Category: Regulation

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mexican Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Credito Real, Financiera Independencia Report Brisk Bond Sales

Mexican microfinance institutions (MFIs) Credito Real SA and Financiera Independencia SAB have reported gains in bond sales that are double those of the average of bank in Latin America [1].

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Credit Rating and Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) Predicts Reserve Bank of India Guidelines Will Spur Bank Lending to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), Trigger Consolidation

The Indian rating agency Credit Rating and Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) has announced that it expects, “Growth prospects for microfinance institutions (MFIs) will remain subdued over the medium term,” due to microfinance guidelines issued earlier this month by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the nation’s central banking authority. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Blog Argues Importance of “Matching Types of Accounts to Types of Needs”

The CGAP Microfinance Blog, which is operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), recently posted an article by President Bindu Ananth of IFMR Trust, an affiliate of India’s nonprofit Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), that argues the importance of “matching types of accounts to types of needs” based on several examples from India[1].

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Observers: Chinese Government Should Help Foreign Investors Navigate Microfinance Sector

Vidhi Tambiah, CEO of Swiss nonprofit World Microfinance Forum Geneva, has been cited as saying that if Chinese finance officials were to improve the supply of information available to foreign investors, Chinese microfinance institutions (MFIs) could benefit from international funding [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Women’s World Banking (WWB) CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian Anticipates Risks from “Over-Regulation” of Indian Microfinance Sector

In an email interview published on the website of Indian newspaper Mint, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB), a US-based advisor to and network of microfinance institutions (MFIs), offered an assessment of the Indian microfinance sector and the potential results of new and proposed regulation. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria’s National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) Expected to Form MFB Trust Fund by End of Month

Having obtained formal consent for the project from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), a Nigerian regulatory agency, the National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), a trade group of 820 Nigerian microfinance institutions (MFIs), is expected to form a trust fund before the end of May to protect members from liquidity shocks. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Blog Explores Impact of Tunisian Revolution on Microfinance Regulation

The CGAP Microfinance Blog, which is operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), recently posted an article by Mohammed Khaled, CGAP representative for the Middle East-North Africa Region, that explores the impact of the recent leadership change in Tunisia on microfinance regulation in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladesh Supreme Court Dismisses Attempt by Dr Muhammad Yunus to Remain as Managing Director of Microfinance Institution (MFI) Grameen Bank

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has dismissed Dr Muhammad Yunus’ final bid to overturn the Bangladesh High Court’s ruling upholding the effort of the Bangladesh Bank (BB), the central bank of Bangladesh, to remove Dr Yunus from his position as managing director of Grameen Bank [1] [2] [3].

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Establishes “Flexible Financing Facility” for Countries in Latin America, Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based multilateral finance institution that operates in Latin America and the Caribbean, has established a “Flexible Financing Facility” (FFF) that will give Latin American and Caribbean countries flexibility in loan terms and conditions as well as allowing the use of hedges to manage interest rate and currency risks associated with loans from IDB [1]. Continue reading
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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Planet Rating Recognized as Microfinance Rating Agency by Philippine Central Bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

Planet Rating, a microfinance rating agency and member of the France-based PlaNet Finance Group, has been recognized by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, as a microfinance institution (MFI) rating agency. This recognition follows the company’s establishment of a regional office in Manila in 2009. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Technology Blog Analyzes Developments in Mexico’s Microfinance and Banking Sectors, Publishes Summary Note Covering Mexico’s Branchless Banking Industry

As part of a series on branchless banking around the world, a post was recently published on the CGAP Technology Blog, a website operated by US-based think tank CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), covering regulatory developments in the Mexican microfinance sector. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) Chairman Sushil Munhot Discusses Financing Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Hold On New Lending to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

Mr Sushil Munhot, chairman and managing director of the government-owned Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), recently argued in an interview with Indian newspaper The Economic Times that SIDBI complements commercial banks while also offering the added value of providing equity funding to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Enacts Most of Microfinance Guidelines Proposed by Malegam Committee

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s central banking authority, recently announced that it has accepted – with some modifications – the framework of recommendations issued by the Malegam Committee for the country’s microfinance industry. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Nigeria Inspecting Microfinance Institutions with Provisional Licenses, Plans to Cut Number of Microbanks “Drastically”

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the nation’s central banking authority, recently announced that it has commenced inspections to assess the level of compliance with its operational guidelines at the 103 microfinance institutions (MFIs) that were granted approval-in-principle after being among the 224 MFIs that had their licenses revoked in September 2010. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fitch Ratings Stresses Importance of Single Regulator for Indian Microfinance Sector

Multiple Indian newspapers have cited an unnamed report on Indian microfinance regulation from global ratings agency Fitch that reportedly states that a single regulatory body is crucial to ensuring a stable Indian microfinance sector and that future legislation affecting microfinance should be developed through cooperative efforts between state and federal authorities. Continue reading

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