Is there a trade-off between the social and financial performance of European microfinance institutions?
There seems to be a “trade-off between the social performance and financial indicators” of microfinance institutions (MFI), says Marcella Corsi, Professor of Economics at Sapienza University in Rome.
Refugee movements will continue and economic migrations will rise
Refugee movements from Syria and the region to Europe will continue and economic migrations will rise but Europe should open channels rather than build walls, says Professor Philippe Fargues, Director of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence (Italy).
Attractive people are more productive
Attractive people are more productive and have economic advantages over less attractive people says Dr Catherine Hakim, a British sociologist from Civitas London and author of a book “Honey Money: the power of erotic capital”.
“Entrepreneurship: what is microfinance doing for it? From theory to practice!”
This meeting was dedicated to the topic of social entrepreneurship and microfinance, with four eminent speakers presenting valuable experiences and initiatives.
Illy and Sustainability: more than just coffee
Daria Illy, Director of New Business Development at illycaffè, and Riccardo Illy, Chairman of Gruppo Illy Spa, told an audience in Luxembourg how illycaffè has integrated sustainable thinking into its organisation throughout the history of the company since it was founded in 1933.
Social entrepreneurship: From theory to practice
Three social innovators, Hedda Pahlson-Moller (The Impactory), Inge Gondwe-Knapen (Close the Gap) and Cristina Simionescu (Recicleta), present their initiatives.
Philanthropy in Luxembourg
Pierre Lorang, a former journalist, and Marc Wilwertz, Public Relations Officer at the Banque de Luxembourg, discuss philanthropy in Luxembourg and share the experience of Banque de Luxembourg in that field.
The Not for profit sector!
Tonika Hirdman (Fondation de Luxembourg) and Claude Medernach (Arendt & Medernach) discuss general issues dealing with the not for profit sector while Carmelo Cocuzza (FinAfrica), Mia Adams and Axel de Ville (ADA, Luxembourg), Dominique Hansen (Fondation EME – Ecouter pour Mieux s’Entendre) and Jean-Claude Carreau (Orphelins de Bosnie / Terres d’amitié et de paix ) present their initiatives.
- Is there a trade-off between the social and financial performance of European microfinance institutions?