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Global Microscope 2019: The Enabling Environment for Financial Inclusion
October, 31 2019
Global - The Global Microscope 2019 assesses the enabling regulatory environment for financial inclusion in 55 countries. The 2019 edition features 11 new gender-focused indicators that measure financial inclusion for both women and men ...
Georgian Entrepreneurs Set for Easier Access to Finance
October, 31 2019
Georgia - The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a US dollar loan worth the equivalent of up to 4.1 million euros to JSC MFO Crystal, a leading microfinance company in Georgia ...
Kazakhstan: KMF Mandates Emga to Secure New USD 15m Financing from Austria’s OeEB
October, 30 2019
Kazakhstan - As the European Union is set to boost the business climate in Kazakhstan and central Asia through the Program Central Asia Invest – Policy, MFO KMF LLC (KMF) a leading Kazakh financial institution has proved itself to be ahead of the curve, having mandated Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA) to secure new cross-border funding ...
Combining Fintech and the Human Touch to Help Low-Income Borrowers Succeed
October, 29 2019
Global - FINCA Impact Finance was launched in 2017 by long-time microfinance lender FINCA International. Its hybrid system aims to use digital technology to provide loans and credit to marginalized communities, while offering a helping hand to tap those new services. ...
Temasek Raises S$385m for Impact Investing Fund, Targets Agriculture
October, 29 2019
Asia - Temasek Trust launched ABC World Asia in May to focus on investing in climate and water solutions, sustainable food and agriculture, and smart and liveable cities. It will also invest in financial and digital inclusion, better health and education ...
New Long-Term Finance Package Aims to Boost Sustainable Energy Investment amongst Ukrainian SMEs
October, 29 2019
Ukraine - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a financing package equivalent to up to 50 million US dollars to OTP Leasing in Ukraine to scale up sustainable energy investments, particularly for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) ...
Asian Development Bank, IFC, Others in Talks to Buy 80% Stake in Indian School Finance
October, 29 2019
India - Indian School Finance is into lending to private schools, vocational institutes and affordable schools. The deal is being valued at around $50 million (Rs 355 crore). The only process left is to obtain the approval of the Reserve Bank of India ...
A Kenyan Agritech Startup is Going Pan-African with a $30 Million Round Led by Goldman Sachs
October, 28 2019
Africa - The high rate of waste and the lack of effective distribution are two major problems plaguing the agribusiness value chain across African countries. Twiga Foods, a startup tackling both issues, has just bagged major funding ...
Bangladesh: Steps to Promote Local Green Bond Market Identified
October, 28 2019
Bangladesh - International Finance Corporation, a member of World Bank Group, in partnership with Bangladesh Bank, identified steps to promote the local green bond market in Bangladesh as a way to mobilise capital for climate-related initiatives ...
EIF, Bulgarian Development Bank Unit to Back Bulgarian Micro-Enterprises with 5.1 mln Euro
October, 25 2019
Bulgaria - The European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the EIB Group, and JOBS MFI, the microfinance unit of Bulgarian Development Bank (BDB) signed an agreement to support 320 micro-enterprises with 10 million levs ($5.7 million/5.1 million euro), EIF said ...
Are Rich Countries 'Glossing Over' Their Climate Finance Obligations?
October, 24 2019
Global - As the Green Climate Fund gears up for the start of its replenishment conference in Paris on Thursday, civil society groups are warning that rich countries should not distract from their climate finance obligations with claims about broadening the fund’s donor base ...
Citi, OPIC and Ford Foundation Launch Scaling Enterprise, a $100MM Financing Partnership to Support Social Enterprises
October, 24 2019
Global - Scaling Enterprise, a $100 million loan guarantee facility, will enable Citi to provide early-stage financing in local currency to companies that expand access to products and services for low-income communities in emerging markets ...
