MICROFINANCE EVENT: Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto; February 14 – 16, 2017; Mérida, México

Event Name: Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto (FLII) 2017

Event Date: February 14 – 16, 2017

Event Location: Hotel Hyatt Regency, Mérida, México

Summary of Event: This event will address trends in impact investing as well as the social and environmental impacts of the financial industry in general. Speakers will discuss Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EBRD Provides Local-currency Credit Worth $60m for MSMEs in Kazakhstan Through ForteBank

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution headquartered in the United Kingdom, recently announced that it will provide a local-currency credit line equivalent to approximately USD 60 million for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Kazakhstan. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: 12th Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship; February 22 – 24, 2017; Ahmedabad, India

Event Name: 12th Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship

Event Date: February 22 – 24, 2017

Event Location: Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Summary of Event: This event offers researchers, educators and practitioners opportunities to discuss their work with the goal of advancing research in entrepreneurship. In past Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Africa Financial Services Investment Conference (AFSIC) Annual Conference; May 3 – 5, 2017; London, UK

Event Name: Africa Financial Services Investment Conference (AFSIC) Annual Conference

Event Date: May 3 – 5, 2017

Event Location: Park Plaza Riverbank, London, UK

Summary of Event: This event will address opportunities to invest in financial services in Africa. Speakers will discuss Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE EVENT: Mobile Insurance Conference; February 23 – 24, 2017; Douala, Cameroon; Organized by IAIS, A2ii and CIMA

Event Name: Mobile Insurance Conference, presented by the Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) and the Inter-African Conference on Insurance Markets (CIMA)

Event Date: February 23 – 24, 2017

Event Location: Douala, Cameroon

Summary of Event: This event will address trends in mobile insurance and related technologies, as well as risks and regulations associated with the sector. It is targeted Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Lessons on IPOs from Indian MFIs; Growth In Impact Investing; 10-Year Survey of Microfinance Investment Vehicles

“How to IPO Successfully and Responsibly: Lessons From Indian Financial Inclusion Institutions”; by Anna Kanze; published by the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion; Fall 2016; 25 pages; available at: http://www.centerforfinancialinclusion.org/storage/documents/How_to_IPO_Final.pdf

This report draws upon two recent initial public offerings (IPOs) in the financial inclusion industry – those of Equitas and Ujjivan, both microfinance lenders in India – to make the case that institutions can use IPOs to strengthen their capital base while remaining committed to their social missions. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: 13th Annual Global Microfinance Forum; March 16 – 17, 2017; Prague, Czech Republic

Event Name: 13th Annual Global Microfinance Forum

Event Date: March 16 – 17, 2017

Event Location: Grandior Prague Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

Summary of Event: Participants at this event will discuss recent changes in the microfinance industry and predictions for its future. Speakers will address topics Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Cashless Africa: The Future of Finance; March 22 – 23, 2017; Lagos, Nigeria

Event Name: Cashless Africa: The Future of Finance

Event Date: March 22 – 23, 2017

Event Location: Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria

Summary of Event: This year’s theme for the Cashless Africa Conference is “The Future of Finance.” It will highlight Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT: Accelerating Financial Inclusion in the Mekong through Collaboration

AtBanking With the Poor Network the 2016 Mekong Financial Inclusion Forum, MFIs and funders led this session’s discussion of collaboration. Kelly Hattel, Financial Sector Specialist for the Asian Development Bank, underscored “the importance of having national strategies for financial inclusion and having them be evidence-based. These are important…both as a donor individually and for Continue reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Stimulating the Uptake and Impact of Remittances in Southeast Asia through Technology

AtBanking With the Poor Network the 2016 Mekong Financial Inclusion Forum, Ron Bevacqua, Managing Director of ACCESS Advisory, asked what gaps in local payment systems can be closed by digital services. Juanita Woodward, Singapore Country Director at WorldRemit, said “I think we are at a tipping point with Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EFSE Loans $16m to Halkbank for Housing, Microenterprise, Small-business Lending in Macedonia

The European Fund for Southeast Europe, a microfinance investment vehicle that was launched by Germany’s KfW Development Bank, announced today that it has issued senior loans totaling EUR 15 million (USD 16 million) to Halkbank AD Skopje, which describes itself as Macedonia’s “first downscaling bank, Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: African Finance & Investment Forum: Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Growth; February 13 – 16, 2017; Nairobi, Kenya

Event Name: Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Growth

Event Date: February 13 – 16, 2017

Event Location: Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of Event: This year’s iteration of the annual African Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation over two days of conference sessions preceded by a two-day training session. The goal of Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Jordan Launches Financial Inclusion Strategy for 2018 – 2020

The Central Bank of Jordan recently announced a strategy to increase financial inclusion in the country during the years 2018 through 2020. The document calls for increased financial education, client protection and Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: European Microfinance Summit; January 26 – 27, 2017; Barcelona, Spain

Event Name: European Microfinance Summit

Event Date: January 26 – 27, 2017

Event Location: Paseo García Faria 37-47, Barceló Atenea Mar Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Summary of Event: Speakers will discuss where microfinance may be headed and the impact it has on both developed and developing countries. The schedule Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Welcome Financial Group Acquires, Renames Green Central Microfinance of Cambodia

South Korea’s Welcome Financial Group (WFG) recently rebranded Cambodia’s Green Central Microfinance Limited as Welcome Finance (Cambodia). WFG closed its acquisition of the microlender after receiving central bank approval for the transaction in April. While the purchase price and the identity of the seller are not available, Green Central was held by Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance; April 17 – 22, 2017; Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Event Name: Harvard Business School–Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance

Event Date: April 17 – 22, 2017

Event Location: Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Summary of Event: This week-long program will cover approaches financial inclusion executives can take to address “industry change, managing competition, organization growth, and creating economic and social value.” [1] Past iterations Continue reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Realizing Potential and Minimizing Risk through Client Protection and Developing Financial Capability in Southeast Asia

ABanking With the Poor Network diverse set of panelists at this session of the Mekong Financial Inclusion Forum agreed that providing financial education can be expensive and yet often fails to produce measurable outcomes. Jayshree Venkatesan, a financial inclusion consultant, stated that “results from financial literacy campaigns are at best mixed.” Shane Nichols, Program Director for Good Return, said that the rise of randomized controlled trials has helped his organization discover that although “we used to do pre- and post-tests showing people gained knowledge…sustained behavior-change was virtually non-existent.”

Ms. Venkatesan explained that “there are a number of things that limit these efforts. They cost a lot of money. Most of these tend to be Continue reading