Category: Africa

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigerian Government Exempts Microfinance Banks (MFBs) from Value-Added Tax

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Nigerian government agency in charge of tax policy and collection, reportedly has revised the country’s tax laws to exempt microfinance banks (MFBs) from paying value-added tax (VAT) in an attempt to support the income of MFBs. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad Fund for MSME Lends $9m to Tunisie Leasing to Support Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Tunisia

The Sanad Fund for MSME (micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises), a Germany-based fund providing loans in the Middle East and North Africa, has agreed to loan EUR 7 million (USD 9.4 million) to Tunisie Leasing, a Tunisian leasing company that focuses on serving MSMEs in Tunisia and Algeria. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Effects of Female Leadership on Microfinance Institutions (MFIs); Impact of Microcredit in Morocco; Social Performance Management Guide

Female Leadership, Performance, and Governance in Microfinance Institutions;” by Reidar Øystein Strøm, Bert D’Espallier and Roy Mersland; published by Elsevier; 2014; 16 pages; available for purchase at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378426614000284

This report examines the relationship between the performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and whether women occupy high management positions, including CEO, chair or director, in those MFIs. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Canada to Support Nigerian Private Sector in Effort to Increase Job, Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Youth in Cross River State

A Senator representing Ontario, Canada, recently announced on behalf of Christian Paradis, the country’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, that the government of Canada will be providing unspecified financial support to “a new project that will increase job opportunities and promote entrepreneurship among young people in Nigeria.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Loans $13m to Microfinance Institution FONDEP of Morrocco

ResponsAbility Investments, a company based in Zurich that primarily invests in developing economies, recently notified MicroCapital that is has disbursed EUR 10 million (USD 13 million) in senior refinancing to Fondation pour le Développement Local et le Partenariat Micro-Crédit (FONDEP), a Moroccan MFI with the mission “to use microcredit to help women and youth create their own microenterprises and generate income .” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government-Backed Dutch Good Growth Fund Launches with $950m, Aims to Support Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands, Developing Nations

The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), a Netherlands-based loan fund that is funded with EUR 700 million (USD 947 million) from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has opened for business as of July 2014. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Gemalto, GSM Association to Provide Mobile Services to Support “Pan-African Mobile Health Initiative” for Mothers, Children

Gemalto, a publicly traded digital security firm located in the Netherlands, reportedly has announced its support of the Pan-African Mobile Health Initiative (PAMI), which uses mobile phones to address issues in nutrition and maternal and child health in seven African countries. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Group (WBG) Loans $12m, Donates $12m to Government of Mozambique for Financial Sector Reform, Including to Boost Financial Inclusion

The World Bank Group (WBG), a US-based multilateral financial institution recently approved a USD 25 million financing package consisting of a loan of USD 12.5 million and a grant of USD 12.5 million to support the “First Programmatic Financial Sector Development Policy Operation (DPO)”[1] of the government of Mozambique. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Transfers Management of French-language Training to Luxembourg-based ADA, Côte d’Ivoire-based Africa Microfinance Network (AFMIN)

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based, nonprofit policy and research center that aims to facilitate the expansion of financial access, recently has granted a mandate to manage nine of its training modules in African countries in which French is a primary language to ADA, a Luxembourg-based NGO that promotes inclusive finance, and the African Microfinance Network (AFMIN), an Abidjan-based association of African microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Rwanda, Kenya Commercial Bank Group (KCB), Kenya’s I&M Bank, Rwanda’s RSwitch to Offer Cardless ATM Banking Services in Rwanda

Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Rwanda, the Rwandan branch of South Africa-based mobile telecommunications company MTN reportedly has announced a partnership with Kenya Commercial Bank Group (KCB) and I&M Bank, which both offer corporate and retail banking services in Kenya, and RSwitch, an electronic payment service firm based in Rwanda, to offer cardless automated teller machine (ATM) services in Rwanda. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Qalaa Holdings of Egypt Increases Stake in Microlender Tanmeyah from 50% to 70% for $2.1m

Qalaa Holdings, an Egypt-based private equity firm previously named Citadel Capital, reportedly has finalized an EGP 15 million (USD 2.1 million) increase in its equity holding in Tanmeyah, an Egypt-based provider of loans and microinsurance that focuses on low-income individuals and micro- and small enterprises (MSEs). Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microfinance “Banana Skins” Risk Assessment; Effects of Microloans from Compartamos in Mexico; Youth Financial Inclusion Video

“Microfinance Banana Skins 2014: Facing Reality;” published by Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation; July 2014; 84 pages; available athttp://csfi.org/files/Microfinance_Banana_Skins_2014_-_WEB.pdf

This report, which is based on data collected by surveying 306 people associated with the microfinance industry, examines 19 risks faced by microfinance institutions (MFIs) across the globe. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Assist Central Bank of Morocco with Credit Information Sharing Regulations

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently announced that it will assist the Central Bank of Morocco (CBM), also known as Bank Al-Maghrib, with the development of laws and regulations regarding credit information sharing among lenders. Continue reading

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