Category: Trends/Challenges

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FinMark Trust’s Annual FinScope South Africa Survey: Financial Inclusion Down from 77% to 73%

FinMark Trust, a nonprofit trust based in South Africa, has released the 2011 results of its annual FinScope South Africa survey, which indicates that 73 percent of adults use financial products and services, a drop from the 2010 level of 77 percent. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Group Versus Individual Lending in Mongolia, “State of the Practice” of Client Protection, Uganda “Triple Partnership” Case Study

Group lending or individual lending? Evidence from a randomised field experiment in Mongolia” by Orazio Attanasio, Britta Augsburg, Ralph De Haas, Emla Fitzsimons, Heike Harmgart; published by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); December 2011; 48 pages; available at: http://www.ebrd.com/downloads/research/economics/workingpapers/wp0136.pdfContinue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nepal to Introduce Microinsurance Fund, Deems Work of NGOs Offering Microinsurance “Illegal” Unless Working with Licensed Insurance Companies

The Nepalese government is instituting a microinsurance fund that will “reinsure” products sold by insurers to “divert risk created by settlement of insurance claims” [1]. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Poverty, Income Inequality, and Microfinance in Thailand; By Kelly Bird, Kelly Hattel, Eiichi Sasaki and Luxmon Attapich; Published by the Asian Development Bank

By Kelly Bird, Kelly Hattel, Eiichi Sasaki and Luxmon Attapich; Published by the Asian Development Bank; November 2011; 23 pages; available at http://beta.adb.org/sites/default/files/poverty-income-inequality-microfinance-thailand.pdf Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore, European Microfinance Network Announce Giordano Dell’Amore Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award

Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore, an Italian foundation, and the European Microfinance Network (EMN) have announced the fourth edition of the Giordano Dell’Amore Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award, which aims to increase the understanding of microfinance and promote the sharing of good practices among industry players in Europe. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Too Much Microcredit? A Survey of the Evidence on Over-Indebtedness;” by Jessica Schicks, Richard Rosenberg; Published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)

By Jessica Schicks and Richard Rosenberg, published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), September 2011, 44 pages, available at: http://www.cgap.org/p/site/c/template.rc/1.9.55377/ Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Center for Financial Inclusion Releases “Over-Indebtedness of Microborrowers in Ghana” by Jessica Schicks

The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), an affiliate of US-based nonprofit ACCION International, recently released a report on “Over-Indebtedness of Microborrowers in Ghana,” which explores the gap between providers’ and clients’ perceptions of indebtedness [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas: Filipino Microfinance Borrowing Increases to $170m

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Filipino central bank, reportedly has announced that microfinance borrowing in the country has increased from PHP 6.5 billion (USD 151.7 million) in 2010 to PHP 7.3 billion (USD 170.3 million) as of November 2011. This includes data from 202 microfinance institutions in the country, mostly based in and around the Manila metropolitan area.The total number of borrowers at these institutions has increased from 932,622 in 2010 to 979,353.  Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Co-operative Bank of UK Launches “Global Development Co-operative” Initiative to Finance Coops in Developing Countries in Runup to 2012, UN International Year of Cooperatives

The Co-operative Bank, a unit of UK-based consumer cooperative The Co-operative Group, has launched an initiative named Global Development Co-operative (GDC) to provide finance to cooperatives in developing countries [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Bank Compartamos of Mexico Seeking Acquisitions in Microinsurance, Mobile Banking Arenas

Mr Fernando Alvarez Toca, chief executive officer of the Mexican microfinance bank Compartamos Banco, reportedly has said that the bank is seeking to venture into “alternative products” such as microinsurance and mobile banking during 2012 either “through acquisitions in different countries or through organic growth” [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s Global Policy Forum Concludes with Signing of Maya Declaration on Financial Inclusion

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), a Thailand-based network of policymakers that works towards increasing access to financial services for poor people, concluded its Global Policy Forum in Mexico recently with representatives of central banks and financial regulators from developing countries signing the Maya Declaration on Financial Inclusion [1]. 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: Digicel Pacific Launches Remittance Service Connecting New Zealand with Tonga, Fiji, Samoa

Digicel Pacific Limited, a unit of Jamaica-based mobile phone network operator Digicel Group Limited, recently launched an international remittance service called Digicel Mobile Money to allow people living in New Zealand to send money to any Digicel mobile phone in Tonga, Fiji and Samoa [1]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Introduces New Category of Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC): NBFC–Microfinance Institution

A recent document published by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s central banking authority, introduces a standalone category for “non-banking financial company—microfinance institutions” (NBFC-MFIs) as was proposed by the Malegam Committee, an RBI-appointed panel headed by RBI board member YH Malegam. Continue reading

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