Category: Trends/Challenges

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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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Financial Advisors on Sustainable Investing; Risk Management in Microfinance; Supply-Side Financial Inclusion Data

“Gateways to Impact: Industry Survey of Financial Advisors on Sustainable and Impact Investing;” published by Calvert Foundation; June 2012; 14 pages; available at: http://www.gatewaystoimpact.org/images/gatewaystoimpact.pdf Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Asia Insurance Review Presents “6th Asia Conference on Microinsurance: Microinsurance as a Growth Catalyst for Insurance to Reach Out to the Masses”, July 24-25, 2012, Manila, Philippines

Event Name: 6th Asia Conference on Microinsurance, “Microinsurance as a Growth Catalyst for Insurance to Reach Out to the Masses” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indonesia: Banks Introduce Rabu Microsavings Program at Indonesian Banking Expo (IBEX)

The Rabu Program (meaning “to save diligently”) was introduced recently at the Indonesian Banking Expo (IBEX), a conference focusing on financial inclusion. Continue reading

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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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