MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: BIO, Cordaid, Incofin, KfW Commit $25m to Launch Wholesale Fund for DRC Under Microbank Fonds pour l’inclusion financière en République Démocratique Congo (FPM)

The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), which is owned by the government of Belgium and seeks to support the sustainable development of the private sector; the Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid), a Netherlands-based NGO; Incofin Investment Management (Incofin), a private Belgian company that manages funds investing in microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries; and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau Entwicklungsbank (KfW), a state-owned development bank in Germany, jointly have offered a “capital contribution” of USD 25.1 million for Fonds pour l’inclusion financière en République Démocratique Congo (FPM), a nonprofit microbank in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Accion Acquires 10% Stake in Peruvian Microfinance Institution (MFI) Credinka from Diviso Grupo Financiero

Accion, a US-based nonprofit organization, recently announced the acquisition of a 10-percent stake in Credinka, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in the Peruvian city of Cusco, from Diviso Grupo Financiero, a financial group that has been listed on the Lima Stock Exchange since 2007. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Approves $5m Line Of Credit for AB Microfinance Bank Nigeria

AB Microfinance Bank Nigeria (ABN), a microfinance institution (MFI) offering financial services to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), recently acquired access to a Line of Credit (LOC) in the amount of USD 5 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral institution providing loans and grants to governments and private companies. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Risk Management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM) Announces Launch of Website Promoting Uniform Standards

Risk Management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM), a platform that promotes adoption of risk management standards in microfinance, has announced the launch of its official website, which aims to provide a “hub for the dissemination of risk management standards, information sharing and industry cooperation” [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Canadian Government Donates $309m to African Development Fund (ADF)

The Canadian Minister of International Development, Christian Paradis, recently announced that the Canadian government will provide CAD 309 million (USD 279 million) to the African Development Fund (ADF), a fund that provides loans and grants to its 40 African member countries, to support the 13th replenishment of ADF’S budget funds. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) May Loan $38m to Raiffeisen Leasing Romania for Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, is considering disbursing a senior, local-currency loan in an amount equivalent to EUR 30 million (USD 38 million) to Raiffeisen Leasing Romania, a subsidiary of Austria-based Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institutions in Ghana to Charge Clients Unspecified Fee for Maintaining Deposits Beginning in October 2014

According to a statement attributed to Mr. Collins Amponsah, the board chairman of the Ghana association of microfinance companies (GAMC), an association of 560 member companies providing microfinance services, all Ghanaian microfinance institutions (MFIs) that are members of GAMC will begin charging clients an unspecified fee for managing their deposits beginning in October of 2014. Continue reading

SPECIAL REPORT: European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) Announces Finalists for Fifth European Microfinance Award for Environmental Products: ESAF Investments of India, Kompanion of Kyrgyzstan, XacBank of Mongolia

The European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), a Luxembourg-based network of approximately 130 microfinance organizations and individuals, has announced that there are three finalists for the Fifth European Microfinance Award, which is themed “Microfinance and the Environment” for 2014[1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Globacom Launches Glo Xchange in Nigeria to Share 42k-Agent Mobile Money Network with Customers of Ecobank, First Bank, Stanbic

Globacom, a Nigerian telecommunications company that serves 25 million mobile phone subscribers in four countries in Africa, reportedly has launched Glo Xchange, opening its network of 42,000 agents to the following mobile money operators: FirstMonie, a mobile money initiative backed by First Bank in Nigeria; Ecobank, which has operations in 29 African countries; and Stanbic, a commercial bank that operates in Nigeria and Uganda. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Bank, Tunisian-Kuwaiti Bank, Tunis Entrepreneurship Network Plan to Loan $52m to Tunisian Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the Luxembourg-based long-term lending bank of the European Union (EU); the Banque Tuniso-Koweitienne [Tunisian-Kuwaiti Bank] (BTK), a financial institution founded by the governments of Tunisia and Kuwait; and the Tunis Entrepreneurship Network (TEN), an association that assists entrepreneurs and small businesses in Tunisia, reportedly have announced a draft agreement to finance micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Tunisia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Centre (MFC) To Launch “Borrow Wisely” Campaign in Effort to Increase Financial Literacy in Europe, Central Asia

The Microfinance Centre (MFC), a Poland-based network of 103 microfinance providers 27 countries, will launch a “Borrow Wisely” campaign during October 2014 with the goal of increasing the financial literacy of 80,000 low-income borrowers in nine countries in Europe and Central Asia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) to Move Headquarters From Thaliand to Malaysia in 2015

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), a network of financial policymakers from developing and emerging economies, announced at its recent annual 2014 Global Policy Forum in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, that in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Malaysia’s central bank, AFI will shift its headquarters from Bangkok, Thailand, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in January 2015. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Warid Telecom, Bank Alfalah, Monet Launch Mobile Money Service “Mobile Paisa” in Pakistan

Warid Telecom, a United Arab Emirates-based provider of cellular phone service in three countries, and Bank Alfalah Limited (BAFL), a Pakistani financial institution, in collaboration with Monet Private Limited, a Pakistan-based electronic payment company, has launched Mobile Paisa, a mobile money service in Pakistan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF) Lends $2m to Microinvest of Moldova for On-Lending to Micro-, Small Enterprises (MSEs)

The Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF), a Germany-based fund that invests in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, has disbursed a senior loan of EUR 2 million (USD  2.6 million) to Microinvest, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Moldova that was founded by Soros Foundation – Moldova, an affiliate of the US-based Open Society Foundations. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sodexo, Bluedrop Learning, Global Impact Announce Commitments to Middle East, Women-Owned Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) at 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

The tenth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a US-based nonprofit founded by former US President Bill Clinton, is being held in the US city of New York from September 21-24, and has entertained new commitments as well as progress reports on earlier commitments to address global challenges [1][2]: Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “The Road to Inclusion: A Look at the Financially Excluded and Underserved;” Published by MasterCard

“The Road to Inclusion: A Look at the Financially Excluded and Underserved;” Published by MasterCard; May 2014; 18 pages; available at http://newsroom.mastercard.com/asia-pacific/documents/the-road-to-inclusion-a-look-at-the-financially-excluded-and-underserved

This report, published by US-based financial services corporation MasterCard, seeks to shed light on how people manage with limited financial services in Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, the Philippines and Vietnam. Continue reading