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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Microlender SKS Microfinance Reports Profits After Seven Quarters of Losses

SKS Microfinance, an Indian microlender listed on the country’s National and Bombay Stock Exchanges, recently reported a net profit of INR 11.5 million (USD 209,000) for the quarter ending December 2012, the first quarterly profits for SKS Microfinance in two years. Loans disbursed rose 14 percent to INR 7.8 billion (USD 142 million). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Women’s World Banking (WWB) Presents “Pacific Forum 2013: Building Microfinance,” February 28 – March 1, 2013, Auckland, New Zealand

Event Name: Women’s World Banking (WWB) Pacific Forum 2013 “Building Sustainable Microfinance: The Global-Local Experience”

Event Date: February 28 – March 1, 2013

Even Location: Pullman Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Center for Financial Inclusion, Visa, Citi to Host Webinar on “Financial Inclusion 2020”

Event Name: Webinar: Call to Action – Full Financial Inclusion by 2020

Event Date: February 7, 2013, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Eastern US Time

Event Location: Online Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Arab Microfinance Network Sanabel Appoints Sahar Tieby as Executive Director

On January 30, 2013, Sanabel, an Egypt-based nonprofit network of microfinance institutions in Arab countries, announced Sahar Tieby as its new executive director, succeeding Ranya Abdel-Baki, Sanabel’s executive director since October 2009. Continue Reading »

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Monday, February 4, 2013

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Briefing Note: The Landscape of Microinsurance in Africa 2012” by Michael J. McCord, Roland Steinmann and Molly Ingram; published by GIZ and Munich Re Foundation; 2012; 11 pages

By Michael J. McCord, Roland Steinmann and Molly Ingram; published by Deutche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Munich Re Foundation; 2012; 11 pages; available at: http://www.microinsurancecentre.org/resources/documents/doc_download/918-briefing-note-the-landscape-of-microinsurance-in-africa-2012.html

This report presents an analysis of the status and characteristics of the microinsurance industry in Africa. Continue Reading »

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Monday, February 4, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Loans $5m in Local Currency to Converse Bank of Armenia to Support Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral institution based in London, England, is providing a local-currency loan equivalent to USD 5 million (approximately AMD 2 billion) to Converse Bank CJSC, a closed joint stock company in Armenia. Continue Reading »

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Monday, February 4, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: E-Commerce Companies 360buy, Suning Appliance to Offer Consumption Loans in China to Compete with Alibaba

Chinese electronic commerce (e-commerce) companies 360buy and Suning Appliance reportedly are preparing to enter the lending sector to compete with Alibaba, another Chinese e-commerce corporation that operates a financing company to facilitate its customers’ purchases. Continue Reading »

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Monday, February 4, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EIF Joint Action to Support Microfinance Institutions (JASMINE) Offers Technical Assistance to European Microcredit Providers

The Joint Action to Support Microfinance Institutions (JASMINE) program, a joint initiative by the European Investment Fund, the European Parliament and the European Commission, has put out a call for expressions of interest to European microcredit providers wishing to benefit from its technical assistance program in 2013. Continue Reading »

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Monday, February 4, 2013

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Property Microinsurance in Colombia, Portfolio Reviews for Microfinance Funders, Microfinance Rating Comparability

MILK Brief #18: Doing the Math with Property Microinsurance in Coastal Colombia;” by Barbara Magnoni and Derek Poulton; published by Microinsurance Centre; October 2012; 2 pages; available at: http://www.microinsurancecentre.org/milk-project/milk-docs/doc_details/914-condensed-milk-18-doing-the-math-with-property-microinsurance-in-coastal-colombia.html Continue Reading »

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Australian Bankers’ Association Boosts Consumer Protection in Code of Banking Practice

The 25-member Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) reportedly has amended its code of banking practice, which is expected to increase transparency in customer interactions. Continue Reading »

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Centum, Cassia Acquire 45% Stake in Parent of Platinum Credit, Lender in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Centum Investment Company (Centum), a private Kenyan investment company, and Cassia Capital Partners, a US-based investment advising company, recently acquired a 45-percent stake in Platcorp Holdings Limited, the parent company of Platinum Credit Limited, a lender that operates in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Continue Reading »

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Friday, February 1, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance Investor BlueOrchard of Switzerland Appoints Peter Fanconi as CEO

The board of directors of BlueOrchard, a Swiss microfinance intermediary, recently has appointed Peter A. Fanconi to succeed Wolfgang Landl as the firm’s CEO. Continue Reading »

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Friday, February 1, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Belarus Drafts Decree Regulating Microfinance Industry

The government of Belarus reportedly has issued a draft decree that would regulate microfinance institutions (MFIs). Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Triple Bottom Line Investments (TBLI) Presents “TBLI Conference USA 2013,” June 17-18, 2013, New York, New York, USA

Event Name: Triple Bottom Line Investments (TBLI) Conference USA 2013 “Rethink the Past and Move On”

Event Date: June 17 – June 18, 2013

Event Location: United Federation of Teachers, New York, New York, USA Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Smart Campaign Launches Certification of Microfinance Institutions Regarding Client Protection

The Smart Campaign, a consumer-protection initiative launched in 2010 by US-based nonprofit Accion, recently released a Client Protection Certification Program that aims to verify that financial institutions serving the world’s poor people are focused on the fair treatment of clients. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: AlHuda Center for Islamic Banking and Economics, VisionFund AzerCredit to Conduct Market Research in Advance of Possible Launch of Islamic Microfinance in Azerbaijan

The nonprofit AlHuda Center for Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) has signed an agreement with VisionFund AzerCredit, a non-bank financial institution in Azerbaijan and subsidiary of US-based NGO VisionFund International, to conduct market research in urban areas of Azerbaijan regarding the demand for Islamic microfinance. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: New Microfinance Regulation in Kazakhstan Caps Interest Rates at 56%, Seeks to Increase Transparency, Foreign Investment

A new law in Kazakhstan reportedly will tighten regulations and enhance transparency in the microfinance sector. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Paying $2m for Stake in Arm of Cambodia’s ACLEDA Bank Being Established in Myanmar

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has agreed to disburse USD 2 million to ACLEDA Bank, a Cambodia-based commercial bank, to set up a microfinance institution (MFI) in Myanmar. Continue Reading »

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