Some observers claim that Indian microfinance institutions (MFIs) are too far removed from the global economy to feel any shock wave; they rely very little on global financial markets and their clients are disengaged from the international markets. Some sceptics, on the other hand, maintain that the crisis has fundamentally changed the quantum and terms of funding available to MFIs globally.
The Asia Microfinance Analysis and Benchmarking Report 2008 draws on fiscal year (FY) 2007 data of 244 MFIs submitted for benchmarking analysis and data from a total 313 MFIs with published profiles on MIX Market. The data cover 16 countries across South Asia and East Asia and the Pacific (EAP): Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka from South Asia and Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Thailand and Vietnam from EAP.
Africa’s compelling growth story is changing the continent’s perception as a grant receiver to an attractive investment destination and future hub for innovation. Africa's GDP growth is expected to reach 5.2% in 2014, making it one of the fastest growing regions worldwide. In fact, the continent is currently the second most attractive investment destination in the world, moving up from its 2011 ranking of third-from-last.
Corridors for Shared Prosperity is the collaborative effort of IFC World Bank Group and Intellecap to accelerate business transfer between India and Africa, by building knowledge and information around ‘what works’ in successful transfer. In order to do this, we have analyzed 11 cases of successful business model transfers across agriculture, healthcare, and renewable energy, and consulted over 44 industry practitioners with a specific focus on transfer from India to Africa.
Intellecap presents key features of India’ Union Budget 2014-15 and an in-depth analysis of how it will impact some of the key sectors in India.
This Budget has been agri-focused with several initiatives targeting the long-term growth and sustainability of the sector. On the other hand, not enough has been said and allocated for the healthcare sector. Provisions like Granting infrastructure status to hospitals and increasing tax exemption for setting up hospitals that could have enabled this sector were missing.