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Seven International Operators Wish to Participate in First Private Credit Bureau in Azerbaijan
March, 31 2013
Azerbaijan - Seven international companies wishing to participate in the bureau as technical partners have appealed to the executive committee of the Azerbaijani first private credit bureau, which is being established in Azerbaijan, IFC project coordinator of the financial infrastructure in Central Asia and Azerbaijan Teymur Eybatov told Trend on Friday ...
Kenya: Is It a Phone, Is It a Bank?
March, 30 2013
Kenya - Safaricom is admired abroad; at home, its success is raising questions ...
Six To-Dos Now For Responsible Investors
March, 28 2013
Global - Microfinance investors are now openly discussing responsible investment, including balancing returns and how to reduce risks of market saturation and over-indebtedness, more than ever before ...
India: Investors Commit Over Rs 400 Crore For Funding New Ventures For The Poor
March, 28 2013
India - Investors have committed at least Rs 400 crore to a government-backed fund that will provide capital to new ventures serving the needs of India's low-income communities. ...
Beyond Business: Rethinking Microfinance
March, 28 2013
Global - Banking can do more good for the poor than only helping entrepreneurs. ...
Daniel Rozas: Worse Than Andhra Pradesh - The Damage of a Repayment Crisis in Chiapas, Mexico
March, 27 2013
Mexico - No, this is not a follow-up announcing that it has begun, nor am I rooting for one to start. In my next post, I will review the options that the Mexican microfinance sector has to avoid it, and what the global microfinance community can do to help. ...
Financial Inclusion In 2012: South Asian Highlights
March, 26 2013
South Asia - The world of financial inclusion in South Asia had its share of innovation, disappointments, and growth over the last year ...
Beyond Financial Inclusion
March, 25 2013
Global - For those who want to see development in action, what's the alternative to promoting financial inclusion ...
Margot Brandenburg and Paula Goldman: Not London, Not New York - Emerging Centers of Gravity for Impact Investing Are in the Global South
March, 22 2013
Global - India and South America house immense innovation that can, and should, be centers of gravity for impact investing -- and a source of socially impactful innovation for the rest of the world. ...
Sanne Terlingen and Jesse Frederik: Who Stands to Gain From Microcredit?
March, 21 2013
The Netherlands - No country has as many tax treaties as the Netherlands. According to the organization Tax Justice, the country has made tax agreements with nearly one hundred countries. ...
Ghana to Host West African Conference on Micro-Finance
March, 21 2013
Ghana - The African Centre for Peace Building and the Bank of Ghana has signed a partnership agreement for the holding of the first West Africa Micro-finance Conference (WAMIC 2013) from April 24-26. ...
Olga Tomilova: How Much Do Financial Inclusion Indicators Say About Russia?
March, 20 2013
Russia - It turns out that despite all the progress, access to financial services is still a huge challenge in remote areas of the country ...
Africa: Risk-Taking Men, Time-Constrained Women, What Gender Gaps Mean for Financial Inclusion
March, 20 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa - Do men and women use financial services differently? This is the question we set out to answer when we conducted six country studies on gender finance in sub-Saharan Africa. ...
Elisabeth Rhyne, Managing Director, CFI: Four Challenges for Impact Investing
March, 20 2013
Global - Impact investing as a sector is still very, very young, according to Sean Foote, Managing Director of Labrador Ventures (a venture capital firm), syndicated lecturer on microfinance at the University of California Haas School of Business, and member of the Center for Financial Inclusion’s Faculty Council ...
Thailand: Belgian Princess Shows Interest in Micro-Finance
March, 19 2013
Thailand - The princess yesterday joined a round-table discussion on "Micro-finance Development in Thailand", hosted by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Bangkok ...
India: SC Interim Order Provides Relief to SKS Microfinance
March, 19 2013
India - SKS can now lend to the state’s rural poor without securing a no-objection certificate from the state government. The court’s order also allows the microfinance company to recover loans on a weekly basis ...
