The problems associated with borrowing from microfinance banks (MFBs) by individuals and the cost of operations of the banks will soon be a thing of the past with the coming on board of credit bureaux in the Nigerian financial institutions. Since MFBs grant loan to financially active poor without collateral, it is possible for individuals who consider themselves smart to take loan from different banks with different information.
New York based Women's World Banking (WWB) has signed on UBA Microfinance Bank as its only network partner in Nigeria. With the admittance of the microfinance subsidiary of United Bank for Africa Plc as a network partner of the WWB, UBA Microfinance Bank has joined the global network of partner microfinance institutions and banks including ASA, the number 1, and other top 9 Microfinance Finance Banks in the world.
In the face of major client protection failures in the mainstream financial sector, leaders of the microfinance industry came together this month seeking means to ensure that microfinance providers worldwide remain committed to serving their clients' best interests.
The combined effects of the financial crisis, increased protectionist policies, continued rich country subsidies, and climate-induced changes in patterns of agricultural production are likely to hit developing countries hardest.
Thanks to the confluence of these factors, a long-term solution to the global food crisis has not been reached, experts agreed at two recent summits on agriculture. But producers in some poor countries that lack strong links to the international market may not yet be feeling the full effects of that price drop. In some cases, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, prices remain high for key staples.
As G20 leaders gather in London on 2 April, the focus of their agenda will be on working together to promote effective, coordinated responses to the global economic crisis and to the state of global trade. In the context of the crisis, the immediate priority of many governments and trade experts is rightly to create and implement a strategy that will offset declining trade and investment, particularly in developing countries where the crisis threatens to impede economic growth and development progress made in recent years. In an effort to address these pressing issues and provide suggestions for G20 leaders’ deliberations, ICTSD partnered with the Global Economic Governance Programme (GEG) to gather short essays from a broad range of scholars and experts around the world.
Billionaire investor Gorge Soros has said the G20 summit will be a "make or break" event for the world's economy. He said the G20 meeting had to come up with concrete solutions to help the developing world in particular, which had been been worst hit.
Royal Exchange plc, has been granted approval-in-principle by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to operate a microfinance bank in the country, a move that is expected to deepen access to financial services by the informal and under-banked segments of the economy.
WaterPartners projects are funded through grants, loans, or a combination of grants and loans. Our loan program is called WaterCredit, and is the first of its kind. The idea of building community-based water supply projects through a combination of grants and loans is new to the water sector. Until now, almost all water projects facilitated by other organizations have been funded entirely by grants, even when the individuals served by the project have the means to share costs.
Grameen Foundation has received Shs7 billion from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support agricultural technology, healthcare, and also improve access of information services by rural farmers in Uganda and Ghana.
Gramalaya, in association with WaterPartners International, USA, WaterAid, UK, and Arghyam, Bangalore, organized World Water Day 2009, which is held at its National Institute of Water and Sanitation (NIWAS) Training Centre in Tamil Nadu.
According to Mr. Attali, who is President of PlaNet Finance, micro-credit plays a key role in development efforts targeting the poorest segments of the population, and micro-finance sources need to be preserved at a time when the global financial crisis is severely hitting Africa. The continent has made steady progress over the last decade, building the foundations for higher growth rates and poverty reduction.
An educational initiative between Rice University computer scientists and Indian educators will enable schools in rural India to be some of the first to benefit from Rice's revolutionary, low-energy computer chips. Rice's Krishna Palem, the inventor of the energy-stingy chips, said his team is creating a solar-powered electronic slate, or I-slate, an electronic version of the blackboard slates used by many Indian schoolchildren.
Government policy responses to the global financial meltdown must focus on the role of women as economic agents in order to address the all-too-familiar trend of women and girls suffering disproportionately during times of economic crisis, speakers told the Commission on the Status of Women this afternoon as it held an expert panel discussion on the gender perspectives of the crisis.
