European Microfinance Network – EMN aisbl – Belgium



Our mission is to advocate on behalf of the microfinance sector, as well as to facilitate capacity building at European level by promoting transparency, best practice, good governance and research among social purpose organisations who provide financial services to the underserved or who facilitate access to such services.


The EUROPEAN MICROFINANCE NETWORK (EMN) is a member-based not-for-profit organisation based in Brussels, which promotes microfinance as a tool to fight social and financial exclusion in Europe through self-employment and the creation of microenterprises. It is the Network’s mission to facilitate capacity building and to advocate on behalf of the sector.

EMN’s core membership is made up of microfinance Practitioners. These are social purpose organisations delivering financial services to the underserved or facilitating access to such services. The work of the network is also supported by Partners and Corporate Members; organisations such as national networks, academia, service providers to the sector or banks that are involved in European microfinance issues and that support the development of microfinance in Europe.

Institutional profile
European Microfinance Network (EMN) EMN is a member-based not-for-profit organisation that represents the microfinance sector at European level.
Type of Organizatione
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Gross Loan Portfolio
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Number of clients
Target Audience
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Information about Project Partner

  • Strengthening advocacy to increase recognition of the microfinance sector through promoting microfinance and start-ups in Europe, creating awareness at the EU level and improving EU financial resources for microfinance.
  • Edit and disseminate various publications highlighting the sector’s most important issues through research papers, e-magazines and biennial survey reports.
  • Facilitating access to capacity building activities including debates, workshops, training programmes and annual conferences.
  • Increasing the exchange of Best Practices amongst the microfinance institutions in Europe through collection and dissemination of good practices, e-magazine on good practices and peer-to-peer and exchange visits.
  • Communicate to members on resources available in the microfinance sector on funding, international calls, new project proposals and partnerships.

Lessons Learned

The combination of public/private funds – observed among project partners – that allows to support a wider group of vulnerable people with both financial and non-financial services should be a valuable source of inspiration to start shaping innovative partnership models in Europe.

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Lessons Learned

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