Category: Risks

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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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: Indian Microfinance Institution Basix Sees Assets Fall from $326m to $22m

Indian microfinance institution (MFI) Basix, also known as Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited, now reportedly has INR 124 crore (USD 22.37 million) in assets compared to the INR 1,808 crore (USD 326 million) it in September 2010. The number of borrowers from Basix has fallen to 200,000 from 1.74 million during same time period. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladesh Finance Minister: Management Structures in Microfinance Sector Too Dependent on Founders

Bangladesh Finance Minister A M A Muhith reportedly has urged microfinance institutions (MFIs) to adjust their management structures to ensure that the organizations do not destabilize due to the death of a founder. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of Ghana (BoG) Expected to Shut Down Unlicensed Microfinance Institutions MEDLORM Microfinance Limited, African Guarantee Trust, Abbey Cash Microfinance Limited, Swift Financial Services

The Bank of Ghana (BoG), Ghana’s central bank authority, reportedly is expected to halt the operations of four unlicensed microfinance institutions (MFIs): MEDLORM Microfinance Limited, African Guarantee Trust, Abbey Cash Microfinance Limited and Swift Financial Services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Launches Investigation into Managers, Directors of Distressed Microfinance Banks

The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), an agency of the federal government of Nigeria, reportedly has launched an investigation into the NGN 7 billion (USD 44.4 million) owed to the 103 bankrupt microfinance banks (MFBs) by their managers and directors. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Report: “Bosnia’s Microfinance Meltdown” Attributed to Accounting Control Fraud by Microfinance Institution (MFI) Managers

In a recent story on New Economic Perspectives, a website offering policy advice and economic analysis, William K Black comments on David Roodman’s article in the Washington Post, “Microcredit doesn’t end poverty, despite all the hype,” which was published on March 11, 2012. Continue reading

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