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Mercy Corps and Mastercard Take Fintech to Farmers
January, 31 2018
Global - Humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is partnering with Mastercard Foundation to push for adoption of technology to benefit millions of small-scale Kenyan farmers for better food production and ending perennial shortages ...
Liberia: Weah Targets Poverty Reduction
January, 31 2018
Liberia - President George M. Weah says his government will prioritize poverty reduction in order to improve the lives of Liberians ...
L. Pacheco, L. Rojas-Suarez: Assessing the Quality of Regulations for Improving Financial Inclusion in Eight Latin American Countries
January, 31 2018
Latin America - The most recent World Bank data on financial inclusion shows that by 2014, only 54 percent of the adult population in Latin America had an account at a financial institution. This compares to an average of 62 percent of adults worldwide and 70.5 percent for those countries with a similar level of income per capita (the region’s peers). In developed economies, 94 percent of adults have an account at a financial institution ...
S.Kelly, Center for Financial Inclusion: How Fintechs and Financial Institutions Can Partner for Mutual Benefit – And Greater Financial Inclusion
January, 31 2018
Global - The growing number and scale of fintech/financial institution partnerships speak to the value proposition both sides see. That said, just because a partnership makes sense doesn’t guarantee it will be easy to execute. ...
Indonesia's Fintech Lending Boom Exploits Shortfall in Bank Loans
January, 30 2018
Indonesia - Fintech firms, offering loans of as little as a few hundred dollars, are seeing a spike in lending in Indonesia where tens of millions of people have little or no access to bank credit - helping alleviate a financing shortfall estimated at more than $73 billion ...
Egypt: $10m Loan to Finance MSMEs from SANAD in Partnership with Banque du Caire
January, 30 2018
Egypt - The SANAD Fund for MSMEs (SANAD) announced, in a press statement on Monday, that it will finance a $10m senior loan to Egypt€™s Banque du Caire to support the expansion of the bank€™s lending operations for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) ...
Tunisia: CFE Plans to Finance 5300 Entrepreneurs Up to $16.7 Million in 2018
January, 29 2018
Tunisia - Centre Financier aux Entrepreneurs (CFE) Tunisie, a Tunisian microfinance institution, plans to fund 5300 entrepreneurs up toTND40 million ($16.7 million) in 2018 ...
M. Khan, Senior Research Manager, Helix Institute of Digital Finance, A. Schiff, Senior Manager, Caribou Digital: Does Digital Finance Really Address Low-Income Customers’ Needs?
January, 29 2018
Global - The numbers don’t lie: Digital finance has gained remarkable traction globally, with over 170 million active mobile money accounts in more than 90 countries. And this has translated to noticeable changes on the ground. ...
Blockchain Smart Contracts Could Shape Future of Impact Investing
January, 29 2018
Global - Blockchain smart contracts for funding based on verified social impact could shape the future of impact investing and social impact bonds, according to the founders of a tech company launching an Australian-first smart contracts pilot program ...
15 States Receive a Boost as CBN Grants 28 New Licences to Microfinance Banks
January, 27 2018
Nigeria - The financial sectors of 15 states in Nigeria received a boost in 2017 as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) granted 28 new licences to microfinance banks (MfBs), a development that increased the number of microfinance banks in the country to 1,008, an increase of 3 percent over 980 MfBs in the country in 2016 ...
India: Create Bonds for Social, Environmental Impact Investing
January, 26 2018
India - Davos, Jan 26 (PTI) Social entrepreneur Chetna Sinha today mooted the idea of bonds for raising funds to be invested in human capital specially focused on social and environmental issues. “Why can’t we have bonds that will raise capital for training people learn about soil and water conservation and all other such things,” she said ...
Is Now the Right Time to Head to Frontier Markets?
January, 26 2018
Global - After several tough years, things have been looking more positive for investors in emerging markets over the last couple of years, with the region outperforming its developed market peers in both 2016 and 2017 ...
Consumer Protection in Digital Financial Services – Providers Take the Lead
January, 26 2018
Global - Educating digital financial services (DFS) providers to understand that consumer protection is a core business strategy is as important – if not more important – than consumer protection regulation supervision if we hope to ensure that vulnerable consumers are well protected ...
