15 episodes

Aimed at anyone interested in microfinance and inclusive fintech, with content tilted towards financing of MFIs. Brought to you by Financial Due Diligence Associates (https://www.linkedin.com/company/fdda/), a multilingual consulting partnership founded by Guy Rodwell and Zinaida Vasilenko, specialised in holistic, relevant and concise analysis of financially inclusive companies. FDDA also helps asset managers in accessing French institutions through an alliance with Oxondo, a leading Paris-based third party marketer. You can reach FDDA by contacting Guy Rodwell on LinkedIn, or by emailing us at info@fdda-consulting.com.

Let's Talk Microfinance Guy Rodwell

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Aimed at anyone interested in microfinance and inclusive fintech, with content tilted towards financing of MFIs. Brought to you by Financial Due Diligence Associates (https://www.linkedin.com/company/fdda/), a multilingual consulting partnership founded by Guy Rodwell and Zinaida Vasilenko, specialised in holistic, relevant and concise analysis of financially inclusive companies. FDDA also helps asset managers in accessing French institutions through an alliance with Oxondo, a leading Paris-based third party marketer. You can reach FDDA by contacting Guy Rodwell on LinkedIn, or by emailing us at info@fdda-consulting.com.

    Steven Duchatelle, CEO of Advans Group, on his company's digital transformation

    Steven Duchatelle, CEO of Advans Group, on his company's digital transformation

    Steven Duchatelle is the CEO of Advans Group, where he has worked for nearly 22 years.
    In this episode, Steven outlines the risks and opportunities for the microfinance sector in coming quarters, before focusing on Advans’ experience of digital transformation, how it drives efficiency and customer outreach, along with potential obstacles to such transformation and the impact on Advans’ social mission.


    Steven can be reached via LinkedIn or at Advans' website: (https://www.advansgroup.com/)

    IMF report "Fintech: Financial Inclusion or Exclusion?", referred to during the episode:
    https://www.imf.org/-/media/Files/Publications/WP/2022/English/wpiea2022080-print-pdf.ashx

    • 48 min
    Michael Kortenbusch from Business and Finance Consulting on Agricultural Value Chain Finance

    Michael Kortenbusch from Business and Finance Consulting on Agricultural Value Chain Finance

    Michael Kortenbusch is a Senior MSME Lending Expert, Team Leader, and the Managing Director of Business & Finance Consulting (BFC).

    With 30 years of overall professional experience, of which 24 years in banking and development finance, and 16 years in agriculture lending, he has led, supervised and provided expertise in over 55 projects implemented by BFC, primarily focused on MSME finance and access to finance, agrilending, rural & value chain finance, due diligence, institutional development, operational efficiency, turnaround management, and strategy & business development. 

    In the last 7 years, Michael has provided expertise in 8 long-term projects in MSME finance & agrifinance in Armenia (KfW), Azerbaijan (EBRD), Georgia (SDC), Kyrgyzstan (KfW), Nepal (KfW) and Serbia (KfW), being involved in improvement of credit technologies, procedures, strategies and tools for MSME & agrilending, capacity building to FIs for sustainable extension of loans, and improving access to finance (specifically for agribusinesses, MSMEs, farmers, rural enterprises, etc.).

    Michael holds a Master Degree in Slavic Languages. He is native in German and fluent in English and Russian. 

    In this episode Michael discusses the drivers of and outlook for Agricultural Value Chain Finance. 

    Michael can be reached on LinkedIn or on via BFC's website (https://bfconsulting.com/) 

    This podcast is brought to you by Financial Due Diligence Associates, a multilingual consulting partnership founded by Guy Rodwell, specialised in holistic, relevant and concise analysis of financially inclusive companies. 

    FDDA also works with financial inclusive institutions to improve their corporate governance and reporting, besides helping asset managers access French institutions through an alliance with Oxondo, a leading Paris-based third party marketer. 

    You can reach FDDA by contacting Guy Rodwell on LinkedIn, or by emailing us at info@fdda-consulting.com. 

    • 50 min
    ASA Kenya's Sazzad Hossain on how it uses digital financial services while staying true to its social mission.

    ASA Kenya's Sazzad Hossain on how it uses digital financial services while staying true to its social mission.

    Following up from the previous, fascinating episode with Martijn Bollen and Karin Kersten from ASA International, we interview Sazzad Hossein, CEO of ASA Kenya one of the group’s most important subsidiaries, in which he gives a brilliant view of how ASA takes advantage of digital financial services, in the form of M-PESA, while adhering to its core social mission and values.
    Sazzad can be reached on LinkedIn or via ASA Kenya’s website (https://kenya.asa-international.com/).


