Category: Africa

MICROFINANCE EVENT: AITEC Banking and Mobile Money West Africa, July 10 – 11, 2013, Accra, Ghana

Event Name: African Information & Communication Technology Exhibition & Conference’s (AITEC’S) Banking and Mobile Money in West Africa 2013: “Consolidating and monetizing the gains of innovation”

Event Date: July 10 – 11, 2013

Event Location: Accra International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Smaller Microfinance Banks in Nigeria Want 2 More Years to Raise Capital or Close Branches

The National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), a trade group of 820 microfinance banks (MFBs) in Nigeria, reportedly issued a statement calling for a deadline extension for the implementation of the revised Microfinance Policy Framework, the regulatory guidelines established in August 2011 by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s apex bank. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Briefing Note: The Landscape of Microinsurance in Africa 2012” by Michael J. McCord, Roland Steinmann and Molly Ingram; published by GIZ and Munich Re Foundation; 2012; 11 pages

By Michael J. McCord, Roland Steinmann and Molly Ingram; published by Deutche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Munich Re Foundation; 2012; 11 pages; available at: http://www.microinsurancecentre.org/resources/documents/doc_download/918-briefing-note-the-landscape-of-microinsurance-in-africa-2012.html

This report presents an analysis of the status and characteristics of the microinsurance industry in Africa. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Centum, Cassia Acquire 45% Stake in Parent of Platinum Credit, Lender in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Centum Investment Company (Centum), a private Kenyan investment company, and Cassia Capital Partners, a US-based investment advising company, recently acquired a 45-percent stake in Platcorp Holdings Limited, the parent company of Platinum Credit Limited, a lender that operates in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Number of Mobile Money Subscribers in Kenya Down 1%, Total Transaction Value Up 7% During Quarter Ending September 2012

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), a state-owned regulatory authority for the communications industry in the country, has released a report showing that the number of mobile money service subscribers dropped by 200,000 to 19.3 million between July and September 2012. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mobile Money Agents in Uganda Call for Improvements to Network Infrastructure

Chairman Moses Ihoza of the Uganda Mobile Money Agents Association (UMMAA), which represents 12,000 Ugandan Businesses that allow users of mobile money services to upload and withdraw cash, reportedly said the organization is calling for improvements to network infrastructure to aid the growth of the industry. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Rejecting Kenya’s M-Pesa Model, Central Bank of Nigeria Bars Telecommunications Companies from Becoming Licensed Mobile Money Operators

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s central banking authority, reportedly has decided that telecommunications companies will not be allowed to become licensed mobile money operators for fear that they will limit competition within the industry. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Loans $751k to Komida of Indonesia, $812k to Alidé of Benin

Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based organization that offers financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and social business projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia, has recently loaned Koperasi Mitra Dhuafa (Komida), an Indonesian MFI, the local-currency equivalent of USD 751,000 with a three-year term. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Invest $10m in Root Capital for Farmers in Africa, Latin America

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, and the private-sector office of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a multilateral mechanism established by the G20 group of 20 large economies, have announced that each of the organizations will invest USD 5 million in Root Capital, a US-based nonprofit social investment fund. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: YouthStart Supports Opening of 40,000 Savings Accounts, Grants $640k to Faitiere des Unites Cooperatives d’Epargne et de Credit du Togo (FUCEC)

YouthStart, a program that aims to increase access to financial services for low-income youth in Sub-Saharan Africa, recently reported that approximately 40,000 young people in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda have opened savings accounts with YouthStart’s partner institutions and deposited approximately USD 550,000 into those accounts since September 2012.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroEnsure to Tap Data from Meteo Rwanda to Provide Weather Index Insurance for Farmers

MicroEnsure, a UK-based microinsurance subsidiary of US-based nonprofit Opportunity International, recently announced that it will be partnering with Meteo Rwanda, the country’s meteorological agency, in order to provide weather index insurance (WII) to small-scale Rwandan farmers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI) to Set Up Microcredit Fund for Microentrepreneurs in Effort to Promote Financial Inclusion

The Bank of Industry (BOI), which was established by the Nigerian government to promote the industrial sector in Nigeria, recently announced plans to establish a microcredit fund to assist microentrepreneurs in an effort to promote financial inclusion and reduce the risks associated with the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) industry. Continue reading

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