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Kazakhstan’s First Green Bonds Placed on Astana International Exchange
August, 11 2020
Kazakhstan - Damu Entrepreneurship Fund JSC in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has issued the debut green bonds on the Astana International Exchange (AIХ), UNDP Kazakhstan reported on August 11 ...
AgFunder Launches Impact Fund for Asia Agrifood Tech Startups
August, 11 2020
Asia - San Francisco-based venture capital firm AgFunder launched its GROW accelerator in Singapore last year to support Asia’s agrifood tech ecosystem. It’s now adding an impact fund to support seed and Series A ventures, including companies from GROW’s first cohort ...
India: RBI Gives Affordable Housing, Rural Lending Second Boost with Rs 10,000 Crore Facility
August, 11 2020
India - A new Rs 10,000-crore facility the central bank has offered to the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) and the National Housing Bank (NHB) to boost rural lending and affordable housing is expected to ease liquidity concerns at the bottom of the pyramid ...
Pakistan: SBP Revises Regulations for Microfinance Banks
August, 07 2020
Pakistan - The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday revised a range of regulations for microfinance banks such as up-scaling maximum loan sizes upto Rs350,000 for general loans and Rs3,000,000 for housing loans to serve financing needs of the low-income segments ...
MDBs’ Climate Finance in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Reaches $41.5bln
August, 07 2020
Global - Climate financing by seven of the world’s largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) accounted for $61.6 billion in 2019, of which $ 41.5 billion or 67% was in low- and middle-income economies, according to the 2019 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance ...
China Crackdown on Shadow Banking Sector Prompts Warning
August, 06 2020
China - China’s efforts to curb predatory lending to the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises could harm the sector rather than helping it by cutting off access to crucial finance, analysts have warned. ...
New Syndicated Tier-II Facility to Increase COVID-19 Resilience for Access Bank Nigeria
August, 06 2020
Nigeria - FMO, Proparco, Symbiotics and Access Bank Plc announced the signing of a Subordinated Syndicated Loan Agreement totalling USD 93.8 million ...
Natixis’ Sustainable Investing Arm Mirova Closes Ocean Impact Fund at $132m
August, 05 2020
Global - Mirova, the sustainable investing arm of French bank Natixis, has held a final close at $132m for its Althelia Sustainable Ocean fund, exceeding its $100m target. The strategy, launched in 2018, is dedicated to making impact investments into marine and coastal projects globally ...
IFC Loans to Vietnam Prosperity Bank and Oriental Bank to Boost Finance for Local Businesses Amid COVID-19, Support Economic Recovery
August, 04 2020
Vietnam - As part of its COVID-19 fast-track financing support package, IFC is providing VPBank with $100 million and OCB with $40 million in one-year, renewable senior loans ...
Kenya: Sidian Bank, Aqua for All Launch 4 Million Euro Covid 19-WASH Loan Facility for SMEs
August, 04 2020
Kenya - Kenya’s Sidian Bank has partnered with Aqua for All, Dutch Non-Profit institution to unveil 4 Million Euros Covid -19 Wash loan facility in bridging the service and financial gaps in the water and sanitation sector ...
Philippines: House Panel Approves P125-Billion Microfinance Program for MSMEs
August, 04 2020
Philippines - The goal of the program is to protect the capital of small proprietors, ensure the success of their MSMEs, and likewise transform these MSMEs into five-star businesses by providing them with assistance and the necessary resources to help their businesses flourish ...
Georgia: EIB to Lend EUR 10 Million to Credo Bank to Support MSME
August, 03 2020
Georgia - The loan from the EU bank will be available to MSMEs in synthetic local currency to shield them from risks related to the depreciation of the currency. A grant from the European Union will complement the EIB loan to promote the local currency financing and cover part of the foreign exchange risk-related costs ...

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