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Kenya: Shelter Afrique Calls the Government to Establish a Micro-finance for Housing Agenda
July, 16 2019
Kenya - Shelter Afrique, a pan-African financier in housing and real estate has urged the government to establish a housing microfinance fund to improve access to housing finance by those in the lower end of the market ...
AfDB Approves Financing Programme for African Energy Providers
July, 16 2019
Sub-saharan Africa - The program will contribute to installation of an estimated 45 MW of distributed solar PV which will provide clean energy access for 900,000 households by 2025 (4.5 million people). ...
S. Sedalia, Director at Rabin Martin: Unlocking Private Capital to Achieve 'Health for All'
July, 15 2019
Global - Global health stakeholders are eager to mobilize greater, more diverse, and more sustainable financing to improve health around the world, and many are looking to “innovative financing” as one solution ...
India: Impact Investors Caspian, Hivos-Triodos Fund Back Agri-tech Startup Ecozen
July, 15 2019
India - The agri-tech segment has seen heightened investor activity in recent months, with startups and corporates seeking to address gaps in India’s agricultural sector and modernise the value chain across the ecosystem ...
Opera Founded Startup OPay Raises $50M for Mobile Finance in Nigeria
July, 11 2019
Nigeria - OPay, an Africa-focused mobile payments startup founded by Norwegian browser company Opera, has raised $50 million in funding. OPay will use the capital primarily to grow its digital finance business in Nigeria — Africa’s largest economy ...
Assessing the Expected Impact of Investments… Before You Make Them
July, 11 2019
Global - Although it seems like a good idea, the practice of impact due diligence, which includes all assessments of expected impact before making an investment, is still largely underdeveloped, says Pacific Community Ventures ...
Cambodia: More Mergers, Acquisitions Ahead Says Banking Insiders
July, 11 2019
Cambodia - MGN Emperor Bank Plc’s launch into Cambodia’s growing financial industry on Sunday has led insiders to believe that fierce competition in the crowded market will lead to more mergers and acquisitions ...
Saudi Arabia, Egypt Sign Deals to Support Microfinance Projects
July, 11 2019
Egypt - The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) is to pump 125 million Egyptian pounds (SR28.2 million) into renewable energy, agriculture and livestock projects in the African nation ...
Let’s Narrow Financial Gap for Agriculture Sector in Uganda
July, 10 2019
Uganda - The private sector needs to further de-risk the agricultural sector so as to encourage private lenders to consider increasing their lending to small scale farmers ...
Singapore: Asenso Raises US$1.2M to Help MSMEs Get Access to Capital, Technology in Southeast Asia
July, 09 2019
Singapore - Singapore-based fintech and retailtech startup Asenso Tech has received US$1.2 million investment from CARD MRI, a microfinance institution in the Philippines, and Talino Venture Labs, an enterprise venture accelerator targeting underserved markets ...
Sri Lanka: Credit Regulatory Authority Act to Regulate Money Lending and Micro Finance
July, 09 2019
Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka money lending and the micro finance businesses will be coming under strict regulatory control to protect customers and victims affected by unauthorized practices ...
Are Indian Social Enterprises Ready to Benefit from the Proposed Social Stock Exchange?
July, 08 2019
India - India is considering a novel way for its social enterprises and voluntary organisations to raise funds. The nature and ambit of India’s proposed social exchange, though, awaits clarity ...
Bounce-back in Small and Growing Business Investing, but Capital Gaps Remain
July, 08 2019
Global - Last year, at least 56 new investment vehicles launched raising $1.2 billion in capital to invest in small and growing businesses around the world. Still, capital gaps continue to limit the impact potential of the world’s small and growing businesses ...
Pension Funds Join Impact Investing Campaign for a Better World
July, 08 2019
Global - More pension funds now recognise the relevance of SDGs to be in the best interests of their beneficiaries. This is excellent news because all key early movers in impact investing simply do not have the same heft as capital markets participants to match the needs of the coming critical decade ...
