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Morocco to Spearhead Islamic Private Equity in The MENA Region With a US$ 1 Billion Investment Fund
November, 29 2012
Morocco - A collective of investment professionals is undertaking to set up a US$ 1 billion integrated Islamic finance investment platform in Morocco through the creation of the country’s first Sharia compliant financial institutions, including a private equity management company and an Islamic microfinance organisation. ...
Symbiotics’ Impact Bond Issuance Platform Lends 10 Million Dollars to AccessBank in Azerbaijan
November, 29 2012
Azerbaijan - Azerbaijan’s leading microfinance bank, AccessBank, received 10 million dollars through MSME Bonds, Symbiotics’ impact bond issuance platform, on November 20, 2012. ...
IFC, Uzbekistan Work to Expand Access to Finance for Smaller Businesses
November, 28 2012
Uzbekistan - IFC and the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan are partnering to strengthen the country’s financial infrastructure and expand access to finance for entrepreneurs and smaller businesses. ...
India: Microfinance Sector Showing Signs of Recovery: Report
November, 27 2012
India - India’s nascent microfinance sector is showing signs of mild recovery after the SKS Microfinance-triggered meltdown, says a new report on the sector. ...
Microfinance Is Good for Women, But It's Only Part of The Solution
November, 27 2012
Global - While there are ways to improve microfinance and expand the availability of credit for startups in emerging markets, here's a more radical proposal: Some women--like some men — may benefit more from traditional employment at existing companies ...
Nigeria: MFBs and The Challenge of Accessing Funds
November, 26 2012
Nigeria - It is easier to announce the launch of development or intervention funds for any financial institution but accessing such funds is usually difficult. ...
India: Microfinance - Rewind and Play
November, 26 2012
India - It’s time for a mature private sector to fill the increasing gaps that the welfarist state will leave ...
Global Microlending – Not All It’s Intended To Be
November, 25 2012
Global - Held up for decades as something of a “miracle cure” for global poverty, microfinance became one of the world’s most high-profile and generously funded development interventions. ...
Closing the Pioneer Gap
November, 24 2012
Global - More money than ever is flowing into impact investing, yet many entrepreneurs creating companies that serve the poor still find it difficult to raise capital, particularly at the early stages of their company's growth. ...
Muhammad Yunus and Bangladesh Government Battle Over Grameen Bank
November, 21 2012
Bangladesh - The 8.3 million women who form the bulk of the Nobel-winning microfinance bank's shareholders could be the losers ...
Incofin IM Enhances Its Position As Innovative Impact Investor With New Partner Gimv
November, 20 2012
Belgium - The social impact investment company Incofin Investment Management (Incofin IM) is entering into a partnership with the European listed investment company Gimv ...
MicroVest GMG Capital Management Acquires Investment Management of Minlam Microfinance Fund
November, 20 2012
Global - MicroVest GMG Capital Management (MVG) announced the successful acquisition of the investment management of Minlam Microfinance Fund, a leading microfinance local currency debt fund, from New York-based investment manager Minlam Asset Management ...
Is The Other Shoe Dropping On Microfinance Investment?
November, 20 2012
Global - In the last week, two significant deals in the world of microfinance investment have been announced. ...
Fitch Affirmed Mongolia's XacBank at 'B'; Outlook Stable
November, 20 2012
Mongolia - Fitch Ratings has affirmed Mongolia-based XacBank LLC's (XacBank) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'B' and its Short-Term IDR at 'B'. ...
Peru’s BanBif Seeks to Offer $400 Million of Bonds in 2013
November, 19 2012
Peru - Banco Interamericano de Finanzas SA, the Peruvian lender also known as BanBif, plans to sell as much as $400 million in bonds next year to finance an expansion in microfinance loans, Chief Executive Officer Juan Ignacio de la Vega said. ...
Does Access to Microfinance Help Poor Households Build Savings?
November, 16 2012
Global - The fact that clients have savings on deposit with the microfinance provider, or not, is as much due to the provider’s legal structure (license to take savings deposits), policies (regarding encouragement of savings) and products (safety and accessibility features) as it is due to the ability and desire of the client to save money. ...
Microfinance Deal Aims to Take Latam Experience to Africa
November, 15 2012
Global - The latest and by far the biggest deal is Thursday’s announcement of a $105m acquisition of Boston-based Accion Investments by Bamboo Finance of Luxembourg ...
