Category: Africa

MICROFINANCE EVENT: AlHuda CIBE, Akhuwat to Host Sixth Global Islamic Microfinance Forum, November 8-11, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Name: Sixth Global Islamic Microfinance Forum: “Financial Inclusion, Outreach Strategies and Innovations”

Event Dates: Conference: November 8-9, 2016; Post-Conference Workshop: November 10-11, 2016

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tigo Tanzania Distributes in Profit to Customers, Agents of Digital Payment Platform Tigo Pesa

Tigo Tanzania, a brand of Swedish telecom provider Millicom, recently announced it paid TZS 5.6 billion (USD 2.5 million) of its profits to Tigo Pesa users. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad Fund for MSME Announces $10m Loan to Moroccan Microfinance Institution Albaraka

The Sanad Fund for MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises), a provider of loans and equity to financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, recently announced a partnership with Albaraka, a Moroccan microfinance institution (MFI), Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tanzania’s National Microfinance Bank Lists $18m in Bonds on Dar Es Salaam Stock Exchange

The National Microfinance Bank (NMB), an institution backed by the government of Tanzania, recently announced that it has listed TZS 41.4 billion (USD 18.8 million) in three-year retail bonds on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), the listing surpassed its initial retail bond target by 107 percent. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Developing World Markets Closes Debt Investments Totaling $8.3m in Armenia, Colombia, India, Nicaragua

Developing World Markets (DWM), a US-based asset manager and investment bank, recently announced that it issued loans in February and March 2016 to four unidentified financial institutions serving microentrepreneurs, including a Colombian bank and non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) in Armenia, India and Nicaragua. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Household Responses to Village Bank Access in Laos; Mobile Banking in Kenya; The Role of Banks in Driving Financial Inclusion

“Household Responses to Access to Finance Through GIZ-AFP Village Banks;” published by the Laos-Australia Development Learning Facility; February 2016; 50 pages; available at: http://ladlf.org/images/publications/030516_LADLF_GIZ_HH_Response_to_A2F_Final.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria to Disburse $462m in Loans to 1.7m Traders, Artisans, Farmers; $231m in Conditional Cash Transfers

The Nigerian government recently announced that NGN 68.7 billion (approximately USD 231 million) of its NGN 500 billion (approximately USD 1.7 billion) social investment programme will be used as a conditional cash transfer (CCT) scheme for 1 million “extremely poor and vulnerable Nigerians”[2]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Controversy Brews as For-Profit Fintech Provider MyBucks Buys 6 African Microfinance Organizations from Nonprofit Opportunity International

The sale of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda over the first half of 2016 by US-based NGO Opportunity International to Luxembourg-based financial technology company MyBucks has raised concerns both that these MFIs’ clients could be negatively impacted and that these transactions signal that the sector’s overall direction has shifted toward profit-making. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dual Return Funds Managed by C-Quadrat Loan $12m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Asia, Latin America, Tanzania

During the month of June 2016, Austria’s C-Quadrat Asset Management GmbH issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 12 million via its two Dual Return Funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, India, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. USD 1 million of this total was invested in Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Releases Categorization System for “Non-interest Islamic Microfinance Banks”

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s central banking authority, recently released a new categorization system for “Non-Interest Islamic Microfinance Banks” (NIMFBs). Such institutions operate under Islamic principles that prohibit charging interest, instead using arrangements such as the sharing of profit and loss. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Financial Technology Start-up iNuka Pap of Kenya Selected For First Barclays Africa Accelerator Program

iNuka Pap Limited, a Kenyan start-up technology company that enables members of local Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) “to conveniently deposit, withdraw and access instant micro-loans as well as access other credit services”[3], is one of ten early-stage financial technology firms selected to participate in the first Barclays Africa Accelerator program. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ) Signs $3.4m Women’s Financial Inclusion Agreement (WIN)

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), a government organization that manages approximately half of Sweden’s budget for development aid, recently signed an agreement with Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ), a Zambian nonprofit organization that “provides information, innovation, and impact to increase financial inclusion”[4] local development organization that also operates in Kenya, to “build the financial capabilities of women and youths and reduce the gender gap”[1] as well as to increase financial inclusion in Zambia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $420k to Burkina Faso’s ASIENA, $330k to Agora Microfinance Zambia

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently informed MicroCapital that it is loaning the local-currency equivalent of EUR 380,000 (USD 422,000) over three years to Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Pre-qualification of Candidates to Provide Services for Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund

Invitation for Expressions of Interest: Pre-qualification of candidates for full investment management services and/or distribution services for the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund, deadline: 19 August 2016 at 15:00 Central European Time.

The Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund is an innovative public-private partnership established with the objective to realise Africa’s agricultural potential for the benefit of the poor by improving food security and providing additional employment and income to farmers, entrepreneurs and labourers. The Fund provides patient and responsible financing Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tanzania Launches Mobile Money Monitoring (M3) Platform, Regulates Mobile Money Transactions

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) recently launched a Mobile Money Monitoring (M3) platform, a technology-enabled tool that monitors mobile money services in Tanzania. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $2.4m in Kenya to Juhudi Kilimo, Musoni Kenya, ECLOF

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently informed MicroCapital that it has loaned the local-currency equivalent of EUR 1.2 million (USD 1.3 million) to Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bâtisseur de Richesse (BR SARL) Among 50 Microfinance Institutions Closed in Gabon, David Mapakou Arrested For Alleged Savings Fraud

The Ministry of Economy of Gabon recently froze the activities of 50 microfinance institutions that lacked  approval to offer microfinance services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: KCB Bank, GoSwiff Roll Out Mobile Payments Solution in Rwanda

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), a Kenya-based publicly traded financial services company, and GoSwiff, a Singapore-based payment facilitation firm, recently rolled out a mobile payment solution for merchants in Rwanda. Continue reading

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