Articles in Responsible finance

Girl in focus group plays with piggybank

Moms and money: girls’ savings in India

5 May 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - With the support of Credit Suisse, Women’s World Banking is working with its network member SEWA Bank to design a unique savings programme targeted to girls. The project aims to help girls build assets in their own name and build their financial capability, beginning at a young age. read more
Spotlight on the Market

Higher impact investment commitments

2 May 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - 125 of the world’s largest impact investors, including fund managers, banks, foundations, development finance institutions, and pension funds surveyed by J.P. Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) expect to commit 19% more capital to impact investments in 2014 compared to 2013, as satisfaction with the financial returns and the social and environmental impact of these investments remains high. read more
Beltran Macchi

Visión Banco deploys talent

2 May 2014
A good twenty years after its foundation, microfinance institution Visión Banco has become one of Paraguay’s biggest banks. 'We are essentially connected to society,' says Executive Director Beltrán Macchi. read more
Dr. Anthony Oboh

‘We’re business partners, not just financiers’

29 April 2014
Private equity is gaining ground in fragile markets around the world. In Sierra Leone and Liberia, for instance, it is helping local entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses. At the same time, it is helping to rebuild societies too. read more
INVESTMENT

Investing in fragile markets

31 March 2014
Why would a fund consider investing in a country that has no functioning capital market, no land registration and no regulatory framework? According to IFC and FMO, the motive for setting up private equity funds in fragile markets is simple: it makes good business sense. read more
Karlygash Raikhanova

Nomad spirit in banking

18 February 2014
With around 92,000 clients and a loan portfolio of more than USD 100 million, Kazmicrofinance (KMF) is a leader amongst 1747 institutions in Kazakhstan’s microfinance industry. Since opening in 1997, KMF has grown to more than 1000 employees in 15 branches and 68 outlets. Some 70% of its clients are located in rural areas. In this article Karlygash Raikhanova, Managing Director, shares her thoughts about what makes it so successful and the challenges to a wider outreach. read more
Rangsutra uses traditional craft skills

Capital is critical for change

4 February 2014
Vineet Rai is the founder and CEO of Aavishkaar Venture Management Service, manager of India's first rural-focused venture capital firm, and a pioneer in impact investing. It provides capital to small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) in industries such as agriculture, health, education, and energy. In this article we learn why Vineet thinks SMEs and their ecosystems are critical for sustainable development. read more
Shoira Sadykova ©M.Wijnbergh

Reality banking

10 January 2014
Formerly on the Silk Route through Central Asia, Tajikistan has a colourful history. Now, microfinance organisation Arvand is helping meet the huge demand for finance, but it also focuses on financial education. In this article Shoira Sadykova, General Director, shares Arvand’s innovative approach and the experiences that will undoubtedly contribute to the country’s newest history pages. read more