MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladeshi Government Criticized for Proposal to Takeover or Split Grameen Bank

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.

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Alleviating Poverty via Mobile Communications; Integrating Microfinance, Health Services in the Andes; Mobile Phone Technology for Women in Afghanistan

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

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Loans $80m to Turkey’s Yapi Kredi for SME Energy Efficiency Projects

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $65m to Türk Ekonomi Bankasi of Turkey for Rural Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

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 [1].

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fairtrade Access Fund Loans $1.8m to Coffee, Cacao, Sugar Cooperatives COAGRICSAL of Honduras, UCOSEMUN of Nicaragua, NORANDINO of Peru

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 2013 CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Photo Contest Accepting Entries Through October 2

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), Government of Punjab Provide $195m for Microfinance Facility in Pakistan

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Etisalat, National Bank of Egypt, MasterCard to Launch Mobile Money Service in Egypt

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Loans $5.7m to Bank Andara to Support Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Indonesia

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Silatech, Macroinvest, Jaida, Afif, ANAPEC, IYF, Ministry of Tourism to Support Moroccan Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Youth

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Loans $4m to FINCA Georgia to Support Micro- and Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Societe de Promotion et de Participation pour la Cooperation Economique SA (PROPARCO) to Loan $10m to Societe Generale Ghana, Part for Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considering $85m Facility for DeltaCredit Bank of Russia for Residential Mortgage Loans

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Loans $9.5m to MicroCred Nanchong of China

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.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Advans SA to Create Tunisian Microfinance Institution Advans Tunisie

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.