A working paper commissioned by the Bangladeshi government regarding Grameen Bank, a Bangladeshi microfinance institution founded by Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus, proposes a government takeover of Grameen Bank or a split of the institution into 19 entities. The paper recommends that the Bangladeshi government own 51 percent of the shares of Grameen Bank, an increase from the current 25 percent.
“Alleviating Poverty: Mobile Communications, Microfinance and Small Business Development Around the World;” by Darrell M. West; published by The Brookings Institution; May 2013; 12 pages; available at: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2013/05/16%20poverty%20mobile%20microfinance%20business%20west/westalleviating%20povertymobile%20comms%20microfinance%20small%20business51613v12.pdf
The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently loaned USD 80 million to Yapi Kredi, a Turkish commercial bank, in an effort to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments for small and medium-sized enterprises in Turkey.
The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently loaned USD 65 million to Türk Ekonomi Bankasi (TEB), a Turkish commercial bank, to be on-lent to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in an effort to boost agribusinesses in rural areas of Turkey .
The Fairtrade Access Fund (FAF), an affiliate of German NGO Fairtrade International that provides loans to farmers in developing countries, recently disbursed a total equivalent to USD 1.8 million to Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Antonio Limitada (COAGRISCAL) of Honduras, Unión de Cooperativas de Servicios Múltiples (UCOSEMUN) of Nicaragua and Cooperativas de Servicios Múltiples Norandino (NORANDINO) of Peru.
The Bank of Tanzania (BOT), Tanzania’s central banking authority, has granted an operating licence for the establishment of a credit reference bureau .
The Ugandan federal government recently announced in its 2013/14 budget a proposed ten-percent tax on all mobile money transactions in the country.
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, has opened its annual photo contest and seeks entries of original images that capture the impact of microfinance on poor households. Participants may submit up to 20 images.
The Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), a Saudi Arabia-based multilateral development financial institution, recently announced that it will disburse a loan of PKR 14.6 billion (USD 146 million) with a 0.5 percent interest rate per year to the Punjab provincial government of Pakistan for a microfinance facility that will provide interest-free loans to small enterprises in the province, which is home to approximately 90 million people.
The Egyptian subsidiary of the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), a United Arab Emirates-based telecommunications services provider, recently formed two partnerships with the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), a commercial bank wholly owned by the Egyptian government, and MasterCard, a US-based payment solutions company, to launch a mobile commerce service known as “Flous,” meaning “money” in Arabic.
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), a UK-based financial services company, recently announced that it will disburse a loan of IDR 57 billion (USD 5.74 million) to Bank Andara, an Indonesian commercial institution that provides wholesale services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and savings services to individuals.
The Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), a US-based microfinance network, recently announced that it will start operations in Pakistan.
Silatech, a Qatar-based social enterprise that seeks to promote youth entrepreneurship and employment in Arab countries, recently announced seven new partnerships in an effort to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and youth in Morocco.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced that it will provide a USD 4 million loan to the Republic of Georgia-based subsidiary of the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), a US-based microfinance network, for on-lending to micro and small businesses as well as entrepreneurs in rural regions of Georgia.
Societe de Promotion et de Participation pour la Cooperation Economique SA (PROPARCO), a French public-private development finance institution, reportedly has signed a seven-year USD 10 million loan agreement with Societe Generale (SG) Ghana, a Ghanaian bank that is a subsidiary of the French-owned Groupe Societe Generale, for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as larger corporations.
The UK-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently revealed the pending approval of a finance facility of up to the equivalent of USD 85 million disbursed in a mix of USD and RUB to DeltaCredit Bank, a commercial bank in Russia that specializes in mortgages for residential housing loans.
ResponsAbility Social Investments, a Swiss company with a focus on microfinance, recently notified MicroCapital that it disbursed a loan of CNY 60 million (USD 9.5 million) to Chinese microfinance institution (MFI) MicroCred Nanchong, a member of the France-based MicroCred.
Advans SA SICAR (Advans SA), a microfinance investment vehicle managed by Horus Development Finance of France, recently announced plans to start Advans Tunisie, a microfinance institution (MFI) that will apply for a license from the Tunisian Ministry of Finance with the aim of launching before December 2013.