 Sepember 2013 Queen Máxima attended the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to hand over her annual report of activities detailing her fourth year as his Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). "She also used the opportunity to meet with leaders from the UN, governments, private sector, and civil society to advocate for an ambitious aspirational goal of universal access to financial services in the post-2015 development agenda, to encourage more coordination, national leadership and deeper partnerships with the aim of accelerating progress." Read more

  • How to Reach the Missing Middle? SME Conference

    NpM, FMO and Triple Jump welcomed over 200 people in Korzo Theatre The Hague, to discuss and share ideas about financing SME’s in developing countries. A modern dance performance and a presentation by WWF Netherlands put participants in a creative mode to come up with solutions on how to reach and service the un(der)financed missing middle. Read more

  • "Guaranteed Opportunities"

    "Banks and social investors are often reluctant to provide financial services to producer organisations, rural microfinance institutions or small businesses because they are perceived as too risky. ICCO's guarantee fund is challenging that view." Read more

  • The G20 Leaders' Declaration

    On 5-6 September the Leaders of the G20 met in St Petersburg to work together to strengthen the global economy. Find here their declaration. Read more

  • Who's Who in Microfinance

    At the end of August, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) has published its latest copy of the Directory of European Microfinance Actors Working in Developing Countries, 2013. Find it here. Read more

  • How to Reach the Missing Middle? Conference on 12 September 2013

    Together with FMO and Triple Jump, NpM introduces the conference "SME Finance, How to Reach the Missing Middle?" on 12 September 2013 at Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Key note speakers are Thorsten Beck (University of Tilburg), Mark Paper (Business Partners International), Christiaan Rebergen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Johan van de Gronden (World Wildlife Fund). Read more

  • Shedding a light on NpM

    In the Summer edition of the e-MFP newsletter, NpM had the honour to be the first platform to introduce itself in the new segment: National Microfinance Platforms. Read more

  • New tool for institutions to improve outreach and service to women

    The new Women's World Banking publication 'Gender Performance Indicators: How well are we serving women?' offers microfinance institutions a tool that gives them valuable business and social information to improve outreach and service to women. The indicators in this tool can assist the institutions in measuring the achievement of mission. Also tips on implementation are included. Read more

  • Save the Date! Conference on SME Finance

    NPM is pleased to announce that this year’s conference will be held on 12 September 2013 at Korzo Theatre, The Hague. The conference on financing small and medium enterprises is organised and hosted by FMO, Triple Jump and NPM. Read more

  • Upsides: 'Creating healthy businesses in Paraguay'

    "Visión Banco, the biggest microfinance bank of Paraguay, invites starting or otherwise vulnerable micro-entrepreneurs to participate in a two-day course designed to strengthen their enterprises. The course, called Negocios que llegan lejos (‘Businesses that get further’), is very popular among the bank’s clients, who mostly run family businesses." Read more

  • First official meeting of European Platforms in Utrecht

    At the top floor of the head office of Rabobank in Utrecht, European platforms active in inclusive finance met on May 16, 2013. In an informal setting, platforms from Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and the European Microfinance Platform were invited to share their views on their own platform and activities. Also present was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg. Read more

  • Speech H.M. Queen Máxima at CGAP Meeting, Amsterdam

    Introduced by Vijay Mahajan, Chair of the Executive Committee of CGAP, Queen Máxima of The Netherlands spoke at the CGAP annual meeting on Wednesday morning 15 May in Amsterdam. In her speech she urges the financial inclusion community, "as our work is far from done", to focus on two priorities; Getting to Scale and Creating Impact. Find the full speech (video and text) here. Read more

  • NPM guest speaker at Learning Conference Denmark

    On March 19, the Danish Forum for Microfinance held its 'Learning Conference' to review what has been learned over the past three years and what are possible future directions. Director of NPM, Josien Sluijs was invited as guest speaker. Read more