MICROFINANCE EVENT: Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises’ (MSMEs’) Access to Finance in a Digital Finance Era, October 19-20, 2016, Tokyo, Japan

Event Name: Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises’ (MSMEs’) Access to Finance in a Digital Finance Era

Event Dates: October 19-20, 2016

Event Location: Asian Development Bank Institution, Tokyo, Japan  Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: International Microinsurance Conference, November 15-17, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event Name: 12th International Microinsurance Conference

Event Date: November 15-17, 2016

Event Location: Cinnamon Grand Hotel, 77, Galle Road; Colombo 03, Sri Lanka Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Executive Forum: Financial Inclusion and Islamic Finance, November 16-17, 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Event Name: Financial Inclusion and Islamic Finance

Event Dates: November 16-17, 2016

Event Location: Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Microfinance and Microenrepreneurship: A Glocal Perspective, October 26-27, 2016, Sonepat, India

Event Name: Microfinance and Microenrepreneurship: A Glocal Perspective

Event Dates: October 26-27, 2016

Event Location: Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyala (BPS Women’s University), Sonepat, India Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Microinsurance Network: How to Optimise Distribution in the Low-Cost Insurance Environment, September 27-28, 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Name: Regional Workshop and Field Trip in Johannesburg: How to optimise distribution in the low-cost insurance environment?

Event Date: September 27 – September 28, 2016

Event Location: The Country Club, Napier Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Institutions in Pakistan to be Registered as Non-Banking Financial Companies, Regulated by Securities and Exchange Commission

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) recently announced plans to bring all non-deposit taking microfinance institutions (MFIs) and related nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) under the non-banking finance company (NBFC) framework in an effort to improve the regulation and monitoring of their activities. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: 2016 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project Report; by John Villasenor, Darrell West, Robin Lewis

“The 2016 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project Report Advancing Equitable Financial Ecosystems;” by John D. Villasenor, Darrell M. West and Robin J. Lewis; published by the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution; August 2016; 146 pages; Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: The MasterCard Foundation, Root Capital to Invest $5.2m in Early-Stage Agricultural Businesses in West Africa

Root Capital, a US-based nonprofit investment fund, and The MasterCard Foundation, a Canadian organization founded by the US-based payments firm MasterCard Worldwide, recently announced a partnership aimed at raising incomes for 300,000 smallholder farmers in West Africa. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Toronto International Microfinance Summit to Feature Muhammad Yunus, September 29, 2016, Toronto, Canada

Event Name: Toronto International Microfinance Summit 2016, Muhammad Yunus and Social Business: What is the Opportunity for Indigenous & Underrepresented Communities?

Event Date: September 29, 2016

Event Location: Royal Canadian Military Institute, 426 University Avenue, Toronto, Canada Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroSave Launches Telephone-Based, Online ePaathshala School for Microfinance Institution Staff, Clients

MicroSave, a for-profit consulting company based in India, recently launched ePaathshala, an educational program for both staff and clients of financial institutions. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Australian Government, ANZ Bank, PFIP to Connect Solomon Islands’ Coconut Farmers to Mobile Banking

The Australian government; the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Bank, a publicly traded commercial bank; and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP), a Fiji-based initiative of the United Nations that attempts to extend financial services to unbanked Pacific Islanders, recently started a program with a budget of SBD 5 million (USD 650,000) to connect rural coconut oil producers, laborers, buyers and transport operators in the Solomon Islands with digital financial services. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Inclusive Finance India Summit, December 5-6, 2016, New Delhi, India

Event Name: Inclusive Finance India Summit 2016

Event Date: December 5-6, 2016

Event Location: The Ashok Hotel, 50-B, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri; New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Nicaragua’s Fabretto Acquires Grants Totaling $1.8m for Training Rural Youth from Japan Special Fund for Poverty Reduction, Multilateral Investment Fund

Fabretto, an educational NGO in Nicaragua, recently received grants from two entities managed by the US-based Inter-American Development Bank Group: (1) USD 1 million from the Japan Special Fund for Poverty Reduction (JPO), which is funded the government of Japan and; (2) USD 800,000 from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), which assists organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) to Host European Microfinance Week, November 16-18, 2016, Luxembourg

Event Name: European Microfinance Week 2016

Event Date: November 16 – November 18, 2016

Event Location: Neimënster, 28 Rue Münster, L-2160 Luxembourg Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Multilateral Investment Fund Approves $4m Equity Investment in Angel Ventures Pacific Alliance Fund for SMEs in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the US-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, recently announced an equity investment USD 4 million in the newly-established Angel Ventures Pacific Alliance Fund (AVPAF), a Mexico-based venture capital fund targeting “start-up” and “scale-up” businesses in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Philippines Implementing Microfinance NGOs Act

Philippine officials recently finalized the implementing rules and regulations of the Microfinance NGOs Act, a measure signed into law on November 3, 2015, by then-President Beigno Aquino III that: (1) calls for the establishment of a microenterprise development strategy; (2) creates a microfinance NGO regulatory council that will accredit NGOs that offer financial services to microentrepreneurs and small-business owners. Continue reading