Terra Silva Has $90 Million in ‘Catalytic Capital’ for Carbon Reduction in Tropical Forests
October, 23 2019
Global - Terra Silva, a new $90 million fund of funds, will help eight to 10 investment fund managers prove that sustainable tropical forests are a profitable bet for commercial investors ...
EIB to Back Small-Scale Renewables in Brazil
October, 22 2019
Brazil - The €100 million funding will support the local renewables roll-out, including small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) farms and run-of-the-river hydropower plants (HPPs), and with part of the financing going towards various energy efficiency initiatives ...
Indonesia Issues World's First Blockchain Sukuk
October, 22 2019
Indonesia - Indonesian Islamic microfinance cooperative BMT Bina Ummah has raised 710 million rupiah ($50,000) through the world's first primary sukuk issuance on a public blockchain and also the world's first micro sukuk ...
How Swiss Investors Are Reacting to Climate Activism
October, 22 2019
Switzerland - Amid numerous alarming environmental reports, the call for action to address climate change has never been so loud. Is the Swiss financial sector stepping up to the plate? ...
Mobile Financial Services’ Transactions to Exceed $1 Trillion in Emerging Markets by 2024
October, 21 2019
Global - A new study from Juniper Research found that the total transaction value of the MFS (Mobile Financial Services) market will exceed $1 trillion by 2024; rising from $580 billion in 2019 ...
M. Hancock, Chief Executive, Y Analytics: How to Go Beyond Shareholder Primacy in Good Conscience
October, 21 2019
Global - Corporations should bring evidence to measure their social impact ...
Why Are Social Safety Net Programmes so Crucial?
October, 21 2019
Bangladesh - Ending poverty, which is the inescapable agenda of today’s world, requires action across multiple arenas and should be approached from social protection and microcredit angles— both of which are tested means of poverty reduction ...
EIB and FATEN Sign US$10M Deal to Support Micro Entrepreneurs in Palestine
October, 21 2019
Palestine - The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Palestinian Company for Credit and Development (FATEN) have signed a USD 10 million-loan agreement to finance self-employed individuals, sole proprietors and micro-entrepreneurs in Palestine ...
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Netherland's Development Finance Company Partner to Improve Agriculture Financing in Developing Countries
October, 18 2019
Global - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and FMO, the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank today launched a formal partnership which aims to increase investments in favor of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small-scale producers operating within the agribusiness sector in developing countries ...
Formalising Microfinance in India
October, 18 2019
India - Microfinance in India has traversed a long history since it debuted in the late 1980s as a social banking innovation anchored in informal self-help groups (SHGs). It was mainstreamed as the self-help group-bank linkage program (SBLP) in the mid-1990s with the active involvement of non-government organisations (NGOs), banks and provincial governments ...
Egypt- CBE Issues New Regulations for Microfinance in Banks
October, 17 2019
Egypt - The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has placed new controls to regulate financing granted by banks to NGOs, institutions, and microfinance companies ...
Mexico Launches CoDi, a New Digital Payment Platform for Financial Inclusion
October, 17 2019
Mexico - This system intends to include a typically excluded segment of the population who do not have access to traditional banking and payment services but do own a mobile phone. ...
Financial Inclusion Rate in Nigeria Now 63.2% as at 2018
October, 16 2019
Nigeria - After a dip in the financial inclusion headline number in 2016, the biannual financial inclusion survey number shows a marginal increase from 58.4 per cent in year 2016 to 63.2 per cent in 2018 ...
Investors to Triple Fossil Fuel Divestment, Survey Finds
October, 16 2019
Global - Institutional investors are planning to ramp up allocations to the sector to 5.3% over the next 12 months, which will more than double to nearly 11% by 2029. This represents $643 billion of investment into renewables from respondents over the next decade ...
Rich Millennials Push to Put Family Wealth into Impact Investments
October, 16 2019
Global - Winning the support of older generations for new approaches to wealth management is not always easy. But as younger family members take up the reins at family offices, many are asking one question: how can they put more of their family’s wealth to work for good ...
