MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Self-Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali;” by Lori Beaman, Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert, Christopher Udry

“Self-Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali;” by Lori Beaman, Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert and Christopher Udry; released as a working paper by Poverty Action Lab; May 2014; 36 pages; available at http://www.povertyactionlab.org/evaluation/self-selection-credit-markets-mali

In Mali, as in many parts of the developing world, agriculture sustains the livelihood of the vast majority of citizens. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi North East (RGVN) Microfinance Raises $7m in Equity Funding from Norwegian Microfinance Initiative Fund III, Oikocredit of the Netherlands, Dia Vikas Capital of India

Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi North East (RGVN), a microfinance institution (MFI) based in the Indian state of Assam, reportedly has raised approximately INR 420 million (USD 6.98 million) in equity funding from new investors [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Infinity Microfinance Bank, Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 (PATHS2) to Expand Micro Health Insurance Coverage in Nigeria

Infinity Microfinance Bank, a Nigerian microbank, and the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 (PATHS2), a program intended to improve Nigeria’s health system that is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), reportedly will collaborate to expand PATHS2’s “Micro Health Insurance Scheme” (MHIS) in the country. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP) Increases Maximum Microinsurance Benefits for Clients in the Philippines to $11k

The Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, has issued Circular Number 841, which amends the Manual of Regulation for Banks, increasing mandated maximum microinsurance premiums and benefits. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) of Bangladesh Cancels Licenses of 46 Microfinance Institutions Claiming Misuse of Funds

The Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), a government body that oversees the nongovernment microfinance institutions (NGO-MFIs) in Bangladesh, reportedly has rescinded the licenses of 46 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the country for being in violation of “existing directives in running their operations” [1]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Sanad Fund for MSME Lends $9m to Tunisie Leasing to Support Micro-, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Tunisia

The Sanad Fund for MSME (micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises), a Germany-based fund providing loans in the Middle East and North Africa, has agreed to loan EUR 7 million (USD 9.4 million) to Tunisie Leasing, a Tunisian leasing company that focuses on serving MSMEs in Tunisia and Algeria. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Ujjivan Financial Services Raises Debt Capital Worth $10m Through Issuance of Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs) to International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Ujjivan Financial Services, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), has raised INR 60 crores (USD 10 million) debt capital by issuing listed, secured and redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCDs) to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Effects of Female Leadership on Microfinance Institutions (MFIs); Impact of Microcredit in Morocco; Social Performance Management Guide

Female Leadership, Performance, and Governance in Microfinance Institutions;” by Reidar Øystein Strøm, Bert D’Espallier and Roy Mersland; published by Elsevier; 2014; 16 pages; available for purchase at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378426614000284

This report examines the relationship between the performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and whether women occupy high management positions, including CEO, chair or director, in those MFIs. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Canada to Support Nigerian Private Sector in Effort to Increase Job, Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Youth in Cross River State

A Senator representing Ontario, Canada, recently announced on behalf of Christian Paradis, the country’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, that the government of Canada will be providing unspecified financial support to “a new project that will increase job opportunities and promote entrepreneurship among young people in Nigeria.” Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: responsAbility Loans $13m to Microfinance Institution FONDEP of Morocco

ResponsAbility Investments, a company based in Zurich that primarily invests in developing economies, recently notified MicroCapital that is has disbursed EUR 10 million (USD 13 million) in senior refinancing to Fondation pour le Développement Local et le Partenariat Micro-Crédit (FONDEP), a Moroccan MFI with the mission “to use microcredit to help women and youth create their own microenterprises and generate income.” Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Loan $14m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, China, India, Peru, Tajikistan

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an arm of Austria-based asset group C-Quadrat, recently informed MicroCapital that it has distributed credits in several currencies that total approximately the equivalent of USD 13.5 million to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, China, India, Peru and Tajikistan through its Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance and Dual Return Fund-Vision Microfinance Local Currency. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government-Backed Dutch Good Growth Fund Launches with $950m, Aims to Support Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands, Developing Nations

The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), a Netherlands-based loan fund that is funded with EUR 700 million (USD 947 million) from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has opened for business as of July 2014. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) to Lead Supervision of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Indonesia

Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK), the Indonesian government agency that regulates the country’s financial sector, reportedly has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Indonesian government agency in charge of domestic issues, and the Ministry of Cooperative and Small and Medium Enterprises, an Indonesian regulator of smaller businesses, in an effort to improve the regulation and supervision of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Indonesia [1][2]. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: AccessBank Azerbaijan Receives $15m Loan from Green for Growth Fund for Financing Energy-Efficient Projects

AccessBank Azerbaijan, a microfinance bank (MFB) in Azerbaijan, has borrowed USD 15 million from the Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF), a European public-private partnership that focuses on improving energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy sources in Southeastern Europe, with the aim of increasing AccessBank’s financing of energy-efficient projects. Continue reading