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Thursday, January 12, 2012

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Latest Findings from Randomized Evaluations of Microfinance; By Jonathan Bauchet, Cristobal Marshall, Laura Starita, Jeanette Thomas and Anna Yalouris; Published by CGAP

By Jonathan Bauchet, Cristobal Marshall, Laura Starita, Jeanette Thomas and Anna Yalouris; Published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); December 2011; 32 pages; available at http://www.cgap.org/gm/document-1.9.55766/FORUM2.pdf Continue Reading »

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Monday, December 19, 2011

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Poverty, Income Inequality, and Microfinance in Thailand; By Kelly Bird, Kelly Hattel, Eiichi Sasaki and Luxmon Attapich; Published by the Asian Development Bank

By Kelly Bird, Kelly Hattel, Eiichi Sasaki and Luxmon Attapich; Published by the Asian Development Bank; November 2011; 23 pages; available at http://beta.adb.org/sites/default/files/poverty-income-inequality-microfinance-thailand.pdf Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Bank-Insured RoSCA for Microfinance: Experimental Evidence in Poor Egyptian Villages; By Mahmoud El-Gamal, Mohamed El-Komi, Dean Karlan, Adam Osman; Published by Rice University Department of Economics

By Mahmoud El-Gamal, Mohamed El-Komi, Dean Karlan, Adam Osman; published by Rice University Department of Economics; April 2011; 27 pages; available at http://www.uh.edu/~achin/workshop/EMF-04-11.pdf Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: The Wall Street Journal Reports on Expansion of Indonesian Banks into Microfinance Sector, $30b in Microloans Are Distributed in 5 Years

US-based newspaper The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Indonesian banks are quickly expanding into the country’s microfinance market [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development Announces Launch of Diaspora Investment in Agriculture Initiative

The International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD’s) Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR), a fund that aims to reduce poverty by channeling remittances to finance development in rural areas of developing countries, announced that it recently launched its Diaspora Investment in Agriculture (DIA) Initiative. Continue Reading »

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Friday, June 3, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: “Monetary Theory and Electronic Money: Reflections on the Kenyan Experience” Published by Economists Robert M Townsend of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tavneet Suri of MIT, Economist William Jack of Georgetown University

US-based economists Robert M Townsend and Tavneet Suri from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and William Jack from Georgetown University recently co-authored a paper entitled Monetary Theory and Electronic Money: Reflections on the Kenyan Experience. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MICROFINANCE EVENT: XIV FOROMIC 2011: Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise, October 10 to 12, 2011, San Jose, Costa Rica, Organized by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Multilateral Investment Fund

Event Name: XIV FOROMIC 2011: Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise

Event Date: October 10 to October 12, 2011

Event Location: San Jose, Costa Rica Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: GIZ to Invest $28m to Boost Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German governmental development organization formerly called GTZ, reportedly plans to invest EUR 20 million (USD 28.6 million) to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the country through its Sustainable Economic Development in Nigeria (SEDIN) program. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation to Advise Saudi Hollandi Bank on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Market in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Hollandi Bank (SHB), a Saudi Arabia-based, publicly-owned commercial bank, recently signed a cooperation agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, to receive advisory services on expanding the provision of credit to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MICROFINANCE EVENT: 2nd Mobile Payment China 2011, July 12 – 13, 2011, Shanghai, China

Event Name: 2nd Mobile Payment China 2011

Event Date: July 12 to July 13, 2011

Event Location: Shanghai, China Continue Reading »

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MFTransparency Launches Microfinance Transparent Pricing Initiative in Guinea Bissau, Tanzania

MFTransparency, a US-based nongovernmental organization that provides information on credit products and pricing, recently announced plans to expand its Transparent Pricing Initiative to Guinea Bissau and Tanzania with the objective of collecting and publishing pricing data for microfinance products offered in each country and providing training on financial literacy for microfinance clients. Continue Reading »

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Friday, May 27, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance in Cambodia Grows 10%, Described as “Trap”

Mr Simon Marks from the Asia Sentinel, a website based in Hong Kong, recently cited data collected by the Cambodian Microfinance Association (CMA), a network of microfinance industry officials in Cambodia, indicating that as of the end of the first quarter of 2011, total loans outstanding from its members amounted to approximately USD 712 million, which represents an increase of nearly 10 percent over the last quarter of 2010 [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Makes $3m Debt Investment in Fondo de Capital Privado Inversor of Colombia to Support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) That Serve Poor People

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), an investment fund administered by the US-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), recently loaned USD 3 million to the Fondo de Capital Privado Inversor (FCPI), a Colombia-based venture capital fund. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFMR Capital Structures $3.8m Securitization of Microfinance Loans Originated by Ujjivan Financial Services of India

IFMR Capital, an affiliate of the India-based nonprofit Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), recently completed a securitization of approximately 21,000 microloans originated by Ujjivan Financial Services, an India-based microfinance institution (MFI), that is valued at INR 173 million (USD 3.82 million). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Release “Eastern Europe and Central Asia Microfinance Analysis and Benchmarking Report 2010”

Two US-based nonprofits, the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) and CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) co-published the “Eastern Europe and Central Asia Microfinance Analysis and Benchmarking Report 2010.” Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microinsurance Companies in the Philippines Request Tax Exemption

The Visayan Daily Star, an online newspaper, recently reported that microinsurance companies in the Philippines are lobbying the national government to exempt microinsurance from taxes [1]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, May 23, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: To Counter Liquidity Crunch in India, Grameen Koota, Bandhan, SKS Securitize Loans Disbursed to Women

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India are reportedly securitizing more of the loans they disburse to women in order to raise capital they would likely have borrowed from banks before the liquidity crunch that has affected the microfinance sector since late 2010. Continue Reading »

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Monday, May 23, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) Publishes Working Draft of “Microfinance, Financial Crises, and Fluctuations in Food and Fuel Prices” by Adrian Gonzalez

Microfinance Information Exchange, a US-based, nonprofit data provider, recently drafted a paper entitled “Microfinance, Financial Crises, and Fluctuations in Food and Fuel Prices” that examines the potential impact of large-scale financial crises on the microfinance sector. Continue Reading »

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