MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Citigroup, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Jointly Loan $10m to Microfinance Institution (MFI) ACBA Credit Agricole Bank of Armenia

Citigroup, a financial services corporation based in the US city of New York, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a government-backed development finance institution based in Washington DC, recently announced that they will partner to fund two jointly funded loans with a total value of USD 10 million for ACBA Credit Agricole Bank (formerly known as the Agricultural Cooperative Bank of Armenia), a Yerevan-based microfinance institution (MFI) that specializes in the financing of the agriculture sector of Armenia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Loans $200k to Mec Fadec of Senegal, $680k to TIAVO of Madagascar

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based organization founded by French Bank Credit Agricole and Bangladeshi NGO Grameen Trust, recently informed MicroCapital that it has disbursed the second half of a loan in local currency equal to EUR 152,000 (USD 207,000) to Mec Fadec, a Senegalese microfinance institution (MFI), and a loan of EUR 500,000 (USD 681,000) to Tahiry Ifamonjena Amin’ny Vola (TIAVO), a Madagascar-based MFI. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Increases Syndicated Loan to National Development Bank of Sri Lanka from $125m to $200m for On-Lending to Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has increased the size of the syndicated loan that it provided in March 2014 to the National Development Bank (NDB), a financial services company owned by the government of Sri Lanka, from USD 125 million to USD 200 million. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION WRAP-UP: “FinDev Azerbaijan: Retaining Key Staff Through a ‘Pay for Performance’ Culture;” by Sevda Huseynova, Jalal Aliyev, Kinga Dabrowska; published by Microfinance Centre

“FinDev Azerbaijan: Retaining Key Staff Through a ‘Pay for Performance’ Culture;” by Sevda Huseynova, Jalal Aliyev and Kinga Dabrowska; published by the Microfinance Centre; March 2014; 7 pages; available at http://www.mfc.org.pl/sites/mfc.org.pl/files/FinDev_SP_Fund_ENG.pdf

The authors of this paper describe Finance for Development Limited Liability Company (LLC) (FinDev), an Azerbaijan-based institution that offers economic opportunities for poor people, particularly the evolution of its “staff performance appraisal system and salary compensation scheme.” Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION WRAP-UP: “The Promise of Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment; What Does the Evidence Say?;” by Dina Pomeranz; published by EY (Ernst & Young)

“The Promise of Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment; What Does the Evidence Say?;” by Dina Pomeranz; published by EY (Ernst & Young Global Limited), February 2014; 24 pages; available at http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY_-_Microfinance_and_womens_empowerment/$FILE/EY-The%20promise-of-microfinance-and-womens-empowerment.pdf

In this paper, Dr Pomeranz gives a brief overview of the history of microfinance as well as is discussing the “size, magnitude and geographical reach” of the sector, citing that approximately 3,600 microfinance institutions (MFIs) served 200 million customers globally as of 2010. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Partners with Chadian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation to Establish Foundation for Leasing Services in Chad

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Chadian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the governmental body charged with organizing and implementing development projects in the country, to support the development of leasing options for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Chad. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Invest. Catalyze. Mainstream. The Indian Impact Investing Story;” by Nisha Dutt, Usha Ganesh, Prashant Chandrasekaran, Payal Agarwal, Samved Patil, Ankit Gupta; Published by Intellecap

“Invest. Catalyze. Mainstream. The Indian Impact Investing Story;” by Nisha Dutt, Usha Ganesh, Prashant Chandrasekaran, Payal Agarwal, Samved Patil and Ankit Gupta; published by Intellecap, April 2014, 70 pages, available at http://intellecap.com/publications/invest-catalyze-mainstream-india-impact-investing-story

India is a major hub for impact investing – an investment approach that pursues financial returns while seeking social and environmental improvements in low-income communities. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Allows Non-banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) to Work as Agents for Banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), a government agency charged with overseeing the Indian financial sector, has revised its regulations to permit non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) that do not accept deposits to act as business correspondents for Indian banks, providing limited financial services to clients in unbanked areas. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Econet Wireless Accused of Monopolistic Practices Regarding Mobile Money Service

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, a subsidiary of the South Africa-based telecommunications company Econet Wireless Group, reportedly is being investigated by Zimbabwe’s Competitions and Tariffs Commission (CTC), the authority charged with regulating trade in the country, over allegations of monopolistic business practices [1][2]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Pakistan-based Microfinance Institution (MFI) Wasil Foundation Wins $100k Islamic Microfinance Challenge 2014

The Wasil Foundation (Wasil), a nonprofit that aims to alleviate poverty through enterprise development in Pakistan, has won the 2014 Islamic Microfinance Challenge, a competition that promotes Sharia-compliant microfinance products, which prohibit interest payments in keeping with Islamic practices. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Revises Reporting Requirements, Other Guidelines for Banks’ Microfinance Operations

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, has expanded the amount of reporting that banks must perform regarding their microfinance operations with the aim of helping BSP create “evidence-based policies that are responsive to the needs of the market” [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Cooperation and Development Fund of Taiwan (TaiwanICDF) Loan Tunisie Leasing $14m to Fund Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Tunisia

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, and the International Cooperation and Development Fund of Taiwan (TaiwanICDF), the principal body that oversees Taiwan’s overseas development programs, have jointly disbursed a loan of EUR 10 million (USD 13.7 million) to Tunisie Leasing, a financial institution that offers leasing services in Tunisia and Algeria. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Likely to Loan Mongolian XacBank $5m for On-lending to Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs); $10m for Sustainable Energy

The London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is considering disbursing a local-currency loan equivalent to USD 5 million to XacBank, a lender to micro-, small and medium-sized businesses in Mongolia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Commits $15m to Private Equity Fund EuroMena III to Support Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Middle East, North Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, reportedly has committed USD 15 million to EuroMena III, a 7-year closed-end private equity fund that aims to invest in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India Simplifies “Know Your Customer” Requirement for Establishing Bank Accounts

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s central banking authority, has announced that it has simplified the “Know Your Customer” (KYC) process that it requires commercial banks in India to undertake before opening bank accounts for individuals. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Homeless International Purchases T24 MCB Banking Software from Temenos

Homeless International, a UK-based nonprofit housing consultancy and finance agency that focuses on reducing urban poverty in Africa and Asia, has purchased T24 MCB, a cloud-based core banking software platform that was developed for the microfinance and community banking (MCB) segment by Temenos Group AG, a software company based in Switzerland. Continue reading