Use of Renewable Energy in Powering Data Centers in Emerging Markets
January, 25 2018
Global - The new report from Energy & Natural Resources Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of energy & natural resources industries ...
China Sees Fewer Micro-Credit Firms in 2017
January, 25 2018
China - China continued to see fewer micro-credit firms last year amid tightening regulations on malpractice in the sector, official data showed Thursday ...
J. A. R. Alip, Head of BDS Foundation, MNLI and CARD, Leasing and Finance Corp: Phillippines - Microfinance and Financial Technology
January, 25 2018
Philippines - Th Microfinance Council of the Philippines reports that its members are serving five million active clients, with four million borrowers taking average loans of P10,000. ...
The Power of Microfinance Institutions in a Digitized Future
January, 25 2018
Global - Microfinance institutions are uniquely positioned to benefit from emerging technologies but one key input remains largely missing ...
How Microcredit Can Help Poor Countries After Natural Disasters
January, 25 2018
Global - But the biggest difficulty is in raising finance for recovery lending. Grants may not be available. This month’s initiative will give MFIs prompt access to liquidity after a disaster, helping them meet increased demand, for an annual premium of about 0.5% of the value of their portfolios, in addition to the normal cost of funds ...
J. Patel, Director, Habitat’s For Humanity: How Impact Investing is Advancing Affordable Housing
January, 24 2018
Global - Due to the failure of the formal finance market, many low-income families turn to microfinance institutions as an alternative to other informal mechanisms for savings and credit. Globally, microfinance institutions serve an estimated 200 million low-income clients representing a combined current lending portfolio of US$70 billion. ...
Egypt’s Fintech Startups Are Growing in Number, Value, and Specialization
January, 24 2018
Egypt - Financial inclusion is critical in reducing poverty and achieving shared economic growth, as mentioned ‘The Global Findex Database 2014: Measuring Financial Inclusion around the World’: When people can participate in the financial system, they are better able to start and expand businesses, invest in their children’s education, and absorb financial shocks. This approach is increasingly adopted in Egypt where fintech startups are proliferating and engaging citizens in a ‘neo’ formal financial system. According to figures shared with Wamda by the World Bank Global Findex database, only 14 percent of adults in Egypt have an account as of 2014, and eight percent use an account to make digital financial payments. The Findex said that about 86 percent of adults in the country do not have an account and are therefore considered unbanked ...
Union Investment Unveils Sustainable Development Goals Fund
January, 24 2018
Global - Union Investment has launched a fund focusing on the UN sustainable development goals, the firm has announced. The new strategy, which is called the UniInstitutional SDG Equities fund, invests in the universe of 1,200 companies, with 60 names making it to the final portfolio. Some of the sectors the fund allocates to are water management, healthcare, renewable energies and green transport ...
This Impact Investing Platform Was Set to Be a Game-Changer. So Why Did it Fail?
January, 24 2018
Global - In order to scale, impact investing needs a platform that will make it easier for investors to connect with vehicles for their funds. ImpactUs promised to do that–but its failure shows that the space wasn’t quite as ripe for innovation as its founders had hoped ...
Microfinancing: From Being a Sidekick to Being a Lead
January, 24 2018
Global - Microfinancing has become mainstream today. But just a while ago, microfinancing did not enjoy the status it enjoys today. This could be attributed to the growing pressure on banks to looks for new streams of revenue backed by government’s will to go in for social inclusion and the developing regulatory framework ...
Impact Funding for Kenyan Firms Set to Hit Sh123 Billion
January, 23 2018
Kenya - The amount committed by impact investors into Kenyan enterprises is expected to double to Sh123 billion ($1.2 billion) within the next five years, a new study by US-based consultancy FR LLC and University of Virginia Business School shows ...
‘Blended Finance’ Could Lift Sustainable Development by $1 Trillion
January, 23 2018
Global - An additional $1 trillion could be found for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals if development banks focus on making investments digestible for private pools of capital ...
B. Magnoni, Founder, Director, EA Consultants: Selling Without Selling Out - How to Avoid Harmful Sales Tactics in Financial Inclusion
January, 23 2018
Global - Financial service providers can offer a wide range of products, tailored to a diversified range of segments, and offering multiple revenue streams. However, to do so effectively, many financial institutions serving the base of the pyramid need a business model refresh. ...
