Category: Africa

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Financial Inclusion and the Linkages to Stability, Integrity and Protection: Insights from the South African Experience,” published by CGAP

Published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); November 2, 2012, 47 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/I-SIP%20Report_1.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: President Al Bashir, Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) Plan 500 New Microfinance Services Centers to Employ 1,000 Graduates

President Al Bashir of Sudan recently met with the Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS), Mohamed Khair Alzubeir, to discuss the state of the Sudanese economy as well as specifics of a planned expansion of banking services throughout the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Development Bank of Namibia Loans $3.4m to PostFin To Fund Rural, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN), which has assets of NAD 1.6 billion (USD 183 million), recently disbursed the sum of USD 3.4 million to PostFin, a subsidiary of Namibia Post Limited (NamPost), to fund small and medium- sized enterprises in rural areas in addition to individuals seeking loans for housing and education. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Renaissance Credit (RenCredit) Launches in Nigeria; Will Offer Deposits, Point-of-Sale Consumer Loans Using T24 Banking Software from Temenos of Switzerland

Renaissance Credit (RenCredit), a new microfinance institution (MFI) offering deposit services and consumer loans in Nigeria, recently began operations using T24, a “cloud-hosted core banking system” offered by Temenos, a Geneva-based banking software provider. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Centre d’Appui a la Microfinance et au Developpement (CAMIDE), Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA), Banque d’Escompte (BdE) Launch Service Offering Money Transfers from France to Mali

Centre d’Appui a la Microfinance et au Developpement (CAMIDE), a Malian nonprofit organisation that supports microfinance and other development initiatives, recently partnered with Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA), a Luxembourg-based nonprofit organisation that supports MFI capacity building, and Banque d’Escompte (BdE), an entity of the Wormser Frères Bank in France, to launch a new service offering money transfers from France to Mali. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inklas of Nigeria Automates 136 Ghanaian Rural and Community Banks

ARB Apex Bank, a government-backed institution that inspects and funds rural and community banks (RCBs) under the supervision of the Bank of Ghana, through a contract with Inklas Computers Limited, a Nigerian company that specializes in information technology and financial systems integration, has completed the automation of 136 RCBs with 700 branches throughout Ghana. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Credinka of Peru, Ugafode of Uganda, FACES of Ecuador, Agora Microfinance Zambia, ASDIR of Guatemala Borrow $4m From Triodos Investment Management

Triodos Investment Management, a subsidiary of Dutch Triodos Bank, recently disbursed loans to the following five microfinance institutions: Caja Rural de Ahorra y Credito Quillabamba (Credinka) of Peru, Ugafode Microfinance Limited of Uganda, Fundación de Apoyo Comunitario y Social del Ecuador (FACES) of Ecuador, Agora Microfinance Zambia and Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Rural (ASDIR) of Guatemala. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US-based MoreMagic, Splash Expand Mobile Money Services in Sierra Leone

Splash Mobile Money Limited, a mobile financial service provider based in Sierra Leone, and MoreMagic Solutions, a US-based technology provider that developed Splash’s service platform, have extended the Splash network in Sierra Leone with the addition of DStv, a satellite television network in the country; Access Bank and Ecobank Microfinance, two commercial banks; and a network of 50 rural banks set up by both the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Agriculture. Continue reading

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