Category: Trends/Challenges

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Global Risk Forum Presents “4th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World – Pathways to a Resilient Society” and “Business Continuity through Integrative Risk Management”, August 26 – 31, 2012, Davos, Switzerland

Event Name: Fourth International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World – Pathways to a Resilient Society and Post-conference: Business Continuity through Integrative Risk Management – Prepare for the Unexpected in Times of International Crisis

Event Date: August 26 to August 31, 2012

Event Location: The Davos Congress Centre, Davos, Switzerland Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Hanson Wade Presents “Investment & Innovation in Microfinance: Africa”, September 19 – 20, 2012, Accra, Ghana

Event Name: Investment & Innovation in Microfinance: Africa

Event Date: September 19 to September 20, 2012

Event Location: Accra, Ghana Continue reading

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Absolute Portfolio Management Interviews CEO Nurhayrah Sadava of Microfinance Institution Thaneakea Phum in Cambodia (TPC) Regarding Client Protection Principles

The following text is re-posted with permission from Absolute Portfolio Management.

The microfinance industry has taken big steps forward in the last couple of years to better serve their clients. The Client Protection Principles for microfinance and the accompanying Smart Campaign have been introduced to protect clients, businesses, and the industry as a whole.

Austrian based asset manager Absolute Portfolio Management (APM) offers two “Dual Return – Vision Microfinance” funds, endorses the Smart Campaign and has incorporated the client protection principles into their investment criteria and due diligence. However, APM wanted to double-check how the Principles are employed at the microfinance institutions that the Vision Microfinance funds invest in. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility Presents “Interactive Launch of the Microinsurance Compendium: ‘Protecting the Poor,’ Volume II”, July 3, 2012, Geneva, Switzerland, and Online

Event Name: Interactive Launch of the Microinsurance Compendium, Volume II

Event Date: July 3, 2012, 16:00 – 18:30

Event Location: International Labour Organization Library, Geneva, Switzerland, and Online Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Global Sustainable Finance Network Presents “Global Sustainable Finance Conference 2012: ‘Greening Financial Institutions’”, July 5 – 6, 2012, Karlsruhe, Germany

Event Name: Global Sustainable Finance Conference 2012: Greening Financial Institutions

Event Date: July 5 – July 6, 2012

Event Location: Karlsruhe, Germany Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Regional MSME Investment Fund for Sub-Saharan Africa (REGMIFA) Celebrates 2nd Anniversary, Reports Positive Financials for 2011

The Regional Micro-, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Investment Fund for Sub-Saharan Africa (REGMIFA) SA, a Luxembourg-based investment fund that focuses on supporting micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the region, recently celebrated its second anniversary by presenting a summary of 2011 achievements along with an overview of its goals for 2012. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfund for Women Offers Health Insurance Coverage to Microfinance Borrowers’ Families in Jordan

The Microfund for Women (MFW), a Jordanian microfinance institution serving microentrepreneurs, has extended health insurance coverage to family members of its clients as part of the second phase of its Caregiver Program, which helps to defray expenses associated with hospitalization. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Oliver Kinross Presents “Cards, Payments & Mobile Banking Africa Summit 2012 and The Mobile Banking Africa Awards 2012”, June 11 – 12, 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Name: Cards, Payments & Mobile Banking Africa Summit 2012 and The Mobile Banking Africa Awards 2012

Event Date: June 11 – June 12, 2012

Event Location: Johannesburg, South Africa Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: IBC Asia Presents 6th Annual “Mobile Financial Services Asia Pacific Summit 2012”, September 10 – 12, 2012, The Philippines

Event Name: Mobile Financial Services Asia Pacific Summit 2012

Event Date: September 10 – September 12, 2012

Event Location: Manila, The Philippines Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladesh Finance Minister: Management Structures in Microfinance Sector Too Dependent on Founders

Bangladesh Finance Minister A M A Muhith reportedly has urged microfinance institutions (MFIs) to adjust their management structures to ensure that the organizations do not destabilize due to the death of a founder. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Global Microfinance Equity Valuation Survey; Microfinance Governance Indicators; Audio Report: Role of Brokers in Microinsurance

Volume Growth and Valuation Contraction: Global Microfinance Equity Valuation Survey 2012;” by Jasmina Glisovic, et al; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and JP Morgan; May 2012; 16 pages; available at: http://www.microfinancegateway.org/gm/document-1.9.57526/VolumeGrowth.pdf Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Financial Inclusion and Stability: What Does Research Show?”; by Robert Cull, Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, and Timothy Lyman; CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Brief

By Robert Cull, Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, and Timothy Lyman, published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), May 2012, 4 pages, available at: http://www.cgap.org/publications/financial-inclusion-and-stability-what-does-research-show-0 Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: First Affirmative Financial Network Presents 23rd Annual “SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing”, October 2 – 4, 2012, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA

Event Name: 2012 SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing

Event Date: October 2 – October 4, 2012

Event Location: Mohegan Sun Conference Center, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Group’s “Measuring Financial Inclusion: The Global Findex Database” Indicates 2.5 Billion Do Not Have Access to Formal Banking

A recent policy research working paper released by The World Bank Group, entitled “Measuring Financial Inclusion: The Global Findex Database” indicates that three quarters of the world’s poor people, 2.5 billion, do not have access to a bank account mostly because of cost, distance and the paperwork required to set up a bank account [1][2]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) Finds “Massive Problems” with Practices of SKS Microfinance

In conducting a set of field inspections, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), an Indian supervisory body, reportedly has detected “massive problems” in the handling of insurance by SKS Microfinance, a microfinance institution (MFI) in India. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Khushhali Bank of Pakistan Takes Branches Online Allowing Customers to Be Served at Multiple Branches

Khushhali Bank, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Pakistan, reportedly has launched an online banking system that “makes the customer of one branch, a client of the entire bank, enabling him to avail its services irrespective of location.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Insurance Commission (NIC) of Ghana Targets 10% Microinsurance Penetration in Three Years

The National Insurance Commission (NIC) of Ghana, the regulatory authority for the country’s insurance industry, reportedly has announced a goal to increase penetration of the microinsurance market from the current 1 percent of the population to ten percent within three years. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Microfinance Bank (NMB) of Tanzania to Promote Savings for Education

The National Microfinance Bank (NMB), a microfinance institution (MFI) backed by the government of Tanzania, reportedly has launched the Financial Fitness Program (FFP) “that is aimed at promoting the culture of saving for the purpose of financing education.” Continue reading

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