How Ghana Is Acing its Transition to Mobile Financial Services
July, 07 2019
Ghana - While Kenya is often cited as a leading example of digital transformation, Ghana has recently become the fastest-growing mobile money market in Africa , with registered accounts increasing six-fold between 2012 and 2017. ...
Nigeria: CBN’s New Lending Directive Frees N1.5trn More for Real Sector
July, 05 2019
Nigeria - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has dropped the loan to deposit ratio to 60 percent in order to ramp up growth of the Nigerian economy through investment in the real sector ...
Jamaica: Lenders Aiming for $100m of Loans to SMEs
July, 05 2019
Jamaica - The Access to Finance Facilitation Panel, a group made up of the Government, private institutions and business development organisations, is exploring movable assets as security for loans as one of the measures aimed at hitting a $100-million target in private sector credit to small and medium enterprises, or SMEs, by 2020. ...
UK Invests US$1.7m in Myanmar Mobile Banking Services
July, 05 2019
Myanmar - DaNa Facility and a microfinance institution will invest in a new mobile banking project which will extend digital financial inclusion to Myanmar’s unserved population in rural areas and disadvantaged groups. ...
G7 Ministers Support Impact Investments in Wake G20
July, 05 2019
Global - Statement supports the impact investing market and outcome-based funding instruments, sets the scene for a strong declaration from the G7 leaders in Augus ...
The Role of Multilaterals in Donor and Government Blending
July, 03 2019
Global - Donor governments have an important role in scaling blended finance solutions with proven development impact and the ability to mobilize additional private sector financing ...
India: What The IndusInd-Bharat Financial Combine Looks Like
July, 03 2019
India - IndusInd Bank Ltd. will complete its merger with Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd. by July 4, bringing an end to India’s first for-profit microlender ...
Nigeria: CBN Mandates Every Microfinance Bank Branch to Get 64 New Customers Monthly
July, 03 2019
Nigeria - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has made it mandatory for every microfinance bank branch to acquire 64 new customers monthly ...
Socially Responsible & Impact Investing: What's the Difference?
July, 03 2019
Global - Both strategies seek sustainability and profit, but one looks to 'do no harm' while the other aims to 'do good' ...
Regulations Drive Success of Digital Finance in Côte d’Ivoire
July, 02 2019
Côte d'Ivoire - In 2008, two years after M-Pesa was launched in Kenya, mobile money was introduced in Côte d’Ivoire. Since then, all three of the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) have made significant investments in building agent networks, raising customer awareness and developing new use cases. ...
Kenya: d.light Secures Sh1.85 bn of Funding to Accelerate Growth across Africa
July, 02 2019
Kenya - d.light, a manufacturer and provider of solar power products, has announced a $18 million investment from a consortium of lenders with a focus on the renewable energy space including two responsAbility-managed funds, SunFunder, DWM and SIMA. ...
Sri Lanka: HNB’s Microfinance Unit to Raise Rs.2bn via Listed Debt
July, 02 2019
Sri Lanka - HNB Finance plans to use the proceeds to strengthen its Tier II capital base and support its loan book expansion. ...
Encourage Capital to Assist Indian Rooftop Solar Installers through a $40-Million Equity Fund
July, 01 2019
India - Through Encourage Solar Finance, specialized financial institutes in India will receive investments to develop commercial rooftop solar finance solutions for MSME ...
Philippines: BSP Pitches Agri Finance, Bank Secrecy Reforms
July, 01 2019
Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has urged Congress to push more banking legislation this year in an effort to make the local financial landscape more competitive and accessible to Filipinos nationwide ...
Asia, Impact Investing to Gain as US$15 Trillion Change Hands among World’s Wealthiest Families over Next Decade
July, 01 2019
Global - As much as US$15.4 trillion will be passed down from one generation to the next until 2030, according to global wealth researcher Wealth-X. ...
Credicorp to Acquire Majority Stake in Colombia’s Banco Compartir
July, 01 2019
Colombia - Peru’s Credicorp is set to acquire 74.49% of the capital stock of Colombian microfinance bank Banco Compartir ...

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