At the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, a forum on international development founded in 2005 by former US President Bill Clinton, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus and Vikram Akula, founder of Indian SKS Microfinance, which recently went public, discussed different models for microfinance institutions (MFIs).
Event Name: Conference: World Card and Payments Summit 2011
Event Date: February 14, 2010 – February 16, 2010
Event Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The government of Indonesia will update provisions for the microfinance sector, according to Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa, in order to accelerate admittedly slow disbursement of IDR 13.1 trillion (the equivalent of USD 1.45 billion) in government-sponsored microloans, especially to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Anita Bhoir, a columnist of the Indian Express newspaper, recently published an article on the growing number of bankers that are joining microfinance institutions (MFIs) and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), a broad term that includes some small microfinance cooperatives.
CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), an independent policy and research center housed at the World Bank, recently released its survey of financial regulators “Financial Access 2010”.
The Social Investor Working Group on Tool Sharing and Harmonization, a group born out of the Social Investor Group meeting in Bern in June 2010, where approximately 40 investors representing about half of total assets under management in the microfinance sector met to discuss socially responsible investing, is exploring different ways to assess the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs).
CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) has recently announced the release of SmartAid 2011, an index that measures and rates the way microfinance funders support microfinance.
Norman Wilson, the chief executive of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ Bank), a publicly traded bank that provides retail, commercial banking and wealth management services, confirmed that the bank is planning to start a microfinance center in Fiji in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, and the International Financial Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank.
An article was recently published by US Newspaper The Salt Lake Tribune about microfranchising, a concept that aims to construct business models that can be easily replicated by “microbusinessmen”.
Peter Van Dijk, a consultant based in Indonesia, recently wrote an opinion piece that appeared on the Microfinance Focus website outlining measures to enhance the rights of consumers of microfinance institutions (MFIs).
Event Name: Prepaid Mobile 2010
Event Date: September 27-September 30, 2010
Event Location: Barcelona, Spain
By Anamitra Deb, Ashish Karamchandani and Raina Singh, Published by Monitor Inclusive Markets, July 2010, 16 pages, available at: http://www.monitor.com/Portals/0/MonitorContent/imported/MonitorUnitedStates/Articles/PDFs/Monitor_Inclusive_Markets_Building_Houses_Financing_Homes_exec_summary.pdf
In this paper, Anamitra Deb, Ashish Karamchandani and Raina Singh examine the future of housing development and finance for the low-income population of urban India, specifically Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Microfinance institutions are beginning to experiment with education loans, potentially allowing students to achieve higher levels of education and income.
Event Name: 2010 Srijan Financial Inclusion Forum
Event Date: October 7, 2010 – October 8, 2010
Event Locations: Taj Land’s End, Mumbai, India
Event Name: Understanding Failures in Microfinance
Event Date: September 22, 2010
Event Location: Center for Financial Inclusion, Washington, DC, USA
The Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC), an India-based housing finance company established in 2008, has reported to MicroCapital that it has reached INR 100 million (USD 2.16 million) in loan sanctions.
MicroSave, a microfinance consulting company established in 1998, has partnered with the Microfinance Focus website in a strategic alliance to promote microfinance knowledge sharing and dissemination with an emphasis on engaging diverse and geographically dispersed practitioners.
An unreleased report by a committee of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that was recently leaked to the Indian newspaper Economic Times recommended that RBI withdraw the priority sector status of microfinance institutions (MFIs), which allows MFIs borrow at lower interest rates.