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Kazakhstan Sets 30% Interest Limit on Short-term Microloans
September, 17 2019
Kazakhstan - The Kazakh National Bank plans to limit the maximum interest rate on microloans to 30 percent, according to the recently drafted Resolution of the Board of the National Bank of Kazakhstan “On establishing the limit value of remuneration under the agreement on the provision of microloans. ...
Nigeria: FairMoney Raises $11 Million for Its Challenger Bank for Emerging Markets
September, 17 2019
Nigeria - FairMoney has a lending license in Nigeria to operate. The company will partner with MFIs to launch current accounts, savings and facilitate payments. Eventually, FairMoney hopes that it will get its own microfinance license from the central bank ...
South Africa: IFC, SECO to Bridge Financing Gap in Urban Infrastructure
September, 16 2019
South Africa - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), have launched the Africa Cities Platform to help bridge the financing gap in urban infrastructure ...
India: Lenders of Micro Loans to Follow a Responsibility Code
September, 16 2019
India - A common ‘Code for Responsible Lending’ has been unveiled Monday to bar more than three lenders offering loans to a single borrower and cap the size of total lending to Rs 1 lakh per borrower ...
Using Donor-advised Funds to Invest in Early-Stage Entrepreneurs
September, 13 2019
Global - Why and how donors should use donor-advised funds to invest in impact investing, specifically venture investing, toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals ...
Denmark: PKA Pioneers SDGs in Emerging Markets
September, 13 2019
Denmark - Institutional investors are investing more in emerging markets in line with the SDGs and Denmark’s PKA pension fund is one fund that is leading the way ...
D. Flint, Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen: Asia Has a Crucial Role in the Development of Sustainable Finance
September, 11 2019
Asia - The potential to effect beneficial global impact through ESG investment is far greater in Asia than in more developed markets, where ESG awareness has a longer history ...
AXA IM to Unveil Fourth Impact Investing Strategy
September, 11 2019
Global - AXA Investment Managers is expanding its suite of impact investment portfolios by launching a private market strategy focusing on opportunities that address the basic needs of emerging consumers across regions including Latin America, South and South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa ...
Has Fintech Closed the Credit Gap? Not by a Long Shot
September, 10 2019
Global - If funders want to spur job creation and economic growth, they’ll need to close the credit gap for small businesses in emerging markets. But to do this, they can’t depend solely on fintech ...
Lifting the Lid on Mexico’s Off-Grid Opportunity
September, 10 2019
Mexico - The solar-as-a-service model is showing promise among Mexican families without access to reliable electricity ...
India’s Unique Public Digital Platforms to Further Inclusion, Empowerment
September, 08 2019
India - By kick starting this virtuous cycle of innovation and adoption, these public digital platforms have proven to be useful in reaching an exponentially growing number of people at rapidly falling costs. ...
Sierra Leone: Enhancing Financial Inclusion
September, 06 2019
Sierra Leone - In a bid to make baking transactions easy, Sierra Leone’s leading GSM operator, Africell Mobile Company has partnered with the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank to unveil an innovative electronic payment service system ...
Goldman Sachs Lends $100 Million to Mexican Fintech Konfio
September, 06 2019
Mexico - Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is making another bet on a Latin American financial-technology startup, providing a secured credit facility of as much as $100 million to Mexico’s Konfio Ltd ...
How BRAC, the World’s Biggest Charity, Made Bangladesh Richer
September, 05 2019
Bangladesh - The anti-poverty programme it created, which involves giving assets and training to indigent women, has been copied by other charities and has been shown to work in countries as diverse as Ethiopia, Honduras and India ...
Cambodia: NGOs Ordered to Retract MFI Report
September, 05 2019
Cambodia - The government yesterday ordered two NGOs to retract a critical report on the negative impacts of microloans after summoning their representatives for a meeting to defend their research ...
Algorithm Bias in Credit Scoring: What’s Inside the Black Box?
September, 05 2019
Global - As digital financial services (DFS) expand around the world with the promise of improving financially excluded customers' access to more affordable products and services, the growing use of algorithms opens opportunities but also the possibility for unfair bias and discrimination ...
Good Fashion Fund to Invest in Supply Chain Innovation
September, 04 2019
South & East Asia - The Good Fashion Fund launches today, spearheading systemic change in the apparel and footwear supply chain by investing in the implementation of innovative technologies in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam ...
Philippines Revitalises Islamic Banking to Boost Financial Inclusion
September, 04 2019
Philippines - A new law announced this morning in the Philippines will seek to support the growth of Islamic finance, extending financial inclusivity to the country's minority Muslim population. ...
Accion Raises Funds to Invest in Seed Stage Financial Inclusion Fintech Startups
September, 04 2019
Global - Non-profit group Accion International is boosting its investment initiative for seed stage fintech startups working on financial inclusion, raising $23 million from investors and adding another $10 million from its own pocket. ...
UBS Assigns Millions to Impact Investing
September, 04 2019
Global - UBS has raised $225 million from private clients for an impact investment fund managed by KKR, the Swiss bank said in a statement on Wednesday ...
Lebanon: SANAD TAF and IFC Support Al Majmoua in Expanding Access to Finance
September, 03 2019
Lebanon - The Technical Assistance Facility of the SANAD Fund for MSME (SANAD TAF) has partnered with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to assist Lebanese microfinance provider Al Majmoua in transforming from a non-profit NGO into a commercial financial institution, regulated by the Central Bank of Lebanon. ...
Impact Investing Creeps into the CLO Market
September, 02 2019
Global - The environmental, social and governance metrics that have become a familiar feature in the bond world are making an impression in ever more esoteric corners of debt markets ...
Schroders’ Deal Opens Way for More M&A in Impact Investing
September, 02 2019
Global - Large asset managers wishing to enter the field will look to acquire resources, says expert ...
Zimbabwe Women’s Bank Disburses $12m
September, 01 2019
Zimbabwe - THE Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank (ZWMB) has disbursed more than $12 million to over 34 000 clients since it opened doors to the public last year, an official has said ...

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