DWM Microfinance Fund J


Last updated 13 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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DWM Microfinance Fund J (DWMF J) is an open-ended microfinance investment vehicle that offers daily liquidity to Japanese investors. DWMF J is the sole investment of the Daiwa Microfinance Fund, the first commercial microfinance mutual fund for Japanese investors. The Fund was developed in partnership with Daiwa Securities and Tokio Marine Asset Management. As of December 31, 2012, the Fund had a net asset value of $139 million.

The fund's assets include listed bonds issued by multi- and bilateral development finance institutions whose focus is economic development in the developing world and loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs). The fund's assets are denominated in local currencies.

Asset class

Fund style

Not listed

Financial description

As of December 31, 2012 the Fund consisted of loans to 21 microfinance institutions in 14 countries and 21 bonds issued by 9 development finance institutions. The majority of the bonds are AAA rated.
Investors receive pro rata dividend payments in JPY semi-annually.
The minimum investment size to invest in the Fund is the JPY equivalent of EUR 125,000 (or USD ~165,000 as of December 31, 2012). This minimum is subject to waiver by DWM in certain cases.

12 years

of track record


the year funded



Asset manager

Developing World Markets


Headquarters location:

Other funds managed by this asset manager: DWM Microfinance Equity Fund I

SDG goals

SDG targets

Equal rights to ownership basic services technology and economic resources

Increase access to financial services and markets

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Fund overview

Asset manager: Developing World Markets

Product track record: Fund has 12 years of track record

Target IRR: n.a.

Committed Capital: n.a.

Target return category: Risk-adjusted market-rate of return

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Inception year: 2011

Vintage year: 2011

Target region: ,

Target close date: n.a.

Product term: 10 year term; limited daily liquidity

Assets under management: n.a.

Investment size: Min: 0; Max: 0; Avg: 2,000,000

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Fund investments to date: 42

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 0

Management fee: n.a.

Carried interest: n.a.

Hurdle rate: n.a.

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: No

Limited Partners / Investors: Retail investors through Daiwa Securities Group

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Other Institutional Investors, Retail Investors


E-mail: kathryn@dwmarkets.com

Website: https://www.dwmarkets.com/

Phone number: 203-655-5453

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Jim Kaddaras

Partner, Debt and Legal Manager

Impact Performance


Impact thesis

The Fund invests in microfinance institutions in emerging and frontier countries and bonds issued by development finance institutions. According to the World Bank, more than 2.5 billion people lack access to basic formal financial services in developing countries. The Fund's mission is to address this sizable and particularly underpenetrated market segment.
DWM is committed to ensuring its investment decisions create socially positive results for the global community. DWM's investment philosophy also includes the protection of microfinance borrowers who represent the ultimate impact of our investments into MFIs. In addition, DWM is committed to incorporating Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance issues into our investments and other activities. DWM has been and continues to be an early supporter of key industry initiatives including: The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, The Smart Campaign, IRIS, the Global Impact Investing Ratings System (GIIRS), Microfinance Information Exchange and MFTransparency.
DWM developed a social impact measurement questionnaire and scorecard in collaboration with SNS Asset Management and Oikocredit to collect and analyze social performance of portfolio microfinance institutions. DWM uses the Social IQs to evaluate potential investments in MFIs during the pre-investment due diligence process and then on an annual basis once an investment is made.

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