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South Africa: Ground-Breaking R488m Fund Seeks to Catalyse Green-Economy SMMEs
April, 07 2020
South Africa - An innovative new fund has been launched in South Africa to incentivise fund managers to invest in small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that are able to generate verifiable green outcomes and jobs in the energy, water, waste, infrastructure and land-management sectors ...
Vodacom and Safaricom Acquire M-Pesa to Accelerate Mobile Money Services in Africa
April, 06 2020
Sub-Saharan Africa - M-Pesa, the first and most successful mobile money payment service, has been acquired by South Africa's Vodacom and its Kenyan subsidiary Safaricom in a new joint venture that they hope will spur the growth of this novel new form of payment on the continent ...
Visa Foundation Commits $210 Million to Support Small and Micro Businesses and Immediate COVID-19 Emergency Relief
April, 06 2020
Global - The Visa Foundation today announced a commitment of two programs totaling $210 million to support small and micro businesses, aligning with the Foundation’s long-term focus on women’s economic advancement and inclusive economic development, and to address an urgent need from local communities following the spread of COVID-19. ...
Cambodia: SME Bank Officially Launched
April, 05 2020
Cambodia - Small and Medium Enterprise Bank of Cambodia (SME Bank), the Kingdom’s newest bank with initial capital of $100 million to provide financing for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), was officially launched on Saturday ...
S. Shukla: Energy Markets Post-Covid 19 - Recovery May Take Time, Transition to Continue
April, 04 2020
Global - Global warming and climate change played a major role in the energy transition and are the most likely to prevail as the biggest motivators in post-COVID 19 pandemic world. ...
S. Saxena, Head Self-Regulation Compliance Officer at MFIN - India: Microcredit Crucial for Low Income Households Dealing with Covid-19 Blow
April, 04 2020
India - Undoubtedly Covid-19 is going to shock the demand (customers) and the supply (lenders and funders/investors) of micro-credit. Absorbing and reversing the shock would require coordinated approach in the ecosystem amongst governments, regulator and the business ...
ESG Funds Continue to Outperform Wider Market
April, 03 2020
Global - The MSCI World stock index fell by 14.5 per cent in March, but 62 per cent of global environmental, social and governance-focused large-cap equity funds outperformed the global tracker, according to data from Morningstar ...
Taiwan's Aid Agency Promotes Financial Inclusion in Palau
April, 03 2020
Palau - The program, which took effect after the signing of an agreement on March 30, is aimed at promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the Pacific island nation, ICDF's public relations officer Alex Chang told CNA on Friday ...
Myanmar Investments Agrees to Sell Microfinance Firm MFIL to Thailand’s Thitikorn
April, 03 2020
Myanmar - LSE-listed investment firm Myanmar Investments International (MIL) and other shareholders of Myanmar Finance International Limited (MFIL) have accepted an offer to sell the microfinance business to Thai consumer finance firm Thitikorn ...
Ethiopia Is Opening Up Its Mobile Money Market to New Players
April, 02 2020
Ethiopia - Ethiopia is going to allow new entrants to offer mobile money services as part of its $10 billion home-grown economic reform agenda ...
Non-Profit Network Toniic Launches Impact Investing Platform
April, 02 2020
Global - Toniic, a nonprofit global network of active impact investors, has launched Toniic Tracer, a platform that enables investors and issuers (funds and enterprises) to share and compare information about impact investments, including goals, performance and outcomes ...
Private Impact Investing Likely to Outperform Public Markets in Crisis, Proponents Say
April, 02 2020
Global - The $500bn global impact market is already outperforming in the public markets and is set to continue during the pandemic crisis ...
A. Woolnough and A. Ashaye, WWB: Continuity in a Crisis: Exploring Reactions to the COVID-19 Outbreak among Providers of Financial Services for Low-Income Women
April, 02 2020
Global - Women’s World Banking reached out to financial services providers (FSPs) from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe to gauge their initial reactions to the developing situation around the Covid-19 outbreak. ...
Impact Investor Vital Capital Launches Debt Fund to Help African Companies Survive COVID-19 Crisis
April, 01 2020
Sub-Saharan Africa - The Vital Impact Relief Facility will start with an initial US$10 million in capital and will issue roughly 10 loans on favourable terms of approximately $1 million each with a duration of up to four years. Vital also plans to open the facility to other investors to extend the available pool of capital ...
Coronavirus Seen as Trigger for Mobile Money Growth in West Africa
April, 01 2020
West Africa - While coronavirus has given people a new incentive to go digital, operators have also lowered barriers by making it cheaper and in some places easier to sign up, said analysts ...

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