Why Poverty Hasn’t Reduced Significantly in Pakistan
January, 22 2018
Pakistan - Poverty is one of the least discussed issues in Pakistan. While many debates centre around different economic issues, poverty is mostly left out. It is quite odd that local discourse on such a serious issue is very elusive in our country ...
D. Porteous, CEO, BFA, O. Morawcynski, Project Manager, MasterCard Foundation: The Superplatforms Are Coming … And They Will Transform Financial Inclusion
January, 22 2018
Global - For decades experts have claimed that banks are dead or dying, but they have persisted. However, the entrance of new internet giants or “superplatforms” into financial services may finally spell doom for some traditional financial institutions ...
EBRD Deepens Green Investments in Kosovo
January, 21 2018
Kosovo - The EBRD is providing a loan of up to €1.5 million to Agency for Finance in Kosovo (AFK), the fourth largest microfinance institution in the country, to increase the financing of the green economy ...
World Bank Extends Concessional Loan Assistance of 440 mln USD to Nepal
January, 21 2018
Nepal - The World Bank agreed to provide 440 million U.S. dollars of concessional loan assistance on Sunday for Nepal's post-earthquake housing reconstruction, livestock innovation, technical education and vocational training ...
IFC Raises $2 B for Investments in Emerging Markets
January, 20 2018
Global - The International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, has raised over $2 billion from the global bond market to support its investments in emerging and developing markets ...
Investing’s New Frontier: Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya
January, 20 2018
Global - It wasn’t too long ago when small, frontier markets like Pakistan’s and Egypt’s were the hottest thing since ghost peppers. From the start of 2010 through the end of 2014, the MSCI Frontier Emerging Markets Index trounced the MSCI Emerging Markets Index each calendar year, and the frontier index produced a cumulative 43% return compared with emerging’s 11% ...
Ghana: Water for Rural Africa Sets Up $10m Fund to Provide Boreholes
January, 20 2018
Ghana - Water for Rural Africa, a Non-Governmental organisation has launched a $10 million fund to secure resources for the construction of boreholes in deprived communities in Ghana and beyond ...
WEF Tackles Financial Inclusion
January, 19 2018
Global - The World Economic Forum (WEF) and 15 of its partners have launched a financial inclusion measurement framework in an effort to assist the world's "unbanked", including through leveraging digital financial services ...
India: Microfinance Firm Village Financial Looks to Sell 10% Stake to Raise Capital
January, 19 2018
India - Agreements have almost been finalized with a high net worth individual and a domestic private equity fund, and the share sale will be concluded by 15 February, says Village Financial CEO Kuldip Mait ...
L. Chatman, President, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, I. Guerrero, Executive Director, Denver Housing Authority: Solar + Housing = Impact - Why Investors Should Boost Renewable Energy in Affordable Housing
January, 19 2018
Global - Though emerging markets have made great strides in expanding access to off-grid solar to the poor, in the U.S. and other developed countries, access to solar energy has largely been limited to middle- and upper-income communities. Despite the rapid growth in alternative energy, low-income people in these markets rarely enjoy its benefits. Yet they are often the ones who would benefit the most ...
Global Parametrics Natural Disaster Fund Launched with Vision Fund Initiative
January, 18 2018
Global - Global Parametrics, a parametric and index-based risk transfer start-up that’s backed by the UK and German governments, has launched a new climate insurance initiative, targeting African and Asian smallholder farmers, alongside VisionFund International, World Vision’s microfinance arm ...
India: Microfinance Sector Looks to Shake Off Demonetisation Blues by March
January, 18 2018
India - The microfinance sector may be in the last leg of the demonetisation-led sufferings and looks to grow double digit next quarter, captains of the industry said. ...
IFC Supports Jordan’s Largest Renewable Energy Project with Landmark Financing Package
January, 17 2018
Jordan - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has arranged a financing package of up to $188 million for the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Jordan to date—the latest in a series of efforts to boost renewable energy investments in a country faced with increased energy demand, in part driven by the growing refugee crisis ...
Blockchain Is Revolutionizing the Loan Industry - a Look at Valorem...