Jacqueline Novogratz tells a moving story of an encounter in a Nairobi slum with Jane, a former prostitute, whose dreams of escaping poverty, of becoming a doctor and of getting married were fulfilled in an unexpected way.
Pfizer Inc and PlaNet Finance announced that they will team up to conduct an in-depth research project on the healthcare needs of the working poor in China. The study will examine the availability and existing sources of medicines, patient purchasing patterns, and the level of access to medical services. The study ultimately aims to help both organizations identify models that may enhance and expand access to medicines and healthcare services for the working poor in China.
What if someone approached you and said, “Come up with four grand and I’ll let you spend your summer fighting athletes’ foot, near-death traffic experiences and the glorious state of having ass-rash?” It might sound like an abduction or ransom situation to some. But two UBC students have willingly signed up for this.
The head of China's central bank proposed Monday a plan to displace the American dollar as the world's standard and replace it with a global reserve currency operated from the International Monetary Fund.
Non-profit Kiva.org plans to launch system of small loans in the U.S.
Presenting a paper during Micro-Finance Investors Forum, organized by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), held in Kano, Dogara believes that Islamic Micro-Finance could similarly be an excellent substitute for the conventional micro-finance currently being implemented in the country.
A panel of experts set up by the United Nations has proposed creating a Global Economic Council tasked with promoting worldwide economic and financial cooperation, according to a draft panel report obtained by Kyodo News on Monday.
Microfinance ought to be high on the agenda of policymakers looking for an imaginative response to the global financial crisis.
As an ethical, responsible financial system that serves productive businesses through intimate knowledge of the client, it is founded upon principles that are diametrically opposed to those practiced by the conventional bankers that sparked the crisis. However bold the prescriptions of political leaders in the developed world may be, the fact remains that these economies are so saturated with excessive debt that it will be years before they generate the demand required to get the global economy moving again. That demand will have to come from elevating the world's poor. Microfinance, with its proven record and ethical purpose, is the key to that goal. The potential for growth among the poor is enormous. A responsible financial system that stimulates entrepreneurship at the bottom and earns income for the poorest is a benefit to us all.
Islamic banking banks have not been affected by the sub prime crisis which has become a world wide crisis. Because they do not allow speculation on money, because they do not give money just on an interest basis, but invest in businesses with a risk sharing program.
The Swedish Finance Supervisory has given preliminary approval in the form of a real banking license to video game maker, MindArk PE AB. Within a year, a person will be able to enter the online sci-fi video game Entropia Universe to conduct some real-world banking business -- forever changing the concept of online banking. Set on planet Calypso, there will be no lines, no hassles, and always the experience you'd expect with a friendly service from virtual bank tellers who never change.
Islamic banks are generally doing better in today’s uncertain economic times than their Western colleagues. So our financial institutions have a lot to adopt from Islamic economic system.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh earlier this week made a valiant call for a bailout package for the world’s poor. At a recent meeting in Tokyo, the microfinance guru warned that the global economic crisis will hit the world’s poorest people the hardest and that “there is no bailout package for them.”
The Islamic banking industry today is worth at several hundred billion dollars (estimates vary), and consists of more than 300 financial institutions in the world. It is the product of the collective effort of bankers, economists, and Islamic legal scholars over the past several decades to develop financial solutions that meet the religious requirements of the Muslim society today.
About half of all African enterprises are owned by women. “We are not waiting. We are moving,” says Pilda Modjadji, a founding member of the Pankop Women Farmers Forum in Mpumalanga, South Africa. “We mean business.”
First Global Investments Holdings (FGIH) recently launched its Islamic Microfinance programme which was targeted at alleviating poverty in the suburbs of Colombo.
Led by a consortium of partners, project supports GOE’s Safety Net Program, a new nationwide development project that will assist poor, rural households in food insecure areas that benefit from the Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP). This three year project will move households towards graduation from PSNP through market-driven approaches to diversify their livelihoods, build assets and link to financial services and markets.
