MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation Invests $28m in Equity in Bhutan National Bank to Increase Financial Inclusion; Lending to Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has invested USD 28 million in Bhutan National Bank, a publicly owned commercial bank, to increase its lending to micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Trico Accepting Applications for 2013 Social Enterprise Awards Worth $78k

Trico Charitable Foundation, a Canada-based nonprofit, has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2013 Social Enterprise Awards, which are to be presented at the 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum in October to Canadian for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises which are deemed by Trico to demonstrate “best practices, impact, and innovation.”  Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank Alfalah to Offer Mobile Money Via Monet of Pakistan, Visa’s Fundamo

Bank Alfalah Limited (BAFL), a Pakistani financial institution owned by the Abu Dhabi Group of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reportedly has partnered with two other Pakistani holdings of the same group, telecommunication services provider Warid Telecom and financial services company Monet Private Limited, to offer mobile financial services in Pakistan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Plans to Invest $20m in Da Vinci Private Equity Fund II for Financial Infrastructure SMEs in Commonwealth of Independent States

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a multilateral financial institution based in London, plans to invest up to USD 20 million in the Da Vinci Private Equity Fund II, which invests in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in the financial infrastructure sector in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which is composed of the former Soviet republics. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) to Issue Loans to Fishing Communities in Accra, Ghana

According to a statement attributed to Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah, Ghana’s Minister of State in charge of Social and Allied Institutions, local fishing communities in the Greater Accra region will be offered microfinance loans from the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), the apex body in charge of implementing the Ghanaian government’s microfinance initiatives. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: BRAC Applies Microcredit Strategies to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) Programme in Bangladesh

BRAC, a development organization formerly known as the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee, has adapted two strategies traditionally used in its microcredit initiatives to promote the organization’s efforts to address issues involving clean water and sanitation in Bangladesh through its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme.  Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microfinance and Patriarchy, Connecting the World’s Poorest People to the Global Economy, “Best Practices” in Serving Small Businesses

“Microfinance and Patriarchy: A Drift Away from Serving Women;” published by Knowledge @ Wharton; 2013; 3 pages; available at: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/createpdf.cfm?articleid=3169

This report highlights the importance of gender equality in the provision of microfinance and focuses on the negative impacts of patriarchal attitudes on lending practices. Continue reading