The Next Frontier in Impact Investing: Investing in Refugees
October, 15 2019
Global - Refugee lens investing is a nascent movement, but it has potential to address one of the biggest political and social crises of our times. “In the absence of political leverage, economic leverage can work to create change,” says Kluge, reflecting on his vision for the movement. ...
Future Returns: Impact Investing in Latin America
October, 15 2019
Latin America - Home to eight of the 20 countries across the world with the highest income inequality, below average public health expenditures as a proportion of GDP, and ridden with hasty, unplanned urbanization, there is a budding class of entrepreneurs trying to reshape life in the region ...
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo: The Nobel Couple Fighting Poverty
October, 15 2019
Global - For the past two decades, the world's most-feted economist couple has tried to understand the lives of the poor, in "all their complexity and richness". And how an inadequate understanding of poverty had blighted the battle against it ...
Serbia's WBEG Opens Western Balkans' Largest Wind Farm
October, 14 2019
Serbia - Serbian company Vetroelektrane Balkana (WBEG), a joint venture of UAE-based Masdar, Taaleri Energia and German development finance institution DEG, has officially opened Cibuk 1, the largest utility-scale commercial wind project in Serbia and the Western Balkans, Masdar said ...
Singapore PE Fund First Globally to Secure Financing Tied to Sustainability
October, 14 2019
Singapore - The fund, Quadria Capital, secured a US$65 million (S$89 million) three-year revolving facility from ING, through which Quadria will have its borrowings' interest rate pegged to its sustainability performance, ING said in a press statement last Friday ...
How an Italian Energy Company Revolutionized Sustainable and Impact Investing in Structured Credit
October, 14 2019
Italy - The five-year $1.5bn bond has a key performance indicator (KPI) of at least 55% of total capacity from renewable energy by the end of 2021. If Enel misses this target, its annual interest payment will step up by 25 basis points ...
LSE Lays Down Tougher Rules for Green Bond Reporting
October, 11 2019
UK - The London Stock Exchange is to create a new green classification and toughen standards for eco-friendly “green” bonds listed on its market as competition among exchanges in the fast-growing sustainable finance industry rises ...
Investing with a ‘Nutrition Lens’ to Drive Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals
October, 10 2019
Global - Poor nutrition is an untrenched global challenge that impacts many of the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Solving it will require a significant capital infusion in a more local, more sustainable, global food system able to deliver more affordable healthy food. That’s a big opportunity for impact investors ...
India: BASIX Sub-K Bags $10.5 Mn Funding to Take Its Human ATM Network to More Indian Villages
October, 10 2019
India - BASIX Sub-K is a fintech startup providing banking services to the underserved population. The company will use the funds for business expansion and tech strengthening ...
Caucasus & Central Asia: Reforms Key to Financial Inclusion Growth Spurt in Ex-Soviet States
October, 09 2019
Caucasus & Central Asia - Former Soviet republics have seen the strongest rise in the number of citizens with bank accounts among all countries in Europe and Central Asia in recent years, driven by financial sector reforms and the development of microfinance ...
Report to EU Leaders Proposes New European Climate and Sustainable Development Bank
October, 09 2019
Western Europe - On Tuesday, an expert group set out three long-term options for how to create a European Climate and Sustainable Development Bank to replace the "fragmentation," "overlaps, gaps and inefficiencies" in the current system ...
Five Takeaways from the State of Blended Finance 2019
October, 08 2019
Global - We recently launched the State of Blended Finance 2019, the third edition of our keystone report first published in 2017. The report uses Convergence data and insights to provide an updated analysis on the blended finance market. ...
J. Romisher, Former PAYGo CFO: Smart Subsidies Can Scale Energy Financing
October, 08 2019
SSA - Smart subsidies can help solar home system providers reach the scale they need to compete with other energy sources, but designing a smart subsidy requires understanding the components of PAYGo pricing and how they affect customers’ behavior ...
