Category: Investment Funds

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Luxembourg Find Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG) Grants Label to Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIVs) KCD-Mikrofinanzfonds I Global, KCD Mikrofinanz Fonds II Latin America, Finethic Microfinance SCA, Triodos SICAV II and Wallberg Global Microfinance Fund

The Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG), an independent organization that certifies that microfinance vehicles (MIVs) actually invest in the microfinance sector, announced that it has granted the LuxFLAG Microfinance Label to five MIVs: KCD-Mikrofinanzfonds I Global and KCD Mikrofinanzfonds II Latin America of Luxembourg; Finethic Microfinance SCA of Switzerland; Triodos SICAV II (Triodos Microfinance Fund) of the Netherlands and Wallberg Global Microfinance Fund of Luxembourg. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United States Nonprofit Global Partnerships Closes Social Investment Fund 2010, Will Invest $20m in Latin American Microfinance Institutions Over Five Years

Global Partnerships, a US-based nonprofit organization that supports microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Latin America, recently announced that it has closed Social Investment Fund 2010 (SIF 2010), its fourth social investment fund, at USD 20 million. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Impact Investment Fund Managers Calvert, Cordes and Giving Assets Plan to Establish “Global Impact 50” Alongside Rockefeller Foundation to Measure Social, Environmental and Financial Impacts of Impact Investment

A group of United States-based impact investment fund managers, namely the Calvert Foundation, the Cordes Foundation and Giving Assets Inc, recently announced plans to collaboratively establish the Global Impact 50, a global index for measuring the social, environmental and financial impacts of the top 50 impact investment fund managers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Investment Company responsAbility Invests $5.5m in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Prasac of Cambodia and Credit Mongol of Mongolia

responsAbility Social Investments AG (responsAbility), an investment manager founded in 2003 in Switzerland, reported to MicroCapital that it recently made five debt investments totaling USD 5.5 million in microfinance institutions (MFIs) Prasac of Cambodia and Credit Mongol of Mongolia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Investment Vehicle European Fund for Southeast Europe Makes Investments Totaling $17m in Banka Kombetare Tregtare of Albania

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), has announced to MicroCapital that it made two debt investments in Banka Kombetare Tregtare (BKT) ShA (Joint Stock Company), a private commercial bank in Albania, in September 2010. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Investment Company responsAbility Makes Debt Investments Totaling $2.8m in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Pearl Microfinance Limited of Uganda and fondiBESA of Albania

responsAbility Social Investments AG (responsAbility), a social investment company founded in 2003 in Switzerland, reported to MicroCapital that it made two debt investments during the month of September totaling EUR 1 million (USD 1.3 million) in microfinance institution (MFI) fondiBESA of Albania and a third debt investment of USD 1.5 million in Pearl Microfinance Limited of Uganda. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Sector in Kyrgyzstan Continues to Grow Despite Previous Political and Ethnic Violence

Despite the political unrest and ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan earlier this year, the Association of Microfinance Institutions (AMFI) of Kyrgyzstan, a network of 19 microfinance institutions (MFIs) launched in 2005, reports that the Kyrgyz microfinance sector continues to steadily grow. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Social Investments AG Makes Debt Investments Totaling $1.7m in MBK Ventura of Indonesia, COOPAC Norandino of Peru and COAC Mushuc Runa of Ecuador

responsAbility Social Investments AG (responsAbility), an investment manager founded in 2003 in Switzerland, reported to MicroCapital that it recently made four debt investments totaling USD 1.7 million in microfinance institutions (MFIs) MBK Ventura of Indonesia, COOPAC Norandino of Peru and COAC Mushuc Runa of Ecuador. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Austrian Absolute Portfolio Management to Launch Dual Return Fund – Vision Microfinance Local Currency

On September 27, 2010, Absolute Portfolio Management, a private Austrian asset management company announced the launch of its second microfinance fund “Dual Return Fund- Vision Microfinance Local Currency”, a sub-fund of its “Dual Return Fund – Vision Microfinance”. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Aavishkaar India Micro Venture Capital Fund Reportedly Raising $100m to Set Up Third Private Equity Fund for Microfinance in India

Aavishkaar India Micro Venture Capital Fund (Aavishkaar Venture India), a venture fund that provides equity financing to entrepreneurial initiatives, especially in India at the bottom of the pyramid, is reportedly raising INR 4.58 billion (the equivalent of USD 100 million) to set up its third “microfinance-focused” private equity fund through Aavishkaar Goodwell. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Investors Investigate Criteria for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Performance of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), Triple Jump, Oikocredit Hold Meeting to Mull Harmonization of ESG Evaluation

The Social Investor Working Group on Tool Sharing and Harmonization, a group born out of the Social Investor Group meeting in Bern in June 2010, where approximately 40 investors representing about half of total assets under management in the microfinance sector met to discuss socially responsible investing, is exploring different ways to assess the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Investment Company responsAbility Makes Debt Investments Totaling $2.5m in FINCA Kosovo and fondiBESA of Albania

responsAbility Social Investments AG (responsAbility), a social investment company founded in 2003 in Switzerland, reported to MicroCapital that it made four debt investments during the month of August totaling EUR 2 million (USD 2.5 million) to microfinance institutions (MFIs) Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) Kosovo and fondiBESA of Albania. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Investment Vehicle (MIV) European Fund for Southeastern Europe Invests $25m in Debt in Serbian Komercijalna Banka

In August 2010, the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a microfinance investment vehicle (MIV) managed by Oppenheim Asset Management Services, loaned USD 25 million to Serbian Komercijalna Banka, a bank founded in 1970 with 251 branches in Serbia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Investment Vehicle European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Invests $15m in Belorussian-Russian Belgazprombank Joint Stock for Microfinance

In August 2010, the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a microfinance investment vehicle (MIV) managed by Oppenheim Asset Management Services, loaned USD 15 million to Belorussian-Russian Belgazprombank Joint Stock, a bank in Belarus with approximately 110,000 institutional and individual customers. Continue reading

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