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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Flat Pyramid of India Supports VolunteeRate Offering Free Ratings, EachOneBankOne Encouraging Activism on Financial Inclusion

The Flat Pyramid, an Indian organization, has been launched with the goal of applying market-based solutions to socio-economic issues. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Muhammad Yunus Promotes Holistic Social Business Movement (HSBM) of African Development Bank (AfDB), Yunus Social Business

The African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral institution that provides loans and grants to governments and private companies in Africa, and Yunus Social Business (YSB) Global Initiatives, a Germany-based company that aims to fight poverty by promoting businesses that solve social problems, recently announced that they have established the Holistic Social Business Movement (HSBM). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government of India’s Andhra Pradesh Moves to Challenge Supreme Court Interim Order as SKS Microfinance Resumes Operations in the State

As Indian microfinance institution (MFI) SKS Microfinance prepares to resume operations in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh under a recent Supreme Court order, the Andhra Pradesh state government is moving to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) Calls for Survey Submissions by April 5, 2013

The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), a working group initiated in 2005 by a  group of NGOs based in the US and Switzerland, is calling for microfinance industry professionals to fill out an online survey intended to identify what social performance management practices are being implemented throughout the microfinance industry, what challenges exist in implementing these policies and what additional resources institutions need to achieve their social performance goals more effectively.  Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microsoft Donates $2.3m in Software Licenses to Pro Mujer for Computer Training

Microsoft, a US-based software company, has donated software licenses worth a total of USD 2.3 million to Pro Mujer, a US-based nonprofit that provides healthcare, training and financial services to women in Latin America. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Plans to Allocate $15m to EBRD Kosovo Sustainable Energy Projects (KoSEP) Framework

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a London-based multilateral financial institution, plans to allocate EUR 12 million (USD 15.4 million) to Kosovo Sustainable Energy Projects (KoSEP), an EBRD framework intended to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the residential sector. Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 1, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grupo ACP’s Forjadores de Negocios Begins Operations in Mexico as Licensed Bank Banco Forjadores

Forjadores de Negocios, a Mexican microfinance institution (MFI) majority-held by Peruvian NGO Grupo ACP, recently began operations as Banco Forjadores, having received permission from Mexican banking authorities to convert to a multiservice bank in 2012. Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 1, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Evidence on Innovations in Financial Capability Conference and Matchmaking Event, May 29 – June 1, 2013, Lima, Peru

Event Name: Evidence on Innovations in Financial Capability Conference and Matchmaking Event

Event Date: May 29 – June 1, 2013

Event Location: Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru  Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 1, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Lends $5m to Thaneakea Phum Cambodia (TPC) to Expand Housing, Microfinance Loans

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development finance institution backed by the US government, recently finalized a USD 5 million loan to Thaneakea Phum Cambodia Limited (TPC), a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI). Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 1, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS) Partners with Manipal Global to Train JFS Employees

Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS), an Indian microfinance institution (MFI) focusing on urban areas, and Manipal Global Education Services, a subsidiary of India-based Manipal Education and Medical Group, reportedly have launched the Janalakshmi-Manipal Institute of Financial Inclusion (JMIFI), which offers a three-week training program for newly hired JFS employees.  Continue Reading »

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Monday, April 1, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MTN Mobile Money, Mobile Financial Services (MFS) Partner to Launch KwikAdvance Payday Loans in Ghana

Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Mobile Money, an arm of South African telecommunications company MTN Group, reportedly has partnered with Mobile Financial Services (MFS) Africa, a for-profit firm based in Mauritius, to launch KwikAdvance in Ghana. Continue Reading »

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Friday, March 29, 2013

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Curbing Debt Stress, Social Performance in Mexico, UN Human Development Report: The Rise of the South

“Regulatory Options to Curb Debt Stress;” by Gabriel Davel; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor); March 2013; 29 pages; available at: http://www.cgap.org/publications/regulatory-options-curb-debt-stress

This report highlights how the dynamics of credit markets can lead to cycles of credit growth and accumulation of consumer debt followed by widespread default and contraction. Continue Reading »

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Friday, March 29, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Ears Earth Environment Monitoring of the Netherlands Offers Climate-based Crop Microinsurance System FESA Free to Microinsurance Retailers in Africa

Ears Earth Environment Monitoring Limited, a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based remote sensing company Ears Holding, is offering its Food Early Solutions for Africa (FESA) microinsurance system free of charge to microinsurance providers. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: VisionFund International, World Vision Use Microfinance to Supplement RIWASH Clean Water Initiative in Sri Lanka

World Vision International, a US-based Christian humanitarian organization, and its subsidiary VisionFund International, a US-based nonprofit organization, have supplied microfinance loans to 400 families supplement initiatives to increase access to clean water in Sri Lanka. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: 7th Annual Penn Microfinance Conference: DiversiMFIcation, The New Landscape of Microfinance, March 30, 2013, Philadelphia, USA

Event Name: Penn Microfinance Conference: DiversiMFIcation, The New Landscape of Microfinance

Event Date: March 30, 2013

Event Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Continue Reading »

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: ProCredit Bank Armenia Launches Visa Business Card

ProCredit Bank Armenia, a microfinance institution (MFI) and member of Germany’s ProCredit Holding, recently launched its Visa Business Card, which is supported by the 170-country network of US-based payment services firm Visa. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: DC Finance to Host East Coast Family Office and Wealth Management Conference, October 2, 2013, New York, New York, US

Event Name: East Coast Family Office and Wealth Management Annual Conference

Event Date: October 2, 2013

Event Location: The Union League Club, New York, New York, US Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Government Commits $183m Each to Women-Only Bank, Nirbhaya Fund for Women’s Empowerment

The government of India reportedly has plans to create a bank that will exclusively serve women, lending mostly to women-run businesses as well as self-help groups of a dozen or a few dozen women. Continue Reading »

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