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MICROFINANCE EVENT: European Microfinance Network (EMN) to Host 13th Annual Conference “Who, What and For Whom? Shaping European Microfinance,” June 16-17, 2016, Warsaw, Poland

Event Name: 13th Annual EMN Conference “Who, What and For Whom? Shaping European Microfinance”

Event Dates: June 16-17, 2016

Event Location: Novotel Warszawa Centrum Hotel, Warsaw, Poland Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Financial Sector Development Program (FSD) Africa to Invest $2m in Microinsurance Innovation Laboratory of International Labor Organization’s (ILO’s) Impact Insurance Facility

The Financial Sector Development Program (FSD) Africa, a project funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), will invest USD 1.8 million over the next four years in the “microinsurance innovation laboratory” by the Impact Insurance Facility (IIF) of the International Labor Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Symbiotics Issues $22m in Bonds to Benefit Indian Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Annapurna, ESAF Microfinance and Investment (EMFIL), Satin Creditcare

Symbiotics, a Switzerland-based investment company that focuses on emerging markets, recently informed MicroCapital that it has completed bond transactions with a total value of USD 22 million. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of West African States, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector to invest $30m in small, medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Banque Centrale des Etats de L’Afrique (BCEAO), the central bank for eight West African countries, and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), a development finance institution affiliated with the Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank, recently agreed to provide USD 30 million to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat’s Dual Return Funds Loan $6.5m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in China, Panama

During January 2016, Austria’s C-Quadrat Asset Management issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 6.5 million via its two Dual Return Funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in China and Panama. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Symbiotics Completes Bond Disbursements Totaling $5.5m to Microfinance Institution Prasac of Cambodia

Symbiotics Group, a Swiss for-profit provider of investment and business services, recently issued the second tranche of a bond totaling USD 5.5 million to Prasac, a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Luxembourg Directorate for Development and Cooperation (LuxDev) Donates $219k to Support Microfinance Institution (MFI) Asusu Of Niger to Train 550 Young Entrepreneurs

The Luxembourg Directorate for Development and Cooperation (LuxDev), a government-owned institution encouraging international development, has awarded a donation of EUR 200,000 (USD 218,000) to ADA, a Luxembourg-based nonprofit organization formerly known as Appui au Developpement Autonome. The donation is intended to assist Asusu, a Niger-based microfinance institution (MFI). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Olympus Capital Asia Invests $30m in Equity in Microfinance Institution Network CreditAccess

Olympus Capital Asia, a private equity firm with offices in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and New York, recently invested USD 30 million in equity in CreditAccess Asia, a Dutch operator of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India, Indonesia and the Philippines, aiming to help expand CreditAccess Asia’s retail lending services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) Donates $4.5m to World Vision Myanmar for Microfinance Lending, Savings

The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund, a Myanmar-based multi-donor trust fund, recently has donated a three-year USD 4.5 million grant to three organizations affiliated with US-based NGO World Vision, to aid approximately 100,000 people in gaining improved access to financial services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Omidyar Network Leads Investment in eCurrency Mint to Support Technology That Enables Central Banks in Issuing Digital Currency

Omidyar Network, a US-based  investment firm, recently made an investment of undisclosed amount in eCurrency Mint (eCM), an Ireland-based company that has developed a technology that enables central banks to issue digital currency, called eCurrency. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $340k in Local Currency to Senegal’s Mec Fadec, $930k to Tajikistan’s Humo & Partners

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has disbursed a local-currency, three-year loan equivalent to USD 340,000 to Mec Fadec, a Senegalese microfinance institution (MFI), and a one-year loan of USD 930,000 to Humo & Partners, a Tajikistan-based MFI. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: M-Kopa Solar Raises $19m in Private Equity Investment to Expand Pay-As-You-Go Model in East Africa

M-Kopa Solar, a Kenya-based “pay-as-you-go” solar energy supplier for homes in Africa that do not have traditional electricity connections, has raised KES 2 billion (USD 19 million) in an equity round led by London-based Generation Investment Management LLP. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $11m to UniCredit Bank Serbia for On-Lending to Individuals for Home Improvement, Housing Finance

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently announced that it will loan EUR 10 million (USD 10.8 million) to UniCredit Bank Serbia, the Belgrade-based subsidiary of the Italian commercial banking firm UniCredit Group. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Loan $3m in Local Currency to Tajikistan’s Eskhata Bank for Environmental Projects

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), an initiative of various international development institutions that offers donations and preferential-rate loans for projects in developing countries, jointly have provided a local-currency loan equivalent to USD 3 million to Eskhata Bank, a commercial bank in Tajikistan that focuses on microfinance. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dahabshiil’s “MicroDahab-MFI”, SolarGen Technologies Announce “Lease to Purchase” Energy Product for Low-Income Somali Farmers, Small-scale Entrepreneurs in Somalia

MicroDahab-MFI, the microfinance institution (MFI) that serves as the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Arab Emirates-based conglomerate Dahabshiil Group, and SolarGen Technologies, a Somalia-based distributor of renewable energy technologies, have announced a joint energy project in Somalia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Pledges $27m in Loans, Financial Advisory Services to Small, Medium-sized Enterprises via International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) Global SME Finance Facility

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands recently announced that the Dutch government has pledged USD 27 million to IFC’s “Global SME Finance Facility,”[1] a credit line that provides funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Invests $300m in Equity in Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, recently announced that it has made an equity investment of USD 300 million in Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), a bank backed by the government of China. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FMO Disburses $10m to VisionFund International to Support Inclusive Finance in Africa

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), a Dutch public-private partnership that aims to promote growth in developing economies, recently announced that it will disburse a five-year loan of USD 10 million to VisionFund International, a US-based affiliate of the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision International, aiming to support female clients and clients in rural areas via microfinance organizations (MFIs) in VisionFund’s network. Continue reading

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