From 23 to 25 June 2010, EMN and the cdfa (Community Development Financial Association) organised, for the first time, an Annual Joint Conference which was held in London (UK), with the support of the European Commission, the Levi Strauss Foundation, MicroBank, Lloyds, BIS (Department for Business Innovation & Skills), BNP Paribas, EIF, Charity Bank, RBS, Barclays, Unity Trust and Crédit Coopératif.
During this major event that took place within the framework of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010, EMN and the cdfa welcomed more than 300 participants, among whom were practitioners, bankers, researchers, investors, local government and European Commission representatives, policy makers and the private sector.
The co-organisation of this international conference between the cdfa and the EMN was a unique opportunity for the participants to analyse how the sector in the UK and in Europe should respond in 2010 and in the future to the various challenges that emerged after the financial crisis to build a more social, financial and entrepreneurially inclusive Europe. This theme is particularly relevant in 2010 for the following reasons:
The conference focused mainly on the challenges linked to a changing Europe:
Furthermore, during the conference the “Europe Award” for Microfinance Good Practices was presented for the second time, endowed with €50,000. In addition, the “European Microcredit Research Award”, which is endowed with €1,000, was distributed once again.