MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Silatech Develops Crowdfunding Website Narwi for Shariah-Compliant Microfinance in Middle East, North Africa

Silatech, a Qatar-based social enterprise aiming to increase employment and entrepreneurship among youth in the Middle East and North Africa, recently announced the development of Narwi, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that will support microentrepreneurs via Islamic charitable giving. The platform is scheduled to be launched in late June 2015. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Inter-American Awards for Financial and Entrepreneurial Innovation: Applications Due July 10, 2015

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) Group, has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2015 Inter-American Awards for Financial and Entrepreneurial Innovation, which is intended to recognize the achievements of institutions that support financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Morocco’s Microfinance Market; Trends in Funding Financial Inclusion; Growth Projections in Islamic Microfinance

“Ending the Microfinance Crisis in Morocco: Acting early, acting right;” published by the International Financial Corporation in partnership with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development; the Danish International Development Agency; Japan; Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs; and UKaid; October 2014; available at http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/5e1e5a0047850bdba0d4f5299ede9589/IFC+Morocco+MicroFinance+Crisis+report.English.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Planning to Loan $50m to Bank CenterCredit of Kazakhstan for On-lending to Micro, Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, is considering the disbursement of KZT 9.3 billion (USD 50 million) to Bank CenterCredit, a commercial bank in Kazakhstan. Continue reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Mohamed Attanda on African Microfinance Week (Semaine Africaine de la Microfinance, SAM), Dakar, Senegal, June 29 – July 3, 2015

MicroCapital: The agenda of Semaine Africaine de la Microfinance (SAM) emphasizes improving services in rural areas; is there something in that realm that you would like to highlight?

Mohamed Attanda: Yes, we have noted for the past several years that rural areas have not been well served by traditional financial institutions, so there has been a need for microfinance institutions to focus on rural areas and family farms. How microfinance institutions can deal with this problem is a big question. The large size of African Microfinance Week gives us more opportunities to work together to innovate in rural finance in Africa.

MC: Several networks have collaborated to create SAM. What is the advantage in collocating their general assemblies in conjunction with a conference? Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Canada to Contribute $10m to International Organization of La Francophonie to Promote Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF), a Paris-based organization of 80 French-speaking countries, and the government of Canada recently announced an agreement under which Canada would contribute approximately USD 10 million to IOF to promote employment for women and youth through entrepreneurship in francophone Sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $10m to BasisBank of Georgia for On-lending to Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs); Energy Efficiency Projects

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in London, has announced that it is “deepening its partnership”[1] with Georgia’s BasisBank by disbursing it a credit package of USD 31.5 million. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Union (EU), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Turkish Government to Provide $380m in Credit Lines for On-lending to Female Entrepreneurs in Northwest Turkey

The European Union (EU), the UK-based, multilateral European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Turkish government have partnered to introduce the Finance and Advice for Women in Business Programme in the northwest region of Turkey. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: OPIC, Calvert, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, EIB Invest $12m in Participatory Microfinance Group for Africa (PAMIGA) to Support Access to Solar Power, Irrigation in Rural Africa

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development finance institution backed by the US government, and the Calvert Foundation, a US-based nonprofit community development financial institution, recently signed agreements to loan USD 6.25 million to Pamiga Finance S.A. (PFSA) to help it spread access to solar energy and micro-irrigation systems in rural Africa [1]. Continue reading

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Harakat Implement Credit, Collateral Registry in Afghanistan

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the central bank of Afghanistan, recently implemented a credit infrastructure modernization project involving the establishment of Collateral Registry (CR) and Public Credit Registry (PCR) systems, which enable automation of loan processing by tracking information about clients, outstanding loans and assets pledged to back those loans. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Labour Office’s (ILO’s) Impact Insurance Facility, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) Seek to Stimulate Innovation in Microinsurance in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Impact Insurance Facility of the UN’s International Labour Office (ILO) and the French government’s Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) recently signed a three-year partnership seeking to strengthen the resilience of middle-income workers in the informal sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Financial details of this partnership have not been reported. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Launches National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) Aiming for Universal Financial Inclusion

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the nation’s central banking authority, recently announced the introduction of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS), which will attempt to bring about reforms that move Pakistan toward universal financial inclusion. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat Asset Management’s Vision Microfinance Funds Issue $6m in Credits to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Colombia, Georgia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Tajikistan and Paraguay

During May 2015, Viennese asset manager C-Quadrat Asset Management USD 6 million worth of credits via the two Vision Microfinance funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Colombia, Georgia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Tajikistan and Paraguay. Of this total, C-Quadrat Asset Management invested USD 500,000 in the microfinance institution based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Founded in 2001, this institution targets micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and provides services to approximately 3,200 clients. Continue reading