Category: Transparency

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: KCB Bank, GoSwiff Roll Out Mobile Payments Solution in Rwanda

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), a Kenya-based publicly-traded financial services company, and GoSwiff, a Singapore-based payment facilitation firm, recently rolled out a mobile payment solution for merchants in Rwanda. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Flexible Microloan Repayment Schedules in Bangladesh; Merchant Acceptance of Digital Payments in Developing Countries; Global Standard-setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion

“Cost-Benefit Analysis of Traditional Versus Flexible Microfinance in Bangladesh;” by S. Bairagi, W. Bin Shadat; published by the Copenhagen Consensus Center; May 2016;  32 pages; available at: http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/sites/default/files/bin_shadat_microfinance.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Microfinance Institution Ujjivan Goes Public, Raising $95m in Association With IPO

Ujjivan Financial Services, an Indian provider of microloans and life insurance, recently conducted its initial public offering (IPO), generating INR 3.6 billion (USD 54 million) from the sale of newly issued shares. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Loans $12m to Enda Tamweel of Tunisia

Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the overseas development agency of the French government, recently provided TNR 22.8 million (USD 12 million) in debt funding to Enda Tamweel, the agricultural and livestock microfinance division of Tunisia-based microfinance organization Enda Inter-Arabe. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Accion Venture Lab Invests in Alternative Credit Scoring Firm Aire

Accion, a US-based nonprofit providing microfinance services in 32 countries, recently announced that it will invest an undisclosed amount of money in Aire, a UK-based startup focused on credit score data analytics. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; April 13-15, 2016; Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Name: The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Event Dates: April 13-15, 2016

Event Location: The University of Oxford’s Said Business School; Oxford, United Kingdom Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Financing Necessary for SMEs to Grow; Microfinance Challenges in the Arab World; Incofin on MFIs’ Social Performance

“ADB Report: Asia SME Finance Monitor 2014;” by S. Shinozaki, T. Chaiken, S. Jain, K. Dorofev, C. T. Delos Santos and J. Bautista; published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB); September 2015; 318 pages; available at: http://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/173205/asia-sme-finance-monitor2014.pdf
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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) Extends Microinsurance Compliance Deadline to March 31, 2016

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), the government agency charged with overseeing the country’s insurance market, recently announced that it has extended the deadline for insurance companies to withdraw non-compliant microinsurance products from their portfolios to March 31, 2016. 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: Maria Cavalcanti to Serve as New CEO, President of Pro Mujer

Pro Mujer, a US-based nonprofit that provides healthcare, training and financial services to women in Latin America, recently appointed Maria Cavalcanti as its President and CEO. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Sa-Dhan, Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) Revise Code of Conduct

Sa-Dhan, an India-based association of 214 microlenders and other financial institutions, and the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a trade association of 48 Indian microfinance lenders, recently launched a revised code of conduct. 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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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Global Financial Development Report 2015/2016,” Published by the World Bank

“Global Financial Development Report 2015/2016,” published by the World Bank, September 2015, 211 pages, available at http://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/gfdr/report Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: United Nations Development Program (UNDP); United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Support Bank of Sierra Leone in Launching Mobile Financial Services Guidelines

The Bank of Sierra Leone, the central bank of the country, has partnered with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), a member of the UN that invests knowledge and other resources into developing countries, and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), a UN agency that works to increase access to microfinance and other forms of capital in developing countries, to launch the first mobile financial services guidelines in Sierra Leone [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FinMark Trust, Centre for Financial Regulation & Inclusion, The MasterCard Foundation to Create “insight2impact” Data Facility to Assess Banking Needs of Poor People

The FinMark Trust, a nonprofit that promotes financial inclusion and regional financial integration; the Centre for Financial Regulation & Inclusion (CENFRI), a nonprofit affiliated with FinMark Trust; and The MasterCard Foundation, a Canadian organization founded by the US-based payments firm MasterCard, recently have announced that they will launch a joint data facility named “insight2impact” (i2i). Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Microfinance Egypt Summit, March 23-24, 2016, Cairo, Egypt

Event Name: Microfinance Egypt Summit

Event Dates: March 23-24, 2016

Event Location: The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo, Egypt Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank India (RBI) Eases Microfinance Interest Rate Norm to Allow Cheaper Loans to Members of Scheduled Castes (SC) Earning Less than $2.50 Per Day

The Reserve Bank India (RBI), the nation’s central banking authority, has eased the maximum allowance of a variance of 4 percent between minimum and maximum interest rates on loans by microfinance institutions (MFIs) in order to encourage the provision of cheaper loans to those members of Scheduled Castes (SC), historically disadvantaged people in India, who earn less than double the international poverty line defined by the United Nations (UN) as USD 1.25 per day. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Legislation for Client Protection; Consumer Satisfaction in India; Women’s Financial Inclusion Data

“Client Protection Principles: Model Law and Commentary for Financial Consumer Protection;” published by the Microfinance CEO Working Group; April 2015; 66 pages; available at: http://microfinanceceoworkinggroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CPP-Model-Laws-April-2015.pdf

This publication offers guidelines for creating legislation to protect low-income consumers of financial services. Continue reading

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