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Investing for Impact: Capital Fusion for Social and Environmental Good
July, 31 2015
Global - In a world where addressing global social and environmental problems are still more prominent than ever, Impact Investing as an emerging asset class is the best new alternative for channeling large-scale private capital for social and environmental benefit. ...
Belarus: EBRD Deepens Cooperation with Belarusky Narodny Bank
July, 30 2015
Belarus - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is engaging Belarusky Narodny Bank (BNB-Bank) into its Risk Sharing Facility (RSF), a special financing programme designed to share risk in loans provided to small and medium-sized companies. BNB-Bank becomes the first Belarusian financial institution to join the RSF ...
Inter-American Development Bank Report Highlights Business Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid in Latin America and the Caribbean
July, 30 2015
Latin America & the Caribbean - According to an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report released Tuesday, the base of the pyramid is a $759 billion market offering promising business opportunities to the private sector ...
Cambodia: Microfinance Loans Up 47 Percent in First 6 Months
July, 30 2015
Cambodia - Cambodia’s microfinance sector is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, with loan disbursements in the first six months of this year increasing almost 50 percent on last year, according to an industry association ...
India: Ujjivan Raises Rs 50 Crore Through Commercial Papers
July, 30 2015
India - "This transaction is a big milestone for both the sector and for Ujjivan as it represents remarkable investor confidence in the sector," said Samit Ghosh, founder and managing director of the Bengaluru-based Ujjivan Financial Services. ...
East Africa Emerges as Global Hub for Impact Investing
July, 29 2015
East Africa - Investments focused on fostering social or environmental goals are playing an increasing role in East Africa, which a new report says is a global center for so-called impact investing ...
IFC Partners with Belarus to Boost Small and Medium Enterprises
July, 29 2015
Belarus - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Belarusian Ministry of Economy agreed to jointly improve the business environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and support the growth of the private sector, key for Belarus’ sustainable development ...
HDFC Bank’s Handheld Micro ATMs with Biometric Verification Can Change Rural Banking in India for Ever
July, 29 2015
India - In remote villages and deep hinterland of India, installing and maintaining an ATM machine is a huge challenge. But banking needs to be spread and rural population are demanding easier methods of withdrawing and depositing cash ...
Lee H. Babcock, Managing Director, LHB Associates: The State of Mobile Payments in Agriculture
July, 29 2015
Global - Agriculture digital payments, though nascent, are well underway and the favorable policy environment bodes well for continued uptake and scale out ...
Pakistan: 'Islamic Banking Consistently Expanding'
July, 28 2015
Pakistan - Report says Pakistan now has a total of 44 micro-credit providers. ...
China: Tencent's Internet Bank Extends 800 Million Yuan Following Surge in Micro Loans
July, 28 2015
China - When Chinese financial regulators initiated a program to nurture private lenders that will help China's small firms with their funding needs, Tencent and its rival Alibaba both opened their own banks, since the country's large state lenders do not cater to small companies ...
New Tools to Accommodate Old Financial Habits
July, 27 2015
Global - Giving the poor a wide range of financial choices is an admirable goal, but do we really need to “nudge” them to change behaviours, as if the choice had already been made for them? ...
Mobile Merchant Payments: The Next Battleground?
July, 27 2015
Global - As the debate rages on in the United States over whether Apple Pay will change everything or flop like countless mobile payments efforts before it, merchant payments have emerged as an increasingly hot topic in developing countries as well ...
Peru Banks: Healthy Growth Outlook
July, 27 2015
Peru - Peruvian banks are expected to continue posting healthy growth and positive results ...
Pakistan: Banks Surpass Agricultural Credit Target, Rs 516b Disbursed in FY15
July, 26 2015
Pakistan - Against the indicative target of Rs 500 billion (which was 28 percent higher than the actual agri credit disbursement of Rs.391 billion in FY14), banks disbursed Rs 515.9 billion in FY15, which was Rs 15.9 billion in excess of the target and 31.8 percent higher than the last year’s disbursement of Rs 391.4 billion, said State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in a statement ...
Bangladesh: Foreign Funds for MFIs Drop over Internal Buoyancy
July, 25 2015
Bangladesh - Foreign funds for the country's micro-finance institutions (MFIs) have noticeably been on the decline, as savings, retained earnings and local funds have bolstered their financial strength ...
