MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC) Acquires 15% Stake in National Bank of Vanuatu for $2.2m

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the commercial arm of the World Bank Group, recently paid USD 2.2 million to acquire a 15-percent stake in the National Bank of Vanuatu, a financial institution that offers traditional banking services, microfinance and rural banking services in Vanuatu. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Absolute Portfolio Management Loans $9m from Dual Return Funds to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Benin, Cambodia, Georgia, Mongolia, Paraguay, Peru and Tajikistan

Absolute Portfolio Management (APM), an Austria-based microfinance investment and asset management company, recently told MicroCapital that it issued the equivalent of USD 9 million during March 2013 through two of the funds it manages to microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Armenia, Benin, Cambodia, Georgia, Mongolia, Paraguay, Peru and Tajikistan. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad (IIMA) Report Indicates Bandhan Clients Increased Wealth

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), a public business school located in the Indian state of Gujurat, recently released a report detailing the results of its impact study on Bandhan Financial Services Private Limited, an Indian microfinance institution. Continue reading

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Poverty Scorecard for Nicaragua, Financial Inclusion in Russia, Health Microinsurance in India

“A Simple Poverty Scorecard for Nicaragua;” by Mark Schreiner; January 2013; 189 pages; available at http://www.microfinance.com/English/Papers/Scoring_Poverty_Nicaragua_2009_EN.pdf

This document introduces an “easy-to-use” poverty scorecard based on household expenditure data from Nicaragua’s 2009 Living Standards Measurement Survey. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Loans $19m to UniCredit Serbia for Leasing to Small, Medium-sized Enterprises

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), an international finance institution headquartered in London, has provided a loan of EUR 15 million (USD 19.2 million) to UniCredit Serbia, a subsidiary of the Italy-based financial services company UniCredit, to expand lease financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Serbia. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MicroEnsure to Retail “Triple 10” Microinsurance in the Philippines

MicroEnsure, a UK-based nonprofit microinsurance intermediary, has partnered with Bankers Assurance Corporation, a Filipino for-profit insurance company, and MI Central Corporation, a Filipino marketing and distribution company, to roll out a retail microinsurance product called Triple 10 in the Philippines.  Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) to Loan $1.9m to Mi-Bospo of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), a Luxembourg-based microfinance investment vehicle (MIV), recently loaned EUR 1.5 million (USD 1.9 million) to Mikrokreditna Fondacija Mi-Bospo, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in Bosnia and Herzegovina that loans exclusively to women. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Muhammad Yunus Promotes Holistic Social Business Movement (HSBM) of African Development Bank (AfDB), Yunus Social Business

The African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral institution that provides loans and grants to governments and private companies in Africa, and Yunus Social Business (YSB) Global Initiatives, a Germany-based company that aims to fight poverty by promoting businesses that solve social problems, recently announced that they have established the Holistic Social Business Movement (HSBM). Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government of India’s Andhra Pradesh Moves to Challenge Supreme Court Interim Order as SKS Microfinance Resumes Operations in the State

As Indian microfinance institution (MFI) SKS Microfinance prepares to resume operations in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh under a recent Supreme Court order, the Andhra Pradesh state government is moving to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision. Continue reading

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) Calls for Survey Submissions by April 5, 2013

The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), a working group initiated in 2005 by a  group of NGOs based in the US and Switzerland, is calling for microfinance industry professionals to fill out an online survey intended to identify what social performance management practices are being implemented throughout the microfinance industry, what challenges exist in implementing these policies and what additional resources institutions need to achieve their social performance goals more effectively.  Continue reading