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Posted on November 04, 2014

As of November 17, Steven van Weede will become Enclude’s Managing Director of Capital Advisory Services, based in London. As Managing Director, Steven will tap his 19 years of investment banking experience in various markets around the world to lead and grow Enclude’s Capital Advisory Services business, including its activities conducted through our regulated company Enclude Capital Advisory UK Limited. Ian Callaghan, former Managing Director, will continue to work with Enclude on specific transactions.

Posted on September 03, 2014

GPA logo-02Enclude, in cooperation with HIVOS, launched the second and updated version of the Green Performance Agenda (GPA) electronic toolkit during the Social Performance Task Force Annual Meeting in Dakar in June 2014.  The GPA is an innovative and practical tool for assessing the environmental performance of MFIs.  The toolkit has a fresh look, updated interface features as well as a wealth of additional MFI case studies and implementation tools for green management. The toolkit can be downloaded here: GPA Toolkit.

For more information contact Geert Jan Schuite at gjschuite@encludesolutions.com or Natalia Agathou at nagathou@encludesolutions.com.

Posted on September 03, 2014

Nepal women waste mgmt trainingThe Sustainable Business Practices team of Enclude is proud to announce that the tailor-made “Developing women’s leadership skills in zero waste management for sustainable solutions” training is successfully completed. Enclude, in cooperation with PWEDO – a Nepalese NGO supporting women’s livelihoods – and UNESCO-IHE, has completed this six month project that consisted of a series of three training sessions. Thirty women have been trained on source separation of waste management, household composting, leadership and training skills as well as entrepreneurship in waste management. They are now delivering community trainings to others on source separation and are spreading the word of sound household waste practices throughout Kathmandu.

The video demonstrates the most important moments of our trajectory: Nepalese Women and Waste Management.

For more information contact Natalia Agathou at nagathou@encludesolutions.com.

Posted on September 03, 2014

 

AFD E&S trainingEnclude has successfully completed the 5th out of 10 trainings on Environmental and Social Management for financial institutions in Africa, funded by the African Development Bank. In total, staff representing 40 banks across 14 African countries have been trained. The five regional trainings were held in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Togo and Senegal and welcomed participants from Ecobank, FirstRand Bank, Nedbank, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Access Bank in Nigeria as well as the central banks of the respective regions and sector associations. The next training will be held in Tanzania in August 2014.

 

For more information contact Geert Jan Schuite at gjschuite@encludesolutions.com or Natalia Agathou at nagathou@encludesolutions.com.

Posted on August 07, 2014

Mr. Omer Ghani joined Enclude in July as Regional Director, based in Islamabad, Pakistan. As Regional Director, Omer is responsible  Omer Ghani profile pic - 320w for leading, managing and growing Enclude’s capacity and capital business in Pakistan and other South Asian countries. His expertise in finance, capital markets and risk management will make him a valuable resource to Enclude’s clients.    

Posted on May 27, 2014

It was brought to our attention on 27 May that a website with the address “www.sbi-enclude.com” claims that a company called “Scandinavian Business Introductions”, or “SBI”, has merged with Enclude Capital Advisory UK Limited. A link on this website directs users to the Enclude Capital Advisory UK Limited page on the registry of the UK Financial Conduct Authority, which authorises Enclude Capital Advisory UK Limited.

We wish to make clear that “Scandinavian Business Introductions” is in no way associated with Enclude Capital Advisory UK Limited nor any other Enclude company. We have notified the FCA of this fraud, and are taking steps to notify other relevant authorities. Users of the “www.sbi-enclude.com” website should be aware that all claimed links to Enclude Capital Advisory UK Limited are untrue and the hyperlink to our FCA registry page is made fraudulently.

Posted on May 20, 2014

Cologne, May 12, 2014 - Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important engines of growth and job creation around the world. However, access to finance, especially the lack of innovative financial products, represents one of the greatest challenges for SMEs in developing and emerging markets. SMEs are often too small to attract the interest of commercial banks or investors, but too large to benefit from microfinance products. Until now, only a few scalable solutions to support this “missing middle” of the economy have been found.

To address this challenge and to facilitate reliable access to investment financing for SMEs, DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH has launched the SME Finance Innovation Award. The Award reaches out to all types of financial institutions. It acknowledges innovative financial instruments created to reach SMEs in developing and emerging countries. These include innovative products, services and distribution channels helping SMEs in these markets achieve their full potential.

Posted on February 19, 2014

London, February 17, 2014 – Enclude Capital Advisory UK Ltd. announced today that it has successfully completed the divestiture of a 6% equity stake in ACLEDA Bank Plc. in Cambodia, on behalf of its clients, three separate funds managed by Triodos Investment Management (the “Sellers”). The stake has been sold to ORIX Corporation of Japan. ACLEDA Bank Plc. is the largest bank in the South East Asian region that finances micro-, small-, and medium-sized businesses.

Posted on January 06, 2014

Enclude just completed a women-focused pilot program in Uganda that resulted in increased monthly incomes from USD $38 to USD $48. The pilot was part of the World Bank’s “Consolidation of Peace through Empowering Socio-economic Associations” program to support thousands of people whose lives were devastated by the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict. Enclude, doing business as Triodos Facet, worked with 100 economic associations (representing about 2,600 direct beneficiaries most of whom were women) in the Gulu, Kitgum and Pader provinces in Northern Uganda.

Posted on November 27, 2013

Deploying a comprehensive financial service delivery infrastructure and technology platform to expand access to finance.

November 27, 2013—(Washington DC)     Enclude (formerly ShoreBank International Ltd. and Triodos Facet) announced today that it is providing advisory services through a public private partnership (PPP) between Kifiya Financial Technology (Kifiya) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support Kifiya,  an Ethiopian payment platform provider, to roll out financial and non-financial products and services to over six million people through an “Access to Rural Financial Based Services” project.

Kifiya is a financial service delivery service provider building agent infrastructure and an integrated mobile technology platform designed to simplify financial and non-financial transactions by enabling digital services in Ethiopia. Kifiya’s mission is to create an integrated, scalable service to enable financial inclusion by building sustainable technology infrastructure for financial services.

There is significant demand for these services: in a country with a population of 81 million, 45 million are of working age and 34 million are under the age of 14. However, it is estimated over 90% of the adult population does not have access to financial services, despite the presence of 18 private banks and over 30 microfinance institutions (MFIs). Kifiya is approaching the nascent mobile financial services industry with an innovative model focused on offering numerous affordable, relevant and accessible financial products and services. The company has taken a diversified approach with strategic partnerships and products.