The Institute complements the activities of the European Investment Bank Group (EIB and EIF) in the area of microfinance through its Knowledge and Social Programmes. Under these two programmes, instruments – mainly grants and sponsorships – are available to promote conferences and other initiatives and to support higher education and research enabling the development of microfinance in Europe and beyond.

Microfinance has been the theme of EIB Institute research grants under the EIBURS and STAREBEI programmes. In previous years, the Institute notably financed research by the Université Paris 1 on “the rising of credit risk in microcredit: origins, warning signals, current state and future prospects” and on “the Impact of microfinance on financial and social inclusion in Europe” by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy.

The Institute is supporting the Venice Microfinance Initiative managed by students of  Venice’s Ca’ Foscari University. With this project, selected students will bring their knowledge and expertise to microfinance institutions working in Italy and Eastern Europe.

The Institute organised the first Alternative Finance Forum in 2017 in Warsaw, in cooperation with the Microfinance Centre. and supported the second edition in 2021 in Thessaloniki.

Since 2015, we have been sponsoring the annual European Microfinance Network Conference, the annual Microfinance Centre Conference and the European Microfinance Day (EMD).


European Microfinance Network Annual Conference, Brussels Belgium 15-17 June 2022
24th MFC Annual Online Conference, Istanbul  29-30 June 2022
European Microfinance Week, Brussels, Belgium 30 November- 2 December 2022