Category: Key Players

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: At AFI Global Policy Forum, Bangladesh Bank Governor Endorses Financial Inclusion to Boost GDP

Governor Atiur Rahman of Bangladesh Bank, the central bank and industry regulator in Dhaka, has reportedly called for stakeholders in the global finance sector to adopt financial inclusion strategies as a means to enhance gross domestic product (GDP) amidst a weak financial environment [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC Invests $10m in CoreCo Central America Fund to Support SMEs

CoreCo Central America Fund I, a private equity fund based in Guatemala that invests in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Central America, recently received an equity investment of USD 10 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: LeapFrog Takes 15% Stake in Mahindra Insurance Brokers for $15m in Effort to Boost Impact in Rural India

LeapFrog Investments, a for-profit private equity fund that invests in microinsurance, recently made its second investment in India in the past year by taking a 15-percent equity stake in Mahindra Insurance Brokers Limited (MIBL), an Indian insurance brokerage firm dedicated to serving rural Indians. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Intellecap’s IntelleCash Microfinance Network Purchases 56% Stake in Arohan Financial Services of India

IntelleCash Microfinance Network, a subsidiary of the India-based social-sector advisory firm Intellectual Capital Advisory Services (Intellecap), reportedly has purchased a 56-percent stake in Arohan Financial Services, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), for INR 520 million (USD 10 million). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Citibank Indonesia, Overseas Private Investment Corporation Share Risk on $18m Loan to Bank Andara to Support Microfinance Institutions

Citibank Indonesia, a branch of US-based financial services conglomerate Citigroup; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US–based development finance institution; and Bank Andara, an Indonesian company that provides wholesale services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and savings services to individuals, have announced the disbursement of a USD 18.5 million term loan to finance the growth of Bank Andara’s wholesale microfinance lending. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority May Require Insurers to Sign Up All Poor Families Within 5 Years

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), India’s insurance regulator, recently drafted a proposal intended to achieve complete outreach to families with incomes below the poverty line. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SKS Microfinance of India Posts Portfolio Growth of 21% Outside Andhra Pradesh; Royal Bank of Scotland, Morgan Stanley Asia Purchase Stakes as Deutsche Securities Mauritius Cashes Out

Since India’s SKS Microfinance experienced average losses per quarter of INR 2 billion (USD 37.8 million) during the year ending March 2012, the Indian microlender has been able to borrow approximately INR 10 billion (USD 189 million) from banks. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Ujjivan Raises $9m in Equity from International Finance Corporation (IFC), Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)

Ujjivan Financial Services, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in India, recently raised INR 450 million (USD 8.55 million) in equity capital from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 8th Annual Clinton Global Initiative: Commitments to Financial Access, Global Citizen Awards Presented

The eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which concluded on Wednesday, September 26, focused on the theme “Designing for Impact,” which was intended to promote the use of creativity and innovation to drive change, particularly through social investment and the empowerment of women. Approximately 150 new commitments to various projects were announced, as were progress reports for commitments made in previous years. The new commitments include: Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Dual Return Fund Loans $8m to Microfinance Institutions in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan

Absolute Portfolio Management GmbH (APM), an Austrian investment company that specializes in microfinance, recently disbursed loans to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. Continue reading

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