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Friday, April 18, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: PlaNet Finance, China Microfinance Institute Association (CMIA) Seek to Strengthen Risk Management

PlaNet Finance, an NGO based in Paris, France, recently announced a partnership with the China Microfinance Institute Association (CMIA), a trade group of microfinance institutions (MFIs), to enhance risk management in the microfinance industry in China. Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 14, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Grants Preliminary Approval to Microlender Bandhan to Receive Banking License

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, recently granted “in-principle” approval to the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), an Indian financial services provider based in the city of Mumbai, and Bandhan Financial Services Private Limited, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in the Indian city of Kolkata, to acquire banking licenses. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Uganda Slow to Apply for Credit From Microfinance Support Center (MSC)

The Microfinance Support Center (MSC), an arm of the government of Uganda, reportedly is urging groups such as village savings and credit cooperative organizations (SACCOs), microfinance institutions, and small and medium enterprises, to apply for credit from the company “yet demand for it has been low” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) to Provide Training, Capacity Building Services to Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member Countries

AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE), a Pakistan-based NGO that promotes Islamic banking, and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research & Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), a subsidiary of the Turkey-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide training and capacity building services to the central banks of the 57 member countries of OIC. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: KfW, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), Developpement International Desjardins, Lundin Foundation Commit $41m to AfricInvest Financial Sector Fund

AfricInvest-TunInvest Group, a Tunisia-based private equity firm, recently announced the closing of a third round of capital-raising for its AfricInvest Financial Sector Fund, a vehicle that invests in financial institutions that lend to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of America Invests $10m in Calvert Foundation to Support Financial Access for Women Entrepreneurs in Low-, Middle-income Countries

Bank of America, a US-based financial services provider, is investing USD 10 million in Calvert Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization specializing in social-impact investment, to provide loans to organizations that increase financial access for women entrepreneurs in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America [1]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 7, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Union to Provide Technical Assistance to Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Tunisia

The Small Business Support (SBS) team of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based financial institution, recently began operations in Tunisia, with plans to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with technical tools and management skills in order to help them innovate, increase efficiency and boost productivity. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Disburses Syndicated Loan of $125m to Sri Lanka’s National Development Bank (NDB)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, recently disbursed a four-year syndicated loan of USD 125 million to National Development Bank (NDB), which is owned by the government of Sri Lanka, in an effort to improve access to funds for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Sri Lanka. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Buksh Foundation, Kiva Announce Partnership to Support Microentrepreneurs in Pakistan

The Buksh Foundation (BF), a nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) in Pakistan, and Kiva Microfunds, a US-based nonprofit online fundraising portal for MFIs, have announced a partnership to support microentrepreneurs in an effort to achieve development sector goals and alleviate poverty in the country. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Offers $5m Credit Line to FINCA for Lending in Kyrgyz Republic

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, England, recently announced that it will extend a credit line of USD 5 million to FINCA Kyrgyzstan, a unit of US-based microfinance nonprofit FINCA International. Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 31, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Citi to Share Risk on $550m Global Loan Facility, $220m Inclusive Growth Agreement

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development agency of the US government, reportedly has entered agreements with Citi, a US-based financial services corporation, to share credit risk for the financing of investments in an unspecified number of the 150 OPIC-eligible countries with a USD 550 million loan facility for general investments and a USD 220 million loan facility to support financial inclusion. Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 31, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Commercial Banks in India Seek to Expand Microlending: Housing Development Finance Corporation, IndusInd Bank, Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI)

Commercial banks in India reportedly are gaining interest in offering microfinance services to low-income individuals. Continue Reading »

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Monday, March 31, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: American Express to Support Financial Inclusion in USA Through Technology Startups, Research, Film

American Express, a US-based multinational financial services company, recently announced three initiatives that aim to encourage financial inclusion in the United States. Continue Reading »

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Friday, March 28, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Western Union, Paga to Augment Mobile Money Transfer Services in Nigeria

The Western Union Company, a US-based financial services company, recently partnered with Paga, a Nigeria-based mobile payment platform, to launch a mobile money transfer service in Nigeria. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to Loan $7m to Enda Inter-Arabe for On-Lending to Micro-, Small Enterprises (MSEs) in Tunisia

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, is lending TND 11 million (USD 7 million) to Enda Inter-Arabe, a Tunisian financial services provider and arm of Senegal-based non-governmental organization Enda Third-World. Continue Reading »

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Friday, March 21, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP Branchless Banking Challenge Fund for West Africa Accepting Entries through March 31, 2014

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based nonprofit policy and research center that aims to facilitate the provision of financial access to poor people, is accepting applications for the Branchless Banking Challenge Fund, a contest to encourage development of innovative solutions to challenges faced by the branchless banking market in West Africa. Continue Reading »

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Friday, March 21, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Lends $45m to FINCA Microfinance Holding to Increase Outreach, Range of Services

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development finance institution of the US government, is lending USD 45 million to the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) Microfinance Holding (FMH), a for-profit investment vehicle controlled by US-based NGO FINCA International [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MoneyGram, Vodafone Partner to Enable Global Mobile Money Transfers Via M-Pesa

Vodafone Group, a British multinational telecommunications company, has partnered with MoneyGram, a US-based money transfer company with outlets in 200 countries, to allow MoneyGram’s customers to transfer funds to account holders of M-Pesa, a mobile money service developed by Vodafone that operates in six countries in Asia and Africa. Continue Reading »

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