Category: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) of India Expands Allowable Microinsurance Agent Entity Types

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), the regulatory body of the insurance industry in India, recently issued a circular expanding the types of entities eligible to serve as microinsurance agents and clarifying existing regulations that bar multiple microinsurance agents from employing the same individuals. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Utkarsh Raises $3.7m in Equity from Aavishkaar Goodwell, International Finance Corporation, Norwegian Microfinance Initiative

Utkarsh Micro Finance Private Limited (Utkarsh), an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), reportedly has received an INR 200 million (USD 3.7 million) equity investment from Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI) Frontier Fund, which provides technical and financial support to “emerging” microfinance institutions under the management of the public-private partnership NMI; Aavishkaar Goodwell India Microfinance Development Company (AG), an Indo-Dutch for-profit investor in Indian MFIs; and the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Caspian Advisors Launches $40m Caspian Impact Investments (CII) Fund for Microfinance, Affordable Housing, Agriculture

Caspian Advisors Private Ltd., an Indian investment management and advisory services company specializing in the socially-responsible arena, recently launched the Caspian Impact Investments (CII) fund, which is targeted to raise USD 40 million for projects in the areas of microfinance, small business financing, affordable housing and agriculture. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tameer Microfinance, Pakistan Mercantile Exchange to Offer Gold-based Investment Product

Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited (TMFB), a Pakistani organization majority-held by Norwegian telecom Telenor, and Pakistan Mercantile Exchange Limited (PMEX), a Pakistani commodity exchange company owned by six stock exchanges and banks affiliated with the Pakistani government, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to offer a gold-based investment product. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to Implement Mobile Money Service via Post Offices

According to a statement attributed to Killi Kruparani, India’s minister of state for communications and information technology, a mobile money order service will be available at post offices in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh beginning in October 2013.  Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Social Performance in Nepal, Sharia-Compliant Financial Inclusion, Private Sector Employment

“State of Social Performance in Nepal;” by Mike Krell; published by Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX); March 2013; 10 pages; available at http://www.themix.org/publications/mix-microfinance-world/2013/03/Nepal-development-2013

This report from the US-based nonprofit Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) examines the social performance (SP) of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Nepal. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: China Microfinance Institution Association (CMIA) to Introduce Credit Rating System for Microfinance Institutions As Early As July 2013

The China Microfinance Institution Association (CMIA), an organization that advocates for the interests of 92 domestic member microfinance institutions (MFIs) covering 27 provinces, plans to introduce a credit rating system to evaluate MFIs as early as July.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Investors Commit $73m to as Yet Unapproved Government-backed India Inclusive Innovation Fund, Target Size is $918m

Undisclosed investors have reportedly committed approximately INR 4 billion (USD 73.4 million) to the India Inclusive Innovation Fund, a government-sponsored fund intended to provide capital to early-stage ventures serving low-income clients. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Microfinance Institution Satin Creditcare Sells 20% Equity Stake for $8m from Danish Microfinance Partners, MicroVest II, ShoreCap II; Lok Capital Exits

Indian microfinance institution (MFI) Satin Creditcare Network Limited recently raised INR 410 million (USD 7.5 million) by selling a stake of approximately 20 percent to three microfinance investment funds in undisclosed portions: Danish Microfinance Partners K/S (DMP), MicroVest II LP and ShoreCap II Limited. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MoneyGram, Globe Telecom to Offer Remittances at G-Xchange Outlets in the Philippines

MoneyGram, a U.S.-based money transfer company with 310,000 agent locations in 185 countries, reportedly has partnered with G-Xchange Incorporated (GXI), a subsidiary of Philippines-based Globe Telecom, to make funds sent via MoneyGram available to customers of GCash, GXI’s mobile micropayment system, at GXI retail outlets in the Philippines.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Acquires 15% Stake in National Bank of Vanuatu for $2.2m

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the commercial arm of the World Bank Group, recently paid USD 2.2 million to acquire a 15-percent stake in the National Bank of Vanuatu, a financial institution that offers traditional banking services, microfinance and rural banking services in Vanuatu. Continue reading

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