Category: Transparency

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ethiopia’s Wasasa Microfinance, Poverty Eradication and Community Empowerment (PEACE), Metemamen, Harbu, Digaf Microfinance Submit Pricing Data to MFTransparency

MicroFinance Transparency (MFTransparency), an NGO based in the United States that publishes information on microcredit products and pricing, has reported to MicroCapital that Wasasa Microfinance, Poverty Eradication and Community Empowerment (PEACE), Metemamen, Harbu and Digaf Microfinance submitted microloan pricing data to MFTransparency as part of its “Transparent Pricing Initiative in Ethiopia”. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Commission Publishes “European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision”

The European Commission (EC), the executive body of the European Union (EU), has recently published the “European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision” that provides guidelines and standards to microcredit stakeholders in the EU to support the sector in “facing the challenges of accessing long-term finance, maintaining and raising the quality of services and moving towards sustainability” [1] [2]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Reports Microfinance Loan Disbursements Increased 24% in First Half of 2011

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria’s banking authority, has released an economic report indicating that microfinance banks (MFBs) have increased their loan distribution volume in the first half of the year by 24 percent to NGN 65.5 billion (USD 411 million) compared to NGN 52.9 billion for the period ending December 2010. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) Launches Fee-Based “MIX Silver”

The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), a US-based nonprofit organization that publishes financial and social performance information from microfinance stakeholders, recently announced the launch of a fee-based service that offers the ability to: create a personalized dashboard to track real-time changes in microfinance markets; build virtual microfinance institution portfolios for analysis; access benchmarking and aggregation tools; and access all interim and annual data for approximately 2,000 MFIs in the MIX database [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Investor Developing World Markets (DWM) Aligns Social Scorecard with Impact and Reporting Investment Standards (IRIS); Announces Staff Changes

US-based asset manager and investment bank Developing World Markets (DWM) has recently announced that it has expanded and redesigned its proprietary social scorecard to align it with the Impact and Reporting Investment Standards (IRIS), an initiative of the US-based nonprofit Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) to create a common framework for defining, tracking and reporting the performance of for-profit investment intended to solve social and environmental problems [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroFinanza Rating, MicroRate, Planet Rating Sign Microfinance Rating Agency Code of Conduct, Sanjay Sinha of Micro-Credit Ratings International (M-CRIL) Criticizes Commercial Rating Agencies as “Too Liberal” with Microfinance Institutions

Three providers of institutional, performance and social ratings of microfinance institutions (MFIs), MicroFinanza Rating of Italy, US-based MicroRate and French Planet Rating, recently signed the Microfinance Rating Agency Code of Conduct. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: LuxFLAG Grants Microfinance Label to Microfinance Enhancement Facility, Selectum, Etimos Fund, Dual Return Fund Vision Microfinance Local Currency; Renews Label for Six Other Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIVs)

The Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency (LuxFLAG), a microfinance institution vehicle (MIV) certification organization, has recently granted the LuxFLAG Microfinance Label, which reassures investors that MIVs actually invest in the sector, to four MIVs for the first time: Microfinance Enhancement Facility SA SICAV-SIF, Selectum SICAV-SIF, Etimos Fund SICAV-SIF and Dual Return Fund SICAV-SIF Vision Microfinance Local Currency. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: MFTransparency, Agence Française de Développement, UN Capital Development Fund, Luxembourg Cooperation, African Microfinance Network, CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) to Host African Microfinance Pricing Transparency Leadership Forum, October 5-7, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya

Event Name: African Microfinance Pricing Transparency Leadership Forum

Event Date: October 5 – October 7, 2011

Event Location: Nairobi, Kenya Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 25% of Microfinance Borrowers Use Part of Enterprise Loan Proceeds for Consumption, According to Study by Dean Karlan, Jonathan Zinman

In a recent paper, “List Randomization for Sensitive Behavior: An Application for Measuring Use of Loan Proceeds,” researchers Dean Karlan and Jonathan Zinman put forth data indicating that enterprise microloan borrowers tend to underreport the percentage of the loan, if any,  that they use for non-business purposes such as household expenses [1] [2]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Chuck Waterfield of MFTransparency Explores Ideas to Make Microfinance Prices More Transparent

Mr Chuck Waterfield, founder and CEO of MFTransparency (MFT), a US-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) that collects and publishes information on microcredit products and pricing, recently contributed to the CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) blog to suggest ideas for regulations that could encourage more transparent pricing in microfinance [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MFTransparency, Mozambican Association of Microfinance Operators (AMOMIF) Launch Transparent Pricing Initiative in Mozambique

MFTransparency, a US-based nongovernmental organization that provides information on credit products and pricing, recently announced plans to expand its Transparent Pricing Initiative to Mozambique with the objective of collecting and publishing pricing data for microfinance products offered in the country and providing financial literacy training to microfinance clients. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: New Criteria Announced for Social Performance Reporting Awards from CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Ford Foundation, Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX)

The Social Performance Reporting Awards, instituted in 2009 to recognize microfinance institutions (MFIs) committed to “transparent social performance monitoring and management,” recently announced that this year, in addition to promoting MFIs on the basis on transparency, the award will also recognize “good practices in social performance management” [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) Releases Proposed “Universal Standards for Social Performance” in Microfinance

The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), an initiative set up in 2005 to improve the social performance management of microfinance institutions, released its proposed Universal Standards for Social Performance at its recent annual meeting in the Netherlands. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: African Development Bank (AfDB), Spain Launch Microfinance Capacity Building Fund for Africa, Offering Funding Through Request for Proposals

The African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral financial institution, and the government of Spain have established the Microfinance Capacity Building Fund for Africa in an effort to strengthen the continent’s financial sector. Continue reading

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