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IFC to Issue Microfinance Bond Via Daiwa
October, 31 2012
Global - International Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and Daiwa Securities Group Inc. announced on Oct. 31 plans to issue a microfinance bond to expand access to finance for poor and low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries ...
Remixing Microfinance
October, 30 2012
Global - Microfinance has tended to grow by faithful replication of well-established models; it is now time to experiment with hybrid models that bring together the best features of each. ...
Habitat for Humanity and the Citi Foundation Unveil Housing Microfinance Toolkit for Product Development for Financial Institutions
October, 29 2012
Global - Habitat for Humanity and the Citi Foundation announced the publication of a new toolkit designed to provide technical training and tools to encourage microfinance institutions to include or enhance housing microfinance products in their portfolios ...
Indonesia: Low-Income Sector Fast-Growing Market for Insurance Firms in RI
October, 29 2012
Indonesia - Life insurance companies are trying to grab a new market with their microinsurance products, teaming up with microfinance institutions, such as credit unions and cooperatives, providing financial protection to millions of low-income people who previously considered insurance to be only for the wealthy ...
Kazakh Parliament Adopts Law on Microfinance Institutions
October, 26 2012
Kazakhstan - According to the report, this document aims at coordinating legislative acts of Kazakhstan with the law regulating microfinance institutions, as well as eliminating legal gaps and conflicts of law that may arise in the case of its adoption ...
Advancing Impact Investing Platforms… Promise and Peril!
October, 26 2012
Global - Impact Investing is often thought of as investing directly in mission driven for-profits or structuring new capital infusions for social enterprises that are nonprofit yet have a viable revenue model ...
India: P. Chidambaram Urges Banks to Lend More to The Poor
October, 25 2012
India - Seeing the business potential of lending to the bottom half of the pyramid is critical to realising the potential of banking as an instrument of social and economic change ...
Five Elements of a Social MFI
October, 24 2012
Global - Portfolios of the Poor demonstrated in detail how important well designed financial services can be to the poor and excluded. Microfinance has developed financial products and distribution processes that if used correctly, can contribute to poverty alleviation by promoting financial inclusion as part of a broad development process. ...
Impact Investing: A Broad Market With Expanding Appeal
October, 23 2012
Global - The last five years have generated remarkable new interest in impact investing. New investors -- including diversified financial institutions, high-net-worth family offices, and pension funds -- are entering the field ...
Tailoring Formal Financial Products For the Poor
October, 22 2012
Global - In summary, we find that there is no natural competition between formal and informal financial products. ...
Mapping Microfinance and the Excluded in Uganda
October, 22 2012
Uganda - What factors determine where microfinance institutions (MFI’s) locate their branches – and where they do not? ...
India: Equitas Gets $26M Equity Infusion From IFC, Existing Investors
October, 22 2012
India - The MFI space is seeing a lot of activity as investors and banks are taking a renewed look at the sector. ...
Cambodia Has Potential For Social Businesses
October, 19 2012
Cambodia - Cambodia is in a good position to be among the leading Southeast Asian nations in the field of social businesses ...
Asia and The Pacific: Microfinance Should Reach More of The Poor, In a Sustainable Way
October, 18 2012
Asia - Microfinance needs to reach more of the poor in Asia and the Pacific, but do so in a financially sustainable way, said a new study from the independent evaluation department at the Asian Development Bank ...
Africa: Microfinance Comes Of Age
October, 17 2012
Africa - Ensuring that previously unbanked Africans have access to credit is perhaps the most important development in financial services on the continent in recent years. ...
Indonesia: IFC Lends $100 Million to BTPN to Provide Access to Finance for Low-Income Households and Small Entrepreneurs
October, 16 2012
Indonesia - IFC has agreed to provide a loan of $100 million equivalent in Rupiah to Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional Tbk (BTPN) to provide greater access to financing for small firms and low-income households such as pensioners, micro and small enterprises, low-income earners and women entrepreneurs. ...
Impact Investing: Viable Commercial Solutions Offering More Citizens Hope
October, 15 2012
Latin America - For now, impact investing remains a tiny segment of overall financial market activity in Latin America. But many believe social and economic factors in much of the region provide fertile ground for the growth of an asset class built on investments that deliver social and environmental, as well as financial returns ...
Microfinance: Bolivia Pioneer Starts to Hit the Mainstream
October, 15 2012
Bolivia - It is largely thanks to the development of microfinance that Bolivia’s financial system has undergone a sustained period of rapid growth, with deposits and lending more than doubling between 2007 and 2011 ...
Scott Anderson: E+Co’s Slow Burn and What it Means for Impact Investing
October, 13 2012
Global - For months the story of E+Co, the veteran non-profit investment group that has financed nearly 200 small enterprise, renewable energy firms serving low-income customers, has simmered. ...
Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus Announces Financing for ‘Social Businesses’ in Haiti
October, 13 2012
Haiti - Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Yunus announced Saturday that his pro-business development group is financing several endeavors through a mix of loans and equity ...
Large Returns From Tiny Business, World Bank Says
October, 12 2012
Global - The World Bank released its World Development Report 2013 this month, and it says smaller enterprises in the developing world may be better investments than larger companies. The report says in some cases micro-enterprises provide 10 times the return on investment than their larger counterparts in the developing world. ...
What’s Keeping Us From Innovating In Rural Finance?
October, 11 2012
Global - Formal financial services in rural areas have long been underdeveloped. This is due to a combination of factors – dispersed clients, low levels of financial literacy among rural households, the high cost of delivering services (especially low-value transactions), and the perceived high repayment risk associated with lending to agri-dependent households, which make up the majority of households in rural areas. ...
Kenya: Samsung, KWFT Pact to Boost Mobile Banking
October, 10 2012
Kenya - Samsung has partnered with local microfinance solutions provider, Kenya Women Finance Trust – Deposit Taking Microfinance (KWFT-DTM) to promote the uptake of mobile technology solutions among women ...
India: Analysts Positive on SKS as Clarity Emerges on Capital Availability
October, 10 2012
India - Firm seems to have restored investors' confidence, shares have gone up by more than 50% since July ...
Oxfam Turns Investor With Mongolian Loan
October, 09 2012
Mongolia - The loan is being made by the Small Enterprise Impact Investing Fund – a joint initiative between Oxfam, the City of London Corporation and Symbiotics, a Swiss microfinance specialist ...
Rwanda: Rural Lending Registers Steady Rise
October, 09 2012
Rwanda - Lending in rural communities surged over the last five years, reflecting growing demand appetite for credit among farmers ...
What’s Wrong with “Banking the Unbanked”?
October, 09 2012
Global - People in the developed and developing worlds manage their money differently. Although they conduct complex financial lives, they do not have bank accounts as money management hubs ...
Kenya: Central Bank Licenses New Deposit-Taking Microfinance
October, 08 2012
Kenya - The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has licensed a new micro-finance institution to collect deposits from the public as it seeks to make financial services accessible to more people ...
India: Private Equtiy Funds Woo Micro-Finance Firms to Create Long-Term Value
October, 05 2012
India - Private equity funds are chasing India's microfinance companies despite dipping returns on equity, as they now seek long-term value from MFIs' extensive reach instead of short-term gains ...
Kyrgyzstan's Leading Microfinance Institution, Bai Tushum, Becomes A Bank
October, 05 2012
Kyrgyzstan - Bai Tushum will be the first new bank in Kyrgyzstan in seven years and the first microfinance institution (MFI) to convert to a bank in Central Asia, according to Bob Fries, who manages the financial services practice at ACDI/VOCA. ...
Benefits And Costs Of Financial Products For The Poor
October, 04 2012
Global - As professionals in the financial inclusion space, we work with a common assumption that formal financial services are better than informal products. But are our assumptions correct? ...
Latin America: Foromic Closes With Call to Develop Innovative and Flexible Financial Products for SMEs
October, 03 2012
Barbados - Latin America and the Caribbean need to develop increasingly flexible and innovative financial products and services for the region’s burgeoning small and medium enterprise sector, according to discussions held during the 15th Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise (Foromic 2012) ...
Indonesia: Citi, OPIC and Bank Andara Support the Rapid Growth of the Microfinance Sector in Indonesia with $18.5 Million Term Loan Funding
October, 02 2012
Indonesia - Citi Indonesia, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Bank Andara announced the closing of a USD 18.5 million term loan to fund the growth and strategy of Bank Andara’s Microfinance business, and to promote the financial inclusion of micro entrepreneurs and small businesses in Indonesia. ...
Zambia: 90% of Microfinance Loans Given Out Are For Consumption
October, 01 2012
Zambia - The Bank of Zambia (BoZ) has called on microfinance institutions to expand their lending to the productive sectors of the economy and alter the concentration of their loans away from personal to business loans ...
New Investors Appear on Azerbaijani Microfinance Market
October, 01 2012
Azerbaijan - The interest of foreign investors in the Azerbaijani microfinance market increases," executive director of the Azerbaijan Microfinance Association (AMFA) Jala Hajiyeva told Trend on Saturday. Several contracts are planned to be signed with microfinance organisations in the country up till the end of the year ...
China: Microcredit Boom on Mainland Set to Stay
October, 01 2012
China - As for overseas investors eyeing China, this is one of the very few avenues that allow foreign competitors to enter China as wholly owned financial institutions, with a relatively low entry barrier and investment ...

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