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Monday, January 23, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: “SPM in Microfinance 24*7 Helpline” Offers Advice to Front-Line Workers Regarding Social Performance Management

Founded in 2011 in India, “SPM in Microfinance 24*7 Helpline” is an online resource that aims to help institutions and individuals worldwide with issues related to social performance management (SPM) in microfinance [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MFTransparency Releases Microloan Pricing Report on Ethiopia’s Microfinance Industry

MFTransparency, a US-based nongovernmental organization that aims to provide clear information on credit products and pricing, recently released the report from its Transparent Pricing Initiative in Ethiopia which was launched in September 2011 [1]. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FINCA International Launches For-Profit Subsidiary: FINCA Microfinance Holding LLC

The Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) International received approximately USD 200 million to launch its new subsidiary, FINCA Microfinance Holding LLC (FMH). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute’s “Vision Microfinance,” “Vision Microfinance Local Currency” Report Net Returns of 2.51% to 4.55% for 2011

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH, an Austrian investment company that specializes in microfinance, reports that the Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance, a sub-fund of Absolute’s Vision Microfinance, had a total fund volume of EUR 85.8 million (USD 109 million) with loans issued to 65 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in 25 emerging markets as of December 2011. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Preferring Sector-Wide Solution, Reserve Bank of India Refuses to Classify Restructured Loans as Performing Assets for Microfinance Institutions BASIX, Sharada’s Women’s Association for Weaker Section (SWAWS)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s central banking authority, has refused to give a special exemption to commercial banks, that include HDFC Bank, Corporation Bank and Axis Bank, to restructure loans outstanding to microfinance providers BASIX Group and Sharada’s Women’s Association for Weaker Section (SWAWS) Credit Corporation India Private Limited under a classification other than as non-performing assets [1] [2]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 16, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FMO of the Netherlands to Loan $10m to Microfinance Institution Vision Banco of Paraguay for On-Lending to Micro- and Small Enterprises

The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO in Dutch), a public-private partnership, has signed an agreement to loan the equivalent of USD 10 million to Vision Banco, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Paraguay [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Lagos Chapter of Nigeria’s National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) to Undertake Micro-Housing Project

The Lagos State Chapter of the National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), a trade group of microfinance banks (MFBs) in Nigeria, has announced that it plans to undertake a micro-housing project for “low-income earners” in Lagos state [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Philippine Central Bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Issues Microinsurance Licenses to Bangko Mabuhay, Mallig Plains Rural Bank

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Philippine central bank, has issued licenses to two rural banks, Bangko Mabuhay and Mallig Plains Rural Bank Incorporated, allowing them to provide microinsurance services [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Kenya to Allow Deposit-Taking Microfinance Institutions (DTMs) to Use Agents to Provide Financial Services

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Kenya’s central banking authority, has reportedly issued guidelines allowing deposit-taking microfinance institutions (DTMs) to use agents to provide financial services in an effort to promote financial inclusion of the “unbanked and under-banked population” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian NGO Gramalaya Creates Microfinance Institution Gramalaya Microfin Foundation

Gramalaya, an Indian nongovernmental organization (NGO), has launched a new microfinance institution (MFI), Gramalaya Microfin Foundation (GMF) that aims to “eradicate poverty through livelihood promotion activities through increased access to financial services” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 9, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria’s National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) Asks Government Not to Set Up Microlenders

The Lagos State Chapter of the National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), a trade group of microfinance banks (MFBs) in Nigeria, has reportedly asked the federal government not to set up MFBs [1]. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government of Rwanda, Visa Incorporated Partner on Electronic Financial Services

The government of Rwanda and US-based payment technology firm Visa Incorporated have announced a collaboration to extend access to financial services throughout Rwanda [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: TBC Capital Asset Management Looking to Raise $75m for “TBC Capital Impact Investing Fund-I” to Invest in Microfinance, Sustainable Agriculture, and Clean and Base-of-Pyramid Infrastructure

TBC Capital Asset Management Incorporated, a Canada-based investment management firm with a special focus on impact investments, is launching its TBC Capital Impact Investing Fund-I (TBCCIIF-I), which is a pooled fund established to invest in organizations that operate in the areas of: (a) microfinance – mainly tier-2 microfinance institutions and service providers to them – which will account for approximately 65 percent of the fund; (b) small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) “with high positive impact,” especially those involved in sustainable agriculture, which will receive approximately 20 percent of fund investments; and (c) clean and “base-of-pyramid” infrastructure, accounting for approximately 15 percent of the fund [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dr Muhammad Yunus to Seek Court Review of His Removal as Managing Director of Bangladeshi Microfinance Institution Grameen Bank

Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus reportedly has sought a review of the court decision that upheld his removal from his position as managing director of Bangladeshi microfinance institution (MFI) Grameen Bank. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institution AccessBank of Azerbaijan Disburses 500,000th Loan

Microfinance institution (MFI) AccessBank of Azerbaijan, an affiliate of Access Microfinance Holding AG (AccessHolding), recently announced that it has disbursed its 500,000th loan [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (DEG), European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), European Investment Fund to Loan $38m to Alternatifbank A.S. (ABank) of Turkey

Alternatifbank A.S. (ABank), a private commercial bank in Turkey, has entered into a loan agreement with German development finance institution Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (DEG) and the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a microfinance investment fund incorporated in Luxembourg, to receive EUR 30 million (USD 38.7 million) to boost credit availability for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Turkey [1]. Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 2, 2012

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: State Bank of Pakistan Releases Five-Year “Microfinance Strategic Framework,” Launches Financial Literacy Programme

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Pakistan’s central bank, recently announced that it has developed a detailed strategy to promote the sustainable growth of microfinance as outlined in its “Microfinance Strategic Framework 2011-2015” that is intended to “foster a pro-poor and sustainable development of the country” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Friday, December 30, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: PlaNet Finance Seeking Researcher for Short-Term Study on Microfinance and Women in West Africa

PlaNet Finance, a France-based nonprofit that works to alleviate poverty through microfinance, has released a call for expressions of interest from researchers to conduct a study on microfinance and women in West Africa [1]. Continue Reading »

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