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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Launches Spanish Language “Microfinance in Latin America” Blog

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral financial institution, has launched the Spanish language “Microfinance in Latin America” blog in an effort to explore the role of microfinance in financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continue Reading »

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Friday, July 8, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Articles Published by The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal Question Impact of Microfinance, Role of Commercialization

In recent articles published on the websites of newspapers The Guardian of the UK and The Wall Street Journal of the US, journalists, academics and practitioners express concerns about various topics in the microfinance sector including social performance measurement, commercialization and changing methodologies. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Brief “Measuring Changes in Client Lives Through Microfinance: Contributions of Different Approaches” Finds Existing RCTs Insufficient to Prove Success of MicroCredit

A recent brief published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) examines different approaches to measuring changes in client lives that may be attributed to microfinance. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Blog Argues Importance of “Matching Types of Accounts to Types of Needs”

The CGAP Microfinance Blog, which is operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), recently posted an article by President Bindu Ananth of IFMR Trust, an affiliate of India’s nonprofit Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), that argues the importance of “matching types of accounts to types of needs” based on several examples from India[1].

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Monday, May 16, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Blog Explores Impact of Tunisian Revolution on Microfinance Regulation

The CGAP Microfinance Blog, which is operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), recently posted an article by Mohammed Khaled, CGAP representative for the Middle East-North Africa Region, that explores the impact of the recent leadership change in Tunisia on microfinance regulation in the country. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Technology Blog Analyzes Developments in Mexico’s Microfinance and Banking Sectors, Publishes Summary Note Covering Mexico’s Branchless Banking Industry

As part of a series on branchless banking around the world, a post was recently published on the CGAP Technology Blog, a website operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), covering regulatory developments in the Mexican microfinance sector. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Blog Discusses Role of Mobile Phones in Integrating Savings, Payments, Budgeting Services

The CGAP Microfinance Blog, which is operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), recently posted an article by Ignacio Mas of the US-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that examines the role that mobile phones can play in facilitating broader financial inclusion by delivering savings, payment and budgeting services. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: “Enterprise Development and Microfinance” Journal Issues Call for Articles for December 2011 Issue “Investing in Microfinance Institutions”

Enterprise Development and Microfinance (EDM), a journal published by UK-based NGO Practical Action, has issued a call for articles for its December 2011 issue, “Investing in Microfinance Institutions”, which is slated to “explore key issues in microfinance investing” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Blog Examines Role of Transparency in Strengthening the Microfinance Sector

A recent article on the CGAP Microfinance Blog, which is operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), examines the outcome of a discussion on information initiatives in strengthening the microfinance industry that was recently held by CGAP and the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), a US-based nonprofit. At the event, which was held in Nepal, representatives of microfinance organizations from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal discussed the following efforts: 1)Annual state of the sector reports such as the Pakistan Microfinance Network’s (PMN’s) Pakistan Microfinance Review, ACCESS Development’s India: A State of the Sector Report, and rating agency M-CRIL’s Microfinance Analytics Report ; 2)Access mapping such as Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan’s (MISFA’s) monthly performance reports, PMN’s Micro WATCH in Pakistan and Sa-Dhan’s Microfinance Map of India; and 3)Interest rate transparency such as the report on India from US-based nonprofit MFTransparency. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Technology Blog Reviews Lessons Learned from Branchless Banking in Brazil

The CGAP Technology Blog, operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), recently posted an article by Kabir Kumar and Yanina Seltzer that reviews branchless banking in Brazil, whereby agents such as retailers and post offices serve as links between banks and customers. The article is the first of a planned series that examines the state of branchless banking in different countries. Continue Reading »

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Monday, May 2, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Global Entrepreneurship Program: Is There Greater Need for Investment in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Than in Microfinance?

Alan Patricof, Founder and Managing Director of US-based venture capital company Greycroft Partners, argues in a recent issues of Fortune magazine that while microfinance institutions (MFIs) “do play an important role in development, there is an even greater need to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which have the greatest potential for job growth in most places around the world” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Friday, April 29, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) Blog, Ignacio Mas, John Staley Offer Regulators, Financial Service Providers Ideas to Increase Financial Inclusion

Ignacio Mas, Senior Advisor to the Financial Services for the Poor Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and John Staley, Director of Finance and Shared Services at Equity Bank of Kenya, recently posted an entry on the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) blog titled “Are We Serious About Financial Inclusion for All?” [1]. Mr Mas and Mr Staley highlight the importance of increasing access to financial services in developing countries and outline their four suggestions for regulators and financial service providers to advance financial inclusion. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Focus Note Examines Cross-Border Funding of Microfinance

A new Focus Note from CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) examines data from CGAP’s annual surveys on cross-border microfinance funding to provide an overview of the microfinance funding landscape and trends in cross-border funding [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Blog Explores Effects of Arab Upheaval on Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

CGAP Microfinance Blog, operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), recently posted an article by Mohammed Khaled, a CGAP representative for the Middle East-North Africa Region, that explores the implications for microfinance institutions (MFIs) of the recent wave of demonstrations and resulting leadership changes that have occurred in the Middle East and North Africa. Mr Khaled says that while it “could be too early to analyze the impact of recent events in the Arab world on microfinance, one can conclude some general and common lessons despite differences among countries” [1]. Mr Khaled argues that the following areas are of the utmost importance: emergency plans, strategic partnerships with clients, internal control systems and job creation [1]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 25, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Explores Savings On Microfinance Blog

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), an independent policy and research center housed at the World Bank Group, recently launched a series on its microfinance blog to promote discussions of savings services for poor people. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP Launches Islamic Microfinance Blog Series Featuring Finalists of Global Islamic Microfinance Challenge 2010: Al Amal of Yemen, Tanzania ecoVolunteerism, Bisma of Indonesia and Tameer, CWCD of Pakistan

The CGAP Microfinance Blog, which is operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), is featuring a series on Islamic microfinance that profiles the winner and finalists of the Islamic Microfinance Challenge and others in an effort to engage with the broader microfinance and Islamic finance communities to find new ways to support the Islamic microfinance sector. The Islamic Microfinance Series can be found at http://microfinance.cgap.org/category/blog-series/islamic-microfinance-series/ Continue Reading »

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Khan and Nizami Argue Adopting Consumer Protection Principles Strategic for Microfinance Institutions

An article by Fehmeen Ahmed Khan, the founder of the Microfinance Hub Blog, and Saman Nizami, a finance consultant, recently appeared on the Microfinance Focus website arguing the business case for urging microfinance institutions (MFIs) to embrace consumer protection principles. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Article Defends Indian Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) from Calls to Rein in Profitability

An article was published recently on the website of the Economic Times newspaper defending the Indian microfinance industry from more regulation, especially caps that might restrict the profitability of microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue Reading »

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