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Microfinancing benefits the South Asian poor
Dec 11, 2009 In a week-long workshop recently held in Sri Lanka, leaders from across South Asia discussed ways to ensure efficiency in the fast growing microfinance sector. Microfinance institutions in the region have greatly realised the vision of easy availability of small loans to the poor.
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Microfinance India Summit 2008
Oct 29, 2008 ACCESS Development Services in its fifth year endeavour is organising the Microfinance India Summit 2008 in New Delhi. To be held from November 11-13, the theme 'The Poor First' will focus on Indian microfinance initiatives.
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National conference on issues & challenges in microfinance
Jan 18, 2011 Despite the tremendous progress in efficiency and outreach by the MFIs, the key challenge before the policy makers is to make the growth process more inclusive. Centre for Microfinance Research (CMR) is organising the Second National Seminar on ‘Microfinance in India - Issues and Challenges’ in New Delhi on February 21-22, 2010.
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Social Business: Anybody, Anyone can do it
Jun 28, 2010 One of the seven principles in social business is "to do it with joy." Mohammed Yunus, a Nobel laureate on the occasion of International Social Business Day argues that social business is different from social entrepreneurship - a new category of business expanding social benefits to people.
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World Bank fillip for India’s microfinance lending system
Nov 02, 2012 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is helping India to expand its credit-reporting system.
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Nirmithi Kendra - Post-disaster housing
Apr 11, 2013 Nirmithi Kendra building centre was established during the massive floods that hit Kerala in 1985 to provide cost-effective and timely housing solutions to those whose homes were destroyed due to soil erosion.
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Mobiles can promote financial inclusion: President, Dun & Bradstreet
Apr 02, 2013 Byron Vielehr, President, International and Global Operations of Dun & Bradstreet, the 171-year- old provider of business data and risk-management services, in an interview with OneWorld South Asia, said that technological advantages should be leveraged to drive up financial literacy levels. Excerpts from the interview.
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Microfinance gets fillip in India’s low-income states
Apr 09, 2013 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting expansion of microfinance reach in India’s low–income states with an investment of over $700,000.
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An equal partnership: Microfinance and health
Jul 03, 2012 Collaborations are the call of the day. PHFI, IIPH Gandhinagar, Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign came together to discuss the future of integrating Microfinance and Health in India. It’s all about forming alliances to make a difference.
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Microfinance for women's health
Apr 10, 2009 United Nations Population Fund's latest publication Financing Healthier Lives: Empowering women through integration of microfinance and health education calls for empowering women through a combined advocacy on microfinance and health education. The document also champions microcredit as one of the pillars for meeting the MDGs.
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Microcredit has outgrown its charitable roots
Apr 15, 2010 Massive popularistion of microcredits has resulted in mushrooming of several loan sharks. The intended purpose of microloan to enable financial inclusion has come under doubt and hence there is a dire need to differentiate between the authentic and the deceptive, writes Neil MacFarquhar.
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Mobiles support rural microfinance in southern India
Jan 12, 2009 Ekgaon Technologies' innovative online application system enables members of rural SHGs in Tamil Nadu to access their financial information through mobiles. Maintaining accounts is now easier and transparent, and entails quicker access to loans from banks.
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Managing microfinance on mobiles
Oct 23, 2009 mChek India has partnered with microfinance institutions to help slum women repay their loans in time. As part of a pilot project in a southern Indian city, it is providing affordable SIM cards and mobile phones to women borrowers and leaders of Self Help Groups.
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UID to offer banking benefits to poor
Apr 26, 2010 A new report released by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) last week offered to provide millions of poor with easy banking services. It will help in establishing a microfinance network, with the aim to improve access to technologies such as mobile phone banking.
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A digital slate for microfinance
Sep 19, 2011 A low-cost digital system, invented by Microsoft Research and NGO PRADAN, records the microfinance transactions of rural Self help Groups in digital as well as in the written format to make then easy and effective.
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Demise of microfinance will prove devastating
Nov 20, 2008 The on-going global credit crisis has already started impacting the poor in South Asia. For close to four decades microfinance programmes in the region had supported small borrowers to set up small businesses and helped them come out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
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Role of microfinance in climate change adaptation
Apr 28, 2010 Assessing the Role of Microfinance in Fostering Adaptation to Climate Change, an OECD publication analyses the lending activities of 22 microfinance institutions in Bangladesh and Nepal to assess the extent to which microfinancing can help the poor adapt to climate change.
