European Microfinance Award: Grant for Microfinance Services in Post-disaster, Post-conflict Areas & Fragile States

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Deadline: 3 June 2015

The European Microfinance Platform has issued a call for applications for the 6th European Microfinance Award to recognize microfinance in post-disaster. post-conflict areas and fragile states, and welcomes applications from institutions that have demonstrated an integrated response to support and build resilience for vulnerable households and communities living in exceptionally difficult environments or circumstances.

Award will recognise MFIs that operate in post-disaster/post-conflict areas and provide financial and non-financial services aimed to increase the resilience of the affected, vulnerable population. The Award of €100,000 is granted by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and is jointly organised by the Ministry, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Inclusive

Finance Network Luxembourg ( in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB). It will be presented at the Award Ceremony on 19th November 2015 during the European Microfinance Week.

Successful applicants should demonstrate an effective strategy to increase both their own resilience (i.e. operations, staff, policy, control) and that of their clients (appropriate financial and non-financial services), while ensuring responses that provide both for the immediate, medium- and long-term needs of the latter. They must be active in the financial services sector and be based in a developing country. Various types of microfinance institutions are eligible including NGOs, cooperatives, MFI networks, investments funds, commercial banks, development banks, leasing firms, insurance companies, etc.

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