MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Symbiotics Issues $22m in Bonds to Benefit Indian Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Annapurna, ESAF Microfinance and Investment (EMFIL), Satin Creditcare

Symbiotics, a Switzerland-based investment company that focuses on emerging markets, recently informed MicroCapital that it has completed bond transactions with a total value of USD 22 million.

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: ING’s Billion to Gain: Geographic Variations in Microfinance Impact; Indian Mobile Wallet Market Growth; Profiting From Financial Inclusion

“A Billion to Gain? Microfinance Clients Are Not Cut from the Same Cloth,” by G. Hieminga, R. Budjhawan, S. Eriksen, I. Unger; published by ING Bank; November 2015; 8 pages; available at: http://www.ingcb.com/insights/research/microfinance-emancipating-the-worlds-poorest

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of West African States, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector to invest $30m in Small, Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Banque Centrale des Etats de L’Afrique (BCEAO), the central bank for eight West African countries, and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), a development finance institution affiliated with the Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank, recently agreed to provide USD 30 million to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: C-Quadrat’s Dual Return Funds Loan $6.5m to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in China, Panama

During January 2016, Austria’s C-Quadrat Asset Management issued loans worth the equivalent of USD 6.5 million via its two Dual Return Funds to unspecified microfinance institutions (MFIs) in China and Panama.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Symbiotics Completes Bond Disbursements Totaling $5.5m to Microfinance Institution Prasac of Cambodia

Symbiotics Group, a Swiss for-profit provider of investment and business services, recently issued the second tranche of a bond totaling USD 5.5 million to Prasac, a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI).

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Luxembourg Directorate for Development and Cooperation (LuxDev) Donates $219k to Support Microfinance Institution (MFI) Asusu Of Niger to Train 550 Young Entrepreneurs

The Luxembourg Directorate for Development and Cooperation (LuxDev), a government-owned institution encouraging international development, has awarded a donation of EUR 200,000 (USD 218,000) to ADA, a Luxembourg-based nonprofit organization formerly known as Appui au Developpement Autonome. The donation is intended to assist Asusu, a Niger-based microfinance institution (MFI).

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: India’s Sa-Dhan, Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) Revise Code of Conduct

Sa-Dhan, an India-based association of 214 microlenders and other financial institutions, and the Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a trade association of 48 Indian microfinance lenders, recently launched a revised code of conduct.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore, European Microfinance Network Accepting Applications for $54k Microfinance Good Practices Award Through February 14, 2016

Fondazione Giordano Dell’Amore, an Italian foundation that supports microfinance, and the European Microfinance Network, a Belgian nongovernmental organization (NGO), recently announced the eighth annual edition of the Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award, a series that aims to increase awareness about microfinance as a tool for alleviating poverty and promote the sharing of good practice among microfinance organizations in Europe.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Olympus Capital Asia Invests $30m in Equity in Microfinance Institution Network CreditAccess

Olympus Capital Asia, a private equity firm with offices in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and New York, recently invested USD 30 million in equity in CreditAccess Asia, a Dutch operator of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India, Indonesia and the Philippines, aiming to help expand CreditAccess Asia’s retail lending services.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: World Vision UK, VisionFund International Prepare for El Niño Response in Africa with $3m “Returnable” Donation from UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID)

The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) recently awarded a “returnable” grant of GBP 2 million (USD 3 million) to World Vision UK, a branch of US-based NGO World Vision International, and VisionFund International, a microfinance organization owned by World Vision, to help families in six African countries recover from anticipated severe weather caused by El Niño, a phenomenon of warmer than average waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

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.

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.

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].

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.