Category: Risks

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Estimate: 90% of Nigerian Microfinance Clients Commit Fraud to Obtain Loans

The National Association of Microfinance Banks (NAMB) South West Zone, a chapter of Nigerian trade group NAMB, recently hosted a capacity building program on combatting fraud and forgery committed by staff and management of microfinance banks (MFBs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fonkoze, Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO), Make Insurance Payout to Haitian Women After Hurricane Sandy

Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO), a reinsurance company based in Barbados that provides tropical storm and earthquake reinsurance to microinsurance schemes, is due to make a payout of an undetermined amount to Fonkoze, a Haitian microfinance institution, to help its borrowers, who are largely female microentrepreneurs, recover from Hurricane Sandy, which struck the country in November. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of Ghana Warns of False Advertising by Microfinance Institutions Medlorm Microfinance, African Guarantee Trust, AbbeyCash Microfinance, Swift Financial Services

The Bank of Ghana (BOG), the regulatory and supervisory body with authority over financial institutions in the country, is warning customers of the following Ghanaian microfinance institutions (MFIs) falsely claiming to be licensed by BOG in Ghana: Medlorm Microfinance Limited, African Guarantee Trust, AbbeyCash Microfinance Limited and Swift Financial Services. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Panel: Seeking Diversification, Microfinance Investors Often Reap Annual Returns of 4%

On Friday, November 16 at European Microfinance Week, a conference hosted by the Luxembourg-based European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), Sebastian von Stauffenberg, the CEO of US-based microfinance rating agency MicroRate, said of the larger investment community, “People outside of our microfinance bubble speak another language – if we don’t speak their language, the whole trickle-down effect [of increased investment in microfinance] does not occur.” Mr von Stauffenberg was speaking as part of a panel on microfinance investment that also included Sebastien Juhen of Swiss microfinance investor BlueOrchard Finance, who said that microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) should work to improve their communication to investors regarding the risks of investing in microfinance including how investment managers address these risks. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Responsible Microfinance Implementation Action Group Looks to Boost Usage of Existing Tools, Distributes Template of Covenants for Investors to Attach to Loans to Microbanks

At the European Microfinance Week conference today in Luxembourg, representatives of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) Action Group on the Implementation of Responsible Microfinance led a discussion on its work. The group presented graphics compiling existing social performance tools such as social audits and the publication of pricing data via the US-based nonprofit Microfinance Transparency. One of the suggested steps for microbanks embarking on the process of evaluating its social performance is to make a public commitment through an effort such as the Smart Campaign, which is backed by US-based nonprofit Accion, or the Global Appeal for Responsible Microfinance, which is promoted by a set of institutions led by Oxus Group, an initiative of French NGO Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Sanjay Sinha of M-CRIL Calls Overexuberant Growth “Recipe for Disaster” at European Microfinance Week Opening

This morning, following a day of member meetings, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) opened its eighth European Microfinance Week, which is themed “Combining Strength, Delivering Results” and aims to address the loss of confidence in many circles that microfinance benefits poor people. In the opening plenary session, Sanjay Sinha, managing director of India’s Micro Credit Rating International Limited (M-CRIL), said that, “Moderate growth is good for inclusion. Rampant growth, which is what we had for a long time in India, is a recipe for disaster…. In order to reduce growth, we need to temper the egos of the promoters of microfinance institutions (MFIs). And we all know we need to dampen the expectations of investors – I’m talking mainly of the Indian commercial banking sector.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Lack of Law and Order Causes Microfinance Institution (MFI) Ujjivan of India to Put Lending Operations on Hold in Parts of Bihar

Ujjivan Financial Services, a Bangalore-based microfinance institution (MFI), recently put its lending operations on hold in the districts Vaishali and Muzaffarpur in the Indian state of Bihar after an October attack on its customer relations officer, Achchhe Lal Prasad. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MiCRO, Fonkoze of Haiti to Make Insurance Payout to Women Microentrepreneurs in Wake of Tropical Storm Isaac

Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO), a reinsurance company based in Barbados, is due to make a payout of an undetermined amount to Fonkoze, a Haitian microfinance institution, to help female microentrepreneurs recover from Tropical Storm Isaac, which struck the country in August. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Development Bank Issues Partial Credit Guarantee of $2.4m to Microfin of Uruguay

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a US-based finance institution that provides funding to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other sectors, recently issued a partial credit guarantee of UYU 51.4 million (USD 2.41 million) to Microfin, a microfinance institution (MFI) that provides support to SMEs in Uruguay. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Backs Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest (CERSAI) of India

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, and the government-owned Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest (CERSAI) of India, are developing a database of collateral used to secure loans. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladesh to Establish Deposit Insurance Fund for Microfinance Institutions

The Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) of Bangladesh will reportedly create a security fund for the benefit depositors of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the country. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Microfinance Banana Skins 2012: The CSFI Survey of Microfinance Risk;” by David Lascelles and Sam Mendelson; published by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI)

By David Lascelles and Sam Mendelson, published by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, July 2012, 50 pages, available at: http://www.citigroup.com/citi/microfinance/data/news120628.pdf Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Financial Advisors on Sustainable Investing; Risk Management in Microfinance; Supply-Side Financial Inclusion Data

“Gateways to Impact: Industry Survey of Financial Advisors on Sustainable and Impact Investing;” published by Calvert Foundation; June 2012; 14 pages; available at: http://www.gatewaystoimpact.org/images/gatewaystoimpact.pdf Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Global Risk Forum Presents “4th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World – Pathways to a Resilient Society” and “Business Continuity through Integrative Risk Management”, August 26 – 31, 2012, Davos, Switzerland

Event Name: Fourth International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World – Pathways to a Resilient Society and Post-conference: Business Continuity through Integrative Risk Management – Prepare for the Unexpected in Times of International Crisis

Event Date: August 26 to August 31, 2012

Event Location: The Davos Congress Centre, Davos, Switzerland Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Amid Concerns of a Bubble In Kyrgyzstan, 94 Microfinance Institutions Are Shut Down, 31% of Borrowers Owe Multiple Loans

According to a quote attributed to Fatima Eshimbekova of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), MFIs in Kyrgyzstan have doubled their aggregate loan portfolio since 2010. Continue reading

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Absolute Portfolio Management Interviews CEO Nurhayrah Sadava of Microfinance Institution Thaneakea Phum in Cambodia (TPC) Regarding Client Protection Principles

The following text is re-posted with permission from Absolute Portfolio Management.

The microfinance industry has taken big steps forward in the last couple of years to better serve their clients. The Client Protection Principles for microfinance and the accompanying Smart Campaign have been introduced to protect clients, businesses, and the industry as a whole.

Austrian based asset manager Absolute Portfolio Management (APM) offers two “Dual Return – Vision Microfinance” funds, endorses the Smart Campaign and has incorporated the client protection principles into their investment criteria and due diligence. However, APM wanted to double-check how the Principles are employed at the microfinance institutions that the Vision Microfinance funds invest in. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Microfinance Bank (NMB) of Tanzania Boost Deposit Interest Rate to 10%

National Microfinance Bank (NMB), a microfinance institution backed by the government of Tanzania, is attempting to increase deposit levels by offering ten-percent interest rates to certain accountholders.  Continue reading

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