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Friday, August 5, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Hold Workshop on “Equator Principles” for Thai Banks Regarding Environmental and Social Risk Management

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently announced it is supporting the Thai Bankers’ Association to help its members better manage environmental and social risks in lending operations and improve the sustainability of financed projects rather than the sustainability of lending services. Continue Reading »

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Friday, August 5, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Economist Angela Luci Argues Microfinance can Empower Women in Non-Financial Arenas, Fight Discrimination

A recent entry on the Gender Debate blog cites the report “Microfinance: Champion in Poverty Alleviation and Failure in Female Empowerment” by Alexandra Dobra to argue that most microfinance services only focus on the financial empowerment of women, wasting their potential to promote the “full and equal participation of women in all spheres of society including decision-making and access to power” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Boston Consulting Group Publishes “Socio-Economic Impact of Mobile Financial Services” for Telenor, Exploring Effects of Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Serbia Over the Next Decade

Boston Consulting Group, a US-based management consulting firm, recently released a study it conducted for Telenor Group, a Norwegian communications service provider with operations in 11 European and Asian markets, looking at what effect mobile financial services may have through the year 2020 [1]. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Working Paper, “Small vs. young firms across the world: contribution to employment, job creation, and growth” by Meghana Ayyagari, Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Vojislav Maksimovic Explores Economic Contributions of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

In a recent World Bank policy research working paper, Meghana Ayyagari, Vojislav Maksimovic and Asli Demirgüç-Kunt offer a database on the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and young firms to total employment, job creation and productivity growth across 99 developing economies. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroRate Latin America Approved as Microfinance Rating Agency in Peru, Celebrates 14th Anniversary

MicroRate Latin America, the Lima-based arm of the evaluator of microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently announced that it has been approved as a rating agency by Peru’s Superintendency of Banking, Insurance and Pension Fund Managers (SBS), which reportedly makes it the only regulated rating agency in Peru that specializes in microfinance. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EU, UN Urge African Governments to Reach Out to Marginalized Women in Rural Areas with Microfinance, Securing of Property Rights

At a recent meeting in Rwanda on gender-responsive budgeting held in conjunction with the European Union and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), African governments were urged to reach women in rural areas through microfinance schemes and otherwise involving women in financial services. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Economics Professor Abdul Bayes Argues Microfinance Improves Rural Markets in Bangladesh

Abdul Bayes, a professor of economics at Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh, recently argued in Bangladeshi newspaper The Financial Express that non-government organizations (NGOs) have improved the credit market in rural Bangladesh by increasing the use of microcredit from institutional sources as opposed to informal sources like friends, family members and moneylenders which may charge an “exorbitant rate of interest” [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Financial Access: State of the Art in Nepal, by Nara Hari Dhakal, Published on the Microfinance Gateway

By Nara Hari Dhakal, published on the Microfinance Gateway; 2011; 8 pages; available at
http://www.microfinancegateway.org/p/site/m/template.rc/1.9.52121?cid=PSContinue Reading »

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Monday, August 1, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dariu Foundation Increases Microfinance Lending in Vietnam Amidst Inflationary Pressures, Rising Interest Rates

The Dariu Foundation (TDF), a Vietnam-based microfinance institution (MFI), amidst double-digit inflation and increasing domestic interest rates, has seen a 25-percent increase in the number of new clients served and a 47-percent increase in the number of loans disbursed during the first five months of this year compared to the same period last year. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Développement international Desjardins (DID), Financière agricole du Québec – Développement international (FADQDI), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Collaborate on $20m Agricultural Microfinance Project Funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Haitian Government

Développement international Desjardins (DID), a Canadian corporation that provides technical support to and investment in developing and emerging countries, recently announced that it is joining efforts with two agriculture nonprofits in a USD 20 million project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Haitian government to establish an agricultural finance and crop insurance system in Haiti. Continue Reading »

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Editorial Touts Financial Literacy, Microsavings to Increase Financial Inclusion in Indonesia

A recent editorial in The Jakarta Post, a newspaper in Indonesia, examines the issue of access to financial services in Indonesia and highlights financial literacy as an important element in increasing financial inclusion [1]. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Foreign-Exchange Risks for Microfinance Institutions, Hedging Solutions Offered By The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX)

The Wall Street Journal, a US-based newspaper, recently commented on the potential of illiquid currencies and volatile monetary policy to have a negative impact on the loan portfolios of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing countries. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Investment Bank (EIB) Sponsors Research Programs on Rising Risk in Microcredit

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has submitted a call for proposals to select university centers that wish to conduct research on the theme of the rising risk of microcredit, which include possible cause factors, warning signals, current states and future prospects. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India Urges Banks to Increase Credit Provision to Micro- and Small-Sized Enterprises

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reportedly emphasized to commercial banks at the recent annual review meeting of its standing advisory committee on micro- and small-sized enterprise (MSE) that MSE lending should grow at a rate similar to that of overall bank credit growth, which recently has been approximately 20 percent per year. Continue Reading »

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Micro-loans, Insecticide-Treated Bednets and Malaria: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Orissa (India); By Alessandro Tarozzi, Aprajit Mahajan, Brian Blackburn, Dan Kopf, Lakshmi Krishnan, Joanne Young; Working Paper Published by The Centre for Micro Finance, IFMR Research

By Alessandro Tarozzi, Aprajit Mahajan, Brian Blackburn, Dan Kopf, Lakshmi Krishnan, Joanne Young; published by the Center for Microfinance (CMF) at IFMR (Institute for Financial Management and Research); March 2011; 58 pages; available at http://ifmr.ac.in/cmf/publications/wp/2011/Bednets.pdf Continue Reading »

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Friday, July 22, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) Releases Proposed “Universal Standards for Social Performance” in Microfinance

The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), an initiative set up in 2005 to improve the social performance management of microfinance institutions, released its proposed Universal Standards for Social Performance at its recent annual meeting in the Netherlands. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Proposals Sought by African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), European Union’s Microfinance Framework Programme

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Union’s Microfinance Framework Programme (ACP/EU Microfinance Programme), an initiative that supports the dissemination of good practices in microfinance, recently announced a call for proposals to fund projects aiming at providing financial access to poor and vulnerable populations in ACP member states. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Jonathan Lewis of Opportunity Collaboration Responds to Complaints that “Microcredit Does Not Solve Poverty”

The Huffington Post, a US-based news website, recently published an editorial series by Jonathan Lewis, founder of the annual Opportunity Collaboration retreat for social investors, titled “Social Impact Evaluation: Useful? Utopian?”, which responds to suggestions by members of academia and the media that “microcredit does not solve poverty.” Continue Reading »

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