Category: Trends/Challenges

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Wealthy Individuals in India Increasingly Look for Investment Opportunities in Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

A recent article on Livemint.com, an Indian business newspaper owned by the Wall Street Journal, pointed to the growing tendency for individuals in India to invest in microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Editorial in Nigeria’s Daily Trust Urges Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Tighten Regulation of Microfinance

In a recent op-ed piece published in Nigeria’s online Daily Trust, Ms Ijeoma Kalu urges the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to tighten regulation of the microfinance industry and ensure “that only professionals are permitted to practice.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Economic Downturn Causes Liquidity Crisis Among Pakistan’s Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), but Default Rate Remains Low So Far

The default rate for Pakistan’s microfinance institutions (MFIs) stands at two percent, while non-performing loans of commercial banks is at 12.2 percent, according to an article in Pakistan’s daily The News International. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ghana MicroFinance Institutions Network (GHAMFIN) Says Proposed Capitalization Requirements May Not Go Far Enough

The Ghana Microfinance Institutions Network (GHAMFIN), an informal network of institutions and individuals in the microfinance industry, recently expressed concern over the prevalence of unaccredited microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: “Aligning Stakeholder Interests: Making MFI Transitions Work” Online Forum Hosted by US Agency for International Development (AID) on April 13 – April 15, 2010

Event Name: Speaker’s Corner 36: Aligning Stakeholder Interests: Making MFI Transitions Work

Event Date: April 13 to April 15, 2010

Event Location: This is an online forum. To sign up for the discussion, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VZFLY6M

Event Website: http://www.microlinks.org/sc/aligninginterests

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: President of Kenya Calls for Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) to Provide Broader Range of Services to Increase Clients’ Wealth

Mwai Kibaki, the President of Kenya, speaking at the opening of the 2010 Africa/Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit being held in Nairobi, called for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to provide a broader range of services to better improve their clients’ economic positions. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Migrants Remittances Observatory (IMRO) Establishes Microfinance Investment Vehicle, World Diaspora Fund (WDF)

The Working Group of the International Migrants Remittances Observatory for Least Developed Countries (IMRO), in partnership with several public and private organizations, has established the World Diaspora Fund (WDF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Women’s World Banking’s (WWB) Center for Microfinance Leadership and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Host Advanced Leadership Course

Women’s World Banking (WWB), an organization that provides technical and advisory services to its global network of microfinance institutions (MFIs), has partnered with Wharton’s Aresty Institute for Executive Education to host its first advanced leadership course for microfinance professionals in March. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mohammed Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank, Calls for Change in African Banking Laws to Increase Effectiveness of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

Mohammed Yunus, a 2006 Nobel Prize winner for championing microcredit and the founder of Grameen Bank, a microfinance institution (MFI) located in Bangladesh, recently was reported to have said that the dearth of microcredit laws in many African countries is preventing access to loans for millions of the continent’s poor people. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Blogger for the New York Times Proposes an Alternative Method for Evaluating Microfinance Programs Without “Breaking the Bank”

A recent guest blog post on the New York Times newspaper website titled, “Evaluating Microfinance When Randomization Isn’t an Option,” covers an alternative evaluation method that Michael Frank, the Director of Finance for the Mali Health Organizing Project, has proposed, which he hopes will allow him to evaluate his organization’s microfinance program without “breaking the bank”. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Bankakademie) Hosts Summer Academies in Germany July 2 – 30, 2010

Event Name: The Frankfurt School Summer Academies 2010

Event Date: July 2 to July 30, 2010

Event Location: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Bankakademie)

Event Website: http://www.frankfurt-school.de/content/en/intern_advisory/summer_academies

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Chicago Microfinance Conference (CFMC), May 7, 2010, Hosted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Event Name: Chicago Microfinance Conference (CFMC)

Event Date: May 7, 2010

Event Location: University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Event Website: http://www.chicagomicrofinance.com/index.shtml

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: The Microenterprise and Development Institute (MDI) Moves to the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Program Renamed the Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP)

The Microenterprise and Development Institute (MDI), a US-based microfinance training program, has moved from Southern New Hampshire University to the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The program is now called the Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: UAP Insurance of Kenya, Safaricom and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture to Expand Mobile Microinsurance Program in Kenya

A recent article in The Economist weekly magazine brings attention to the expansion of a new microinsurance scheme in Kenya, known as Kilimo Salama, or “safe farming,” which uses mobile phones and automated solar-power weather stations to provide crop insurance to low-income farmers. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Women and Income-Generating Activities: Understanding Motivations by Prioritising Skill, Knowledge and Capabilities, by Thanuja Mummidi

Written by Thanuja Mummidi, published by the Rural Microfinance and Employment project (RUME) in June 2009, 27 pages, available at: http://www.rume-rural-microfinance.org/IMG/pdf_WP5.pdf

This study examines a methodology for analyzing whether or not microfinance promotes income-generating activities amongst the poor, specifically focusing on women. Continue reading

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