January, 17 2018
Global - One huge advantage of taking traditional banking out of the picture and utilizing a token in the loan process - the entire world opens up. People and businesses in developing nations that may never get the ear of a banker can give their proposal, and find funding on the Volerem platform ...
Financial Inclusion Could Unlock US$200bn: EY
January, 17 2018
Global - A new report by EY titled Innovation in financial inclusion has revealed a “potentially significant growth opportunity for banks” within emerging markets by servicing financially excluded individuals and enterprises ...
Fintech Startups Took Nearly a Third of all African Venture Funding in 2017
January, 17 2018
Global - Almost a third of funding raised by African startups in 2017 was in the fintech sector as investors bet on consumers turning to more formal financial services in a region where just 17% of the population have banking accounts. Venture funding for African startups jumped by 51% to $195 million in 2017, according to a report from Disrupt Africa ...
TriLinc Global Impact Fund Makes Impact Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia
January, 16 2018
Global - TriLinc Global Impact Fund announced today that it has approved an additional $22.7 million in term loans and trade finance facilities to companies operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, bringing total financing commitments as of December 31, 2017 to $380 million for business expansion and socioeconomic development through its holdings in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia ...
Mastercard’s New Platform Helps Kenyan Micromerchants Get Credit–And Restock Faster
January, 16 2018
Kenya - Without a financial history, small shop owners struggle to access loans. A new project from Mastercard helps them build up a track record of payments through digitizing their orders from local wholesalers ...
D. Lennox, Partner, MFX: Consumer Protection in Digital Financial Services – Core not Compliance
January, 16 2018
Global - Consumer protection is no longer in my compliance box, it’s now firmly in the revenue sustainability driver box: a significant part of any DFS business strategy to drive scale and higher customer activity rates. To share what I have learnt about consumer protection and how it relates to DFS business strategies, DFI is offering my four-week online course on Consumer Protection as a Business Strategy, which will first be available in February 2018 and then again later in the year ...
Impacting Investing Report Promotes a Responsible Exit
January, 16 2018
Global - A new report hopes to help impact investors safeguard the sustainability of their impact beyond exit by offering insight into a number of practical strategies ...
Nigeria: CBN Orders DMBs, Microfinance Institutions to Open 7.6m New Savings Accounts
January, 16 2018
Nigeria - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has ordered all Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and Microfinance banks to open 7,608,180 new savings accounts to meet its financial Inclusion target ...
Ten Years Later: What Has Digital Technology Done for Women’s Financial Inclusion?
January, 15 2018
Global - The future of women’s financial inclusion is inextricably linked to the potential of digital technology to break down barriers to women’s access to and usage of financial products. When it comes to financial inclusion for women, “digital financial services” (DFS) means different things in different markets. In some, DFS means the booming mobile money sector that is opening up unprecedented access to formal banking. In others, DFS is still just another unreachable tool for those without access to mobile phones where cash is still king ...
Pakistan: Women’s Access to Business Success not Without End of Bias
January, 14 2018
Pakistan - Ironically all the country’s successful entrepreneurs, who started modestly and then progressed to medium and even large-scale enterprises, happen to be men for reasons that are too obvious and clichéd to reiterate ...
India: IDFC Bank to Merge with Capital First, Vaidyanathan to Succeed Lall
January, 13 2018
India - IDFC Bank will be issuing 139 shares for every 10 shares of Capital First, the bank said in a statement. The merger is subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals ...
Improved Financial Inclusion Could Boost Global Bank Revenues by US$200b
January, 12 2018
Global - Banks could generate incremental global annual revenue of US$200b – equivalent to 20% of emerging market banks’ 2016 revenues – by better serving financially excluded individuals and small businesses in 60 emerging countries, according to the EY report Innovation in financial inclusion: revenue growth through innovative inclusion ...
New GIIN Report Helps Investors Ensure Sustainable Impact After Exit
January, 12 2018
Global - With impact investing on the rise, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has published a new report highlighting a range of strategies investors can employ to strengthen their ability to exit impact investments in a way that meets liquidity objectives while continuing to promote positive, sustainable outcomes ...
EBRD Supports Moroccan Small Businesses With €9.7 Mln Loan
January, 12 2018
Morocco - The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has approved a €9.7 Million loan to Fondation Albaraka, one of the largest microfinance institutions in Morocco for on-lending to local micro enterprises ...
