MICROFINANCE EVENT: Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Present “2014 AFI Global Policy Forum,” September 9-11, 2014, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Event Name: Alliance for Financial Inclusion Global Policy Forum “Global Partnerships, National Goals, Empowering People”

Event Date: September 9 – 11, 2014

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Rwanda, Kenya Commercial Bank Group (KCB), Kenya’s I&M Bank, Rwanda’s RSwitch to Offer Cardless ATM Banking Services in Rwanda

Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Rwanda, the Rwandan branch of South Africa-based mobile telecommunications company MTN, reportedly has announced a partnership with Kenya Commercial Bank Group (KCB) and I&M Bank, which both offer corporate and retail banking services in Kenya, and RSwitch, an electronic payment service firm based in Rwanda, to offer cardless automated teller machine (ATM) services in Rwanda. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Qalaa Holdings of Egypt Increases Stake in Microlender Tanmeyah from 50% to 70% for $2.1m

Qalaa Holdings, an Egypt-based private equity firm previously named Citadel Capital, reportedly has finalized an EGP 15 million (USD 2.1 million) increase in its equity holding in Tanmeyah, an Egypt-based provider of loans and microinsurance that focuses on low-income individuals and micro- and small enterprises (MSEs). Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microfinance “Banana Skins” Risk Assessment; Effects of Microloans from Compartamos in Mexico; Youth Financial Inclusion Video

“Microfinance Banana Skins 2014: Facing Reality;” published by Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation; July 2014; 84 pages; available athttp://csfi.org/files/Microfinance_Banana_Skins_2014_-_WEB.pdf

This report, which is based on data collected by surveying 306 people associated with the microfinance industry, examines 19 risks faced by microfinance institutions (MFIs) across the globe. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Bank Group (WBG) Loans $500m to Government of Indonesia for Financial Sector Reform, Including to Boost Financial Inclusion

The World Bank Group (WBG), a US-based international financial institution, has recently approved a USD 500 million “Financial Sector Reform and Modernization Development Policy Loan”[1] (FSRM DPL) for the government of Indonesia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Gate Global Impact, RocketHub, United Nations, US State Department to Launch Crowdfunding Projects in Effort to Improve Access to Finance in Developing Countries

Gate Global Impact and RocketHub, US-based organizations that “crowdfund” small amounts of money online from large numbers of people, have developed partnerships with the United Nations Global Compact, a policy initiative aligning businesses committed to operating in accordance with UN human rights standards, and the US State Department, which manages the United States’ international relations and policy. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Housing Bank (NHB) of India Approves Muthoot Finance to Offer Home Mortgages

The National Housing Bank (NHB), the Indian governmental agency that oversees housing finance, reportedly has granted Muthoot Finance, an Indian non-banking finance company (NBFC) that lends using gold items as collateral, approval to begin providing housing finance services. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) $5m; Demir Kyrgyz International Bank (DKIB) $4m for On-lending to Fund Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, has approved the disbursement of a loan of USD 5 million to Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB), a commercial bank in Kyrgyzstan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Seeks Responses to “Global Pulse Survey on Responsible Digital Finance” by August 8, 2014

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based, nonprofit policy and research center that aims to facilitate the expansion of financial access, has launched its “Global Pulse Survey on Responsible Digital Finance”[1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Crowdfunders Zafèn, Kiva Announce Partnership to Support Small Growing Businesses (SGBs) in Haiti

Zafèn, a Haitian nonprofit that uses crowd-funding to raise money for “small growing businesses (SGBs)”[1] as well as social and community initiatives, has recently entered into a partnership with Kiva, a US-based nonprofit crowd-funding organization that raises money for microfinance institutions (MFIs) with the aim of alleviating poverty. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Suryoday Micro Finance of India Raises $4.5m in Equity from International Finance Corporation (IFC), Aavishkaar Goodwell, Lok Capital

Suryoday Micro Finance Private Limited, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), recently received an equity infusion totalling INR 270 million (USD 4.5 million) from three investors: INR 150 million (USD 2.5 million) from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, and INR 62 million (USD 1 million) each from Aavishkaar Goodwell, a for-profit Indian-Dutch joint venture promoting economic development, and Lok Capital, a Mauritius-based venture fund focused on microfinance and other social businesses in India [1] [2]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) to Assist Central Bank of Morocco with Credit Information Sharing Regulations

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, recently announced that it will assist the Central Bank of Morocco (CBM), also known as Bank Al-Maghrib, with the development of laws and regulations regarding credit information sharing among lenders. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 2014 CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Microfinance Photo Contest Accepting Entries Through October 8

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based, nonprofit policy and research center that aims to facilitate the expansion of financial access, has announced the opening of its annual photo contest to entries of original images that capture the “diversity and dynamism of microfinance and financial inclusion around the world”[1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFMR Capital of India Launches Collateral Bond Obligation (CBO) Backed by $16m in Non-convertible Debentures (NCDs) Issued by Microfinance Institutions (MFIs)

IFMR Capital, a Chennai-based financial institution that facilitates funding for organizations that serve low-income individuals in India, has launched a collateralized bond obligation (CBO), which it deems the country’s first. Continue reading