Aug 2018
2m Nigerians to Get Collateral-free Loans in FG’s New Micro Credit for Petty Traders
August, 14 2018
Nigeria - In a determined bid to further enlarge its financial inclusion agenda for all Nigerians regardless of social class and economic status, the Muhammadu Buhari administration has launched a new initiative under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) ...
Has ESG Gone Mainstream?
August, 13 2018
Global - The announcement that the world's largest fund management company, BlackRock, will require its fund managers to consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in their investment decision-making process has been discussed widely in the trade press over the last few days ...
China: Auto-Backed Financing Provider Weidai Seeks $100 Million in NYSE IPO
August, 13 2018
China - Weidai Ltd., which connects small- and micro-businesses in China with online and institutional lenders, has filed a prospectus seeking to raise up to $100 million in its initial public offering in New York, significantly less than was originally anticipated ...
Tanzania: Why Financial Inclusion Is Key to Boosting Agriculture
August, 09 2018
Tanzania - For years, people in rural Tanzania, most of who are the major players in the sector, have remained financially excluded in the sense that most financial institutions don’t have products tailored to cover the farming communities ...
Bangladesh: Financial Inclusion for All by 2024
August, 09 2018
Bangladesh - The time period for implementation of the first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) for Bangladesh has been set from 2019-2024 in the draft of the strategy ...
€15 Million of EU Financing for Micro-entrepreneurs in #Latvia under #JunckerPlan
August, 09 2018
Lativia - The European Investment Fund (EIF) and ALTUM, a state-owned development institution of Latvia, have signed a microfinance guarantee agreement under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). ...
India: Microfinance Institutions Plan to Take IPO Route to Fund Growth Plans
August, 09 2018
India - After nearly a decade, microfinance institutions (MFIs) are again looking at raising funds through initial public offerings (IPOs) of equity ...
Luxembourg's Nurturing Ecosystem for Ethical and Responsible Investment Funds
August, 08 2018
Luxembourg - According to the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, sustainable and responsible investing will lead the agenda for asset management firms in 2018 as one of the key pillars for the industry in the year ahead along with UCITS (Undertakings for the Collective Investment of Transferable Securities) and alternative investment funds ...
Myanmar Pushes Financial Inclusion to Reduce Poverty
August, 07 2018
Myanmar - The financial sector is expected to focus on giving low-income individuals access to affordable financial services as a means to reduce poverty, as adult access to formal service has increased by 18 percent over the past five years ...
Alternative Forms of Giving and Investing
August, 07 2018
Global - Venture philanthropy is a term that has increasingly gained traction among private wealth owners in Asia as an alternative means of creating positive social and environmental impact. It is often mentioned alongside impact investing. ...
Nigeria: Insurers Move to Increase Patronage Through Financial Inclusion
August, 05 2018
Nigeria - Despite having the largest population in Africa, Nigeria currently has one of the lowest levels of insurance penetration on the continent ...
1.1 Million Colombians Joined the Formal Financial System in 2017
August, 05 2018
Colombia - With another 1.1 million people securing some sort of financial product in 2017, roughly four out of five Colombians now are a part of the formal financial sector ...
S. Graham, Director of Consumer Research and Field Data Services, FINCA International: A Shifting Frontier - How Mobile Money Is Reshaping the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion
August, 03 2018
Global - Many organizations supporting microfinance, including FINCA International where I lead Customer Research and Field Data Services, are dedicated to addressing this gender gap by finding more efficient ways of reaching women and delivering financial tools that can improve their lives ...
More to Be Done on Sustainable Investment
August, 02 2018
Global - Axel Weber makes some good points in “ How to sustain investments that make a difference” (July 30). There are further grassroots issues ...
UK Is Leading the Way in Fintech Funding
August, 01 2018
United Kingdom - Global fintech investment is up overall, hitting $57.9 billion across 875 deals in the first half of 2018, according to a KPMG report covered by CityAM. That's 34% higher than the $38.1 billion seen in the entirety of 2017 ...

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