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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: India’s Sa-Dhan, Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) Revise Code of Conduct

Sa-Dhan, an India-based association of 214 microlenders and other financial institutions, and the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a trade association of 48 Indian microfinance lenders, recently launched a revised code of conduct. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore, European Microfinance Network Accepting Applications for $54k Microfinance Good Practices Award Through February 14, 2016

Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore, an Italian foundation that supports microfinance, and the European Microfinance Network, a Belgian nongovernmental organization (NGO), recently announced the eighth annual edition of the Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award, a series that aims to increase awareness about microfinance as a tool for alleviating poverty and promote the sharing of good practice among microfinance organizations in Europe. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $5m to Opportunity Bank Serbia for On-Lending to Micro-, Small Enterprises; Low-Income Households in Rural Serbia

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently announced that it will loan EUR 5 million (USD 5.4 million) to Opportunity Bank Serbia (OBS), a branch of US-based microfinance network Opportunity International, to improve access to finance for micro -and small enterprises (MSEs) and low-income households in rural areas of Serbia. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Mapping Pathways Out of Poverty; Marketing Insurance to Women; Sustaining Financial Inclusion in the Philippines

“Mapping Pathways out of Poverty: The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, 2015;” published by the Microcredit Summit Campaign; December 2015; available at: http://www.microfinancegateway.org/library/mapping-pathways-out-poverty-state-microcredit-summit-campaign-report-2015
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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: 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: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Acquires 15% Equity Stake in Myanmar-based Microfinance Institution (MFI) Fullerton Finance for $1.2m

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 1.2 million in Fullerton Finance (Myanmar) Company Limited, a microfinance institution (MFI) that lends to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and low-income individuals in Myanmar. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $10m to Banco de Ahorro y Crédito ADOPEM for On-lending to Microentrepreneurs in Dominican Republic

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 will loan DOP 450 million (approximately USD 10 million) to Banco de Ahorro y Crédito ADOPEM, a microfinance institution (MFI) in the Dominican Republic that was formerly known as Asociación Dominicana para el Desarrollo de la Mujer. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, Harvard Business School to Offer Joint Education Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance, Applications Due by December 31, 2015

The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), an affiliate of the US-based nonprofit Accion that aims to promote universal financial access, and the Harvard Business School (HBS) have announced that they will offer a joint executive education program entitled ‘Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance’. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ACTIAM-FMO SME Finance Fund Closes at $162m with New Investment from Pensioenfonds Vervoer; Increased Investments from Spoorwegpensioenfonds, Stichting Pensioenfonds Openbaar Vervoer

The ACTIAM-FMO SME Finance Fund, which is managed by Actiam, a Netherlands-based asset manager, and Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), a Dutch development bank, recently closed at approximately EUR 150 million (USD 162 million). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Lends $9m to Kyrgyzstan’s Kompanion; $5.4m to Morocco’s Albaraka to Finance Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has lent the local-currency equivalent of USD 9 million to Kompanion Financial Group, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Kyrgyzstan, and EUR 5 million (USD 5.4 million) to Albaraka, the first Moroccan MFI to partner with EBRD [1] [2]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Microfinance Egypt Summit, March 23-24, 2016, Cairo, Egypt

Event Name: Microfinance Egypt Summit

Event Dates: March 23-24, 2016

Event Location: The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo, Egypt Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Bank (EIB) Lends $9.8m to Kenya’s Faulu Microfinance Bank to Finance Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending institution of the European Union (EU), recently lent Faulu Microfinance Bank (Faulu MFB), a Kenya-based microfinance institution (MFI), KES 1 billion (USD 9.79 million) under EIB’s East African Community Microfinance Facility [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank India (RBI) Eases Microfinance Interest Rate Norm to Allow Cheaper Loans to Members of Scheduled Castes (SC) Earning Less than $2.50 Per Day

The Reserve Bank India (RBI), the nation’s central banking authority, has eased the maximum allowance of a variance of 4 percent between minimum and maximum interest rates on loans by microfinance institutions (MFIs) in order to encourage the provision of cheaper loans to those members of Scheduled Castes (SC), historically disadvantaged people in India, who earn less than double the international poverty line defined by the United Nations (UN) as USD 1.25 per day. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Commission (EC) Launches EaSI-MicPro, a New Online Information on Microcredit Providers

The European Commission (EC), the executive body of the European Union (EU), recently launched EaSI-MicPro, a new online platform where microcredit providers can present information about their operations. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Commission, European Investment Fund (EIF) to Guarantee $261m through European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), Supporting 20,000 Microenterprises via Romania’s Nextebank, 5 Western European Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

The European Commission, the European Union’s executive body; the European Investment Fund (EIF), an EU-affiliated provider of finance to organizations that lend to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and six European microfinance institutions (MFIs) recently signed guarantee agreements under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), an initiative that supports “the modernisation of employment and social policies,”[3] job mobility, microfinance, microenterprises and social inclusion in the European Union. Continue reading

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