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Two-day workshop at Microwd

In October, Santiago Arnaudin and Ana de Miguel, directors of Social Analysis and Europe, Inclusion [Social Ratings], held a two-day workshop at Microwd’s headquarter’s in Madrid. Microwd is a crowdlending platform that promotes the creation of small business in Nicaragua. The focus of the workshop was on the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management, understanding […]

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IFC signed MoU with BTPN and SMBC to foster green financing and financial inclusion in Indonesia

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group and one of the world’s largest financiers of climate-smart projects, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (BTPN) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) to promote financial inclusion and green financing in Indonesia. According to […]

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Financial Inclusion Week

Oct 29 – Nov 2, 2018 Virtual The fourth annual Financial Inclusion Week will take place between October 29 and November 2. This virtual event gathers together thousands of people to discuss the actions needed to advance financial inclusion. This year’s theme is ‘Getting Inclusion Right’. Among the questions that this event proposes to discuss […]

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APAC Microfinance Forum

Oct 30 – 31, 2018 Singapore The Asia Pacific Microfinance Forum organized by Uniglobal, a leading knowledge sharing institution, will be held from October 30 to 31, in Singapore. The Conference, which will bring together MFIs, Investors, Solution Providers and State Organizations mainly from South East Asia, is expected to discuss issues such as how […]

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Africa Fintech Forum

Nov 26 – 27, 2018 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire The 2nd edition of Africa Fintech Forum is themed ‘Fintech in Africa, beyond payment’. Africa Fintech Forum is West Africa’s unique and inclusive stakeholder forum of fintech, insurtech, regtech, blockchain, IA and Big Data. The purpose of the event is to promote the fintech industry; but also to […]

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Advanced Course on Microfinance

Nov 5 – 9, 2018 London, UK The one-week course held by The Financial Inclusion Advocacy Centre, an international action-oriented microfinance think-tank, is designed to improve participants’ knowledge on Provision of Financial Services, with focus – among other topics – on Expansion of Products Range, SME, Regulations & Supervision. The course is aimed for MFI […]

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Annual Benin Microfinance Conference

In August, Gilles da Costa, Regional Director Inclusion [Africa], spoke at the 12th National Microfinance conference in Benin. The main topic was “Responsible Inclusive Microfinance and Microenterprise Development”. The Conference was organized by Consortium Alafia.

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Grameen Bank opens branch in Japan

The Grameen Bank, one of the world’s best known pioneers of modern microfinance, has opened an office in Japan on September 13. Grameen Nipon, started operations as a money lender, on the same day of its inauguration and plans to reach those eligible for welfare benefits and low-income earners. More information can be found here.

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Peru introduce changes to chattel mortgage regime

The Peruvian government has issued in September a decree on the regulation of movable guarantees. According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the purpose of the new regime is to allow better costs and access to financing for entrepreneurs, and improve guarantees’ information system. More information can be found here (available in Spanish only).

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Britain’s New Radicals

According to Nesta (UK Innovation Fund), the idea behind finding and celebrating Britain’s New Radicals was that we should shift the spotlight and celebrate the people who have given birth to great ideas that are actually useful in the world. Every two years, Nesta and Observer, make a list of people shaping the world, often […]

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Digital transformation of Microfinance and Digitalization of Microfinance services to deepen Financial Inclusion in Africa

If you are interested in Digital Financial Services, we recommend reading “Digital transformation of Microfinance and Digitalization of Microfinance services to deepen Financial Inclusion in Africa”, commissioned by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) as part of the Africa Financial Inclusion Policy Initiative (AfPI). The report reveals the role of technology in enhancing microfinance services […]

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Global Islamic Microfinance Forum

November 25 – 26, 2018 Dubai, UAE   The AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking & Economics (CIBE) in association with Akhuwat, Pakistan’s leading interest free microfinance organization, and with the support of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) is extending invitations to the 8th Global Islamic Microfinance Forum, to be held […]

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Online Trainer of Trainers for Cooperative Managers by the International Labour Organization (ILO)

October 1 – December 2, 2018 online The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has announced the launch of an online Training of Trainers for Cooperative Managers. The objective of the program is for cooperative experts to acquire the necessary competencies to design and deliver an interactive and participatory face-to-face training using […]

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Sri Lanka government announces debt relief in drought-hit areas and rate cap for microloans

Mangala Samaraweera, the Finance and Mass Media Minister of Sri Lanka, announced that nearly 75,000 women who took non-consumption microloans in areas affected by droughts will be eligible for debt relief. In addition, Samaraweera said that measures will be taken to cap interest rates from 40%-220% currently, to a threshold of 30%. Sources: Mangala Samaraweera […]

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Achieving financial inclusion: the importance of using bank accounts and innovation

For nearly a decade, the international community and the governments are making joint efforts to develop financial inclusion. The challenge is to set up an accessible financial system while encouraging stability as well as fairness, in order to achieve financial universal access by 2020. The goal is to successfully increase to one billion world-wide, the […]

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Events

Conference “Finance for Refugees; making it work” Sep 7, The Hague, Netherlands Organized by the Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM), a Dutch platform that brings together development organizations, social investors and banks, operating in the inclusive finance sector. Among the objectives of the conference is to discuss the offer of financial services to refugees, demonstrate […]

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Courses

Course on financial education strategy Oct 1-5, International Training Centre (ITC), Turin, Italy The International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization, the specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to improving labour conditions, is inviting to its Financial Education Program Design and Implementation. The growing complexity of financial sectors and implications on financial […]

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Responsible Inclusive Finance and Development

In May, Gilles Da Costa, Regional Manager at Inclusion [Africa], was invited by SIKKA TV, a West African television channel broadcasting 24 hour news and information around the world via satellite. Gilles was interviewed and spoke on the subject of Responsible Inclusive Finance. To watch the interview in French click on the following link:kLa Finance Inclusive et […]

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Training and transfer of competence to UCEC-MK staff, PALA-CHAD

Between June and July 2018, UCEC-MK in Chad received training in capacity building to introduce the MFI’s own code of conduct, confidentiality policy and risk mapping (included social risk). This technical assistance, supported by the SPTF and the AFD, was been conducted by Gilles Da Costa, Regional Head for Inclusion [Africa]. Gilles utilised tools from […]

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