Financial Inclusion Still Poor in Nigeria
November, 15 2012
Nigeria - In spite of efforts to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria, particularly in the rural areas, majority of the people still don't have access to financial services, the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation said yesterday ...
The Rise and Fall of Microcredit in Post-Apartheid South Africa
November, 14 2012
South Africa - Thirty years ago, the international development community was abuzz with excitement. The reason was that the perfect solution to poverty in developing countries appeared to have been finally located — this was microcredit, the provision of tiny micro-loans used by the poor to establish income-generating activities. ...
IFC Helps Expand Access to Finance for Small Business in Eastern Russia
November, 12 2012
Russia - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing Asian-Pacific Bank with a $30 million subordinated loan to strengthen the bank’s capital base and expand access to finance for small and medium companies in Russia. ...
Philippines: Smart to Launch Microfinance Bank
November, 11 2012
Philippines - Telecom firm Smart Communications Inc. said it will establish the country’s first microfinance bank, in which the company will tap its mobile-phone subscribers focusing on those who have little or no access to the formal banking system ...
Lack of Understanding One of The Main Barriers To Impact Investment
November, 09 2012
Global - Lack of understanding of the asset class and requirements of a minimum investment size far beyond the capacity of the investment opportunity are two of the main barriers for pension funds investing in ‘impact investment’, research by Survey Finance and Finethic has found ...
EBRD Provides Loan to Finance Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Kyrgyz Republic
November, 08 2012
Kyrgyzstan - The EBRD is responding to increasing demand for local currency funding from small companies and entrepreneurs in the Kyrgyz Republic with a new loan to microfinance bank Bai Tushum and Partners, CJSC ...
Colombia: Opportunity International Opens Microfinance Bank to Serve Colombians Living in Poverty
November, 08 2012
Colombia - Opportunity International, a nonprofit organization providing financial products and services to more than four million clients in developing countries, has opened a financially regulated, full-service bank to serve people living in extreme poverty in Bogotá, Colombia ...
India: SKS Raises Rs.200 Crore Through Securitization Deal
November, 06 2012
India - SKS Microfinance Ltd, India’s lone listed microlender, on Tuesday said it had raised Rs.200 crore through a loan securitization transaction. Securitization refers to pooling of loan assets to marketable securities and selling it to buyers. ...
India: IFC and High Mark to Expand Credit Bureau Coverage for Microfinance Sector in India
November, 05 2012
India - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and High Mark Credit Information Services, a leading Credit Reporting agency in India, will work together to expand its credit-reporting system to cater to the microfinance institutions ...
Ghana: Bank of Ghana Presents Final Licenses to 90 Microfinance Institutions
November, 05 2012
Ghana - The breakdown of the 90 companies are 77 Microfinance companies, 11 Money Lending Companies and two Financial Non-governmental organizations ...
Rwanda: MFIs Need to Improve Their Risk Management Practices
November, 04 2012
Rwanda - Most Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in the country fail to lend money to individuals and small businesses due to a long and costly process of assessing the borrowers' creditworthiness, a top official has revealed ...
Impact Investing: Making Money the Charitable Way
November, 04 2012
Global - Impact investing usually refers to investments made by the private sector to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Usman Hayat explores this fast-growing investment theme. ...
Bangladesh: The Path Through the Fields
November, 03 2012
Bangladesh - Bangladesh has dysfunctional politics and a stunted private sector. Yet it has been surprisingly good at improving the lives of its poor ...
Banking on Change: Giving Financial Power to the World's Poorest
November, 02 2012
Global - Thousands of miles from the City of London, Barclays is funding a programme that is helping to transform the fortunes of the financially excluded in the developing world and, arguably, doing what many people think the big banks should be doing: getting back to their core activities of collecting deposits and making loans ...
China: MIF and People’s Bank of China Host First International Seminar on Microfinance in Latin America and China
November, 02 2012
China - The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, and the People’s Bank of China (PBC) this week held the first ever exchange of best practices in microfinance between China and Latin America ...
India: Now, Private Equity Firms Eye Diversified Microfinance Institutions
November, 01 2012
India - After a gap of two years, private equity (PE) investors are again stacking investments in the microfinance sector. This time, it is the diversity of the portfolio that is attracting PE investors rather than profits from the core business of lending ...

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