Articles in Responsible finance

The Business Case for True Pricing

Join the consultation: The Business Case for True Pricing

13 May 2014
True Price Foundation has launched The Business Case for True Pricing, a consultation report written together with Deloitte, EY and PwC. You are welcomed to join the online consultation around this trailblazing report and share your vision on the trend of true pricing. read more

The responsible exit in microfinance equity sales

7 May 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - As holdings of microfinance investment intermediaries and development finance institutions mature, the sale of equity stakes is becoming an increasingly important task and one that requires consideration of additional dimensions of responsible finance and responsible market development. A new report explores what it means to exit responsibly from a microfinance equity investment. read more
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

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