Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. EU Structural Funds, Microenterprise and Non-financial Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Francesco Minnetti, Pasqualina Porretta, Ervin Sinani
      Pages 3-73 Open Access
    3. Giorgio Centurelli, Pasqualina Porretta, Fabrizio Santoboni
      Pages 74-101 Open Access
    4. Maria Claudia Costantini, Maria Doiciu, Stefanie Lämmermann, Andrea Nardone, Giovanni Nicola Pes
      Pages 102-147 Open Access
    5. Alessandro Cardente, Perrine Lantoine, Fulvio Pellegrini, Giovanni Nicola Pes, Pasqualina Porretta, Paolo Rita et al.
      Pages 148-209 Open Access
  3. The Capacity Building Surveys: Results and Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Riccardo Graziano, Pasqualina Porretta, Giovanni Nicola Pes, Cristiana Turchetti, Matteo Re
      Pages 213-251 Open Access
  4. Final Reflections

    1. Gianfranco Verzaro
      Pages 252-254 Open Access
  5. Conclusions

    1. Riccardo Graziano
      Pages 255-259 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 260-286

About this book


In recent years, the European Commission has attached increasing importance to the use of financial engineering instruments rather than traditional grant-based financing for the microcredit sector, considering these to be the most efficient option available. This book presents a study of capacity building and structural funds in public managing authorities for the microcredit sector. It presents two surveys to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the managing authorities' capacity building. The first survey investigates the authorities' need for and interests in capacity building activities, assessing the areas in which capacity building support is needed, and explores the different types of support offered. The second survey analyses the results of the microcredit and microfinance programming activity, investigating its target groups and other operational features. It examines the key monitoring and reporting issues involved in this activity, before analysing the regulatory framework of the microcredit and microfinance sector. This book presents an in-depth analysis of structural funds and their management by policy-makers in the European convergence regions. It explores the interests of managing authorities, microcredit institutions, operators and other financial intermediaries involved in microcredit programming activities, and offers some core strategic and operational recommendations for the use of structural funds in the microcredit sector.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Nicola Pes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pasqualina Porretta
    • 3
  1. 1.Capacity Building Project in Microfinance Financial Instruments (The Italian National Public Agency for Microcredit)Italy
  2. expert group on the advisory platform for financial instruments under the ESIF and EaSI (European Commission)UK
  3. 3.La Sapienza UniversityRomeItaly

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