MICROFINANCE PUBLICATON ROUND-UP: The Business Case for Life Microinsurance in the Philippines, MIX Map of Financial Inclusion in India, 2012 Sub-Saharan Africa Snapshot

“The Business Case for Life Microinsurance in the Philippines: Initial Findings;” by Richard Koven, Michael J. McCord, John Wipf and Emily Zimmerman; published by the MicroInsurance Centre; October 2012; 9 pages; available at:
http://www.microinsurancecentre.org/milk-project/milk-docs/doc_details/890-milk-brief-14-the-business-case-for-life-microinsurance-in-the-philippines-initial-findings.html

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), US Agency for International Development (USAID) Commit $23m to Development Innovations Group (DIG) Housing Finance Facility in Haiti

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a development finance institution of the US government, recently signed an agreement to loan USD 17 million to the US-based for-profit organization Development Innovations Group (DIG) to establish a housing finance facility in Haiti. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “How Can Microfinance Programs Help the Struggle Against Social problems Such as Begging, Child Labor, Prostitution, Violence Against Women, Criminality, Gangs, and Drug Addiction?;” by William O. Maddocks; Commissioned by the Global Microcredit Summit

By William O. Maddocks; Commissioned by the Global Microcredit Summit; 2011; 31 pages; available at: http://www.globalmicrocreditsummit2011.org/userfiles/file/Workshop%20Papers/W_%20Maddocks%20-%20How%20Can%20Microfinance%20Programs%20Help%20the%20Struggle%20Against%20Social%20Problems%20Such.pdf

This paper presents an analysis of the role of microfinance institutions in helping to solve “seemingly intractable social problems” including begging, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and discrimination against the disabled, all while maintaining financial sustainability. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “2012 Asia Regional Snapshot”; by Amar Samarapally; published by Microfinance Information Exchange

By Amar Samarapally, published by Microfinance Information Exchange, February 2013, 19 pages, available at: http://www.themix.org/publications/mix-microfinance-world/2013/01/2012-eastern-europe-and-central-asia-regional-snapshot

This Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) report reviews the performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) during 2011 in two of the six world regions designated by MIX: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) and South Asia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development Grants $925,000 to Agricultural Bank of Sudan Microfinance Initiative Focusing on Women

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency, has provided a grant of USD 925,000 to the Republic of Sudan to be invested in the Agricultural Bank of Sudan Microfinance Initiative (ABSUMI), a creation of the government-owned Agricultural Bank of Sudan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) Loans $1.3m to Microfinance Institution Mitra Bisnis Keluarga (MBK) Ventura of Indonesia

The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based organization that provides financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and social businesses, recently reported to MicroCapital that it has disbursed a local-currency loan equivalent to USD 1.3 million to Mitra Bisnis Keluarga (MBK) Ventura, an Indonesian MFI that provides capital to low-income women on the island of Java. The terms of the loan have not been released. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Anne Hastings of Fonkoze Outlines Framework for National Mobile Money Systems

Anne Hastings, CEO of Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze Financial Services, recently summarized the challenges outlined by a panel hosted by the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTC), a US-based NGO that promotes financial inclusion through mobile banking, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2013. The panel discussed the benefits and challenges of making the transition from cash to electronic payments. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF) to Loan $599k to Oxus Tajikistan

The Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), an organization that offers financing products to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and social business projects in Africa and Eurasia, recently informed MicroCapital that it has approved a three-year, local-currency loan equivalent to USD 599,000 to the MFI Oxus Tajikistan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Loans $8.5m From Dual Return Funds to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Indonesia, Russia

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an Austria-based microfinance investment and asset management company, has told MicroCapital that it issued the equivalent of USD 8.5 million in credit through funds it manages to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Indonesia and Russia during the month of February. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE EVENT: International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) to Host 38th Annual Conference “Connecting Global Finance”, September 18-19, 2013, Luxembourg

Event Name: IOSCO 2013 38th Annual Conference: Connecting Global Finance

Event Date: September 18-19, 2013

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: SKS Microfinance Fined $92k for Collecting Improper Fees as Agent of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), the insurance regulator of India, recently issued Indian microfinance institution (MFI) SKS Microfinance a fine of INR 5 million (USD 91,800) for collecting corporate insurance agent fees beyond the premium price. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MFX Solutions Releases French Version of Comprehensive Asset/Liability Management (CALM) Tool for Microfinance Institutions

MFX Solutions, a US-based company that provides currency hedging solutions for microfinance institutions (MFIs) and microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs), has released a French-language version of its Comprehensive Asset/Liability Management (CALM) Tool. Continue reading