Alexandre Berthaud, the World Bank: What Role Do Posts Really Play in Financial Inclusion?
March, 18 2013
Global - Due to negative perceptions and a lack of awareness, Posts are often neglected in national and international financial inclusion strategies ...
Rwanda: Microfinance - Non Performing Loans Dip
March, 18 2013
Rwanda - The Microfinance sector has registered a decline in Non Performing Loans indicative of an improvement. ...
Microsavings Programs Build Wealth, Pennies at a Time
March, 15 2013
Global - The global financial crisis has turned us into a world of savers — including the poorest people on the planet ...
MENA: Life of Pi to Bridge The Funds Gap
March, 15 2013
MENA - A new company is attempting to help bridge a US$3.5 billion (Dh12.85bn) funding gap for the Middle East's poorest entrepreneurs by linking them to microcredit loans bankrolled by the social media generation ...
Peru Microlender Expands Into Mexico
March, 14 2013
Mexico - Peru’s Grupo ACP, the non-profit majority owner of Mibanco, has continued its aggressive regional expansion with the opening of its first bank in Mexico ...
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus Promotes Social Business in Tunisia
March, 14 2013
Tunisia - Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus made his first visit to Tunisia this week to raise awareness of the social business concept he has championed for much of his career and its potential to reduce unemployment ...
Bridge Launches with $24 Million in Funding -- Bringing Social Investment to Strengthen Rural Finance in the Philippines
March, 11 2013
Philippines - Bridge, a financial services company with a new approach to strengthening provincial banking and a commitment to social impact, fully focused on the Philippines, today announced its launch with a $24 million investment from Accion, Bamboo Finance, DEG, FMO and Bridge's founding principal and chairman, Paul Kocourek. ...
Bangladesh: Innovation Forward and Backward - BRAC Adapts Its Microcredit Model to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
March, 11 2013
Bangladesh - Innovators can sometimes be too fascinated with things that are radically new, when sometimes what’s needed are proven concepts adapted to new spaces ...
India: Hint of Recovery in Microfinance
March, 08 2013
India - So, it seems India’s microfinance industry is on the cusp of an upswing. This time, let’s hope regulation and experience prevent a catastrophic crash ...
Women's Road to Independence? Mobile Financial Services
March, 08 2013
Global - Women's financial inclusion and economic participation is a powerful yet underutilised weapon against poverty ...
Opportunity International Engages Temenos to Gauge Social Impact of Microfinance on Fighting Poverty
March, 07 2013
UK - Opportunity will license Insight, Temenos’ business analytics solution, to gain a deeper understanding of the beneficial impact of its work on its clients, their families and their communities. ...
StanChart, ADB Partner to Support Microfinance Across Asia
March, 07 2013
Asia - Standard Chartered Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will work together to support the growth of the microfinance sector in Asia. This region-wide collaboration aims to improve access to financial services for the poor in ADB's developing member countries (DMC's) ...
Switzerland: OFI Acquires 10% Stake in BlueOrchard Finance
March, 06 2013
Switzerland - The OFI Group, via its longstanding holding company Ofivalmo Partenaires, on 5 March announced that it has acquired a minority stake of 10% in the Swiss microfinance specialist BlueOrchard ...
Joanna Ledgerwood, Aga Khan Foundation: The Service Provider Spectrum - From Microfinance to Financial Inclusion
March, 05 2013
Global - The term microfinance covers a multitude of financial service providers. Joanna Ledgerwood argues for an approach that recognizes their distinctions and plays to their collective strengths ...
Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on The Right to Food: The Feminization of Farming
March, 03 2013
Global - Many governments have recognized the causes of the poverty trap but have not done enough to remove the obstacles facing women. ...
Increasing Financial Inclusion for the Underprivileged
March, 01 2013
Africa - There is a huge demand for formal financial assistance for those living on less than $2 a day, so how can we scale up our efforts ...

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