Goldman Sachs Helps Loan $1.45 Billion to Women Entrepreneurs
October, 08 2019
Global - Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said a campaign to increase lending to women-owned businesses in developing countries has arranged $1.45 billion in financing since 2014, more than double the initial goal ...
UK: Pensions Minister Quizzes Schemes on ESG Policies
October, 08 2019
UK - The minister for pensions and financial inclusion has given an ultimatum to the biggest pension funds in the UK to combat climate change ...
Catholic Institutions Pledge to Increase Impact Investments in Climate Action and Social Equity
October, 07 2019
Global - Catholic congregations long known for providing healthcare and services for the poor are expanding their ministries to drive positive impact through their pension and investment portfolios ...
Cambodia: ADB Continues Its Support of Kingdom’s Financial Inclusion
October, 07 2019
Cambodia - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $40 million policy-based loan to support poor and rural households and improve their financial access, it said ...
World Bank Financing Serbian Waste-to-energy, Landfill Project
October, 04 2019
Serbia - This landmark project in the City of Belgrade has the power to become an example of a sustainable solution for cities in other emerging markets to solve pressing waste management challenges using the technology and efficiency of the private sector ...
Here Is What 1200 of the World’s Leading Impact Investors Focus On
October, 04 2019
Global - This week saw the gathering of 1200 global impact investors and professionals in Amsterdam for the 10th annual Global Impact Investing Network Forum. ...
India: Monetary Policy - RBI Eases Norms for Microfinance Lenders, Hikes Loan Limit to Rs 1.25 Lakh
October, 04 2019
India - The Reserve Bank of India on Friday raised income limits to be eligible for loans as the banking regulator wants more borrowers to have access to microfinance credit ...
Reyl Unveils New Impact Investing Affiliate
October, 04 2019
Switzerland - Swiss private bank Reyl Group has introduced an independent asset management affiliate, which will focus on social and environmental impact investing ...
Nigeria: CBN Mandates Banks to Give Out More Loans
October, 03 2019
Nigeria - A new directive by the Central Bank mandates Nigerian banks to give N65 as loans for every N100 they have as deposits. The directive announced on Wednesday is to ensure that banks lend money to the real sector of the economy ...
Mongolian Nomads Create Shared Funds and Financial Security
October, 02 2019
Mongolia - For Mongolian herders — independent by nature, trusting few beyond their own relatives — cooperatively-owned financial institutions are seen as the first step toward greater collaboration and pastureland management ...
Bangladesh’s BRAC Bank Secures $30mn Loan from CDC Group
October, 02 2019
Bangladesh - CDC Group, the UK-based development finance institution, has committed to extend a $30-million loan to Bangladeshi lender BRAC Bank, according to a press release ...
Sempli Wraps Up Series A Worth US$8 Million to Strengthen Colombian SMEs
October, 01 2019
Colombia - Financial assistance for Colombian SMEs to the rescue; online lending platform Sempli recently closed a Series A round worth US$8 million led by Oikocredit and Incofin CVSO ...
IFC Signs Deal to Support Refugees, Micro Businesses in Lebanon
October, 01 2019
Lebanon - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed a cooperation agreement today with Lebanon’s largest microfinance institution, Al Majmoua. The project is designed to help Al Majmoua continue to grow sustainably while providing crucial financial services to people across Lebanon ...
Tunisia: Enda Tamweel Inks $10mn Agreement with Citibank Tunisia
October, 01 2019
Tunisia - Tunisia-based microfinance company Enda Tamweel, which owns about 80% of the country’s microfinance sector market share, has signed a loan guarantee agreement with the local subsidiary of US bank Citibank for an amount of TND30 million ($10.4 million) ...
Indonesia: Clever Collaboration Lifts Fintech
October, 01 2019
Indonesia - Fintechs, banks and government are working together to build clever new digital services and boost financial inclusion in a country where millions are unbanked. For now, collaboration is the name of the game ...

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