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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Fijian Economist Baljeet Singh Recommends Government, Microfinance Institutions Expand Services to Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to Boost Exports, Counter Urbanization

During a recent forum held in the Fijian city of Lautoka, economist Baljeet Singh reportedly called for the public sector to provide technical assistance, training workshops and “low-interest credit” in an effort to develop small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Fourth International Conference on Institutional and Technological Environment for Microfinance (ITEM4), April 11-12, 2013, Paris, France

Event Name: The Fourth International Conference on Institutional and Technological Environment for Microfinance, Financial Inclusion: Lessons Between the South and the North

Event Location: Paris, France

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Monday, January 28, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Database and Registration Authority to Fund Accidental Death Microinsurance for all Pakistanis

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), the issuer of government identity cards in Pakistan, reportedly has designated the government-owned State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan as the low bidder in a procurement process through which NADRA will fund accidental death insurance for all Pakistani citizens. Continue Reading »

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Monday, January 28, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Scotiabank of Canada to Extend Microcredit in Mexico

Scotiabank, a Canada-based bank, reportedly expects to increase the number of microloans it extends to consumers and small businesses in Mexico, in amounts ranging from CAD 300 (USD 297) to CAD 3,000 (USD 2,970).
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Monday, January 28, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Nigeria Allows States to Set up Microfinance Banks, Supports Entrepreneurship Development Centres in Beneu, Borno, Cross River

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s banking authority, reportedly has amended its microfinance guidelines to permit state governments to establish microfinance banks. Continue Reading »

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Rejecting Kenya’s M-Pesa Model, Central Bank of Nigeria Bars Telecommunications Companies from Becoming Licensed Mobile Money Operators

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s central banking authority, reportedly has decided that telecommunications companies will not be allowed to become licensed mobile money operators for fear that they will limit competition within the industry. Continue Reading »

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) Calls for Submissions for its Universal Standards Resource Library: Treat Employees Responsibly

The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), a working group initiated in 2005 by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), the Argidius Foundation and the Ford Foundation, is seeking submissions for its online Universal Standards Resource Library. Continue Reading »

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Friday, January 25, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) of Bangladesh Plans to Lower 27% Microcredit Interest Rate Cap

The Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), a Bangladeshi government body that oversees the operations of NGO microfinance institutions (MFIs), reportedly has announced plans to cut the maximum interest rate MFIs are allowed to charge to an unspecified level. Continue Reading »

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Friday, January 25, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Loans $666k to FinDev of Azerbaijan, $320k to Phoenix+ of Tajikistan

Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), an organization that offers financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and social business projects in Africa and Eurasia, recently approved a three-year loan to Azerbaijani MFI FinDev in local currency equivalent to USD 666,000. Continue Reading »

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Friday, January 25, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Loans $751k to Komida of Indonesia, $812k to Alidé of Benin

Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based organization that offers financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and social business projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia, has recently loaned Koperasi Mitra Dhuafa (Komida), an Indonesian MFI, the local-currency equivalent of USD 751,000 with a three-year term. Continue Reading »

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Friday, January 25, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Loans $7m to Georgia’s Kor Standard Bank for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has agreed to loan USD 7 million to Kor Standard Bank (KSB), a financial institution in the republic of Georgia, to increase funding for small and medium-sized enterprises. Continue Reading »

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Friday, January 25, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Banks Finance Fewer Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Pakistan

According to a report from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the central banking authority of the country, bank financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) declined by 4.5 percent from PKR 293 billion (USD 2.99 million) in June 2011 to PKR 248 billion (USD 2.54 billion) in June 2012. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Pakistan’s Tameer Microfinance Bank Lists Term Finance Certificates Worth $10m on Karachi Stock Exchange

Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited (TMFB), a commercial bank in Pakistan that is majority-held by Norwegian mobile firm Telenor, recently issued two term finance certificates (TFCs) each worth PKR 500 million (USD 5 million) on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) in an effort to raise capital. Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Third Annual Seminar on Risks in Indian Microfinance, February 18, 2013, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Event Name: Third Annual Seminar on Risks in Indian Microfinance

Event Date: February 18, 2013

Event Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India Continue Reading »

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Peru Passes Law Enabling Mobile Payment System for General Use, Government-to-Person Payments

The government of Peru reportedly has passed a law governing a new electronic payment system that allows residents to make payments and money transfers via mobile phones. Continue Reading »

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MICROFINANCE EVENT: Opal Financial Group Presents “Institutional Investors’ Congress,” “European Family Office Winter Symposium,” February 11-12, 2013, London, United Kingdom

Event Names: Institutional Investors’ Congress and European Family Office Winter Symposium

Event Date: February 11-12, 2013

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Telenor Participates in Launch of MicroEnsure Asia, Opportunity International Sells Stakes in MicroEnsure to International Finance Corporation (IFC), Omidyar Network

MicroEnsure, a microinsurance intermediary founded by US-based nonprofit Opportunity International, has partnered with Telenor Group, a Norwegian mobile communications company, to launch MicroEnsure Asia, which will provide insurance products to Telenor’s business units in Asia. Continue Reading »

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: IFC, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Invest $10m in Root Capital for Farmers in Africa, Latin America

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, and the private-sector office of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a multilateral mechanism established by the G20 group of 20 large economies, have announced that each of the organizations will invest USD 5 million in Root Capital, a US-based nonprofit social investment fund. Continue Reading »

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