Scholarships for the Boulder Microfinance Programme : applications are open
The Boulder Microfinance Training Programme, which is held on the Campus of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC ILO), is considered one of the best international microfinance training programmes. It offers a specific “policy track,” with courses dedicated to policymakers, and is taught in English and French by respected microfinance experts.
In the framework of its partnership with ITC ILO, ACP/EU MICROFINANCE offers scholarships to microfinance policymakers from ACP countries. This year, the Programme will award 25 scholarships to staff of Central Banks, Ministries of finance and Supervisory bodies.
The scholarships, worth USD 4,500, will cover tuition expenses but will not cover the accommodation or travel expenses.
- Eligible candidates are high level officials from ACP countries who make, or implement, policies that impact access to finance. This includes senior staff of Central Banks, Supervisory/Regulatory bodies and Ministries of Finance.
- Candidates need to demonstrate that they can cover their own travel, accommodation costs and per diem,
- Candidates must be proficient in English or French.
The Boulder Microfinance Training Programme will take place at the ITC ILO in Turin, Italy, from July 15th to August 2nd, 2013.
Applications can only be made online, here, by May 6th, 2013.
For any questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 new actions in 22 countries
February 12, 2013- In the framework of its Call for proposals launched in June 2011, ACP/EU MICROFINANCE supports 12 new actions in 22 Sub-Saharan African countries.
The selected actions bridge the gap between access to finance for excluded populations (e.g. farmers, remote communities, the poorest…), and various Development issues (e.g. women empowerment, microfinance in conflict or post-conflict areas, protection of the environment…).
“We are confident that the outreach and diversity of the Programme will allow significant achievements in terms of poverty alleviation”, says H.E. Achille Bassilekin, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat.
According to Michele Chiappini, Regional Programmes Sub-Saharan Africa and ACP wide, at DEVCO, European Commission: “With this selection, ACP/EU MICROFINANCE commits to its bold engagements to link microfinance to the broader Development perspective and is clearly in line with the European Commission’s Agenda for Change”.
Launching the ACP/EU MICROFINANCE website
May 25 2012 - The ACP/EU MICROFINANCE programme is happy to welcome you to its new website, at www.acpeumicrofinance.org.
As the official online portal of ACP/EU MICROFINANCE, the website focuses on the actions implemented in the three areas of intervention of the Programme (Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific).
Detailed presentations of on-going Actions in the field, frequently updated news, a database of photos and films together with a bimonthly newsletter, will help you to follow the progress of ACP/EU MICROFINANCE in developing inclusive financial systems adapted to the needs of the poor in ACP countries.
2012 scholarships for the Boulder Microfinance Programme :
March 16, 2012 - The Boulder Microfinance Training Programme, which is held on the Campus of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC ILO), is considered one of the best international microfinance training programmes. It offers a specific “policy track,” with courses dedicated to policymakers, and is taught in English and French by respected microfinance experts.
In the framework of its partnership with ITC ILO, ACP/EU MICROFINANCE offers scholarships to microfinance policymakers from ACP countries.
This year, the Programme will award 20 scholarships to staff of Central Banks, Ministries of finance and Supervisory bodies. The scholarships, worth USD 4,500, will cover tuition expenses but will not cover the accommodation or travel expenses.
The Boulder Microfinance Training Programme will take place at the ITC ILO in Turin, Italy, from July 16th to August 3rd, 2012.
ACP/EU MICROFINANCE : 28 proposals under assesment
January 11, 2012 - ACP/EU MICROFINANCE is moving forward with its Call for proposals process : 28 full application forms have been received and are currently under examination. The notification of award is planned for early February, 2012.
Out of the 28 Applicants, 17 are European Union members while 11 are from ACP countries.
Call for proposals: ACP/EU MICROFINANCE announces a short list of 29
November 2, 2011 - On a total 224 concept notes filed in for its Call for Proposals launched on June 17th, ACP/EU MICROFINANCE announces a selection of 29 organisations invited to submit a Full Application.
12 of them are local ACP organisations, 17 are based in Europe. The requested contributions add up to over € 18 million, hence 2.5 times the available budget of € 7.5 million to be granted.
The 29 short-listed organisations are invited to send their Full Application Forms according to the instructions given in the Guidelines to Applicants. Full Application Forms must be sent by Monday, December 12th, 2011, as evidenced by the stamp date.
An official letter was sent to each and every applicant indicating the status of their proposal.
New logo, new newsletter
November 2, 2011 - ACP/EU MICROFINANCE launches a new bimestrial newsletter, bearing its new logo.
- The new visual identity of ACP/EU MICROFINANCE
- Carib-Cap, the "Caribbean Microfinance Capacity Building project"
- Microfinance in Central African Republic
- Emma Enari, new Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa
- ... and more
Discover the 1st issue of ACP/EU MICROFINANCE’s newsletter [192 KB]
ACP/EU Microfinance receives 224 projects
September 13th, 2011. Following the publication of ACP/EU MICROFINANCE’s Call for Proposals, 415 organisations, from 52 countries, have submitted 224 projects to develop microfinance in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.
Around 30 applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application Form.
A letter will be sent to each and every applicant, informing them of the results of their concept notes' evaluation. The selected applicants will have at least 45 days to submit their full application.
Pacific Microfinance Week 2011 (Vanuatu, 26-29 July, 2011)
July 26th, 2011. Over 50 international experts from the microfinance sector will participate to the 3rd Pacific Microfinance Week (PMW 2011) to be held at Port Vila, Vanuatu, from July 26th to 29th, 2011.
Emmanuel Moyart, Programme coordinator of ACP/EU MICROFINANCE, will attend the session on “Donor Pacific Cooperation to extend financial inclusion”, on July 28th (session 10).
PMW 2011 will be a week of meetings of professionals (commercial banks, donors, microfinance institutions, communication service providers, credit unions, regulators and remittance services) coming from the U.S.A., Belgium, Turkey, Jamaica, Indonesia and throughout Pacific to promote the provision of inclusive and sustainable financial services in the Pacific.
PMW 2011 is sponosred by Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) and the International Finance Corporation. The EU & ACP microfinance programmes have been supporting PFIP since 2009, through partnerships with UNDP UNCDF.
Information meeting on the call for proposals ACP/EU MICROFINANCE
June 27th, 2011. On Friday, June 24th, an information meeting on the call for proposals of ACP/EU MICROFINANCE gathered 70 people at the ACP House in Brussels. The meeting allowed the presentation of the guidelines followed by a questions and answers session.
All questions relating to the call for proposals should be sent by email or fax (+32 2 218 31 41) until July 11th 2011, 5 :00 pm. Questions and answers will be posted on this website on a weekly basis.