MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: LOLC Micro Credit, VisionFund, Kredit Microfinance Institution, Agence Francaise de Developpement Finance Home Solar Panel Purchases in Cambodia

LOLC Micro Credit, the microfinance arm of Sri Lanka’s Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC); VisionFund International, a microfinance investor owned by US-based Christian nonprofit World Vision; and Kredit Microfinance Institution, a microfinance institution (MFI) in Cambodia, have agreed to partner on a program run by Agence Francaise de Developpement, the international development arm of the French government, to provide loans for purchases of home solar panels in Cambodia.

MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Mobile Finance Implementation; Alternative Delivery Channels and Technology; “Market Insights for Innovations and Design” (MI4ID) Behavioral Research

“Expanding Access to Finance Through Mobile Payments;” published by the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) International and The MasterCard Foundation; June 2015; 12 pages; available at http://www.finca.org/files/2015/06/FINCA-MasterCard-Case-study-2015.pdf

This case study offers suggestions for microfinance institutions (MFIs) implementing mobile technology.

MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “The Next Stage of Financial Inclusion;” by Dean Karlan; Published by Stanford Social Innovation Review

“The Next Stage of Financial Inclusion;” by D. Karlan; published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review; fall 2014; 9 pages; available at: http://www.ssireview.org/pdf/Fall_2014_The_Next_Stage_of_Financial_Inclusion_1.pdf

This paper investigates the evolving role of nonprofit organizations in providing microcredit to people with low incomes.

MICROCAPITAL PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Microcredit Summit Campaign Report; responsAbility Financial, Social Impact Assessment; Microinsurance Education in Zambia

“Resilience: The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, 2014;” published by RESULTS Educational Fund; 2014; 68 pages; available in web format at http://stateofthecampaign.org/2014-report-executive-summary/or for purchase as a PDF or in print form at http://www.scribd.com/doc/229959504/Resilience-The-State-of-the-Microcredit-Summit-Campaign-Report-2014

This report examines the reach and effectiveness of microfinance institutions (MFIs) on a global scale using data as recent as from 2012.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Kenya May Give Microfinance Institutions Access to Credit Reference Bureau

The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), which promotes the interests of its 43 member banks, and the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) are reportedly working on possible regulation changes that would allow microfinance institutions (MFIs) to access customer data at the country’s Credit Reference Bureau.