MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $5m to Opportunity Bank Serbia for On-Lending to Micro-, Small Enterprises; Low-Income Households in Rural Serbia

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently announced that it will loan EUR 5 million (USD 5.4 million) to Opportunity Bank Serbia (OBS), a branch of US-based microfinance network Opportunity International, to improve access to finance for micro -and small enterprises (MSEs) and low-income households in rural areas of Serbia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) Donates $4.5m to World Vision Myanmar for Microfinance Lending, Savings

The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund, a Myanmar-based multi-donor trust fund, recently has donated a three-year USD 4.5 million grant to three organizations affiliated with US-based NGO World Vision, to aid approximately 100,000 people in gaining improved access to financial services. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s SKS Microfinance Seeks to Go Paperless with IBM MobileFirst Tablet System

SKS Microfinance Limited, a for-profit microfinance institution (MFI) headquartered in Hyderabad, India, recently partnered with IBM MobileFirst, the mobile division of US-based information technology company International Business Machines (IBM), in an effort to improve staff productivity in acquiring customers, completing loan disbursements and collecting repayments [1][2]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Omidyar Network Leads Investment in eCurrency Mint to Support Technology That Enables Central Banks in Issuing Digital Currency

Omidyar Network, a US-based  investment firm, recently made an investment of undisclosed amount in eCurrency Mint (eCM), an Ireland-based company that has developed a technology that enables central banks to issue digital currency, called eCurrency. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Global Financial Development Report 2015/2016,” Published by the World Bank

“Global Financial Development Report 2015/2016,” published by the World Bank, September 2015, 211 pages, available at http://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/gfdr/report Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Loans $340k in Local Currency to Senegal’s Mec Fadec, $930k to Tajikistan’s Humo & Partners

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has disbursed a local-currency, three-year loan equivalent to USD 340,000 to Mec Fadec, a Senegalese microfinance institution (MFI), and a one-year loan of USD 930,000 to Humo & Partners, a Tajikistan-based MFI. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: M-Kopa Solar Raises $19m in Private Equity Investment to Expand Pay-As-You-Go Model in East Africa

M-Kopa Solar, a Kenya-based “pay-as-you-go” solar energy supplier for homes in Africa that do not have traditional electricity connections, has raised KES 2 billion (USD 19 million) in an equity round led by London-based Generation Investment Management LLP. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Arab Gulf Fund Program for Development (AGFUND) to Co-Host 18th Microcredit Summit, “Frontier Innovations in Financial Inclusion,” March 15-17, 2016, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Event Name: 18th Microcredit Summit, “Frontier Innovations in Financial Inclusion”

Event Date: March 15-17, 2016

Event Location: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) Loans $11m to UniCredit Bank Serbia for On-Lending to Individuals for Home Improvement, Housing Finance

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently announced that it will loan EUR 10 million (USD 10.8 million) to UniCredit Bank Serbia, the Belgrade-based subsidiary of the Italian commercial banking firm UniCredit Group. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat’s Dual Return Funds Loan $20m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Eurasia, Latin America, Tanzania

During December 2015, Austria’s C-Quadrat Asset Management issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 20 million via its two Dual Return Funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Moldova, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Mapping Pathways Out of Poverty; Marketing Insurance to Women; Sustaining Financial Inclusion in the Philippines

“Mapping Pathways out of Poverty: The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, 2015;” published by the Microcredit Summit Campaign; December 2015; available at: http://www.microfinancegateway.org/library/mapping-pathways-out-poverty-state-microcredit-summit-campaign-report-2015
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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Payment Aspects of Financial Inclusion” Prepared for the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), World Bank Group

“Payment Aspects of Financial Inclusion,” prepared for Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the World Bank Group, September 2015, 69 pages, available at: https://consultations.worldbank.org/consultation/payment-aspects-financial-inclusion

This report delineates the role of payment and settlement services – the mechanisms in place to facilitate electronic monetary transactions – in expanding formal financial access to people with low incomes in the developing world. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Loan $3m in Local Currency to Tajikistan’s Eskhata Bank for Environmental Projects

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), an initiative of various international development institutions that offers donations and preferential-rate loans for projects in developing countries, jointly have provided a local-currency loan equivalent to USD 3 million to Eskhata Bank, a commercial bank in Tajikistan that focuses on microfinance. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Dahabshiil’s “MicroDahab-MFI”, SolarGen Technologies Announce “Lease to Purchase” Energy Product for Low-Income Somali Farmers, Small-scale Entrepreneurs in Somalia

MicroDahab-MFI, the microfinance institution (MFI) that serves as the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Arab Emirates-based conglomerate Dahabshiil Group, and SolarGen Technologies, a Somalia-based distributor of renewable energy technologies, have announced a joint energy project in Somalia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Pledges $27m in Loans, Financial Advisory Services to Small, Medium-sized Enterprises via International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) Global SME Finance Facility

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands recently announced that the Dutch government has pledged USD 27 million to IFC’s “Global SME Finance Facility,”[1] a credit line that provides funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Invests $300m in Equity in Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group that aims to increase economic growth in developing countries, recently announced that it has made an equity investment of USD 300 million in Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), a bank backed by the government of China. Continue reading