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Understanding Structural Barriers & Hidden Bias in Access to Credit for Women-led Businesses
Women-led businesses are an important vehicle for enhancing women’s economic opportunities and agency, and often lead to poverty reduction and economic growth. Gender gaps in access to formal credit is one of the principal barriers impeding women-led businesses from exploiting their full potential and economic opportunities. There are many...
Microfinance and Business Start-ups: Review of the Current Practice in Europe
This paper explores the theoretical background and the emergent evidence related to the role of access to finance for business start-ups and self-employment in Europe, with a specific focus on the role of microfinance institutions. So far, microfinance has been supporting start-ups at certain maturity level on a limited scale, with only a handful...
World Bank Group, Switzerland, and Ukraine Roll out Innovative Financial Tool to Support Small Farmers
The World Bank Group, in partnership with the Swiss and Ukrainian governments, is rolling out a new financial instrument – crop receipts – across Ukraine to expand access to finance for small farmers, boosting agricultural productivity and supporting economic growth. Crop receipts are a pre-harvest financial instrument, successfully used in a...
India's Economic Survey 2017-18
The Economic Times review of the Economic Survey 2017-18 says that the amount of credit or loans disbursed by banks amounted to Rs 26,041 billion as on November 2017, but 82.6% of this was pocketed by large enterprises. For millions of SMEs in the country, banks only lent out 17.4 % of the total credit. Learn more about the survey and how MSME...
The Global Gender Gap Report 2017
Gender parity is fundamental to whether and how economies and societies thrive. Ensuring the full development and appropriate deployment of half of the world’s total talent pool has a vast bearing on the growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies and businesses worldwide. The Global Gender Gap Report benchmarks 144 countries on...
MSME Finance Gap Report
A joint report by IFC and the SME Finance Forum, has found that 65 million enterprises, or 40 percent of formal micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in developing countries, have an unmet finance need of $5.2 trillion a year. This gap is larger than previously estimated. The results were presented at the Global SME Finance Forum held in...
5 Expert Predictions for SME Banking in 2018
SME Finance Forum member Strands Finance asked SME Banking experts to share their predictions with them. Here’s a preview of what the best in Fintech have to say about the coming year in SME Finance Management. See responses from our very own Matthew Gamser and Minerva Kotei, as well as from members Strands and Mastercard.
25 VC Firms Investing in Female-Founded Companies
Since the start of 2006, three venture capital firms—500 Startups, NEA and Golden Seeds—have closed more than 100 deals apiece backing female-founded companies in the US. Twenty-five investors have closed more than 50 deals each. As a follow-up to PitchBook's recent content on women in VC, including their interactive map of investment in female-...
Providing Pre-Seed and Seed Capital is an Essential Step to Bringing West Africa and Sahel’s Entrepreneurs to the Next Level
More than 40 percent of African entrepreneurs cite access to finance as the major factor limiting their growth, according to World Bank Enterprise Surveys. In this article, the author says that West African start-ups and innovative young SMEs are indeed facing the classic ‘valley of death’ — the space between where the entrepreneur’s own resources...
The Key to Financial Inclusion Report
Over the last five years at the Symposium, the Mastercard Foundation has brought together global practitioners to discuss, debate, and share ideas about client centricity: how to do it better, faster, more broadly, and more deeply as a way of driving financial inclusion. Today, the idea that more attention should be paid to the needs and...