Forget multibillion-dollar bailouts. Muhammad Yunus thinks the solution to the global financial crisis can be found in loans of much smaller size, backed with more prosaic assets: ducks, chickens, and cows. Microcredit could soon spread across the stricken U.S. as big banks contract. On the strength of local invitations, Grameen is considering setting up shop in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Omaha, Neb., where Susan Buffett, daughter of resident sage Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway approached the bank.
Small budgets can yield big gains with the help of high technology. Researchers expect interest and investments in microfinancing to grow significantly in coming years. A December 2007 report by Deutsche Bank Research predicts that U.S. institutional and individual investments in microfinancing will jump from $2 billion in 2006 to $20 billion in 2015.
Credit, according to Professor Muhammad Yunus, is a fundamental human right. However, if not handled with care, the magnification effect inherent in leverage can make it dangerous. One need only look at the current economic spiral to see the result of the provision of credit gone dangerously awry. Credit must be deployed to microfinance borrowers judiciously in order to minimize the risk of non-repayment, as this would cause lenders, themselves levered, to suffer magnified losses. Vinay Nair, an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan currently on sabbatical, explains that it is imperative to avoid over-leverage to avoid losing control.
Microcredit programs throughout the world are a means of giving low-income, even very poor, families a way to earn their own money and work their way out of poverty. These programs in Guam give small loans, or other financial services, for people who want to run their own small business, according to the Microcredit Summit Campaign.
The effective collapse in 2008 of the US government-Wall Street-driven model of liberal capitalism is an event of major historical importance. As with the collapse of an earlier wall in 1989 – the Berlin Wall – transition to a new economic model is now required, and is indeed underway. The microfinance industry is in no less a need for radical change. This is because many of the flawed character traits that have ultimately destroyed Wall Street also lie at the heart of the increasingly commercialised microfinance industry. In a very uncomfortable parallel with the spectacular rise of Wall Street’s most hallowed institutions and individuals, now consigned to the grubby margins of business and economic history, careerism, personal greed and the related drive for profit have also blinded the microfinance industry to the fact that microfinance is ultimately destroying the goal of reducing poverty and promoting sustainable economic and social development.
The World Bank president has said that 2009 is turning into "a very dangerous year" for the economy. Robert Zoellick also warned G20 members against protectionist policies, ahead of a G20 finance ministers' meeting in the United Kingdom on how to tackle the economic downturn.
Finance officials from 20 of the world's leading economies pledged Saturday to substantially boost funding for the International Monetary Fund and "take whatever action is necessary" to stimulate growth around the world. The meeting came after days of disagreement between U.S. and European officials about the best approach to tackling the economic problems. The United States has urged countries to enact bigger spending programs to fuel growth, while some European countries have focused on passing new regulations for financial markets.
The global economy will shrink this year for the first time since the second world war as the "Great Recession" ravages businesses, consumers and financial institutions around the world, the International Monetary Fund warned. Speaking in Tanzania, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said the economic downturn would be more severe than previously thought.
Oikocredit, as a worldwide cooperative society, promotes global justice by challenging people, churches and others to share their resources through socially responsible investments and by empowering disadvantaged people with credit.Oikocredit believes that poor people can build themselves a better life, if only given the chance. If only given credit.
At almost every forum on microfinance banking nowadays, the threats being posed by the involvement of commercial banks in the microfinance sector is a constant topic of discussion. This is rather considered as very strange for the operators of microfinance banking to feel threatened by the involvement of the commercial banks in a sector where the more players we have, the merrier it is for the country and micro/small businesses especially for the active poor in the land. The perceived threat is considered strange because Nigeria is still regarded as under banked, even with the entry of the microfinance banks into the economy. The average bank density in Nigeria is said to be an outlet for 32,000 people in the urban area and one outlet to 57,000 people in rural areas.
Last year, despite the advancing global economic malaise, mobile financial services gained traction-particularly in developing countries. From enabling m-payments via SMS, to full internet banking via a smartphone browser, it looks like we'll be seeing a lot more mobile money in the future.
