Category: Middle East

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microfinance “Banana Skins” Risk Assessment; Effects of Microloans from Compartamos in Mexico; Youth Financial Inclusion Video

“Microfinance Banana Skins 2014: Facing Reality;” published by Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation; July 2014; 84 pages; available athttp://csfi.org/files/Microfinance_Banana_Skins_2014_-_WEB.pdf

This report, which is based on data collected by surveying 306 people associated with the microfinance industry, examines 19 risks faced by microfinance institutions (MFIs) across the globe. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Biniog Sathi Banking Model Employs Islamic Concept of Zakat in Effort to Minimize Credit Default

Mabroor Mahmood, who operates the online “Ideas for Development” think tank, recently began selling his Biniog Sathi banking model, which incorporates Zakat, a Muslim practice of giving charity, to protect against credit default [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: “Harry Potter” Cinema Actress Emma Watson to Serve as Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations (UN) Women

United Nations (UN) Women, the UN organization “dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women,” has announced Emma Watson, a British actress, will serve as Goodwill Ambassador for the organization. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Pakistan-based Microfinance Institution (MFI) Wasil Foundation Wins $100k Islamic Microfinance Challenge 2014

The Wasil Foundation (Wasil), a nonprofit that aims to alleviate poverty through enterprise development in Pakistan, has won the 2014 Islamic Microfinance Challenge, a competition that promotes Sharia-compliant microfinance products, which prohibit interest payments in keeping with Islamic practices. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Commits $15m to Private Equity Fund EuroMena III to Support Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Middle East, North Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, reportedly has committed USD 15 million to EuroMena III, a 7-year closed-end private equity fund that aims to invest in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microcredit Summit Campaign Report; responsAbility Financial, Social Impact Assessment; Microinsurance Education in Zambia

“Resilience: The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, 2014;” published by RESULTS Educational Fund; 2014; 68 pages; available in web format at http://stateofthecampaign.org/2014-report-executive-summary/or for purchase as a PDF or in print form at http://www.scribd.com/doc/229959504/Resilience-The-State-of-the-Microcredit-Summit-Campaign-Report-2014

This report examines the reach and effectiveness of microfinance institutions (MFIs) on a global scale using data as recent as from 2012. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Egypt Approves Microfinance Law in Effort to Expand Access to Microcredit, Bring Microenterprises into Formal Economy

The government of Egypt reportedly has approved a new law that will expand informal businesses’ access to loans of up to EGP 100,000 (USD 13,985) by enabling non-bank microfinance institutions (MFIs) to enter the formal microfinance sector, which had been restricted to banks and NGOs. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Loans $2m to Cambodian Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea; Invests $546k in Equity in Palestinian Arab Center for Agricultural Development

The Luxembourg-based Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), which provides financial services to “social businesses,” recently informed MicroCapital that it has provided a three-year loan of EUR 1.5 million (USD 2.05 million) to Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea Company Limited (AMK), a microfinance institution located in Cambodia. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Islamic Social Finance, Transforming Client Complaints into Loyalty, Microinsurance Profitability

“Islamic Social Finance Report 2014,” by Thomson Reuters and the Islamic Research and Training Institute, published by Zawya, 2014, 64 pages, available at: http://www.zawya.com/islamic-finance/isfr/

This report examines opportunities and challenges for Islamic social finance in Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Global Systems for Mobile Association Assists 9 Cellular Network Providers in Africa, Middle East With Mobile Money Interoperability

Global Systems for Mobile Association, a UK-based association of mobile operators and associated companies, reportedly is helping coordinate the deployment of mobile money services for nine mobile network providers operating in Africa and the Middle East. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $26m to Yapi Kredi of Turkey to Support Leasing to Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), has disbursed a senior loan of EUR 20 million (USD 26.4 million) to Yapi Kredi Leasing, a financial institution that is majority-owned by Turkish commercial bank Yapi Kredi, to support its leasing services for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) to Provide Training, Capacity Building Services to Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member Countries

AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE), a Pakistan-based NGO that promotes Islamic banking, and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research & Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), a subsidiary of the Turkey-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide training and capacity building services to the central banks of the 57 member countries of OIC. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Union, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Support 100 Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt

The European Union and the Small Business Support program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based financial institution, recently held an event in the Egyptian city of Alexandria to highlight their support for approximately 100 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Considers $21m Loan to Compagnie Internationale de Leasing (CIL) for Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Tunisia

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, is considering offering a senior, unsecured loan of approximately EUR 15 million (USD 21 million) to Tunisian leasing company Compagnie Internationale de Leasing (CIL) to expand its servicing of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Tunisia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Loans $4m to Microfinance Institutions in Armenia, Honduras, Tajikistan

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an Austrian firm that invests in microfinance and other sectors, recently disbursed loans totaling USD 4 million to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Honduras and Tajikistan [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank For Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Brings “Small Business Support” Facility to Jordan, Delivering Technical Assistance to Small, Medium-Sized Firms

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral financial institution headquartered in the UK, has brought its Small Business Support (SBS) facility for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to Jordan. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Union, Republic of Turkey Provide $469m For Female Entrepreneurs in Turkey

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based multilateral financial institution, in partnership with the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, is launching a “Women in Business Programme” in 2014 to provide financial and technical support services totaling EUR 338 million (USD 469 million) for female entrepreneurs in Turkey. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Silatech, PlaNet Finance to Support Youth Entrepreneurship in Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine

Silatech, a Qatar-based social enterprise that serves young people in the Middle East and North Africa, has signed on to support the Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP), an initiative founded by French non-governmental organization (NGO) PlaNet Finance and funded by the European Union that seeks to empower young people by supporting three microfinance institutions (MFIs): Alexandria Businessmen’s Association of Egypt, Lebanese Association for Development (Al Majmoua) and Palestine’s Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD). Continue reading

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