Category: Trends/Challenges

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Article Discusses Tradeoffs in Encouraging Healthy Competition in Microfinance Sector

A recent article featured on the CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) website discusses a new series of Policy Framing Notes by regulatory expert Dr David Porteous concerning the tradeoffs that regulators face in trying to encourage healthy competition in the microfinance industry. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Releases “Technical Guide for Investors on Implementing the Client Protection Principles”

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) has released the “Technical Guide for Investors on Implementing the Client Protection Principles,” as part of a wider consumer protection campaign focusing on fair lending within the microfinance industry. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indonesian Government Adds 13 Banks to Association of Regional Development Banks (Asbanda) to Distribute Microcredit

The government of Indonesia has added 13 existing banks to the Association of Regional Development Banks (Asbanda) to distribute microcredit across the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nigerian Satelite Microfinance Bank Deploys Clickatell SMS Alert System to Limit Fraud

In an effort to prevent fraud and keep customers informed, Satelite Microfinance Bank, a microfinance institution in Nigeria, has recently started using the Clickatell text-message alert system to notify customers when debit or credit activity is occurring on their accounts. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Newsweek Article Examines Importance of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Post-Disaster Environments

A recent article in US-based Newsweek magazine entitled ‘Big Crisis, Small Help’ examines the importance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in mitigating crises in post-disaster environments. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL EVENT: “Developing Inclusive Financial Systems: The CGAP Course for Funders of Microfinance,” April 26 – 30, 2010, Bali, Indonesia

Event Name: Developing Inclusive Financial Systems: The CGAP Course for Funders of Microfinance

Event Date: April 26 – 30, 2010

Event Location: Bali, Indonesia

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Foundation Announces Joint Initiative with Oikocredit, Catholic Relief Services, Terrafina Microfinance, and Planet Rating to Apply Progress out of Poverty Index to MFIs in Africa

The Grameen Foundation, an independent non-profit organization, has announced a two-year initiative to assist African microfinance institutions (MFIs) in targeting and tracking clients using its poverty assessment tool, the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange Releases Benchmarking Report on Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), the microfinance information clearinghouse, recently released the 2009 Eastern Europe and Central Asia Microfinance Analysis and Benchmarking Report. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Issues Consultative Paper on Microfinance

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, a committee established by the central bank governors of the Group of Ten countries, has issued for consultation a report entitled “Microfinance Activities and the Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Information Exchange Releases Benchmarking Reports on Mexico and Paraguay

The Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), the microfinance information clearinghouse, recently released two benchmarking reports covering the microfinance market in Mexico and Paraguay. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Global Industry Analysts Inc Predicts Mobile Banking Customer Base will Reach 1.1 Billion by 2015

A new report released by Global Industry Analysts Inc (GIA) entitled “Mobile Banking: A Global Strategic Business Report” estimates that the global customer base for mobile banking will reach 1.1 billion by 2015. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Standard Chartered Bank Closes Its First Microfinance Deal in Philippines, $1.5m to CARD Bank

Standard Chartered has provided its first microfinance loan in the Philippines to CARD Bank, a microfinance institution (MFI) with over 205,097 active borrowers and a gross loan portfolio of USD 20.1 million as of year-end 2008. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ADA (Appui au Développement Autonome) Launches First Issue of “Discussion Paper” Series

ADA (Appui au Développement Autonome), a non-governmental organization specializing in microfinance, has launched the first issue of its “Discussion Paper” series, a publication aimed at initiating debate among microfinance professionals. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Hattha Kaksekar Limited (HKL) and Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea (AMK), Two Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Located in Cambodia, Receive Deposit-Taking Licenses

Hattha Kaksekar Limited (HKL) and Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea (AMK), two microfinance institutions (MFIs) located in Cambodia, have received a deposit-taking license from the National Bank of Cambodia, the central bank of Cambodia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Surendra Pandey, Finance Minister of Nepal, Says Government is Considering Adding Contribution of “Microfinance Activities” to Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Surendra Pandey, the Finance Minister of Nepal, has stated that the government is considering adding the contribution of “microfinance activities” to the calculation of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Syria “Struggles” to Find Sustainable Microfinance Model

According to an article in Business Today Egypt, although Syria has been “a regional front-runner in microfinance regulation, [it] is still struggling to find a sustainable model to finance its rural poor.” Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institution PRASAC Applies for License to Expand Deposit-Taking Activities

Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI) PRASAC plans to apply to the National Bank of Camodia (NBC) for a license that would expand its deposit-taking activities. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Existing Government Payment Programs Could Bring More Rural Poor Into Financial System, According to Report by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and Department for International Development (DFID)

According to a new report from CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) and the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) entitled, ‘Banking the Poor via G2P Payments,’ existing government payment programs could bring many more poor people into the formal financial services system. Continue reading

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