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Monday, August 23, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Standard Chartered Arranges $10m Commercial Paper Issuance for SKS Microfinance of India

According to a press release submitted to MicroCapital, Standard Chartered, an international bank headquartered in London, has arranged a USD 10 million, 1-year paper issuance for SKS Microfinance, an Indian microlender, which was subscribed through an unnamed mutual fund. Continue Reading »

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Friday, August 20, 2010

MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Mitigating Cost of Access to Finance for Micro and Small Enterprises in Southern Africa, September 29 – 30, 2010, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Event Name: Mitigating Cost of Access to Finance for Micro and Small Enterprises in South Africa

Event Date: September 29 – September 30, 2010 Continue Reading »

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Friday, August 20, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Banking with the Poor (BWTP) Network, South Asian Microfinance Network, Citi Host “Invest Asia: Panel Discussion and Market Place” at Asia Microfinance Forum 2010

The Banking with the Poor (BWTP) Network, an Asian microfinance network based in Singapore; the South Asian Microfinance Network, an initiative to promote economic development in South Asia; and Citi, an affiliate of global financial services provider Citi plan to host “Invest Asia: Panel Discussion and Market Place” on October 14 during the Asia Microfinance Forum. Continue Reading »

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Friday, August 20, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: South Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) Announces Stricter Lending Criteria for Sunshine Loans from Microfinance Institution Smile Microcredit Bank

The South Korean government recently announced the installment of stricter lending criteria for its “Sunshine” loans in order to decrease loan defaults. Sunshine loans are an offering under Smile Microcredit Bank, a state-run microfinance program established in 2009 to provide unsecured loans to low-income households through partnerships with the private sector. Continue Reading »

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Friday, August 20, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Foundation Announces Official Launch of Mifos.com to Promote Microfinance Institution Management Software

The Grameen Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization, recently announced the official launch of “Mifos.com,” a website that it will use to promote Mifos, its free, open-source microfinance institution (MFI) management software package. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) Releases “Latin America and the Caribbean Benchmarks 2009”

The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), the microfinance information clearinghouse, recently released “Latin America and the Caribbean Benchmarks 2009” which compares performance indicators for microfinance institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sri Lanka Banks’ Association (SLBA) Becomes Supporting Partner for Asia Microfinance Forum

The Sri Lanka Banks’ Association (SLBA), a network of 29 banks in Sri Lanka, has announced that it will become a supporting partner for the Asia Microfinance Forum, a conference taking place in Sri Lanka in October 2010 and organized by Banking with the Poor Network (BWTP Network) of Singapore. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroSave Releases Third Publication Under its Optimising Performance and Efficiency (OPE) Series, Entitled “The Savings Booklet”

MicroSave, a technical assistance, training and technical resource center for microfinance established in Uganda in 1998, has released the third publication under its Optimising Performance and Efficiency (OPE) Series, entitled “The Savings Booklet.” Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bankers Without Borders (BwB) Receives $150,000 in Seed Capital for Alliance Program from JP Morgan’s Social Finance Unit

Bankers without Borders (BwB), a volunteer program started in 2008 by the Grameen Foundation that supports microfinance and technology initiatives related to finance in poor countries, has received an investment of USD 150,000 in seed capital from JP Morgan’s Social Finance Unit to expand its services in the Americas and Asia as the “Alliance Program.” Continue Reading »

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Monday, August 16, 2010

MICROFINANCE WRAP-UP: Microfinance Synergies and Trade-offs: Social versus Financial Performance Outcomes in 2008, by Adrian Gonzalez, Published by The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX)

By Adrian Gonzalez, published by the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), August 2010, 15 pages, available at http://www.themix.org/sites/default/files/MIX%20Data%20Brief%207.pdf.

Adrian Gonzalez, a lead researcher for the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), conducted an econometric analysis to investigate whether there is a tradeoff between social performance (SP) and financial performance (FP) among microfinance institutions (MFIs) that reported data to MIX for the year 2008. Continue Reading »

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Monday, August 16, 2010

MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Transparent Pricing Initiative in Colombia on September 1-2, 2010, in Bogota and Medellin, Hosted by Microfinance Transparency

Event Name: Microfinance Transparency’s (MFTransparency’s) Transparent Pricing Initiative in Colombia

Event Date: September 1 and September 2, 2010 Continue Reading »

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Friday, August 13, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: John Cookson of Big Think Argues Socially Responsible, Profit-Maximizing Microfinance Are Mutually Exclusive; Cites Muhammad Yunus’ Appearance on “The Simpsons” as Proof of Mainstreaming

John Cookson, a writer for an online “forum for connecting people and ideas,” Big Think, recently wrote a blog entry entitled “Microfinance: For Community or for Gain?” which questions the present-day motives of microfinance institutions (MFIs) quoting Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Continue Reading »

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Friday, August 13, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Omidyar Network Provides $5m Grant to Kiva Over 3 Years

The Omidyar Network, a firm based in the US that invests in and gives grants to socially-oriented organizations, recently announced that it has committed USD 5 million in grant funding to Kiva, an online microfinance intermediary, over a period of three years. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Calculates Total Loan Disbursements at $1.08b

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), a development bank in India that promotes the development of microfinance activities in the rural sector, recently reported that it disbursed loans of INR 3,700 crore (equivalent to USD 801 million) to 581 microfinance institutions (MFIs) for the year ending March 2009. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nasarawa, Nigeria to Establish Microfinance Banks in All 13 Local Municipalities

Alhaji Muhammed Barike Sameel, the State Commissioner of Commerce and Industry for Nasarawa, Nigeria, recently stated that the state of Nasarawa plans to establish microfinance banks in all 13 of Nasarawa’s local municipalities. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman of the Indian Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Asks Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) to Consider Borrowers’ “Repayment Capacity” To Avoid Default

Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman of the Indian Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, recently asked India’s microfinance institutions (MFIs) to consider borrowers’ repayment capacity when setting interest rates on loans. Continue Reading »

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Monday, August 9, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Finance Minister of Bangladesh, Ama Muhith, Calls Impact of Microfinance Small

During the recent Citi Micro Entrepreneurship Awards in Bangladesh, the Finance Minister of Bangladesh, Ama Muhith, commented that although microfinance has reached 30 million people in Bangladesh, 40 percent of people in the country remain below the poverty line. Continue Reading »

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Monday, August 9, 2010

MICROCAPITAL EVENT: Uniglobal Microinsurance Forum 2010, Vienna, Austria, September 9-10, 2010

Event Name: Uniglobal Microinsurance Forum 2010

Event Date: September 9 and September 10, 2010

Event Location: Five Stars Hotel, Vienna, Austria Continue Reading »

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