Category: Risks

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) Requires SKS Microfinance to Lend Only Outside Andhra Pradesh

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), a governmental loan wholesaler to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India, has reportedly required that SKS Microfinance Limited (SKS), an Indian MFI, use proceeds of a recent SIDBI loan for on-lending outside of the state of Andhra Pradesh [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SKS Microfinance Founder Vikram Akula Says “Yunus Was Right” About Dangers of Private Investment to Microborrowers

Vikram Akula, the founder of Indian for-profit microfinance institution (MFI) SKS Microfinance Limited, reportedly acknowledged that Dr Muhammad Yunus was “right” about the challenges of “bringing private capital into social enterprise.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Appoints Debt Recovery Agents to Seek Repayments Owed Microfinance Institutions in Liquidation

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), an agency of the federal government of Nigeria, has reportedly appointed debt recovery agents (DRAs) for microfinance banks (MFBs) in liquidation to recover “debts owed to the 103 closed MFBs nationwide.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Credit Bureau, MiDAS, Launched by Microfinance Institutions in Philippines

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) Taytay Sa Kauswagan Incorporated (TSKI), Opportunity Kauswagan Bank, CARD Bank, CARD NGO, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Incorporated, Ahon Sa Hirap and ASA Philippines signed a memorandum of agreement creating the Microfinance Data Sharing System (MiDAS) in January of this year after an initial pilot phase in 2011 [1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Role Reversal Revisited, Microinsurance Profitability Business Case, Trends in Cross-Border Funding

Role Reversal Revisited,” by Damian von Stauffenberg and Daniel Rozas, published by MicroRate, 2011, 22 pages, available at http://microrate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Role-Reversal-Revisited-…

This paper reviews the roles of development finance institutions (DFIs) and private lenders in funding microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: “Paris Appeal for Responsible Microfinance” by Convergences 2015 Reaches 600 Signatories

Convergences 2015, a nonprofit based in France that focuses on poverty elimination, is promoting the “Paris Appeal for Responsible Microfinance” in an effort to slow the commercialization of microfinance, arguing that it is inconsistent with development and inclusive finance. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cambodian Government: Microfinance Interest Rates of Up to 50 Percent Threaten Loss of Land, “Social Instability”

Cambodian government officials reportedly are looking to negotiate down the interest rates on microfinance loans, arguing that current rates are unsustainable for the country’s rural farming population and that defaults are causing many farmers to become landless. [1] Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Preferring Sector-Wide Solution, Reserve Bank of India Refuses to Classify Restructured Loans as Performing Assets for Microfinance Institutions BASIX, Sharada’s Women’s Association for Weaker Section (SWAWS)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s central banking authority, has refused to give a special exemption to commercial banks, that include HDFC Bank, Corporation Bank and Axis Bank, to restructure loans outstanding to microfinance providers BASIX Group and Sharada’s Women’s Association for Weaker Section (SWAWS) Credit Corporation India Private Limited under a classification other than as non-performing assets [1] [2]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Bank Agents: Risk Management, Mitigation, and Supervision;” by Kate Lauer, Denise Dias, Michael Tarazi; Published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)

By Kate Lauer, Denise Dias and Michael Tarazi; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); December 2011; 24 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/p/site/c/template.rc/1.9.55781/ Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 48 Tanzanian Microfinance Institutions Adopt Code of Conduct Covering Transparency, Client Protection

The Tanzania Association of Microfinance Institutions (TAMFI) has announced that 48 of its member microfinance institutions (MFIs) have adopted a code of conduct. Winnie Terry, TAMFI Executive Secretary, was quoted as having said, “With this code of conduct, TAMFI members are expected to take a leading role to deliver high quality and responsible financial services to the community. The code is intended to make Microfinance Institutions become more responsive to the clients they serve.” Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microfinance Product Diversification, Over-indebtedness in Kosovo, Social Inclusion

“Making Microfinance Work: Managing Product Diversification” by Cheryl Frankiewicz, Craig Churchill; published by the International Labour Organization (ILO); December 2011; 612 pages; available for a fee at http://www.ilo.org/global/publications/ilo-bookstore/order-online/books/…  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Microfinance Institutions Shift from Lending Mostly to Women Towards Relatively Gender-Balanced Portfolio, Reports Elena Bridgers in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Elena Bridgers, a social researcher based in France, recently authored an article on the website of the US-based Stanford Social Innovation Review exploring the shift of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India from a primarily “female client base” to a more “gender-balanced portfolio” [1]. Continue reading

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