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Microfinance and National Financial Strategies
When governments are putting together financial strategies to ensure future prosperity, they are now increasingly conscious of how microfinance banking can contribute to their plans. This is especially true of developing nations, where a number of different factors typically cause problems that m...
China, IFC Proposes to Inject Up to $194m Debt in Baidu’s Student Micro-Loan Unit
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank Group, is considering a senior loan investment of up to RMB1300 million ($194 million) through its own account as well as a syndication facility in Baidu Chongqing Baidu Micro-Loan Company Ltd (Baidu CQ MCC), a...
Rwanda, A cashless society by 2024 is achievable
The Central Bank has, for the last month, been on an aggressive path to promote digital financial services with the aim of having a cashless financial system by 2024.
N. van de Walle, Senior Research Manager, Financial Inclusion Insights, InterMedia, India’s Demonetization - One Year Later, What Was the Impact on Financial Inclusion?
Demonetization had a strongly positive effect on financial inclusion, leading to increases in account registration and active and advanced use of registered accounts, according to our data.
Microlending Startups Look to Blockchain for Loans
A new of wave startups believe blockchain can help microfinance deliver on lofty promises. Billed as a silver bullet that could lift the poor out of poverty since the mid-2000s, microfinance, or the use of small loans to boost the unbanked, has failed to take off for various reasons – namely, a ...
South Pacific, $209m loan mark
A microfinance network has enabled many women entrepreneurs in Fiji and the South Pacific to establish and grow their businesses, further improving their livelihoods. The network — South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) — has also expanded since its inception in 2000 — reaching more than 40,0...
Boosting Renewable Energy Bankability in Southeast Asia
A combination of growing energy demand, strong wind and solar resources, and political support for development has made investing in renewable energy an attractive prospect in the region. Aaron Daniels explains how companies can ensure their projects are bankable.
Phillippines, P1 Billion in Micro Loans for MSMEs in 2018
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in a statement issued yesterday, said the additional funds for 2018 will still be coursed through the Office of the President to the Small Business Corp. (SB Corp), an attached agency of the DTI that is mandated to provide financing and capacity buildin...
Philippines, Financial Technology to Help Push Islamic Microfinance in Mindanao
Fintq, together with its partners, have recently launched a national movement called “KasamaKA” to further drive financial inclusion in the countryside. KasamaKA (loosely translated to mean as financial inclusion) aims to provide greater access to financial services to every Filipino. The initiat...
Kenya, MasterCard - Helps Nairobi Merchants with SMS-Based Micro-Loans
MasterCard has unveiled a new platform called Kionect, a digital ordering system that enables small kiosk owners in Nairobi to order and pay for products from wholesalers via SMS, according to a press release.
Soldiering on in Solar: Why the ‘Investable’ Deals Debate isn’t the Whole Story
It was not a surprise that Ceniarth, an investor in clean energy access exited the space arguing in a NextBillion article that the industry is going through a “hype cycle.” In a World Resources Institute issue brief on the “pay-as-you-go (PAYG)” solar market in Kenya and Tanzania, my co-authors a...
The Clear Blue Water on the Other Side of the Digital Divide
Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside our broader coverage. This post is part of our focus on digital finance for the month of December. In the recent MasterCard Foundation Symposium on...
Investment = Inclusion: Can Fintech, With a Boost from Investors, Level the Playing Field for the Unbanked in Africa?
Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside our broader coverage. This post is part of our focus on digital finance for the month of December. Financial technology (or fintech) is transformin...
Will Microfinance Still Exist 10 Years From Now? Thoughts from European Microfinance Week
Last week, I moderated the closing plenary of European Microfinance Week, exploring the question of where microfinance – and MFIs – would be in five or 10 years. Panelists came from different organizations with varying perspectives of the industry: John Alex is group head, social initiatives at E...
‘Stealthy’ Saving: Building on Payroll Credit to Automate Savings
Basic savings accounts are essential to helping people build assets, and they’re often the first step in building a relationship with customers. This is something Acreimex—a savings & credit cooperative in Oaxaca, Mexico, serving over 120,000 members (as the cooperative refers to its customer...
Value, Not Volume: Four Ways Entrepreneurs Can Help Restore Trust in India’s Health Care Providers
A toddler with a fever and cough is brought to a lay health provider in rural Kutch. The provider faces a choice—should she offer an antibiotic? On the one hand, she knows that antibiotic resistance is on the rise because of overuse and that the toddler may recover on his own before resorting to ...
Impact Investing at a Turning Point: Read a Free Chapter of Morgan Simon’s New Book, ‘Real Impact’
“Impact investment will do a lot of good – but only if we can get it right.” That’s the key message put forward by Morgan Simon, managing director of Candide Group, founding CEO of Toniic and co-founder of Transform Finance, in her new book, “REAL IMPACT: The New Economics of Social Change.” In i...
Venture Capital is Broken – Here’s How to Fix It: A Q&A with Village Capital President Ross Baird
Venture capital investing, as currently practiced, is failing the majority of the world’s people. Need proof? Check out these stats: More than half of all venture capital in the world goes to just three U.S. states: California, New York and Massachusetts. Less than 5 percent of venture capital go...
Water ATMs: How Technology is Improving Water Governance in Tanzania
When you hear the term water governance, what comes to mind? Politicians? Hygiene? A community water tap? Would you believe that 783 million people do not have access to safe water? A huge reason for this is – you guessed it – bad water governance. According to the Organization for Economic Coop...
Live from European Microfinance Week: Watch Recordings of Friday’s Two Plenary Sessions
NextBillion is covering European Microfinance Week as a media partner, and we’re planning to live-stream two plenary sessions on Friday, Dec. 1, via Facebook Live. You can watch the broadcasts in real-time on our Facebook page (while you’re there, feel free to “like” the page for updates on this ...