Category: Technology

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Safaricom, Vodafone, Commercial Bank of Africa Launch M-Shwari, Offering Mobile Access to Savings and Loans in Kenya

Safaricom, a Kenyan mobile network provider; Vodafone, a British telecommunications company; and the Kenya-based Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) reportedly have partnered to launch a new service called M-Shwari for Safaricom customers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: US-based MoreMagic, Splash Expand Mobile Money Services in Sierra Leone

Splash Mobile Money Limited, a mobile financial service provider based in Sierra Leone, and MoreMagic Solutions, a US-based technology provider that developed Splash’s service platform, have extended the Splash network in Sierra Leone with the addition of DStv, a satellite television network in the country; Access Bank and Ecobank Microfinance, two commercial banks; and a network of 50 rural banks set up by both the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Agriculture. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: African Development Bank (AfDB) Microfinance Capacity Building Fund (MCBF) Offering up to $500k per Institution

The African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral institution that provides loans and grants to governments and private companies in Africa, recently announced its second call for proposals for the Microfinance Capacity Building Fund (MCBF), which was launched by AfDB and the government of Spain to expand the outreach of the African financial sector. Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: European Microfinance Platform Remittances Action Group, GIZ, PHB Development Release Handbook: “Financial Literacy for Remittances and Diaspora Investments”

This afternoon, the Remittances Action Group of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) met to share member experiences, plan future action steps and announce the release of the “Financial Literacy for Remittances and Diaspora Investments” handbook. The document, which is the first of three planned outputs to be completed by the group, was published by German bilateral development agency GIZ, with participation from PHB Development, a Belgium-based consulting firm, and e-MFP, which is a Luxembourg-based membership organization. As the handbook was released as a compact disc and on paper, it is not available online other than via the above link as of today. Details on the other proceedings of the meeting, such as the other planned outputs of the Remittance Action Group and news from action group members, are slated for publication by MicroCapital in a separate brief. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Applied Industrial Logic Adds Microinsurance Capabilities to Open-source Software “OpenQuote”

Applied Industrial Logic (AIL), UK-based information technology company specializing in serving the insurance market, recently informed MicroCapital that it is currently building OpenQuote 2.0, an open-source software package with features intended to be of particular interest to microinsurance firms including microinsurance-specific policy administration, claims management, reporting and distribution channel support. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Vodafone’s M-Pesa Mobile Money Service to Expand International Options with HomeSend Partnership

Vodafone, a UK-based telecommunications company, and Safaricom, a Kenya-based cell phone service provider, reportedly plan to expand its mobile money program M-Pesa by linking it with HomeSend, a Belgian-based service that increases the inter-compatibility of money transfer systems. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Council of Credit Unions, Boom Financial to Offer Mobile Banking to Credit Unions Worldwide

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), a US-based trade association and support organization for credit unions, and Boom Financial, a US-based mobile banking, payments and money transfer provider, have partnered in an effort to assist credit unions worldwide in offering mobile banking services to their customers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Appui au Developpement Autonome, BSB, Confederation des Institutions Financieres Partner on Microinsurance in West Africa

Appui au Developpement Autonome (ADA), a Luxembourg-based nonprofit organisation, recently partnered with Confédération des Institutions Financières (CIF), a Burkina-Faso-based association of six West African savings cooperatives, to implement microinsurance projects across five countries in West Africa. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: YuMobile, MicroEnsure, Jubilee Insurance Partner to Offer Life, Disability Insurance to Mobile Subscribers in Kenya

YuMobile, a Kenyan mobile phone service provider; MicroEnsure, a UK-based subsidiary of Opportunity International; and Jubilee Insurance, a Kenyan insurance provider, recently partnered to offer life and disability insurance called yuCover for yuMobile’s pre-pay subscribers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Milaap, e27 to Launch Crowdfunded Entrepreneurship Fund for Microenterprise in India

Milaap, an online microlending platform with offices in Singapore and Bangalore, India, reportedly has partnered with e27, a Singapore-based media organization, to launch a crowdfunded entrepreneurship development fund with a target size of SGD 50,000 (USD 40,700). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: GATE Global Impact, Unismart Capital Software to Unite Investing Platform, “Fundingroadmap” Reporting Software

Global Alternative Trading Engine (GATE) Global Impact, an internet-based impact investing platform that is part of US-based GATE Technologies, and Unismart Capital Software, an India-based financial software provider, have established a partnership to integrate their technologies to increase transparency and reporting related to due diligence. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EBay, Grameen Foundations Partner to Launch Mobile Marketplace, Transaction Platform to Increase Financial Inclusion in Indonesia

The eBay Foundation, the charitable arm of US-based online marketplace eBay, and Grameen Foundation, a US-based nonprofit that aims to increase financial and technological opportunities for people in poor countries, have announced a partnership to design and launch two technology services intended to increase financial access in Indonesia. Continue reading

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