Zimbabwe: EcoCash Sells Micro-finance Bonds from Untu Capital
January, 12 2018
Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean money transfer service EcoCash has partnered a local micro-finance company to allow the public to participate in the purchase of tradeable bonds, set to raise USD 1 million in debt financing for start-ups and small businesses. ...
India: Budget Expectations - Micro-lenders Seek Deepening of Reforms and Levy Rationalisation
January, 11 2018
India - Most micro-lending institutions hit record highs in non-performing assets following demonetization and remonetisation of high currency notes. Given this background, the budget this year, microfinance sector players hope, will see some re-thinking from a taxation perspective that would make government an enabler for growth. ...
Why Do Moneylenders Still Thrive When Formal Microfinance Is Widely Available?
January, 11 2018
Global - Despite around $34 billion in funding and numerous microfinance initiatives to help entrepreneurs in the world’s poorest countries, informal moneylenders and predatory loan sharks continue to thrive ...
IFC, Central Bank Partner to Create a National Strategy to Spur Financial Inclusion in Sri Lanka
January, 10 2018
Sri Lanka - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to develop the country’s first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) to promote a more effective and efficient process to improve financial inclusion across Sri Lanka. ...
India: Looking Beyond - How Micro Finance Institutions Are Wiping Out Demonetisation Pangs
January, 09 2018
India - Almost a year after the unexpected implementation of demonetisation (DeMo), business confidence is at an all-time high, according to the Business Confidence Index (BCI) ...
Philippines: More Towns Get Access to Financial Services
January, 09 2018
Philippines - Over a third of towns in the Philippines remained unbanked as of June 2017, although more areas gained access to formal financial channels compared to a year ago, results of a recent central bank survey showed ...
Jack Ma Debt Giant Grinds to Halt as China Curbs Micro-Loans
January, 08 2018
China - After selling billions of dollars of debt backed by consumer loans last year, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Financial is pausing such fundraising as the government steps up curbs on micro lending. The company hasn’t sold any asset-backed securities since early December, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and China Securitization Analytics. That marks an abrupt shift after it issued a record 238 billion yuan ($37 billion) in 2017 of such securities backed by consumer loans ...
S. Cheston, Financial Inclusion Consultant: Inclusive Insurance - Closing the Protection Gap for Emerging Customers
January, 08 2018
Global - Thanks to many innovators, an entire industry has emerged with profitable models reaching millions of people, and there is a growing understanding around the world, across social strata of the impact that insurance can have for families, communities and societies ...
India: Affordable Home-Loans Next Threat to Banks - Moody's-Icra Report
January, 08 2018
India - Even as a lot of thrust is being given to the affordable housing segment, a report has flagged concerns about the growing delinquencies in this segment, which are expected to continue in 2018 ...
Episcopal Pension Invests in Socially Responsible Fund
January, 08 2018
Global - The $75 million fund will provide loans to microfinance institutions, distribution companies, and manufacturers in the off-grid solar sector located in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in South Asia ...
Netherlands’ FMO Syndicates $220m Loan for Togo-based Ecobank, with Participation from BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund, Symbiotics, Oikocredit, DEG, Proparco, OeEB, BIO
January, 07 2018
Global - The Netherlands Development Finance Company, a government-backed institution also known by its Dutch acronym FMO, recently arranged a syndicated loan in the amount of USD 220 million for Togo-based Ecobank Transnational Incorporated to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 36 African countries ...
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh
January, 05 2018
Bangladesh - Social and cultural constructs create economic barriers for women, more so in emerging economies. In Bangladesh, access to finance remains the greatest hurdle for women entrepreneurs. Although women make up half of the labor force aged 15-49, they represent only 17 percent of those employed by cottage, micro, and small and medium enterprises (CMSMEs) that account for 99.93 percent out of 7.8 million businesses in the country ...
Sexual Harassment Screens Making it Into ETF ESG World
January, 05 2018
Global - But while 43 ETFs totaling $4.7 billion are labeled as socially conscious, 55% of those are focused on environmental issues and only five ETFs with less than $1 billion in assets combined are considered thematic socially conscious, according to data from Impact Shares and Morningstar Direct ...
