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Jul 2018
New RIAA Report: Impact Investment Delivering for our Environment and Communities
July, 19 2018
Global - The significant role capital plays in shaping our society and environment – both positively and negatively – is in focus more than ever before, writes Simon O’Connor, CEO of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia ...
Moving from Financial Access to Health
July, 19 2018
Global - As we move forward, however, we must concentrate on what comes next: Shifting our focus from creating access to improving financial outcomes for the hundreds of millions who have been excluded until now; making sure that people can use financial instruments to better weather economic shocks and invest in health, education, or in a business ...
D. Collins, CEO, BFA: Ghana - The Economic Lives of Sex Workers: Can Financial Inclusion Offer Women a Path Out of the Sex Trade?
July, 17 2018
Ghana - Rosa’s story suggests the need to focus on the “inclusion” aspect of the financial inclusion movement even more than we do today. ...
India's Banking Revolution Has Left Its Villagers Behind
July, 17 2018
India - While India gained about 25,000 bank branches and 45,000 ATMs in the four years to March 2018, growth has not kept up with a surge in new customers ...
Task Force to Examine Feasibility of $1 Bn Fund for Social, Environmental Drive in Lat America
July, 17 2018
Latin American - The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment today announced the launch of a task force to determine the feasibility of USD 1 billion fund to drive social and environmental impact in 20 countries across Central and South America ...
Emerging Markets: See the Bigger Picture
July, 17 2018
Global - Investors could be wrong to let currency devaluations in emerging markets colour their picture of the wider asset class, finds Fiona Rintoul ...
Achieving Nigeria’s Financial Inclusion
July, 16 2018
Nigeria - Access to financial services such as banking, lending services, micro-financing, and economic resources, i.e., financial inclusion have long been heralded as a way to reduce poverty ...
India’s Social Revolution
July, 16 2018
India - India’s digital leap – consisting of a combination of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, rising mobile penetration and a Goods and Services Tax regime – is generating deep social impact, promising reduced income inequality, increased financial inclusion, better quality of life, and higher agricultural productivity ...
Microfinance Companies Advised to Embrace Technology
July, 14 2018
Ghana - Dr Settor Amediku, the Head of Payment System Department of Bank of Ghana has urged microfinance companies to use technology to provide quality customer services ...
Why Run Before You Can Walk? Digital Data Assets for SME Lending
July, 13 2018
Global - Designing and implementing a digital strategy for SME lending and deciding what data assets to utilise in doing so is truly staggering ...
WB to Pilot Cashless Payments Project in Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic
July, 13 2018
Azerbaijan - The creation of the new cashless payment infrastructure will allow citizens to use their mobile phones for financial operations, including paying bills and transferring money. ...
Microfinance Could Help African Cities Solve Housing Crisis: Experts
July, 12 2018
Global - Granting small loans to help low earners in Africa’s rapidly growing cities build their own homes could help solve a looming housing crisis, experts said on Thursday ...
Pakistan: Micro-Entrepreneurship Changing Lives of Poor
July, 12 2018
Pakistan - Starting his business with only2-3 stitching machines and now runs a centre with more than 100 machines, Naseem’s journey has been inspirational. ...
Blockchain and Islamic Banking Are Working Together, and Everyone Stands to Benefit
July, 11 2018
Global - More and more banks in the Islamic world — a community of nearly 2 billion people worldwide — are adopting blockchain technology and cryptocurrency ...
Alternate Lending Platforms Are Fixing India's Financial Inclusion Problem, Becoming Enablers for SME Funding
July, 11 2018
India - Today, India's MSMEs and their business owners are finding new-age digital startups and alternate lending platforms to be the most effective institution to disperse credit. ...
Why Micro-Lending Is Branching out in 2018
July, 10 2018
Global - Financial technology seems to be leading the startup charge, representing 40 percent of the largest 10 deals of the year so far, collectively worth $100 million ...
An Admirable Filipina
July, 09 2018
Philippines - Ruth Callanta is president of the Center for Community Transformation (CCT), a nongovernment organization (NGO) that is transforming the lives of impoverished families. Nearly a million poor Filipinos were beneficiaries of services extended by CCT in 2017 alone. ...
Nigeria’s Financial Inclusion Falls Below 2012 Level - CBN
July, 08 2018
Nigeria - The Central Bank of Nigeria has said financial inclusion in the country is now below the 2012 level as it fell to 58.4 per cent in 2016 ...
India: Federal Bank Vying to Buy MFI Madura Microfinance
July, 07 2018
India - Federal Bank has initiated talks to acquire Madura Microfinance. The price that the bank is said to have quoted for the MFI is around Rs 700 crore ...
Dubai To Serve as Regional Digital Financial Inclusion Hub for Middle East, Africa and South Asia
July, 06 2018
Dubai - The UAE is ideally positioned to serve as the ‘beating heart’ of a regional innovation hub; according to a new report published by Oliver Wyman in collaboration with Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading international financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region ...
Zambia: World Bank Approves $14.6 Million Climate Fund
July, 06 2018
Zambia - THE World Bank has approved financing of US$14.6 million under the Climate Investment Funds to enable Zambia to link smallholder farmers affected by climate change to markets ...
A Two-day Crash in Zimbabwe’s Mobile Money System Shows the Vulnerabilities of Going Cashless
July, 05 2018
Zimbabwe - Although mobile money has become the leading transaction platform in Zimbabwe, its weaknesses came into focus this week after the dominant EcoCash network in Zimbabwe went down for two days, and left many consumer businesses floundering in an already difficult economy ...
India: Fusion Microfinance Reduces Interest Rate to 23% for Existing Customers
July, 04 2018
India - The rate of interest for their existing customers have been reduced by 140 basis points to 23% from 24.4% earlier.New customers will be able to avail loans at 23.5% now instead of previous 24.6% rate ...
Nigeria: Social Security - Federal Government Takes Interest-free Microcredit Loans to Grassroots
July, 04 2018
Nigeria - The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration introduced the Government Empowerment and Enterprise Programme (GEEP). The GEEP is one of the Social Intervention Programmes (SIPs), designed to offer zero interest rate loans to over 1.2 million beneficiaries at the grassroots ...
The SDGs: An Ethical Compass for Investors
July, 03 2018
Global - The UN Sustainable Development Goals incorporate a strong call to action for the private sector to end poverty, combat climate change and promote sustainable economic growth, writes RIAA's Carly Hammond ...
World’s First ‘Integrity Rating’ Agency Launched
July, 02 2018
Gloabl - In a twist on the credit ratings of Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s, Sigma Ratings, co-founded by former US Treasury official Stuart Jones and lawyer Gabrielle Haddad, is this month set to publish its first batch of ratings, focused on the conduct of 500 financial groups in 16 emerging markets, from Saudi Arabia to Panama ...
Dubai Set to Serve as Regional Digital Financial Inclusion Hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
July, 02 2018
Global - Titled “The Case for an Innovation Hub to Facilitate MEASA Financial Inclusion”, the report reveals how Dubai is strategically positioned to facilitate development of digitally enabled financial solutions for the region ...

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