MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroFinanza Rating Issues 8 Institutional, Social, Client-protection Credentials to Microfinance Institutions in Asia, Latin America

During June, Italy’s MicroFinanza Rating (MFR) issued four microfinance institutional ratings. Ecuador’s Insotec earned a rating of BBB with a stable outlook.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Papua New Guinea Sets Gender Equity, Social Inclusion Policy for Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), in partnership with the Philippines-based Asian Development Bank (ADB), the government of Australia and the PNG-based Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion (CEFI), recently released a gender equity and social inclusion policy for microfinance institutions in PNG.

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Financial Literacy, Gender Disparity in the Solomon Islands; Savings Groups’ Impact in Ghana, Malawi, Uganda; Financial Inclusion Survey in Vanuatu

“Case Study: SolTuna – Tuna Processing, Solomon Islands;” published by the International Finance Corporation; September 2016; 20 pages; available at:
http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/d4561543-cc39-4a9d-9963-26eb5ab4169c/soltuna_updated_May2017.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

This case study investigates the connections between financial literacy and the reduction of absenteeism and other problems at SolTuna, a tuna processing plant in the Solomon Islands.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC, FMO, SBI-FMO Invest $22m in Equity in Sri Lanka’s Sanasa Development Bank

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group; the government-backed Netherlands Development Finance Company (which is also known by its Dutch acronym FMO); and Singapore-based SBI-FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund recently placed equity investments totaling USD 22 million in Sri Lankan-based Sanasa Development Bank (SDB Bank).

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFAD, Cambodian Government, Private Sector Investing $60m in Microfinance, Infrastructure Program to Help 15k Farming Families Expand Operations

The government of Cambodia recently announced it has commenced the first phase of a project intended to aid 15,000 small-scale farming families in growing their operations by “building infrastructure to help farmers, and offering special microfinance deals.”

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Solomon Islands’ National Provident Fund Launches youSave Retirement Savings Plan for Self-employed With Support from UN’s PFIP

The National Provident Fund, a government-backed retirement trust in the Solomon Islands, recently launched youSave, a savings plan designed to help self-employed islanders establish and contribute to retirement accounts as do “formally employed” citizens.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Invest $1.5b in Infrastructure, Microfinance, SMEs Over 5 Years

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of US-based World Bank Group, recently agreed to launch a multifaceted project in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a development institution of the Japanese government.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Women Leverage Microfinance to Create Agribusinesses in Fushun, China

From 2010 through 2017, the city of Fushun, in northeastern China, invested CNY 2.8 billion (USD 406 million) in a subsidized microcredit program for agriculture, reaching 57,000 female entrepreneurs, primarily those whose husbands live elsewhere for work.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFU, Finnfund, Danish Family Office Invest $8m in BOPA for Asian Microfinance

Base of Pyramid Asia (BOPA), a microfinance investment company in Singapore, recently informed MicroCapital that it has raised a total of USD 8 million in equity funding from the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), which is owned by the Danish government; the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation (Finnfund), which is backed by the Finnish government; and a Danish family office.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Water.org Launches WaterCredit Investment Fund 3 to Facilitate Access to Sanitation, Clean Water in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines

WaterEquity, the “social impact investment” subsidiary of US-based NGO Water.org, recently launched the WaterCredit Investment Fund 3 with the goal of raising USD 50 million to “invest in enterprises serving water and sanitation needs among the world’s poor.”

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Hedge Fund Route One Buys 0.88% Equity Stake in India’s Bharat Financial Inclusion for $15m

US-based Route One Fund I LP recently spent approximately INR 990 million (USD 15.4 million) to purchase 0.88 percent of the shares of Bharat Financial Inclusion, a for-profit non-banking microfinance institution (MFI) in India, via an open market transaction.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sri Lankans Urge Government to Allow Microfinance Institutions to Offer Microinsurance, Access Credit Information Bureau

M M Attanayake, the president of the 71-member Lanka Microfinance Practitioners’ Association (LMFPA), recently urged policymakers to amend existing law to allow microfinance institutions (MFIs) to offer microinsurance.

MICROFINANCE BRIEF: Pakistan’s Khushhali Microfinance Bank Borrows $20m from ADB for Farmers, MSMEs

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a Philippines-based multilateral institution, recently announced it will loan USD 20 million to Khushhali Microfinance Bank Limited of Pakistan to “expand access to credit for agriculture-related borrowers and small businesses.”

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Microfinance Pasifika’s Financial Inclusion Innovation Summit; August 29-31, 2017; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Event Name: Financial Inclusion Innovation Summit 2017

Event Date: August 29 – 31, 2017

Event Location: Stanley Hotel, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Summary of Event: Previously known as Pacific Microfinance Week, this summit will address topics such as wealth creation, accelerating access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises, how to ensure customer needs are being met

MICROFINANCE EVENT: 3rd Sankalp Southeast Asia Summit; September 19 – 20, 2017; Jakarta, Indonesia

Event Name: Third Sankalp Southeast Asia Summit 2017: Local Problems, Global Solutions

Event Date: September 19 – September 20, 2017

Event Location: Hotel Bidakara; Jakarta, Indonesia

Summary of Event: The focus of the summit is to “strengthen Southeast Asia’s entrepreneurship ecosystem,” and the theme of this year’s iteration is “Local Problems, Global Solutions.” Discussions will address topics such as policy, health, energy, financial services and agriculture.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroFinanza Rating Announces Client Protection Certifications, Ratings in Asia, LAC

During May 2017, Italy’s MicroFinanza Rating (MFR), under license from the US-based Smart Campaign, determined that Kyrgyzstan’s Kompanion Bank and FINCA Pakistan have complied with the certification standards derived from the Smart Campaign’s seven client protection