    This podcast is brought to you by Financial Due Diligence Associates, a multilingual consulting partnership founded by Guy Rodwell, specialised in holistic, relevant and concise analysis of financially inclusive companies.


    FDDA also works with financial inclusive institutions to improve their corporate governance and reporting, besides helping asset managers access French institutions through an alliance with Oxondo, a leading Paris-based third party marketer.


    You can reach FDDA by contacting Guy Rodwell on LinkedIn, or by emailing us at info@fdda-consulting.com.

    • 30 min
    ASA International on COVID, current operating conditions and digital financial services

    ASA International on COVID, current operating conditions and digital financial services

    This week we welcome ASA International. It is one of the world’s largest international microfinance institutions providing small, socially responsible loans, averaging about $166, to 2.4m low-income entrepreneurs, most of whom are women, across 13 countries in Asia and Africa. Listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker “ASAI” it has a market capitalization of about $108m.
    "ASA" stands for the "Association for Social Advancement". ASA NGO was founded in 1978 in Bangladesh by a microfinance pioneer, Mr Shafiqul Haque Chowdhury, who died in February 2021. ASA NGO was the driving force behind the establishment of ASA International.

    The "ASA model" has been described by some as the "Henry Ford Motor model of microfinance", which is to say that it runs an extremely low-cost and highly efficient credit delivery model with a simple, but very effective credit assessment process. ASA International adopted the "ASA Model" as developed by ASA the NGO, and greenfielded 13 microfinance institutions across 13 countries in Asia and Africa. The majority of these institutions are regulated as "microfinance banks" or "microfinance institutions" in their home markets.

    From ASA International we are delighted to welcome Martijn Bollen, General counsel of ASA International, a position he has held since 2007, and Karin Kersten, Executive director of the Board and Director of Corporate Development, who joined in October 2021.

    Martijn and Karin can be reached on LinkedIn or via the website at https://www.asa-international.com/. 

    This podcast is brought to you by Financial Due Diligence Associates, a multilingual consulting partnership founded by Guy Rodwell, specialised in holistic, relevant and concise analysis of financially inclusive companies. 

    FDDA also works with financial inclusive institutions to improve their corporate governance and reporting, besides helping asset managers access French institutions through an alliance with Oxondo, a leading Paris-based third party marketer. 

    You can reach FDDA by contacting Guy Rodwell on LinkedIn, or by emailing us at info@fdda-consulting.com. 

    • 45 min
    Erik Geurts on the impacts of high inflation, the strong US Dollar and rising interest rates

    Erik Geurts on the impacts of high inflation, the strong US Dollar and rising interest rates

    Erik Geurts, the accomplished financial inclusion consultant, discusses the impact on emerging markets of the strong US dollar, high inflation and tighter interest rates, along with the knock impact on MFIs. He adds in some sensible prescriptions for MFIs, lenders and regulators alike. 

    Based in Lima/Peru, Erik is Deputy Chair of the board of Banco D-MIRO in Ecuador and a financial inclusion consultant for several MIVs and DFIs.  Erik can be reached on LinkedIn or at egeurts.consulting@gmail.com. 

    This podcast is brought to you by Financial Due Diligence Associates, a multilingual consulting partnership founded by Guy Rodwell, specialised in holistic, relevant and concise analysis of financially inclusive companies. 

    FDDA also works with financial inclusive institutions to improve their corporate governance and reporting, besides helping asset managers access French institutions through an alliance with Oxondo, a leading Paris-based third party marketer. 

    You can reach FDDA by contacting Guy Rodwell on LinkedIn, or by emailing us at info@fdda-consulting.com. 

    • 37 min
    Herjola Spahiu (CEO of NOA Albania) on excellence in MFI fundraising

    Herjola Spahiu (CEO of NOA Albania) on excellence in MFI fundraising

    Herjola Spahiu started her career at Emporiki Bank, Albania, which was acquired by Crédit Agricole Albania, and where she ended up as Head of Retail Banking. She then became CEO of NOA, Albania’s second largest non bank financial institution. She also served as chair of the Albanian Microfinance Association and is a member of the board of directors of the European Microfinance Network.
    In this episode, Herjola gives valuable advice on best practice for MFIs managing relationships with their funding partners.
    Herjola can be contacted via LinkedIn or via NOA’s website (https://noafin.al/eng/).
    This podcast is brought to you by Financial Due Diligence Associates, a multilingual consulting partnership founded by Guy Rodwell and Zinaida Vasilenko, specialised in holistic, relevant and concise analysis of financially inclusive companies.
    FDDA also helps impactful asset managers access French institutions through an alliance with Oxondo, a leading Paris-based third party marketer.
    You can reach FDDA by contacting Guy Rodwell or Zinaida Vasilenko on LinkedIn, or by emailing us at info@fdda-consulting.com.

    • 35 min

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