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Have the Portfolio Diversification Strategies of Kenyan Microfinance Banks Failed?
In this blog Joyce Murithi and Wanjiku Kiarie analyze the financial performance of five select MFBs in Kenya from 2012 – 2016, analyzing key performance trends, providing insights with actionable recommendations to mitigate the challenges experienced across the industry. With the lessons learned over the past five years, a second transformation in...
Finding Innovation in An Incumbent – Claire Calmejane
David Brear interviews Claire Calmejane of Lloyds Banking Group for FinTech Insider. Claire is also a speaker for the Global SME Finance Forum 2017 in Berlin.
Global Annual Price Tag for SME Manual Administration Tasks: $600 Billion
This study for Sage looks at the cost to small and mediumsized enterprises of administration tasks, including both operational and regulatory requirements. Analysing a survey of over 3000 companies across 11 countries, we consider whether technology can be used to reduce this burden, and how governments can encourage its take-up. The report...
EIF Working Paper n. 44: Financing Micro Firms in Europe: An Empirical Analysis
Research & Market Analysis (RMA) has the presents "Financing Micro Firms in Europe: An Empirical Analysis", n.44 of EIF's Working Paper Series. The vast majority of firms in Europe are micro firms. This EIF Working Paper investigates the financing patterns of these enterprises. Based on a large European company-level data set, the paper finds...
Tony Elumelu: Africapitalists Builds the Continent's Future
Tony O. Elumelu, C.O.N, Chairman at Heirs Holdings in Nigeria, pens an article on how African entrepreneurs are being supported by financial services to create a strong economic system on the continent. He describes how his institution has supported more than 10,000 African entrepreneurs over the last 10 years with funding and mentoring. The...
Recommendations for Crafting a MSME Policy in India
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) continue to be citadels adorning the industrial map of India. The recommendations of Dr Prabhat Kumar Committee hold promise for unveiling a new chapter in the Indian business ecosystem for crafting a MSME policy. An enabling and integrated MSME policy for well-functioning and sick MSMEs will provide...
How to Get Collateral Free SME Loans in India
The inability to provide collateral has been a major hindrance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) seeking loans to fund their working capital needs, finance their expansion or take advantage of growth opportunities. Although the government has been taking steps to provide the necessary financing to SMEs, traditional lending institutions offer...
IFC Assists LBDI with Access to Agribusiness and SME Finance
IFC will provide specialized advisory services to the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to develop scalable and sustainable agrifinance and support SMEs banking operations. The services will strengthen the bank’s risk management processes and tools; improve its customer value propositions including systems and products; and build...
IFC Survey Says Cut in Bank Ties has Depressed Legitimate Growth
The IFC released a report on how correspondent banking relationships — bilateral agreements to handle basic services such as remittances or letters of credit — are having the effect of shutting out households and SMEs from the global financial system. In a new survey of more than 300 of its banking clients around the world, the IFC found that more...
EBRD Promotes Belarus Local Currency Lending and Corporate Governance
The EBRD and Belarus are joining forces to improve the domestic investment climate and corporate standards, with new initiatives in the area of local currency lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the commercialisation and governance of state-owned enterprises. During a visit by EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti to Belarus,...