How to IPO Successfully and Responsibly: Lessons From Indian Financial Inclusion Institutions

Initial public offerings (IPOs) are widely viewed as markers of commercial success. However, in the financial inclusion industry, IPOs are sometimes viewed with suspicion, if not alarm. This paper examines the 2016 IPOs of two Indian microlenders – Equitas Holdings and Ujjivan Financial Services – and how “hardwiring” their missions into their operations and corporate … Continue reading How to IPO Successfully and Responsibly: Lessons From Indian Financial Inclusion Institutions

Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG) December 2015 Heat Map Released!

The MCWG produces a monthly summary of media portrayal of micro-finance and financial inclusion. These reports, also referred to as ‘Heat Maps’ aim to capture global news and portrayal of the industry. December 2015 Heat Map, available now for your perusal : https://fiecouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Dec-2015-Heat-Map-Tracker.xlsx Continue reading Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG) December 2015 Heat Map Released!

Register now for FIEC April (April 12-13th) meeting hosted by Triodos in the Netherlands!

We’re really looking forward to our next FIEC meeting this April, April 12-13th 2016, hosted by Triodos, in the Netherlands! We hope that you and others from your institution will be able to join us for another two days of engaging discussions on the current and future standing of equity investing. In order to register, … Continue reading Register now for FIEC April (April 12-13th) meeting hosted by Triodos in the Netherlands!

Venture Lab Lauches VentureKast Podcast and Blog!

Venture Lab has launched a new podcast- called VKast, which can be looked at by clicking the following link: https://soundcloud.com/accioninternational. On this podcast, Vikas Raj and executive producer Nancy Widjaja take listeners on a journey into the minds, emotions and histories of the company founders. The first episode features an interview with Ranjit Punja, CEO/Co-Founder of CreditMantri … Continue reading Venture Lab Lauches VentureKast Podcast and Blog!

FINCA International to Offer Solar Microloans in Africa

The US-based Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA International) recently announced that it will offer microloans for retailers of “off-grid solar systems” serving African households with low incomes and no access to electricity. The goal is to reach 1.5 million individuals per year through 2019. FINCA has total assets of USD 1.3billion and serves 1.8 million clients through subsidiaries … Continue reading FINCA International to Offer Solar Microloans in Africa

Enclude-Structured Fund Achieves $40+ Million First Close

Sustainability | Finance | Real Economies (SFRE, pronounced Sapphire) the Company, for which Enclude acted as designer, structuring advisor and placement agent, was launched in Paris in March (3.11.15). The announcement was made during the annual meeting of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), Enclude’s client and the initiator of the fund. The … Continue reading Enclude-Structured Fund Achieves $40+ Million First Close

LeapFrog invests US$25mn in AFB Mauritius Limited. A major new investment in the fintech space in Africa.

LeapFrog Investments is investing US$25m in AFB Mauritius Limited (“afb”). afb is a disruptive financial technology platform that offers life-changing financial tools to financially-excluded consumers and small businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.  afb partners with mobile operators and retailers to reach this vast, untapped market. afb is growing rapidly, and already reaches some one million people … Continue reading LeapFrog invests US$25mn in AFB Mauritius Limited. A major new investment in the fintech space in Africa.

AfriCap Governance Case Study Released

We’re pleased to announce the recent release of the FIEC sponsored AfriCap Governance paper, which was published by Calmeadow and written by Grassroots Capital Management. The recent publication, An Assessment of AfriCap Governance, focuses on the role governance played in the AfriCap fund’s successes and failures, while recounting the fund’s many challenges and its ultimate accomplishment. … Continue reading AfriCap Governance Case Study Released