What We Do

What We Do


The SME Finance Forum works to expand access to finance for small and medium businesses. The Forum operates a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs.

200 million businesses worldwide need financing to invest, grow and create new jobs.
SMEs account for
9 out of 10 of business
Half of GDP
Two-thirds of job worldwide

Our mission is to accelerate access to finance for small and medium business worldwide by promoting knowledge exchange, policy change, and new connections.

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The SME Finance Forum was established by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2012 as a knowledge center for data, research and best practice in promoting SME finance. As an implementing partner for the GPFI, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was tasked with managing the initiative. In 2015, the SME Finance Forum partnered with CapitalPlus Exchange to expand and upgrade the former Small Business Banking Network.