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Making Africa work?! let’s look at the positive sides

I have spent a big part of my career on Africa. Either working in the DRC for three years financing microentrepreneurs and small businesses, or working as a consultant on mobile  banking agent networks in Tanzania, DRC, Madagascar, and Senegal. I … Continue reading

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Procredit Bank Armenia, the next ProCredit Bank to be sold…..

The sales process of Procredit banks continues… after they exited Africa in May 2015 and in December 2014 a few affiliate banks in Latin america (nicaragua, etc.) were sold, the same process seems to continue in Eastern Europe, where Procredit always held the … Continue reading

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Fintech company Mybucks buying 6 African MFIs?

Probably also since MyBucks is a Luxembourg based company, I felt even more surprised about the article “Mybucks and Opportunity International Partner to Drive Financial Inclusion for 460 Million Unbanked Citizens of Africa” I found in the internet. Opportunity International, in … Continue reading

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Impact ?! – Bamboo just launched their new report on their funds` impact

Well, now at the EIB as “Microfinance Impact Investment Officer”, evidently I am very keen to learn what other investors or funders mean when they say “impact investing” of “impact financing”. In my layman understanding it is about generating – a … Continue reading

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EIB`s support of microfinance outside Europe

  I had a meeting five weeks ago at the EIB and was going through their publications while waiting for my contact. I found some publications on their work on microfinance and small and medium enterprise (SME) finance, and thought I tell you … Continue reading

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2015 MIV Survey – Same same but a little different

I still remember how a CGAP colleague and I wrote the first report on investment funds investing into microfinance. The task was not so easy since the real financial sector terminology and our donor-focused microfinance lingo was very much out of … Continue reading

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Indian Agent Networks – or how to open 10million accounts in a week

The Helix Institute launched another of their Agent Network Accelerator Surveys. This time on India. For those who do not know them yet, The Helix Institute of Digital Finance, was founded in November 2013 as a partnership between MicroSave, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, … Continue reading

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Online lenders – Threat or promise?!

You might have already heard about Lending Club, Prosper, or OnDeck? In my initial understanding these online lenders offer loans more conveniently and with lower interest rates than a traditional bank, i.e., they provide access to credit to many who often … Continue reading

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Can the time I spent on Facebook determine my credit score? The birth of a Chinese Lending Club…

…this is at least the hypothesis of China’s largest peer-to-peer lending site. They have  rated 50m Chinese consumers for creditworthiness using social networking and computer gaming data. i.e., if you spend a lot of time chatting on social networks or playing computer … Continue reading

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My contribution to the Microfinance Barometer 2015! “DFS – what is it? and if yes, how many?”

Ok, ok, ok my article in the Microfinance Barometer is not a blog, but I still thought it might be interesting to feature it here. Digital Financial Services PLUS seem to be THE new thing in our sometimes a little … Continue reading

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