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Integrating microfinance with ICT in Bangladesh
May 25, 2010 Linking up and Reaching out in Bangladesh: Information and Communications Technology for Microfinance presents a new idea of introducing a centralised technology platform for the microfinance industry to usher greater efficiency and ameliorate current constraints.
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After farmer suicides, Vidarbha heading towards micro-credit disaster
Nov 11, 2010 Agricultural experts predict that farmers and small businessmen in Vidarbha will soon run into a vicious debt trap, as spurious micro-finance institutions (MFIs) spring-up in the region. These institutions target needy farmers, who have no choice but to take loans despite high interest rates.
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FINO: a low cost way out of the microfinance mess?
Nov 24, 2010 Can the FINO model which deploys 10,000 individuals as human ATMs be an alternative to microfinance? With considerably lower costs of distribution, servicing and collection of micro-loans, and interest rates lower than 20%, at the very least the initiative seems to have made a good start.
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Future looks bright for Timor-Leste: Microfinance in action
Jun 21, 2010 Timorese microfinance institution, Tuba Rai Metin’s support to people with a range of financial services from savings, loans, money transfer services, and insurance is contributing towards a thriving and robust financial sector. Offering loans for small businesses, families, mostly female clients are reaping huge benefits.
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Microfinance: Lasting benefits for refugees in long-term displacement
Jan 20, 2011 In an effort to find ways of promoting livelihoods and self-reliance for refugees, UNHCR has released a report that recommends microfinance as a durable solution to the challenges faced by refugees in long-term displacement. The report finds microfinance as self-sustaining and comes with a promise to alleviate poverty through income generation.
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Grameen Bank refutes cash diversion charges
Dec 06, 2010 Norwegian authorities have accused the Grameen Bank of siphoning funds to another company unrelated to the micro-credit business, as corroborated by a recent documentary. While the bank refutes charges, the news adds to a growing sense of mistrust towards the micro-credit industry, which has come in for a lot of criticism lately over exorbitant interest rates and alleged coercive debt collection.
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Norway clears Grameen bank of fund misappropriation allegations
Dec 09, 2010 The Grameen Bank has been cleared of all allegations of corruption that had previously been leveled at it by the Norwegian government. The Norwegian minister for International development, Erik Solheim, claimed that there was indeed no evidence of a misuse of donor funds. The bank however, continues to face severe criticism from Prime Minsiter Sheikh Haseena who openly condemns its policies.
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Bleak future ahead for India’s microfinance sector?
Dec 16, 2010 The impact of MFIs has recently been brought to question and while their existence is in crisis in India, the picture is not all black or white. Institutional and ideological rivalries and vested political interests should be considered before placing the blame squarely on the sector.
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Afghanistan: Security fears, religion and unskilled workforce hamper growth of MFIs
Dec 29, 2010 Many development groups and government agencies acknowledge the role of microfinance institutions in empowering the majority of poor and illiterate in Afghanistan particularly women. However, constant security threats, religious laws and lack of skilled personnel hinder their expansion.
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Bangladesh: Danish film offers a reality check to microfinance
Feb 09, 2011 A Danish investigative journalist, Tom Heinemann’s film on Grameen Bank in Bangladesh has exposed a significant sum of money being unaccounted for in the microfinance sector in Bangladesh. Ruling out any evidence of corruption, Heinemann's film offers some very inconvenient truths about microcredit which question the naivety of donors when it comes to their enthusiasm for microfinance.
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Bangladesh Nobel Laureate challenges dismissal from Grameen Bank
Mar 04, 2011 Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus, who helped pioneer microfinancing in Bangladesh, has challenged his removal from the top post of Grameen Bank founded by him, a dismissal seen as part of a vendetta with the prime minister. The Dhaka High Court will pronounce its verdict on the plea on March 6 (Sunday).
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Bangladesh: Supreme Court rejects Yunus' appeal against dismissal
Apr 06, 2011 Bangladesh’s highest court has rejected the final appeal by Muhammad Yunus against his dismissal from the micro-lender Grameen Bank which he founded. The court says he has exceeded the retirement age fixed by the law.
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Bangladesh's largest NGO admits role in microfinance crisis
Apr 21, 2011 Bangladesh’s largest network of NGOs - BRAC has admitted fuelling the micro-finance debt crisis together with other microfinance institutions by pushing excess loans to the borrowers. Surplus funds in the absence of proper regulation led to the collapse of the microfinance industry.
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