Microfinance Insights Survey Reveals Views of 160 Microfinance Stakeholders; Latest issue features KIVA, Citi India, Kashf-Pakistan, Unitus, Grameen Koota

MUMBAI, India, March 13, 2009 – As the recession spreads to developing countries around the world, and the effects of the crisis set in, Microfinance Insights explores how the microfinance sector is coping with the global recession. In the March/April 2009 issue, Global Crisis & Microfinance, sector stakeholders, from institutional investors to microfinance institutions and their clients, reveal how they have been affected by the liquidity crisis and speculate on when it will end.

Microfinance clients, many of whom are below the poverty line, have felt the squeeze with rising food and energy prices, decreases in remittances and less availability of loans. Many microfinance institutions (MFIs), particularly those not permitted to mobilize deposits, have struggled to maintain the liquidity to continue loan cycles without interruption. As the situation worsens, equity investors continue to show interest in investing in large microfinance institutions, confident that many established MFIs will weather the crisis.

Microfinance Insights, the international print magazine, brings a diversity of new perspectives to the forefront in this issue, shedding light on the road ahead for the sector. In this issue, the magazine publishes a new survey on microfinance and the global economic crisis, gathering views from 120 MFIs and 40 investors from around the world on a range of issues from strategic organizational changes to risk assessment. The survey reveals that over 25% of non-deposit taking MFIs have decreased their lending in the last 12 months and 20% have reduced their staff size. Forty-one percent of MFIs have had to face higher interest rates from lenders, and 37% have modified their growth plan downwards. Nevertheless, more than 4/5 of investors have not reduced their portfolio allocation towards MFIs. More survey statistics can be found in the latest issue of Microfinance Insights.

Features of Vol. 11 Microfinance Insights, Global Crisis & Microfinance include:
• How Microfinance can make it through the Global Recession by Yana Watson of Dalberg Global Development Advisors
• Commentary on the Dangers of Leverage by Vinay Nair, Executive Director, JP Morgan
• Alok Prasad, Country Director, Citi Microfinance Group, Citi India, on lending to MFIs during the downturn
• Roshanah Zafar, Founder Kashf, on Political Interference in Pakistani microfinance
• Milford Bateman, Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Juraj Dobria in Croatia, critiques the microfinance sector
• Bhakti Mirchandani, Associate Vice President at Unitus Capital, on the need for a publicly traded MFI index
• Perspectives from borrowers in Mexico and Nigeria, and Triodos, KIVA and Aga Khan Foundation
• And much more…

Microfinance Insights is a dynamic, fast growing magazine with over 10,000 readers around the world. The magazine is published from India by Intellecap, the social investment advisory firm, and is international in content and distribution, bringing in articles, interviews and commentary from India as well as microfinance markets around the world including Mexico, the Philippines, Nepal, Ecuador, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.

Microfinance Insights publishes on a bimonthly schedule, producing 6 issues a year. The magazine also has networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as a blog on the website www.microfinanceinsights.com.

Upcoming issues of the magazine include a focus on Social Impact in May/June and a look at Private Equity investment in the sector in July/August 2009.

Past issues of the magazine have highlighted opinions and analyses from leading industry voices from the CGAP, the IFC, Morgan Stanley, Blue Orchard, Women’s World Banking, MIX Market, MicroCapital Monitor, the Micro Insurance Center, Sanabel, SKS and many others.

About Microfinance Insights
Microfinance Insights (www.microfinanceinsights.com) is an international bimonthly print magazine published by Intellecap to serve the knowledge needs of the growing microfinance sector. A comprehensive and consolidated resource, the magazine publishes diverse global voices, uncovers trends, and analyzes critical issues from economic, business, and social angles. By building knowledge and bringing in new international perspectives, particularly from developing countries, the magazine has become a microfinance thought leader. It is read by over 10,000 people around the world, who attend our knowledge-building events, and participate in global responsible finance, mobile finance, and microfinance conferences. Subscriptions are available online: www.microfinanceinsights.com.

About Intellecap
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