Category: Key Players

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Opal Financial Group to Host “Alternative Investing Summit,” December 2-4, 2012, California, USA

Event Name: Alternative Investing Summit

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US-based MoreMagic, Splash Expand Mobile Money Services in Sierra Leone

Splash Mobile Money Limited, a mobile financial service provider based in Sierra Leone, and MoreMagic Solutions, a US-based technology provider that developed Splash’s service platform, have extended the Splash network in Sierra Leone with the addition of DStv, a satellite television network in the country; Access Bank and Ecobank Microfinance, two commercial banks; and a network of 50 rural banks set up by both the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Agriculture. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fundacion Microfinanzas BBVA of Spain Takes 31% Stake in Asociación Dominicana para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (ADOPEM) of the Dominican Republic

Fundacion Microfinanzas Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), a nonprofit affiliate of Spanish banking heavyweight BBVA Group, recently has taken a 31-percent stake in microfinance institution (MFI) Asociación Dominicana para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (ADOPEM) of the Dominican Republic for an undisclosed sum. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) to Loan $1.5m to Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Regional (CIDRE) of Bolivia

Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), a state-owned development finance institution, recently extended a USD 1.5 million loan to Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Regional (CIDRE), a Bolivian non-governmental organization (NGO). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroVest GMG Capital Management Acquires Minlam Microfinance Fund

MicroVest GMG Capital Management (MVG), a partnership between MicroVest Capital Management (MicroVest), a US-based private microfinance investment firm, and GMG Investment Advisors (GMG), an emerging markets credit asset management firm, recently took over the investment management of Minlam Microfinance Fund, a local-currency debt fund, from US-based investment manager Minlam Asset Management. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Releases Youth Policy

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a US-based government agency that provides international economic and humanitarian assistance, recently released a policy focused on youth in developing nations that recognizes young people “as a driving force in global development.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bamboo Finance of Luxembourg Acquires Accion Investment Fund for $105m

Bamboo Finance, a commercial investment firm based in Luxembourg, recently acquired Accion Investment Fund, a for-profit equity fund affiliated with the US-based nonprofit organization Accion, for USD 105 million. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of Ghana Warns of False Advertising by Microfinance Institutions Medlorm Microfinance, African Guarantee Trust, AbbeyCash Microfinance, Swift Financial Services

The Bank of Ghana (BOG), the regulatory and supervisory body with authority over financial institutions in the country, is warning customers of the following Ghanaian microfinance institutions (MFIs) falsely claiming to be licensed by BOG in Ghana: Medlorm Microfinance Limited, African Guarantee Trust, AbbeyCash Microfinance Limited and Swift Financial Services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Fund Manager Incofin Receives $1.3m Equity Investment from Gimv of Belgium

Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), a Belgian company that manages six microfinance funds, recently received a EUR 1 million (USD 1.29 million) equity investment from Gimv, a Belgium-based investment company. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Opportunity International Adds Savings Services In Colombia By Converting Into Microfinance Bank With Funding From Citi Foundation

Opportunity International, a nonprofit organization headquartered in the USA that provides financial products in 24 developing countries, recently announced the establishment of a regulated microfinance bank that will take over the credit offerings it provides to underserved people in Bogotá, Colombia, in addition to rendering savings services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank for International Settlements Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion Conference Emphasizes Minimizing Regulation For Smaller Transactions

The Financial Stability Institute of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), an international financial institution based in Basel, Switzerland, which aids central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, recently hosted its first Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) Conference with the theme “Promoting financial inclusion through proportionate standards and guidance.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Part of $38b Commitment From European Investment Bank, World Bank, European Bank For Reconstruction and Development To Support SMEs

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending bank of the European Union; the World Bank Group, a family of five organizations that provide leveraged loans and grants to developing countries; and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a development finance institution headquartered in London, recently launched a new joint international financial institution (IFI) action plan that is intended to rekindle growth in Central and South-Eastern Europe by supporting private and public sector initiatives including infrastructure, corporate investment and local financial sectors. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: First National Bank Namibia Releases Mobile Money Service

After awaiting regulatory approval for over a year, First National Bank (FNB) Namibia, a unit of FNB South Africa, recently released its e-Wallet service, which allows customers to transfer funds via the mobile phones of individuals, including to recipients who do not have bank accounts. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Juntos Finanzas of California Wins $100k Mexico Financial Inclusion Competition

Juntos Finanzas, a US-based company offering mobile personal finance tools, recently was announced the winner of the 2012 Financial Inclusion Competition created at G2012 Mexico, the seventh summit of leaders from 20 large economies (G-20), and Ashoka Changemakers, an initiative of the US-based nonprofit Ashoka. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Peru, Bolivia, Pakistan Top 2012 Global Microscope on Microfinance Business Environment

According to the Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment 2012, a recent report by the UK-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Peru is the top country in microfinance for the fifth consecutive year due to its strong regulatory environment. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: First Bank of Nigeria, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Launch Firstmonie Mobile Money Service

First Bank of Nigeria, a commercial bank based in the Nigerian state Lagos, recently launched Firstmonie Mobile Service in collaboration with Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), a Nigeria-based information technology utility provider. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India Asks Rural Banks to Open 25 Percent of New Branches in Unbanked Areas

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s financial regulatory authority, recently tasked regional rural banks (RRBs) to ensure that at least one-quarter of their proposed branches are sited in unbanked parts of the country.  Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Responsible Microfinance Implementation Action Group Looks to Boost Usage of Existing Tools, Distributes Template of Covenants for Investors to Attach to Loans to Microbanks

At the European Microfinance Week conference today in Luxembourg, representatives of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) Action Group on the Implementation of Responsible Microfinance led a discussion on its work. The group presented graphics compiling existing social performance tools such as social audits and the publication of pricing data via the US-based nonprofit Microfinance Transparency. One of the suggested steps for microbanks embarking on the process of evaluating its social performance is to make a public commitment through an effort such as the Smart Campaign, which is backed by US-based nonprofit Accion, or the Global Appeal for Responsible Microfinance, which is promoted by a set of institutions led by Oxus Group, an initiative of French NGO Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). Continue reading

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