We are very sad to announce to the members and friends of the Centre for Community Finance Europe, and of the credit union movement across the world, that our friend and colleague Ralph Swoboda passed away at home in Dublin in the early hours of Monday morning, 13th September.

This is a great shock: although not in the best of health in recent years, Ralph was a force of nature and was on his usual good form during our contacts with him last week.

The progress of CFCFE under his leadership since he founded the organisation with us in 2017 was something of which he was personally very proud, and we thank you all for your support for the Centre since its launch. We will miss Ralph terribly but fully intend that CFCFE will continue, as just one of his many legacies.

We will be in touch with CFCFE members and friends directly in due course.

Dr Paul A Jones and Nick Money