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Monday, October 10, 2011

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 »


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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 »


Monday, October 3, 2011

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 »


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

MICROFINANCE EVENT: African Microfinance Transparency (AMT) 2011 Investor’s Fair in Accra, Ghana, October 13 – 14

Event Name: The 2011 Investor’s Fair

Event Date: October 13 – October 14, 2011

Event Location: Hotel Alisa, Accra, Ghana

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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 »


Sunday, August 14, 2011

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 »


Saturday, August 13, 2011

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 »


Friday, July 22, 2011

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 »


Thursday, July 21, 2011

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 »


Monday, July 18, 2011

MICROFINANCE EVENT: MFTransparency Hosts “Uganda Data Launch Webinar” to Present Microloan Pricing Data, July 27, 2011

Event Name: MFTransparency Uganda Data Launch

Event Date: July 27, 2011, 10:00 am Eastern US Time EDT/5:00 pm Uganda time

Event Location: Online  Continue Reading »


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Fifth African Microfinance Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 19 – September 22, 2011

Event Name: 5th African Microfinance Conference

Event Date: September 19 to September 22, 2011

Event Location: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Protestant University of Congo Accepting Applications for Masters Degree in Microfinance

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, a private German university, in partnership with Protestant University of Congo, a post-secondary college based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is issuing a call for applications for a Masters in Microfinance offered at the Protestant University of Congo. Continue Reading »


Monday, June 20, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MFTransparency Announces First Microfinance Data Submissions for Ghana Transparent Pricing Initiative

MFTransparency, a US-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) that collects and publishes information on microcredit products and pricing, recently received the first submissions of loan data from ten Ghanaian microfinance institutions (MFIs) that are participating in its “Transparent Pricing Initiative in Ghana.” Continue Reading »


Thursday, June 16, 2011

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Fourth Annual Asia Network Summit, Manila, Philippines, July 26 – July 27, 2011

Event Name: Asia Network Summit 2011

Event Date: July 26 to July 27, 2011

Event Location: Manila, Philippines

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SKS Microfinance Reconsidering Business Strategy to Rebuild Reputation

SKS Microfinance, a microfinance institution (MFI) that serves groups of impoverished women in India, is reportedly considering new business growth avenues in an attempt to increase revenue and improve its reputation. Along with collateral-free loans, four new products would be offered: loans using gold as collateral, housing loans, loans to buy mobile phones and loans to local grocery stores in a supply arrangement with the cash-and-carry chain, Metro. “The pilot projects have been yielding very encouraging results,” says Vikram Akula, chairperson and founder of SKS Microfinance. Continue Reading »


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Vision Microfinance Subsidiary, VisionFund Cuts Paper Annual Report, Announces Loan Portfolio of $341m in Electronic Formats Including IPhone App

VisionFund, the microfinance subsidiary of US-based Christian relief organization World Vision, has released its 2010 annual review. VisionFund has cut back the size of its paper report in favor of presenting its annual review in multiple mediums such as online and through Apple’s app store for access via iPhone. Continue Reading »


Monday, June 13, 2011

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Rural and Microfinance in the Lower Mekong Region: Policies, Institutions, and Market Outcomes: by Binh T Nguyen, Robert Vogel; Published by Asian Development Bank (ADB)

By Binh T Nguyen and Robert Vogel, published by Asian Development Bank (ADB), 2011, 126 pages, available at: Continue Reading »


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: G20 SME (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise) Finance Online Consultations Being Held Through June 17, 2011

The G20 SME (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise) Finance Online Consultations are now ongoing through June 17 to help shape the policy recommendations of the SME Finance Sub-Group, which was launched as part of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion to improve access to financial services for the poor. The Group of Twenty (G20) was established in 1999 to bring together finance ministers and central bank governors of “systematically important” industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy. Continue Reading »