Category: Regulation

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladeshi Grameen Bank to Be Placed Under Jurisdiction of Bangladesh Bank

The Bangladeshi government reportedly has decided to place the Grameen Bank, a Bangladeshi microfinance institution (MFI), under the direct control of the Bangladesh Bank, the country’s central bank, allegedly in order to “better monitor” the microcredit organization [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indonesia’s Otoritas Jasa Keuangan to Regulate Microfinance Institutions Beginning in 2015

Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), an agency of the Indonesia government that regulates the financial services sector, has announced that it will take over the role of regulating microfinance institutions (MFIs) from Bank Indonesia, the central bank of Indonesia, in 2015. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of Ghana Increases Liquidity Requirement for Microfinance Financial Institutions

The Bank of Ghana, a regulatory and supervisory authority over banking and financial institutions in Ghana, recently increased the minimum capital requirements of microfinance institutions (MFIs) to GHS 300,000 (USD 138,000) for MFIs that do not accept deposits and GHS 500,000 (USD 230,000) for deposit-taking MFIs [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladesh Bank Asks Commercial Banks to Provide Services to Readymade Garment (RMG) Workers

The Bangladesh Bank (BB), the country’s central bank, recently asked commercial banks to provide readymade garment (RMG) workers with bank accounts so they can receive wages through direct deposit. BB requested commercial banks not to require a minimum balance or charge for banking services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Association of Microfinance Institutions Plans to Appeal New Law “On Restriction of Usurious Activities in the Kyrgyz Republic”

Almazbek Atambayev, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, reportedly has signed a law entitled “On Restriction of Usurious Activities in the Kyrgyz Republic” that establishes an interest rate cap on microloans. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Nigeria Launches $1.3b Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s central banking authority, reportedly has launched a NGN 220 billion (USD 1.3 billion) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Fund, which is intended to offer loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) at an interest rate of 9 percent or less per year [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Council of Credit Unions Publishes Islamic Operations Manual for Shariah-compliant Credit Unions

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), a US-based association of credit union trade groups in 54 countries, recently published the “Islamic Finance Manual: Operating Policies and Procedures,” a guide that is intended to assist bankers with establishing Shariah-compliant credit unions in developing countries. The Shariah, which is alternatively referred to as “Islamic law,” prohibits interest payments and fees, so Islamic banking is centered instead on the concept of joint venture and profit sharing. The manual was developed by the Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA), an Australia-based member organization of WOCCU, based on COBA’s experience establishing Islamic investment and finance cooperatives in Afghanistan since 2004. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) Announces Regulations on Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Nepal to Increase Financial Inclusion of the Unbanked

The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), Nepal’s central banking authority, recently announced new regulations for microfinance institutions (MFIs) that aim to increase the financial inclusion of unbanked districts in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Propose Unified Software System for Microfinance Banks (MFB) in Nigeria

The National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB), a trade group of 820 microfinance banks (MFBs) in Nigeria, recently partnered with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s main financial regulator, to propose a unified software system for all of NAMB’s member institutions. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Group (WBG) Announces “Financial Infrastructure Development Project” in Yemen; International Development Association (IDA) Provides Grant of $20m

The World Bank Group (WBG), a US-based development bank, recently announced a new initiative called the “Financial Infrastructure Development Project” that aims to improve the transparency and efficiency of Yemen’s financial system as well as increase the financial inclusion of low-income people in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: African Insurance Organization (AIO) Inaugurates Microinsurance Committee

The African Insurance Organization (AIO), a Cameroon-based nonprofit that seeks to promote intra-African cooperation in developing Africa’s insurance and reinsurance industry, recently inaugurated a Microinsurance Committee to oversee the growth of microinsurance on the continent. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government of Sri Lanka Proposes Long-Delayed Regulations for Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

The government of Sri Lanka recently proposed a three-tier regulatory and supervisory framework updating a previously proposed law that, if passed, would be applicable to Sri Lankan microfinance institutions (MFIs) that accept deposits from the public. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government of Cameroon Partners with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) To Consolidate Microfinance Sector

The government of Cameroon recently partnered with three agencies of the United Nations to consolidate the country’s microfinance sector by increasing governmental regulations and mergers of microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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