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Africa Fintech Forum 2018

Gilles Da Costa, Regional Director of Inclusion [Africa], participated in the Africa Fintech Forum 2018 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) from November 26th to the 27th. Gilles, together with Diallo Boubacar, the African representative of the Smart Campaign, hosted the responsible digital finance workshop.

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BBVAMF receives the Corporate Citizen of the Americas 2018 Award

BBVA Microfinance Foundation, whose mission is to promote inclusive, sustainable economic and social development, has been awarded the Corporate Citizen of the Americas (CCA) 2018 Award by the Foundation for the Americas, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS). This prize is awarded to private organizations whose projects benefit the community, […]

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Argentina’s microcredit institutions will be risk rated

Microfinance institutions in Argentina, which grant credits to entrepreneurs and those excluded from traditional financial services, will have their own credit risk score developed by La Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. These ratings, which measure the default risk of microfinance institutions, are expected to improve their access to financing both at national and international […]

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Financial Inclusion Week in WAEMU

The Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) organized, from November 26 to December 1, 2018, the 2018 edition (1st edition) of the Week of Financial Inclusion in WAEMU on the theme “Financial inclusion: lever of economic and social development”. More than 250 people took part in the event from finance ministries, banks, decentralized financial […]

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3rd Annual Global Microfinance Summit

Jan 24 – 25, 2019 Istanbul, Turkey The Global Microfinance Summit 2019, that is expecting some 200 renowned microfinance practitioners from around the world, will discuss major challenges that are facing the microfinance industry currently. The topics of the summit include the role of education as a strategy for social inclusion, Green Microfinance, and the impact microfinance […]

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Our Team, gets bigger!

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the appointment of Micaela Pierolivo as Latin American representative and Technical Advisor for Regulatory Affairs, and Ruben Mangas as Analyst and Logistic Coordinator at Inclusion [Social Ratings]. Micaela and Ruben will report to the Director of Social Ratings and will be supporting operating, logistic and marketing […]

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Global report on financial inclusion, released

The 2018 edition of The Economist’s Global Microscope, a benchmarking index that assesses the enabling environment for financial inclusion in 55 countries, has been released. Among the major findings highlighted in this edition include findings that Colombia, Peru and Uruguay have the most conducive environments for financial inclusion, whereas gaps in connectivity infrastructure and digital identification […]

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Capacity Building Workshop for National Committees for the Implementation of the WAEMU Regional Financial Inclusion Strategy

The Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) organized a “Regional Strategy for Financial Inclusion (SRIF)” capacity-building workshop for the eight WAEMU member country National Committees, which were created to monitor the implementation of the SRIF in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). The workshop was held at their headquarters in Dakar (Senegal) […]

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EVPA Annual Conference

Nov 29 – 30 Warsaw, Poland The European Venture Philanthropy Association organizes its 14th annual conference in Warsaw, and this year’s theme will be “New Frontiers for Impact”. The event, which gathers together more than 500 participants from all over the world, aims to explore new ways to work together and build new solutions for […]

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Conference on Microfinance and Financial Inclusion

Nov 28 – 30 St. Petersburg, Russia The XVII Russian National Conference on Microfinance will be held in St. Petersburg, and this year’s theme will be “Microfinance: Transformation”. Topics to be discussed at the Conference include basic standards and practices of MFIs and CCs, key securities threats and methods to combat them, and increasing the […]

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Microfinance Technical Program for Asia

Feb 18 – 22, 2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Microfinance Association, a professional membership organization with international presence, is opening invitations to a one-week training program to be held in Kuala Lumpur in Q1 2019. Topics to be covered in the course’s outline include financial analysis for microfinance institutions, operational risks in microfinance, product development […]

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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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