India: Bandhan Bank Forays into South
July, 23 2015
India - Bandhan Financial Services, one of the largest microfinance institutions, is all set to foray into South India as Bandhan Bank ...
Who's the Next Impact Target after Goldman Sachs Snaps Up Imprint Capital?
July, 22 2015
Global - Goldman's decision to buy, rather than build, its impact investing capacity for high-net-worth and institutional clients may prod other wealth-management giants to accelerate their own impact efforts through acquisitions ...
Matthew Strickland, Foundation for Women: Nigeria - The Female Factor
July, 22 2015
Nigeria - Why enrolling more women as mobile money agents can benefit service providers, customers – and the agents themselves ...
India: Qualcomm Announces 3G Project to Boost Microfinance
July, 21 2015
India - The new system stores documents digitally, which eliminates the need for borrowers to submit paperwork each time they apply for a loan. ...
USD 564 Million in Loans to Small-scale Farmers
July, 20 2015
Global - Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) announced on 16 July 2015 that they provided USD 564 million in loans to 658 small and medium-sized businesses in 64 countries during 2014, an increase of 56 percent from 2013. ...
Peter Zetterli, CGAP: Ghana - DFS Taking Off Amid New Regulations and Market Momentum
July, 20 2015
Ghana - The new agent and e-money regulations issued on July 6, 2015 by the Bank of Ghana mark a sweeping overhaul that establishes a best practice digital financial services framework. Most importantly, they permit non-banks to own and run e-money businesses and refrain from dictating the partnership model. ...
IFC Lends 10 Mln USD to Cambodian Microfinance Institution
July, 20 2015
Cambodia - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has disbursed a loan of up to 10 million U.S. dollars to Hattha Kaksekar, Cambodia's fourth-largest microfinance institution, to support the growth of micro, small and medium businesses in the rural and agricultural sectors, according to its statement on Monday. ...
Swaziland: Micro Finance Partners with Tinkhundla Ministry
July, 17 2015
Swaziland - In an effort to instil an entrepreneurial culture among ordinary people especially in the rural areas, the Micro Finance Unit has partnered with the ministry of Tinkhundla administration and development ...
India: RBI Constitutes Committee on Financial Inclusion
July, 16 2015
India - Committee's terms of reference will include to review existing policy of financial inclusion including supportive payment system ...
India: Mudra Bank Disburses Rs. 35 Cr Loan to Satin Creditcare
July, 15 2015
India - Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank has disbursed Rs. 35 crore loan to Satin Creditcare Network Ltd (SCNL) ...
Standardizing Regulation in a World of SME Markets
July, 15 2015
Global - While governments have been found to be examining these issues, the IOSCO found that regulators have had “uneven success” in their efforts to promote SMEs’ access to capital markets ...
Countries Reach Historic Agreement to Generate Financing for New Sustainable Development Agenda
July, 15 2015
Global - The agreement, adopted after months of negotiations between countries, marks a milestone in forging an enhanced global partnership that aims to foster universal, inclusive economic prosperity and improve people’s well-being while protecting the environment ...
Impact Investing: The New Frontier
July, 14 2015
Global - Forecasts estimate that over the next decade the market for impact investing is expected to reach $32 billion in Australia and up to US$1 trillion globally ...
MasterCard Foundation to Expand Support to Rwanda
July, 14 2015
Rwanda - MasterCard Foundation looks to expand its operations in Rwanda given the country's ambitious poverty reduction programmes and support to philanthropists willing to make a difference, the Foundation's President and Chief Executive Officer has said ...
Pakistan: Microfinance - Teeming with Spirit
July, 14 2015
Pakistan - Microfinance graduated to a billion dollar business in Pakistan last year. Gleaning the Pakistan Microfinance Review (2014), which was recently released by the sector’s representative body and data-aggregator Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN), the year gone by, can be classified as the sector’s best in recent years ...
Fernando Jiménez-Ontiveros, General Manager, Multilateral Investment Fund: Bringing More Remittance Clients into the Financial Fold
July, 13 2015
Global - Remittances are a strong driver of financial inclusion in both sending and receiving countries. They can encourage and accelerate the adoption of new technologies, and offer opportunities to promote accumulation of savings on both the sending and the receiving ends. ...