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SKS Microfinance, the largest microfinance provider in India in terms of assets, is eyeing China as its next destination for expansion. The export-driven Chinese economy is reeling under the impact of recession due to the global meltdown. Several vocationally-trained employees have already suffered job losses.
If the Group of 20 leading and developing nations meeting in London this weekend pushes the food problem to the back burner to focus only on financial stabilization, the annual begging for emergency food aid -- the most expensive, least sustainable form of foreign aid -- will never end. And neither will the suffering.
Recently the EU has decided to tax such locations and even swiss banks would have to have taxes applied to them. This news is very recent and it is uncertain in which direction this news would take us. Nonetheless there are always banks out there such as in South America that are not subject to this rule.
Microfinance in China is poised for a significant expansion as the government, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and commercial banks begin to explore ways to provide the country's most impoverished people with greater access to credit.
According to Bai Chengyu, secretary general of the China Association of Microfinance, after 10 years of development, microcredit has entered a transition phase and is now moving "from experiment to large-scale commercial development."
While world markets are teetering in a global banking meltdown, another banking drama is playing out in Switzerland that could end the way private banking has been done there for centuries. U.S. tax authorities have challenged long-standing Swiss banking secrecy laws, demanding that UBS AG release the names of 52,000 Americans suspected of opening secret accounts to evade taxes.
More than 106 million of the world’s poorest families received a microloan in 2007, surpassing a goal set ten years earlier, according to a report released today by the Microcredit Summit Campaign. Microloans are used to help people living in extreme poverty start or expand a range of tiny businesses such as husking rice, selling tortillas, and delivering cell phone services to remote villages.
One of the major challenges confronting micro finance banks in Nigeria is the ability to maintain liquidity and give maximum satisfaction to customers. Managing Director of OPENGATE MFB Mr. Nureni Yusuf said that in order to break even, financial institutions must be willing to forecast their cash flow and manage a balanced treasury.
Like the consumer lenders before them, MFIs are also beginning to see the value of sharing information. Yet, credit information markets are generally in their infancy in most developing countries, and if developed, are generally quite fragmented.
Launched in the fall of 2003, WAM was created to support women in the microfinance industry. The mission of Women Advancing Microfinance International is to advance and support women working in microfinance through education and training, by promoting leadership opportunities, and by increasing visibility of their participation and talent while maintaining a work/life balance.
Praseeda, honoured for her activism and microfinance work with India’s destitute women, won the award alongside a myriad of Indian film stars, doctors, corporate achievers, authors, artists and healthcare workers.
The Analysis of the World Statistics of Internet Users per continents shows huge differences that can be matched with the proverty level of the continents. Africa is far behind the others with les than 6% of the population that have access to the Internet when the Average for the World is at 23.5% and the developped countries have more than 50% of their people connected to Internet.
With more than half of the adult population unable to access retail banking services, the introduction of microfinance banking by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was welcomed by Nigeria’s development partners and the general populace.
Ethical banks have different policies that consider a different set of questions than conventional banks do with regard to what they will or will not invest in and to whom they will or will not lend to.
The bank will be the product of a fusion between NEF (France), Banca popolare etica (Italy) and Fiare (Spain). it will take the form of a European cooperative.
Microfinance is helping people escape poverty across the developing world. Are China’s would-be entrepreneurs getting the same help?
With the admittance of the microfinance subsidiary of United Bank for Africa Plc as a network partner of the WWB, UBA Microfinance Bank has joined the global network of partner microfinance institutions and banks including ASA, the number one and four others in the list of the top 10 Microfinance Finance Banks in the world.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it has concluded arrangement with 24 Nigerian banks to raise N200 billion funds as part of efforts to support agricultural sector and to ensure availability of food in the country.
The Federal Government is fine-tuning a multi sectoral arrangemments to create one million jobs capable of generating several thousands more employment opportunities this fiscal year, Youth Development Minister, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, has disclosed.