This New Blockchain Protocol Wants to Create Accountability for Social Impact
January, 05 2018
Global - The Ixo Foundation’s “proof of impact” protocol wants to give investors knowledge that their money is working–and save organizations time and money in evaluating if their programs are working ...
IFC Extends $40m Loan to Indonesia’s Radana to Boost MSMEs Lending
January, 05 2018
Indonesia - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of the World Bank, has invested $40 million in the form of a senior loan facility in Indonesia’s PT Radana Bhaskara Finance Tbk ...
Consumer Loan Securitization Boom Put on Hold as China Clamps Down on Leverage
January, 05 2018
China - A boom in asset-backed securities issued by micro-lenders aiming to expand in China’s fast-growing online credit market looks set to slow this year amid growing regulatory scrutiny. Micro-lenders have raised billions of dollars packaging consumer loans into securities for sale to institutional investors on China’s nascent market for asset-backed securities in order to rapidly expand their loan books ...
Code Crackdown: China Payments Restrictions to Hit Profits
January, 05 2018
China - A decision by China’s central bank to rein in reserve funds held by payment firms could cost the industry upwards of $689 million a year, spur consolidation and alter the way Asia’s biggest tech firms move money ...
Pakistan: Funds Meant for Tackling Poverty Mainly Spent on Salaries, Other Areas
January, 05 2018
Pakistan - More than three-fourths of Rs462.7 billion, which is said to be spent by federal and provincial governments on poverty reduction programmes, have actually gone to meeting non-development expenditures including salary payments ...
Peru Fin Min Confirms Poverty Reduction in 2017
January, 04 2018
Peru - Poverty was reduced in Peru last year due to economic growth (2.8% according to official forecasts) and government-run social programs, Economy and Finance Minister Claudia Cooper affirmed on Thursday ...
Thitsar Ooyin Microfinance Company Launches in Myanmar
January, 04 2018
Myanmar - Founded by international development NGO GRET, Thitsar Ooyin is governed by Myanmar law. It aims to provide loans to poor disadvantaged populations in rural areas with a view to funding income-generating activities ...
Cambodia: Central Bank Revokes the Licences of 11 MFIs
January, 04 2018
Cambodia - The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has revoked the licenses of 11 microfinance institutions operating outside the capital, arguing they have failed to abide by the law and the regulations set by the central banking authority ...
Confidence, but Some Uncertainty Remains: Islamic Finance Trends
January, 02 2018
Global - As we enter 2018, it is time to watch out for determining trends to expect in Islamic finance this year. Looking back, 2017 saw considerable expansion of the industry into new markets, notably in North and Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, and many efforts to create regulatory environments in various jurisdictions to make it easier and more convenient for investors to participate in the industry. ...
India: Financial Inclusion - Long Road Still Ahead in 2018
January, 02 2018
India - With an aim to take the agenda of financial inclusion further, 2017 saw two categories of small and nimble institutions, allowed by the Reserve Bank of India, take shape in the country ...
J. Lumberg, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Envestnet: The Growth of Impact Investing
January, 02 2018
Global - Impact Investing is not only in the institutional and high-net-worth mainstream—it’s undergoing exponential growth. From 1995 (when research within this space began) to 2014, socially responsible investing (SRI) assets under management exhibited a 929% increase—a 13.1% compounded annual growth rate—according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Foundation (US SIF) ...
Why Microfinance Sector Registered a Decline in Non-Performing Loans
January, 02 2018
Rwanda - Measures introduced by the micro-finance body to reduce the growing non-performing loans in the sector seem to be, finally, paying off. According to National Bank of Rwanda (BNR), bad loans in the sector dropped by 4.3 percentage points in the third quarter of 2017 to 8 per cent ...
Odisha Turns to Banking Outlets to Cover Untapped Areas
January, 01 2018
India - So far, 818 banking outlets have come up, with SBI taking the lead and setting up as many as 47 ...
Adhil Shetty, CEO of Bankbazaar.com: Dial D for Digital
January, 01 2018
India - A cashless economy is not an impractical proposition anymore, thanks to the phenomenal rate at which digital payments have picked up in the country. But why should it be restricted to just payments and retail transactions? ...

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