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5th European Microfinance Award – Euro 100,000

The objective of the 5th European Microfinance Award “Microfinance and Environment” is to highlight opportunities for microfinance to improve environmental issues in the South and encourage the industry to find innovative solutions for global environmental concerns.

The prize of €100.000 will be awarded on 13th November 2014 during the European Microfinance Week.

Last Date for Applications : 15th June 2014

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European Microfinance Award 2014

The European Microfinance Award was launched in October 2005 by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, to support innovative thinking in the microfinance sector.

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Awarded for the first time in 2006, it is jointly organised by the Luxembourg Development Cooperation, the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Previous editions were devoted to the following subjects:

2006, Innovation for Outreach

Microfinance breakthrough initiatives deepening or broadening rural outreach

Winner: The Zakoura Foundation (Morocco), for its programme on rural tourism

2008, Socially Responsible Microfinance

Microfinance innovative initiatives to promote social performance

Winner: Buusaa Gonofaa (Ethiopia), for the development of its client assessment system

2010, Value Chain Finance

Outstanding microfinance initiatives in productive value chain schemes

Winner: Harbu (Ethiopia), for an initiative financing a soybean value chain

2012, Microfinance for Food Security

Microfinance initiatives contributing to improve food production and distribution conditions in developing countries

Winner: ASKI (The Philippines), for its micro agriculture loans for smallholder farmers and agribusiness

and support to market linkages to private sector enterprises.

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