IMF and MDBs Announce $400B Financing to Boost Sustainable Development
July, 13 2015
Global - To achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals, it is essential to increase investment and resource flows to developing countries. However, this can happen only where a country has a coherent development strategy, support for key public sector services, and a business environment that promotes growth ...
Jamaica National Small Business Loans Says Market Remains Underserved
July, 12 2015
Jamaica - In the face of competition from commercial banks which have established their own small business lending units and the entry of new businesses in the micro-finance lending sector, JN Small Business Loans Limited (JNSBL) said its potential for growth was not by any means approaching saturation point ...
China: How Companies Should Respond as Social Business Goes Global
July, 11 2015
China - Social business has been known as a systemically defined business practice for tackling poverty and is blossoming in every corner of the globe including China, the world’s second largest economy. ...
Mobile Money in Bangladesh: Still a Long Way to Go
July, 09 2015
Bangladesh - When compared with the global leader Kenya, mobile financial services in Bangladesh has a lot of room to grow before it can claim any wide national impact. ...
Bangladesh: Microcredit Boosts Job Prospects of Borrowers
July, 09 2015
Bangladesh - Study shows male borrowers get more benefits than females ...
India: Micro Finance Body Estimates Fund Raising Worth Rs 25,000 Cr in Next 12-18 Months
July, 08 2015
India - These funds will be a combination of equity, non-convertible debentures and term loans from banks, says MFIN ...
India: Micro Finance Institutions to Maintain Growth Momentum
July, 07 2015
India - While banks struggle to grow profitably, small lenders like micro finance institutions have concluded a fiscal in which their gross loan portfolio grew a whopping 61% to Rs 40,000 crore, according to a report by MFIN (Microfinance Institutions Network). ...
East Asia & Pacific: Bank Lends a Hand
July, 07 2015
East Asia & Pacific - Technical assistance will be provided to microfinance institutions and partners in the Pacific by the European Investment Bank under its new Pacific microfinance facility ...
Minimum Capital for Ghana’s Microfinance Hits Gh¢ 2m
July, 07 2015
Ghana - The Bank of Ghana has increased the minimum capital requirement for Microfinance Companies to Gh¢2 million. ...
Rwanda: Will Growth of Mobile Money Disrupt ATM Technology?
July, 07 2015
Rwanda - With the integration, mobile money subscribers who have accounts with the banks, can now transfer funds from their bank accounts to their mobile money wallets easily and vice-versa, which eliminates the need for one to acquire a debit card ...
David Mark, CEO, Fundz: Why Africa and Emerging Markets Need Crowdfunding
July, 05 2015
Sub-Saharan Africa - Crowdfunded microfinance can empower Africa’s entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams ...
India: No Credit for the Poor
July, 05 2015
India - Slower growth in bank and microfinance credit to the poor is likely to push them back to the welcoming hands of moneylenders ...
11 Things We Learned about Social Enterprise in International Development
July, 02 2015
Global - As donor governments cut aid budgets, here’s what the experts say about the role of social enterprise in filling the gap ...
Tanzania: Finca Partners with Airtel to Provide Mobile Bank Service
July, 02 2015
Tanzania - FINCA Microfinance Bank has teamed up with Airtel to provide mobile money transfer services to their customers ...
India: Why Unsecured Loans Are Anything but Risky
July, 02 2015
India - Today, although the SME finance gap remains a reality in many emerging markets across the world, entrepreneurs in the sector are clearly blurring the lines between business and social impact, and are bringing about systemic changes to the traditional lending system—changes that would create jobs, expand businesses and strengthen economies as a whole ...
Bangladesh: Another Band of 179 NGOs Bag Licence for Microcredit Operations
July, 02 2015
Bangladesh - A new band of 179 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have got licence conditionally for three years to run microcredit operations in 37 districts having higher incidence of poverty ...
DaviPlata: Taking Mobile G2P Payments to Scale in Colombia
July, 01 2015
Colombia - Through a freemium model, customers can transfer money across wallets, cash in and out, and request their wallet balance from their phone at no cost ...
Egypt: Export, Learn … Profit
July, 01 2015
Egypt - The initial evidence from the evaluation of the ATA program offers promising results, suggesting that trade can generate large productivity improvements, in particular for developing countries, in part due to learning-by-exporting ...

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