Category: Trends/Challenges

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Imp-Act Consortium, Social Performance Management Network Seek Microfinance Elements Adding Most Value for Clients

Imp-Act Consortium, a UK-based network of microfinance organizations interested in social performance management, has launched an initiative to discover: “What works for clients?”. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Building Livelihoods. A Field Manual for Practitioners in Humanitarian Settings – Microfinance Interventions”, Published by The Women’s Refugee Commission

By The Women’s Refugee Commission, May 2009, 36 pages, available at: http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/docs/livelihoods_manual.pdf

This report describes the benefits of providing microfinance programs to displaced people as well as the potential mistakes of poorly planned interventions. It also recommends ways of including age-, gender-, ability- and conflict-sensitive approaches in such microfinance programs. Finally, it provides resources for developing interventions, mapping the needs of a targeted population and creating guidelines for monitoring and evaluation. This summary focuses on the “Microfinance Interventions” chapter of the report, which is part of the livelihood interventions section of the report. The two other sections of the manual are: non-intervention guidance and “Tools and Approaches”.

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of Ghana (BOG) Receives 300 Microfinance License Applications

The Bank of Ghana (BOG) reportedly has received approximately 300 applications “from firms seeking to operate under the second tier of the regulated microfinance institutions.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Afghani Microfinance Organizations, Pakistan’s Khushhali Bank Mull Collaboration

At a recent meeting, microfinance officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan opined that working together to develop and promote financial infrastructure that supports microfinance could benefit the two countries. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Everest Leadership Training “2012 Africa Microfinance Conference On Back To Basics”, April 18 – 20, 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Name: 2012 Africa Microfinance Conference On Back To Basics

Event Date: April 18 to April 20, 2012

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Scaling Up Nationwide Financial Literacy Program (NFLP)

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reportedly has launched the Nationwide Financial Literacy Program (NFLP) to educate low-income Pakistanis on financial concepts through workshops and television and radio programming. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Telefonica’s “mWallet” to Enable Mobile Payments in South America, Europe

Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica and Sybase 365, a division of German software firm SAP, reportedly are developing mWallet, a mobile wallet that will “allow Telefonica’s 300 million customers in 26 countries around the world make mobile financial transactions.” Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Terrapinn Holdings Limited African Investment Summit, March 19 – 21, 2012, One Whitehall Place, London, UK

Event Name: African Investment Summit

Event Date: March 19 to March 21, 2012

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC), KfW Bankengruppe, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to Invest $100m in Micro Finance Initiative for Asia (MIFA)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, reportedly plans to set up the Micro Finance Initiative for Asia (MIFA), a Luxembourg-based USD 100 million microfinance debt fund. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “The Challenge of Understanding Pricing of Micro-loans,” by Chuck Waterfield, Published by MicroFinance Transparency

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SKS Microfinance Borrows $20m from Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Focuses Efforts Outside Andhra Pradesh

SKS Microfinance Limited (SKS), an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), reportedly has obtained a loan of INR 1 billion (USD 20.1 million) from the government-backed Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), a loan wholesaler to MFIs in India. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Benefit Corporation Type Allows Companies to Balance Societal Benefit, Profits

Laws now exist in seven US states recognizing a form of organization called “benefit corporations” (B-corps), which aim to balance societal and financial benefit. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen America to Open Additional Branches in California, Michigan and Nebraska

Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, has reportedly announced that Grameen America, a nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) based in the US state of New York City, will open additional branches in California, Michigan and Nebraska. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Cambodian Microfinance Association (CMA) Announces Payment, Interest, Collateral Waivers by Microlenders to Support Flood Victims

Cambodia’s microfinance industry reportedly has announced measures to assist its borrowers that were affected by floods between September and November 2011. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Appoints Debt Recovery Agents to Seek Repayments Owed Microfinance Institutions in Liquidation

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), an agency of the federal government of Nigeria, has reportedly appointed debt recovery agents (DRAs) for microfinance banks (MFBs) in liquidation to recover “debts owed to the 103 closed MFBs nationwide.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangladeshi Microfinance No Longer Dominated by Group Loans to Women, Inflexible Product Lineup

The work of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Bangladesh was originally dominated by the original model implemented by the Grameen Bank, an MFI founded in 1976 by Dr Muhammad Yunus. Continue reading

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