Category: Technology

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ADA, formerly known as Appui au Développement Autonome, Belgian Raiffeisen Foundation, CERISE Launch Interface Integrating SPI-4, MFI Factsheet on Microfact Website

ADA, formerly known as Appui au Développement Autonome; Belgian Raiffeisen Foundation; and Comité d’Echange, de Réflexion et sur les Systèmes d’Epargne-Crédit (CERISE) recently partnered to integrate the Social Performance Indicators 4 (SPI-4) and MFI Factsheet programs, which can be accessed through Microfact, an online platform that offers tools and workshops intended to improve the performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cignifi, Equifax to Generate Credit Scores Based on Mobile Phone Usage in Latin America

Cignifi, a US-based provider of information technology, and Equifax, a US-based consumer credit reporting agency, recently announced a “multi-year partnership” to offer credit scores in Latin America. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Kreditech Raises $104m from Amadeus, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Peter Thiel, Previous Investors for Monedo Online Lending Platform

Kreditech, a German financial technology company, recently announced that it raised EUR 10 million (USD 11.2 million) as part of its Series C funding round from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, to invest mainly in its Monedo platform, which provides on-line banking products to consumers in both emerging and developed markets. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Mobile Money in Africa; Doing Business in Kyrgyzstan; Digitalization of Kenya’s Premier Credit

“Mobile Money Momentum in Four African Countries;” published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); December 2015; 101 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/news/new-data-cgap-sets-benchmark-use-mobile-financial-services Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: MFI Client Satisfaction and Consumer Protection in Peru; Mobile Microfinance Users Predicted to Triple by 2020; Mobilizing Savings Through Agency Banking

“Voice of the Client: An analysis of client satisfaction and consumer protection across four microfinance institutions in Peru,” by J. Foelster, A. Pierantozzi, M. Pistelli; published by the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) in collaboration with Hivos People Unlimited; February 2016; 31 pages; available at: http://www.themix.org/sites/default/files/Voice%20of%20the%20Client%20Peru_0.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Telenor Pakistan Acquires Additional 49% Equity Stake in Tameer Microfinance Bank, Bringing Its Ownership to 100%

Telenor Pakistan, a subsidiary of Norway-based telecom provider Telenor Group, recently bought additional shares of the Tameer Microfinance Bank, a Pakistan-based provider of microfinance services, increasing its stake from 51 percent to 100 percent. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CAF Development Bank of Latin America to Promote Billetera Movil (BIM) of Asociacion de Bancos del Peru (ASBANC)

CAF Development Bank of Latin America, a Venezuela-based multilateral financial institution formerly known as the Corporacion Andina de Fomento, recently announced that it will support the Asociacion de Bancos del Peru (ASBANC) Financial Studies Center, a Peruvian-based trade organization with 23 members, by promoting its Billetera Móvil (BIM) digital payment system through financial education and other services. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SimbaPay Enables Remittances to Kenya, Nigeria from 5 Additional European Countries

SimbaPay, a UK-based digital money transfer service, recently announced it is expanding its money transfer service to France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: GSMA Launching “Connected Women Commitment” to Extend Mobile Money, Internet Usage Among Women

The GSM Association (GSMA), a coordinating group for telecoms operating under the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) standard, recently announced that it and its members are launching the “Connected Women Commitment” with the goal of lessening the “mobile gender gap” [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Stellar, Oradian Set Up Payment Transfer Network Among Rural Nigerian Microfinance Institutions

Stellar, a US-based nonprofit technology provider, and Oradian, a Croatia-based software developer serving financial organizations in West Africa, are setting up a “payment transfer network” to connect rural Nigerian microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mobile Phone Service Provider Tigo Tanzania Launching Tigo Nivushe Microlending Product

Tigo Tanzania, a brand of Swedish telecom provider Millicom, recently announced the launch of a “nano-lending product” named Tigo Nivushe. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: “Mifos Tech Days 2016 – Innovation for Innovators” to Examine Implementation of Open Source Microbanking Information System Mifos, March 8-11, 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Event Name: Mifos Tech Days 2016 – “Innovation for Innovators”

Event Dates: March 8-11, 2016

Event Location: Volkshotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Visa, China Foundation for Development of Financial Education, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to Promote Financial Literacy, Education

Visa Incorporated, a US-based payment technology company, recently announced partnerships with two organizations to promote financial inclusion in China: the China Foundation for Development of Financial Education (CFDFE), which is affiliated with China’s central bank, and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), a government-backed organization. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: ING’s Billion to Gain: Geographic Variations in Microfinance Impact; Indian Mobile Wallet Market Growth; Profiting From Financial Inclusion

“A Billion to Gain? Microfinance Clients Are Not Cut from the Same Cloth,” by G. Hieminga, R. Budjhawan, S. Eriksen, I. Unger; published by ING Bank; November 2015; 8 pages; available at: http://www.ingcb.com/insights/research/microfinance-emancipating-the-worlds-poorest Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s SKS Microfinance Seeks to Go Paperless with IBM MobileFirst Tablet System

SKS Microfinance Limited, a for-profit microfinance institution (MFI) headquartered in Hyderabad, India, recently partnered with IBM MobileFirst, the mobile division of US-based information technology company International Business Machines (IBM), in an effort to improve staff productivity in acquiring customers, completing loan disbursements and collecting repayments [1][2]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Omidyar Network Leads Investment in eCurrency Mint to Support Technology That Enables Central Banks in Issuing Digital Currency

Omidyar Network, a US-based  investment firm, recently made an investment of undisclosed amount in eCurrency Mint (eCM), an Ireland-based company that has developed a technology that enables central banks to issue digital currency, called eCurrency. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: M-Kopa Solar Raises $19m in Private Equity Investment to Expand Pay-As-You-Go Model in East Africa

M-Kopa Solar, a Kenya-based “pay-as-you-go” solar energy supplier for homes in Africa that do not have traditional electricity connections, has raised KES 2 billion (USD 19 million) in an equity round led by London-based Generation Investment Management LLP. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Payment Aspects of Financial Inclusion” Prepared for the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), World Bank Group

“Payment Aspects of Financial Inclusion,” prepared for Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the World Bank Group, September 2015, 69 pages, available at: https://consultations.worldbank.org/consultation/payment-aspects-financial-inclusion

This report delineates the role of payment and settlement services – the mechanisms in place to facilitate electronic monetary transactions – in expanding formal financial access to people with low incomes in the developing world. Continue reading

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