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Lima declaration

Logo conference INAISE Fortalecer

At the end
of last INAISE’s conference that took place last May in Lima, the participants
as well as the organizing committee wrote a declaration. By the Lima
declaration the participants express their commitment to:


Interview with María Elena Querejazu of Sembrar

Foto Maria Elena

Maria Elena Querejazu has been elected on the board of INAISE in May 2016 during the general assembly. Maria Elena is CEO of Sembrar, Bolivia, an organization that provides financial and technical support to farmers. I have had the opportunity to entertain with Maria Elena to learn more about the reality of family farming in Bolivia.

How would you present the Sembrar foundation?

GLS Alternative Investments - Mikrofinanzfonds

The GLS Bank launched its first own microfinance fund. The main objective of the "GLS Alternative Investments - Mikrofinanzfonds" is to enable borrowers in emerging and developing countries to access financial services, which would otherwise be limited or impossible. The resources of the fund are used to

VILLUM FOUNDATION invests DKK 20 million in Merkur Cooperative Bank

VILLUM FOUNDATION invests DKK 20 million in Merkur Cooperative Bank 

With a DKK 20m investment from VILLUM FOUNDATION, Merkur Cooperative Bank will be able to increase its number of loans to sustainable projects.


With its investment of DKK 20m in newly issued cooperative shares from Merkur, VILLUM FOUNDATION is enabling Merkur to extend future additional loans to the tune of DKK 120m to companies, start-ups or organisations within fields such as the environment, ecology and social work.

Montreal conference videos are now online

Programme conférence

The Montreal conference videos are now available online! To watch the speakers visit the WebTV site.

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Interview with Gérald Larose from the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins


As part of the 45th anniversary of our member, the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins, our coordinator was fortunate to meet with its president, Gérald Larose. Mr. Larose holds a Masters in Theology (1971) and a Master of Social Work (1973) from the University of Montreal. He is best known for his trade union activities in Quebec. After being at the head of the CSN (Confederation of National Trade Unions) from 1983 to 1999, he became a member of the Board of the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins, where he holds the presidency since 2000.


Conference report of the SAM in Dakar 2015

SAM Dakar 2015

The final report of the African Microfinance Conference that took place in dakar in 2015 is now available for a free download (in french and english).

Read more here

Portal of Social and solidarity economy - Newsletter 121

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The latest newsletter of the Portal of Social and solidarity economy has been published.

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9th Summer School on Social Banking 2016

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Our member Institute for Social Banking is organizing its 9th Summer School on Social Banking. This year the summer school will be held in Tallinn, Estonia from June 26 to July 1 2016. The focus will be on values based banks and will include topics such as today's pressing societal challenges, how does values based banking work, future banking and finance and much more.