Category: Trends/Challenges

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microfinance Apexes; Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic; Selling Microinsurance

A New Look at Microfinance Apexes;” by Sarah Forster, et al; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); July 2012; 26 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/p/site/c/template.rc/1.9.58459/ Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL PAPER WRAP-UP: “Youth’s Financial Inclusion Policy Reform Study;” by Yassir Ahmed Hassan Jamie; published by MDG Achievement Fund; Microfinance Unit, Central Bank of Sudan; United Nations Development Programme

By Yassir Ahmed Hassan Jamie, published by MDG (Millennium Development Goals) Achievement Fund; Microfinance Unit, Central Bank of Sudan; United Nations Development Programme, May 2012, 103 pages, available at http://www.microfinancegateway.org/gm/document-1.9.57618/Youth%20Financial%20Inclusion%20Policy%20Reform%20Study%20FINAL.pdf Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Financing Small Enterprises: What Role for Microfinance Institutions?”; by Jasmina Glisovic and Meritxell Martinez; published by CGAP

By Jasmina Glisovic and Meritxell Martinez, published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), July 2012, 12 pages, available at: http://www.cgap.org/gm/document-1.9.58676/FN81.pdf Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microfinance Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean; Livestock Insurance in India; Using “Digital Footprints” to Boost Financial Inclusion

Latin American and the Caribbean Microfinance Market Trends 2006-2011;” by Renso Martinez Ramirez; published by Microfinance Information Exchange; June 2012; 22 pages; available at: http://www.themix.org/publications/mix-microfinance-world/2012/06/latin-american-and-caribbean-microfinance-market-trends- Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Extends Credit Line to Turkey’s Vakiflar Bankasi (Vakifbank) Worth $25m

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a UK-based development finance institution established in 1991, has funded small and medium-scale agribusiness in Turkey with a credit line for Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi (Vakifbank) in Turkish lira (TRL) equivalent to USD 24.7 million. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) of India Proposes Shop Owners be Allowed to Sell Microinsurance

India’s Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) reportedly has proposed in a draft set of Micro Insurance Regulations that propose shop owners should be allowed to sell microinsurance in order to increase the usage of insurance. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sierra Leone Association of Commercial Banks, Central Bank of Sierra Leone, Sasikom Capital Partner to Promote Financial Inclusion

The Sierra Leone Association of Commercial Banks (SLACB); the Central Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL, in French); and Sasikom Capital Partners, a private consulting firm, have created a partnership to promote financial inclusion in Sierra Leone through a national survey and public engagement campaign. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund Places $5m in Equity in Fund for Mexican SMEs

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), an autonomous fund that was founded in 1993 by the US-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has made a USD 5 million equity investment in Mexico Development Fund I (MDF-I), a venture capital fund focused on small and medium-sized Mexican businesses providing education, financial or retail services. MDF-I is managed by PC Capital Partners, a financial services firm based in Mexico.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Seeks Comment on “Massive Campaign” Proposed as part of Draft National Strategy for Financial Education

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has proposed a draft National Strategy for Financial Education. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Opal Financial Group Presents “European Alternative & Institutional Investing Summit,” October 1-3, 2012, Le Meridien Beach Plaza, Monte Carlo, Monaco

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Janalakshmi Financial Services Offers JanaOne “One-Stop” Shopping to Long-Term Customers

Janalakshmi Financial Services, an Indian microfinance institution based in Bangalore, recently launched the JanaOne initiative, aimed at providing customers a “one-stop-shop” for all their financial needs.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Myanmar Caps Microloan Interest Rates at 17%, Germany’s Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC), Philippine’s CARD Fund Mingalar Myanmar, Myanmar Egress Microfinance Projects

Sparkassenstiftung fuer internationale Kooperation (Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation, SBFIC), a development organization that finances microfinance institutions (MFIs), and the Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), an MFI in the Philippines, recently signed deals to begin microfinance projects with Mingalar Myanmar and Myanmar Egress, two NGOs in Myanmar. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigerian Stock Exchange Lists Fortis Microfinance Bank with Market Capitalization of $50m

Fortis Microfinance Bank, headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria, has joined the Nigerian Stock Exchange, increasing the exchange’s market capitalization by NGN 8.15 billion (USD 50.8 million).  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microloans in Namibia Grew an “Alarming” 34% in 2011 to $183m

According to a report attributed to the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA), a regulatory body under the Namibian Ministry of Finance, microloans disbursed in Namibia grew by 34 percent during 2011, reaching a total amount of NAD 1.5 billion (USD 183 million). Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Microfinance Banana Skins 2012: The CSFI Survey of Microfinance Risk;” by David Lascelles and Sam Mendelson; published by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI)

By David Lascelles and Sam Mendelson, published by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, July 2012, 50 pages, available at: http://www.citigroup.com/citi/microfinance/data/news120628.pdf Continue reading

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