Culture eats strategy for breakfast

vienna-conf2-110x72“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” — beginning with this famous quote by Peter Drucker, Michael Kortenbusch guided participants through a two-hour journey exploring the four key activities that form BFC’s Strategic Planning Framework: Understand, Decide, Plan, and Implement.

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Sector Study: Potential for Agricultural Finance in Ukraine

Today, agricultural loan customers in the Ukraine lack reliable and sustainable access to finance. Banks still have a very conservative stance towards this client segment, especially with small and medium enterprises, citing various challenges in serving the sector.

To get a detailed picture of the main characteristics of the supply and demand patterns for the whole range of financial services in the agricultural sector, the Development Facility of the European Fund for Southeast Europe commissioned the “Potential for Agricultural Finance in Ukraine” sector study.

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How do we master the challenges that face financing agricultural producers?

almaty-mk-110x72Michael Kortenbusch, General Director of Business & Finance Consulting, delivered an inspiring speech to more than 100 representatives of microfinance institutions, investors and authorities, in which he shared international experiences of how to successfully respond to the three key challenges in agricultural financing.

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BFC Senior Experts deliver agrilending workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia

mk-agri-110x72More private lenders are seeing opportunities in financing the agricultural sector, but agrilending operations require new tools and approaches to cope with the market’s unique challenges. BFC Senior Experts Michael Kortenbusch, Ceyhan Atasoy, and Tatiana Babii have identified three key challenges for new entrants to agrilending, and on June 1st 2012 they delivered a workshop on navigating these challenges, hosted by the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Development Facility in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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BFC Managing Partner on developing strong teams with a “social heart”

mfc-15-conf-110x72BFC Managing Partner Marina Kortenbusch, PhD, was invited to present a workshop on building a strong staff culture for the Microfinance Centre’s 15th annual conference, held in the Caucasus region.

Dr. Kortenbusch shared practical experience with microfinance practitioners, researchers, donors, investors, policy makers and private sector representatives on how to develop and maintain strong teams in their organizations. “We believe that strong teams make the difference for a company,” says Dr. Kortenbusch. Her workshop presented interactive tools which can guide MFIs in encouraging staff members to identify with their jobs and embody an organization’s social values in their lives. (more…)

Tojiksodirotbank and EBRD completed cooperation within framework of SME lending project

mrc_fin7Beginning with the fourth quarter of 2009, and until 2011, Tojiksodirotbank was one of the key participants of EBRD’s project of development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) lending in Republic of Tajikistan. The project implementation included technical assistance provided by the Swiss consulting company Business & Finance Consulting (BFC).

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