Featured Event: 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit

2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit
09Oct 2013 – 11Oct 2013, Philippines

Partnerships among governments, financial and social services providers, and other businesses hold great potential for catalyzing the next great wave of movement out of severe poverty. To promote these partnerships, the Microcredit Summit Campaign and Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc., with the sponsorship of the Central Bank of the Philippines, will host a Microcredit Summit focused on the theme Partnerships against Poverty: Government, Business, Finance, and Civil Society.

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Social Entrepreneurship with A Triple-Win Formula

By Dr Priyanka Jayashankar,
Associate Editor, Microfinance Focus,
and Honorary Research Fellow,
Maastricht School of Management

Microfinance Focus, June 18, 2013: In a far-flung Kenyan village, a last-mile distributor purveys fuel-efficient stoves on his motorbike for low-income groups. Armed with an elbow-shaped stove, a family living on less than $2 a day can dispense with laborious wood collection rounds and allocate more time for income generation. As fewer trees get felled across the savannas, low-cost stove manufacturers, in turn, can bank on carbon credit revenues. Whilst empowering rural communities through product innovation, social enterprises are finding innovative means to combat environmental degradation. Continue reading

e-MFP announces dates for European Microfinance Week 2013

Microfinance Focus, May 29, 2013: The European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), a network of over 135 organizations and individuals active in the area of microfinance in Europe has announced the date of European Microfinance Week for the current year.  European Microfinance Week, an annual conference organized by e-MFP will take place in the Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg, 12th – 14th November 2013.

The theme of this year’s event is “The Future of Microfinance – Investing in Inclusive Growth”.

Further details will be announced shortly at www.e-mfp.eu


Setting sights on the future of microfinance at the Zell Center Conference

Microfinance Focus, May 21, 2013: Practitioners and academics brought to light a wide range of issues concerning the microfinance sector on The 9th Annual Zell Center Chicago Microfinance Conference on May 3, 2013. The Chicago Booth School of Business, Kellogg School of Management and Harris School of Public Policy have organised the conference, which is based on theme “Evaluating the Past, Creating the Future of Microfinance.” Continue reading

Grameen Foundation taps microfinance and technology to battle poverty

Alex CountsBy Dr Priyanka Jayashankar, Associate Editor

Microfinance Focus, May 07, 2013:  As a Haitian microfinance borrower gets a micro-loan to propel his enterprise’s growth, farmers thousands of miles away in Indonesia tap mobile technology to sell their crops at a profitable rate. This is the Utopia that Grameen Foundation strives to create by leveraging a range of innovative tools to reduce poverty penalty. The organisation’s founder and CEO, Alex Counts has worked with Mohammad Yunus of Grameen Bank and is the author of the book ‘Small Loans, Big Dreams.’ On the sidelines of the 9th Annual Zell Center Chicago Microfinance Conference, Alex Counts shared his perspective about battling global poverty through microfinance and technology. Continue reading

A tryst with microfinance in the Midwest

By Dr Priyanka Jayashankar, Research Fellow | Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands

Microfinance  Focus, April23, 2013: From a Southern comfort restaurant to an African grocery shop tucked away in a suburb of Des Moines – micro-enterprises are thriving in pockets of the American Midwest. Grameen-style peer groups and low-denomination micro-loans are now also slowly making headway in the US, which has one of the most sophisticated financial systems in the world.  Development organisations, for their part, are equipping potential micro-entrepreneurs from minority groups such as women, African-Americans, Latinos and other immigrants with appropriate skill sets.  Continue reading

MIX Market Awards VisionFund Cambodia Five Stars For Transparency

Microfinance Focus, April 09, 2013: VisionFund Cambodia has received top ranking for its level of transparency for all data on MIX Market. After submitting all the documents required by MIX, thier ranking improved from four diamonds to five diamonds. VisionFund Cambodia is one of three microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia that have five diamonds on MIX Market. Continue reading

Incofin IM, FMO to strengthen 14 microfinance institutions

Microfinance Focus, December 17, 2012: Incofin IM and FMO have signed a 4th Capacity Development agreement. According to an official report, the new Capacity Development Facility (CD Facility) financed by FMO and executed under the Capacity Development Programme, on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Development Cooperation. Since 2008, Incofin IM and FMO have been partnering to strengthen the capacity of 14 microfinance institutions all around the world. Continue reading