MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ) Signs $3.4m Women’s Financial Inclusion Agreement (WIN)

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), a government organization that manages approximately half of Sweden’s budget for development aid, recently signed an agreement with Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ), a Zambian nonprofit organization that “provides information, innovation, and impact to increase financial inclusion”[4] local development organization that also operates in Kenya, to “build the financial capabilities of women and youths and reduce the gender gap”[1] as well as to increase financial inclusion in Zambia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $420k to Burkina Faso’s ASIENA, $330k to Agora Microfinance Zambia

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently informed MicroCapital that it is loaning the local-currency equivalent of EUR 380,000 (USD 422,000) over three years to Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Pre-qualification of Candidates to Provide Services for Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund

Invitation for Expressions of Interest: Pre-qualification of candidates for full investment management services and/or distribution services for the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund, deadline: 19 August 2016 at 15:00 Central European Time.

The Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund is an innovative public-private partnership established with the objective to realise Africa’s agricultural potential for the benefit of the poor by improving food security and providing additional employment and income to farmers, entrepreneurs and labourers. The Fund provides patient and responsible financing Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: TPG Growth Acquiring 40% in One Network Bank from Banco de Oro Unibank of Philippines

TPG Growth, a subsidiary of the private equity firm TPG, recently announced its intention to purchase a 40-percent equity stake in One Network Bank (ONB), a rural subsidiary of Banco de Oro Unibank (BDO), a Philippines-based commercial bank. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tanzania Launches Mobile Money Monitoring (M3) Platform, Regulates Mobile Money Transactions

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) recently launched a Mobile Money Monitoring (M3) platform, a technology-enabled tool that monitors mobile money services in Tanzania. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $2.4m in Kenya to Juhudi Kilimo, Musoni Kenya, ECLOF

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs), recently informed MicroCapital that it has loaned the local-currency equivalent of EUR 1.2 million (USD 1.3 million) to Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IntelleGrow Raises $20m in Debt, Equity to Fund Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises in India

IntelleGrow Private Limited, an India-based nonbanking financial company specializing in venture debt that was founded by India’s Intellecap Capital Advisory Services, recently announced that it has raised INR 134 billion (approximately USD 20 million) in equity and debt. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bâtisseur de Richesse (BR SARL) Among 50 Microfinance Institutions Closed in Gabon, David Mapakou Arrested For Alleged Savings Fraud

The Ministry of Economy of Gabon recently froze the activities of 50 microfinance institutions that lacked  approval to offer microfinance services. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: KCB Bank, GoSwiff Roll Out Mobile Payments Solution in Rwanda

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), a Kenya-based publicly traded financial services company, and GoSwiff, a Singapore-based payment facilitation firm, recently rolled out a mobile payment solution for merchants in Rwanda. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFU; Private Investors in Denmark, Norway Launch Nordic Micro-financing Initiative

The Nordic Micro-financing Initiative, whose organizers intend it to “provide the less fortunate in the world access to micro-financing” was recently launched in Oslo, Norway. Funded by the Danish government’s Investment Fund for Developing Countries, the Norwegian government’s Norfund and unspecified private investors in Norway, the initiative targets women in 14 nations in Africa and Asia, giving them “an opportunity to invest their way out of poverty, inequality and bleak future prospects.” Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: The MasterCard Foundation Donates $12m to Microcred to Increase its Client Reach in Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Senegal to 1.2m by 2019

The Microcred Group, a France-based for-profit microfinance company and member of Positive Planet, recently announced it has been funded by The MasterCard Foundation, a Canadian organization founded by the US-based payments firm MasterCard, to launch a financial inclusion programme in Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Senegal. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad Fund Loans $10m to NBK-Egypt for SMEs

The Sanad Fund for MSME (micro-, small and medium-sized enterprise), a Luxembourg-based partnership that provides loans to financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, recently loaned USD 10 million to National Bank of Kuwait-Egypt (NBK-Egypt), the Egyptian unit of NBK. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: FMO, ABN Amro, Privium Open FMO Privium Impact Fund to Invest in Job Creation, Environmental Efforts in Emerging Markets

Three Dutch institutions, development bank Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), Algemene Bank Nederland (ABN) Amro, and fund manager Privium, recently announced the opening of the FMO Privium Impact Fund. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $2.2m to Kreditimi Rural I Kosoves of Kosovo, $500k to First MicroCredit Company of Kyrgyz Republic

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions, recently informed MicroCapital that it has loaned Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Developpement international Desjardins (DiD) Supports Lenders of Centre de Traitement Informatise du Senegal in Reaching Clients via SMS Messaging

Développement international Desjardins (DiD), a unit of Canada’s cooperative Desjardins Group that promotes financial services in developing countries, launched a pilot program Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion, Award of $150k “Clients At The Centre” Prize, October 20-21, 2016, Kigali, Rwanda

Event Name: The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion

Event Dates: October 20-21, 2016

Event Location: Kigali, Rwanda Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Flexible Microloan Repayment Schedules in Bangladesh; Merchant Acceptance of Digital Payments in Developing Countries; Global Standard-setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion

“Cost-Benefit Analysis of Traditional Versus Flexible Microfinance in Bangladesh;” by S. Bairagi, W. Bin Shadat; published by the Copenhagen Consensus Center; May 2016;  32 pages; available at: http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/sites/default/files/bin_shadat_microfinance.pdf Continue reading