Category: Africa

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Développement International Desjardins (DID), Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to Support Faîtière des Unités Coopératives d’Epargne et de Crédit du Togo (FUCEC-TOGO) in Product Development

Développement International Desjardins (DID), a nonprofit subsidiary of Canadian cooperative Desjardins Group, and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the country’s body for international development, recently announced an agreement to co-finance the creation of products and services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are served by members of Faîtière des Unités Coopératives d’Epargne et de Crédit du Togo (FUCEC-TOGO), a network of 39 financial cooperatives in Togo. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $4m to Advans Côte d’Ivoire for On-lending to Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group that offers financial services to businesses and governments in developing countries with the aim of increasing economic growth, has announced that it will loan CFA 2 billion (USD 4.3 million) to Advans Côte d’Ivoire, a bank that was founded in 2012 to provide savings and lending services to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: BIO, Cordaid, Incofin, KfW Commit $25m to Launch Wholesale Fund for DRC Under Nonprofit 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 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Continue reading

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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, equivalent in NGN, from the African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral institution providing loans and grants to governments and private companies. Continue reading

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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

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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

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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 of Nigeria; Ecobank, which has operations in 29 African countries; and Stanbic, a commercial bank that operates in Nigeria and Uganda. Continue reading

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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

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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

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SPECIAL REPORT: Clinton Global Initiative Members Emphasize Empowering Women and Girls for Fifth Consecutive Year

In the US city of New York today, at the tenth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, an effort by the US-based Clinton Foundation to connect public and private organizations to address problems such as poverty and climate change, a major focus was placed on empowering women and girls for the fifth consecutive year. Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, argued that it is critical to reach out to those with whom you generally disagree in order to seek common ground from which progress is possible. Regarding issues facing women and girls, Minister Ploumen argued that “leveling the playing field” for females involves more than economics, but extends into areas such as inheritance law, safety in transportation, and the passage and enforcement of laws against domestic violence. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of Ghana (BoG) Closes Down Illegal Microfinance Institutions, Increases Capital Requirements

The Bank of Ghana (BoG), the country’s central bank, reportedly is cancelling the licenses of and shutting down microfinance institutions (MFIs) that are engaging in practices such as: (1) charging interest rates in excess of government-mandated limits; (2) transferring operating licenses among organizations; or (3) changing their publicly recognized business name repeatedly in order to mitigate any effects of the firm’s poor reputation among current and former customers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Safaricom Lowers M-Pesa Transaction Fees for Electronic Person-to-Person Transfers in Kenya

Safaricom, a telecommunications provider in Kenya, recently decreased the transaction fees that the firm charges for its “person-to-person” fund transfers via M-Pesa, a mobile money service developed by Vodafone, a British multinational telecommunications company. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria’s National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) Announces Microloan Payments $770m  Since 2005

The National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), a trade group of 900 microfinance banks in Nigeria, recently reported on the progress of microfinance in the country from 2005 to 2012. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cape Verde Engages ADA in Adjusting Legal Framework to Encourage Microfinance

The island nation of Cape Verde, with the support of Luxembourg-based NGO ADA, which was founded in 1994 as Appui au Développement Autonome, has established a new law enabling a regulatory framework intended to be more conducive to microfinance. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Unitus Seed Fund Raises $7m in Capital for Equity Investment in Indian Startups

Unitus Seed Fund, a venture capital fund with offices in Bangalore, India, and the US City of Seattle, recently secured USD 7 million from multiple investors, bringing its fund size to USD 20 million. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Issues First Disbursements from $1.36b Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF) After 2 Years of Delay

President Goodwill Jonathan of Nigeria officially launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Fund at the eighth MSME finance conference in Abuja, Nigeria, where he announced the provision of NGN 870 million (USD 5.36 million) from the NGN 220 billion (USD 1.36 billion) fund to four beneficiaries Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigerian National Identity Management Commission, MasterCard Launch eID Cards for Biometric Identity Verification, Electronic Payments

The Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), a government initiative responsible for instituting a national identity database of Nigerian citizens and legal residents, recently announced the launch of its National eID Card pilot program in partnership with MasterCard, a US-based payment solutions company [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Illegitimate Microfinance Institution Vision Finance Fund Shut Down by Police in Uganda, $7.6K Lost By Depositors 

Vision Finance Fund, an illegitimate microfinance bank in Uganda’s Central Region, recently was shut down for accepting money from its depositors under false pretenses. Continue reading
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