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The Global Findex Database 2017
The 2017 edition of the Global Findex includes updated indicators on access to and use of formal and informal financial services. And it adds new data on the use of financial technology (fintech), including the use of mobile phones and the internet to conduct financial transactions. Financial inclusion is on the rise globally. The 2017 Global...
Member News: FINCA Enters Into Strategic Partnership with Karandaaz Pakistan to Launch ‘Women Community Mobilizer’ Program
SME Finance Forum member, FINCA has announced a strategic partnership with Karandaaz Pakistan, a non-profit finance generating organization for small businesses and individual’s financial inclusion. The first of its kind initiative between Karandaaz and a DFSP (Digital Financial Services Provider) – SimSim, will enable a new way of digital...
Report: UK Small Business Confidence at Highest Level Since 2015
Confidence among the UK’s smallest companies has rebounded to 2015 levels, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). The number of SMEs expecting sales to increase between April and June jumped by 13 percent, with half expecting to see an increase, when compared...
Understanding the Landscape: Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs
In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the National Women’s Business Council has released a report under their Access to Capital pillar titled Understanding the Landscape: Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs. The first of four reports released from the Council’s inter-agency agreement with the Federal Research Division of the Library of...
Blended Finance - A Stepping Stone to Creating Markets
At the heart of IFC’s approach to blended finance are efforts to create and help sustain private markets with strong development impact. This note explores the role of blended finance in creating markets and looks at lessons from three blended finance projects and structures—and how each contributed to the creation of markets that are scalable,...
Gender Inclusion for Climate-Smart Agribusinesses
This Vuna publication, produced by Value for Women Ltd., is the first in a series of three reports with the goal of guiding small and growing agribusinesses (SGABs) to growth through strategic gender inclusion in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) value chains. The research was commissioned by Vuna, a three-year regional CSA programme funded by UK...
SMEs: Smallish Misunderstood Enterprise Report
With many consumer markets saturated and fiercely competitive, where's your next frontier for growth? Adaptive Lab's, a consulting firm, research shows that UK's small and medium enterprises are an audience ripe for change. Dissatisfied, under-served and undervalued, they're looking for services to help them grow, and are willing to pay for it...
Member News: Intesa Sanpaolo Enter Into A Long Term Strategic Partnership with Intrum, Creating A Market Leading Servicer Of Non-Performing Loans In Italy
Following the acceptance by the Board of Directors of Intesa Sanpaolo (a SME Finance Forum member) of the offer that the Bank received from Intrum, Intesa Sanpaolo and Intrum signed a binding agreement to establish a strategic partnership regarding the impaired loans (NPL), which provides for two transactions: The establishment of a leading...
Cyber Risk Management Response and Recovery
Cyber insurance is a new and rapidly evolving field and many directors and management teams are uncertain how to assess its value. This report positions cyber insurance within a comprehensive cyber risk management framework, provides an overview of evolving coverage options, and identifies key questions for directors to explore with management to...
Small and Growing Business in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges
In Sub-Saharan Africa as elsewhere, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in economic development and job creation. However, because of a general lack of knowledge about this particular segment, the sector hardly achieves its full potential. In order to better meet MSMEs’ needs, a first step consists in identifying the...