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Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa World's Second Fastest Economy - IMF
April, 14 2014
Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa is still the second fastest growing region in the world, growing at a rate of about 6.5 percent, IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, has said ...
Gary Carrier, University of California, Berkeley: Better Loans for Better Housing
April, 14 2014
Global - Strategic partnerships that create and generate market-based opportunities should be increasingly recognized as a viable approach to alleviating the low-income housing deficit in Latin America and across the developing world. ...
Firms Investing in Social Sector Have Deployed $1.6 bn in India Since 2000
April, 14 2014
India - Sectors like microfinance institutions (MFIs), financial inclusion (non-MFI) and healthcare together received 82% of the investment. The microfinance sector got 54%, followed by financial inclusion and healthcare at 17% and 11% respectively. ...
Social Impact Funds Make an Impression
April, 13 2014
Global - While a number of impact investment management companies have been in existence for a while, such as the UK’s Bridges Ventures, French insurer and investment manager Axa Group believes it is breaking new ground with its €150m social impact fund ...
India: Bandhan Signals Competition for Rural Microfinance
April, 12 2014
India - One big implication of the grant of a banking licence to Bandhan Financial Services on the basis of its 13-year record in micro-lending to the poor and disadvantaged is the likely impact on the nascent market for deposits in rural areas. ...
IFC Finance and CRDB Bank Commit to Support SME and Agribusiness Sectors in Tanzania
April, 11 2014
Tanzania - The investment will promote financing for women-owned businesses, as well for farmers, capitalizing on CRDB Bank's position as a leader in financial inclusion in Tanzania. ...
Azerbaijan: AccessBank Obtained $60 Million Syndicated Credit for Microcredits Financing
April, 11 2014
Azerbaijan - Today AccessBank OJSC has signed the agreement on taking out the largest syndicated credit in amount of $60 million ...
Increasing Financial Inclusion to the Unbanked in Africa
April, 11 2014
Africa - In terms of financial growth, Africa is a region ripe with potential – and concrete demand. Building the strong infrastructure needed for full financial inclusion – from innovative technologies to an informed clientele – will require patience, expertise, and support from investors, practitioners, and clients alike ...
Digital Finance: Empowering the Poor via New Technologies
April, 10 2014
Global - Delivering financial services through technological innovations, including via mobile money, can be a catalyst for the provision and use of a diverse set of other financial services – including credit, insurance, savings, and financial education ...
Can Social Enterprises Really Solve Poverty?
April, 08 2014
Global - In the fight against poverty, one of the most exciting developments in recent years has come in the form of a new kind of business. It goes by many names: social enterprises, inclusive businesses, market-based solutions to poverty, among others. ...
China Commercial Credit Launches Pride Lending Club Online Loan Portal
April, 08 2014
China - China Commercial Credit, Inc. CCCR +4.05% , a microfinance company whose current major business is providing microcredit loans and loan guarantees to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), farmers and individuals in Jiangsu Province, today said it has launched Pride Lending Club, an online loan portal subsidiary pairing prospective borrowers with willing lenders and qualified loan guarantors throughout China. ...
Rwanda: Only New Products Will Keep MFIs Growing
April, 08 2014
Rwanda - It's only through intensified advocacy and product innovation that the micro finance institutions will deliver on the country's economic objectives, experts have said ...
Paraguay: Incofin Investment Management’s Rural Impulse Fund Acquires 15% Equity Stake in Financiera El Comercio
April, 07 2014
Paraguay - Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II), which is managed by Belgian microfinance fund manager Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM), recently announced that it has acquired a 15.3-percent stake in Financiera El Comercio (FIELCO), a microfinance institution focused on rural and agricultural markets in Paraguay ...
Miriam Bruhn, the World Bank: How are Financial Capability and Financial Access Linked? Insights from Colombia and Mexico
April, 07 2014
Mexico & Colombia - These results suggest that the increase in access points through banking correspondents has not been sufficient ...
Calvert Foundation and Bank of America Partner to Invest in Women
April, 03 2014
Global - Bank of America's $10 million investment will support the economic and social advancement of women in developing countries. ...
Microlender Trumps Billionaires to Win India Bank Permit
April, 03 2014
India - A banking permit “validates the microfinance business model” in India, C.S. Ghosh, Bandhan’s chairman and managing director, told Bloomberg TV India yesterday. The microlender will continue to focus on rural areas, he said. ...
Kenya: Old Mutual Completes Faulu Acquisition
April, 01 2014
Kenya - Life insurer, Old Mutual, says it has completed the deal to acquire a majority stake in Kenya’s financial services firm, Faulu Microfinance Bank ...
Sri Lanka: NDB Raises US $ 125 Mn with IFC
April, 01 2014
Sri Lanka - National Development Bank has been provided with a US$125 million financing package by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group to expand access to finance for over 50,000 micro, small and medium enterprises over the next four years, an official statement by IFC said ...

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