MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) Among Banks Requiring Third-Party Assessment of Codes of Conduct from Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Seeking Wholesale Loans

A group of lenders headed by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), a state-owned bank, have made it compulsory for microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the country to undergo third-party assessments of their codes of conduct in order to receive loans.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Accion’s Frontier Investments, Saama Capital Invest $4m in Equity in Shubham Housing Development Finance of India

Frontier Investments Group, an investment vehicle of the US-based nonprofit Accion, recently announced that it, along with Saama Capital, a venture focused investment firm in India, invested a total of USD 4 million in equity in India’s Shubham Housing Development Finance Company.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Banks in Indonesia Claim Readiness for Branchless Banking, Pending Regulation Issuance

Banks across Indonesia have reportedly stated that their information technology systems will be ready to handle branchless banking by 2013 pending the issuance of authorizing regulation from Bank Indonesia (BI), the country’s central bank and financial regulator.

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD): Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) Owed by Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in India Rise 50% to $400m

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), an institution of the Indian government, released a report entitled “Status of Microfinance in India, 2011-12” that indicates that non-performing assets (NPAs) owed by self-help groups (SHGs) in the country were increasing and that lenders were cutting back their exposure to SHGs as a result. SHGs are village based financial intermediaries that facilitate microcredit and saving.