The Bank of Uganda, the central banking authority of the country, recently granted a license to Metropol Corporation Limited (MCL), a Kenya-based credit rating and debt management company, to provide credit reference services.
Rev. Steve Gaye, who recently was elected chairman of the Network of Microfinance in Liberia (NEMIL), has announced that he will focus the organization’s efforts on capacity building.
Sa-Dhan, a microfinance network in India with 251 member organizations, reportedly has been granted status as a self-regulatory organization (SRO) by the Reserve Bank of India, the country’s central banking authority.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe recently granted a banking license to African Century Leasing (ACL), making it the first microfinance institution in the country that may accept deposits.
During the next three months, the Bank of Ghana, the country’s central bank, reportedly will raise the minimum capital requirement for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to GHS 1 million (USD 263,000).
The Grameen Bank, a microfinance institution in Bangladesh, is being run by government-appointed board members as of February 2015.
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) recently granted a license to Daraja Microfinance Bank Limited (Daraja MFB) to begin deposit-taking operations, making Daraja the tenth microfinance bank in Kenya .
The government of Colombia recently approved a law to regulate and license electronic deposit-taking entities. These financial institutions, designated Sociedades Especializadas en Depósitos y Pagos Electrónicos (Specialized Electronic Deposit and Payment Institutions), may be incorporated by individuals or legal entities, such as telecom operators or postal offices. With a minimum capital requirement of USD 3 million, these entities can allow users to save, make payments and receive money, primarily through correspondent agents  .
The Social Performance Task Force, a US-based nonprofit charged with addressing questions about measuring and managing social performance, in collaboration with the Smart Campaign, a client-protection initiative of US-based nonprofit Accion, recently launched the Responsible Microfinance Facility (RMF), a three-year initiative funded by the French government’s Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) to improve the capacity and performance of microfinance institutions in Africa and the Middle East.
Fonds pour l’inclusion Financière en République Démocratique du Congo (FPM) SA, a nonprofit organization based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that was formerly known as Fonds de Promotion de la Microfinance, recently received authorization to operate as a financial company from the Central Bank of the Congo, DRC’s central banking authority.
The National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (NBRB), the central banking authority of the country, has announced that organizations providing microfinance services in the country have six months to register with the bank to comply with the guidelines set forth in “Decree No. 325,” a presidential order “on the raising and provision of loans, the operation of microfinance organizations” .
Arun Jaitley, the Indian Finance Minister, reportedly announced that the government has completed Phase I of the Jan-Dhan initiative, a scheme created by Prime Minister Modi to give all Indians access to banking services, including credit, savings, insurance, direct benefits transfer and electronic payments.
The Egyptian Financial Supervisory Association (EFSA), a governmental body that supervises and regulates the financial sector in the country, recently issued a resolution regulating the activities undertaken by microfinance companies.
The Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), a Bangladeshi government body that oversees the operations of nongovernmental organization (NGO) microfinance institutions (MFIs), reportedly is planning the launch of a Lead Microfinance Institution System to coordinate government-funded poverty reduction programmes at the ground level.  The model replicates the Lead Bank System present in the country, where a lead bank oversees the arrangement of loan syndications. One goal of this new system is to reduce possible overlaps among international and domestic poverty-reduction programmes that are active in the country. MRA Director Sazzad Hossain also offered the following example of what a lead MFI would do: “Suppose, 200 people are eligible for credits in an upazila, but under the existing system 150 people are getting the credit facilities. The lead MFI will find out why the rest are not under MFI credit programme.”
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central banking authority, recently announced that it has revised its regulatory framework for non-bank financial companies (NBFCs).
According to the Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment 2014, a recent report by the UK-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Peru is the top country in enabling microfinance for the seventh consecutive year.
The government of Egypt reportedly has issued its first microfinance law, which regulates lending by non-bank entities in an effort to expand access to capital for microenterprises.
An anonymous source has informed MicroCapital that several microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Azerbaijan have had their bank assets frozen by the government over the past few months.