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Banque du Caire CEO Shares Their Strategy for SME Financing

Banque du Caire has embarked on a five-year transformation strategy that includes regional expansion, strengthening its digital platform and boosting SME financing and financial inclusion. This interview with the CEO Tarek Fayed, shares how the bank is expanding its SME loan and microfinance portfolios.

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World's First Private Sector Gender Bond Finances Women-Owned SMEs in Emerging Markets
IFC invested $75 million in a Gender Bond issued by Turkey’s Garanti Bank (a SME Finance Forum member). IFC details the story of how and why the investment with Garanti was a bold one. The bank, which is known in the market for its commitment to access to finance for women, is the first private sector bank in the world to launch a gender bond...
Study Talks Women and Venture Capital
IFC’s latest study shows that a more diverse panel of asset managers may be the key to bigger profits. Henriette Kolb, Head of IFC’s Gender Secretariat, said an ideal mix of at least 30 percent of women in an investment team can lead to substantially bigger yields for the company. BusinessWorld reports. “The median gender balanced fund...
Mind the Gap & Fix the Mix: Gender Equality in Private Equity
With more than $3 trillion in assets under management—nearly $800 billion of which is allocated to emerging markets—private equity can be a powerful source of financing, especially for innovative businesses that cannot access bank loans or capital markets. Investors and funds with stakes in these privately owned companies not only help them expand...
Empowering Women to Rise Up in Financial Services Across the Globe
Tracey Davies, President of Money20/20, and founder of the Rise Up initiative, outlines the five ways the program empowers women at work as the initiative comes to Singapore. I have always been a hopeful optimist about the trajectory of women, but as the number of women reaching the top just hasn’t made the progress I expected, I have become much...
Fintech for Women: Scaling the Financial Inclusion Pyramid in Egypt
In a bid to accelerate women’s financial inclusion in MENA, the region with the lowest female economic participation in the world , the DFID-funded Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund ( AWEF ) led a study to understand the scope for Digital Financial Services (DFS) in Egypt, map key constraints to women’s financial inclusion and identify opportunities to...
E-commerce: Helping Djiboutian Women Entrepreneurs Reach the World
Access to finance also remains a problem, where 53 percent of women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) do not have access to credit and 70 percent of surveyed MENA female entrepreneurs agree that lending conditions in their economy are too restrictive and do not allow them to secure the financing needed for growth. This is where e-commerce...
Financial Products Created with Women In Mind
The largest untapped market in the world is women, according to Women’s World Banking. Financial institutions are failing to ensure their offerings work for women, however three elements with a gender-inclusive design can help counter this issue: Go beyond “gender-neutral” Segmenting by gender during the product design phase Developing the...
Digitization Could Hurt Relationship Between Banks and Venture Clients, Specifically Women
Approved bank loans to SMEs has decreased by 15 percent over the last 10 years, and roughly 60 percent of all ventures in need of external financing have reported difficulties in accessing financing for their investments, according to an article by the Harvard Business Review. Digitization is proving to have a negative effect on entrepreneurs,...
Widening Gender Gap May Affect The Future of Cryptocurrency
In the G7 Executive Talk Series briefing report, the critical role of women in the cryptocurrency sector is examined. According to the report, 95 percent of males are bitcoin users while on five percent are females. One key element explaining the cause of this imbalance is due to the psychological theory that men take more risks than women,...
How India’s Small Finance Banks Aim to Take Financial Inclusion to the Next Level
India has lended to hundreds throughout the unbanked community and is the largest microfinance market in the world, according to Next Billion. Microfinance in India has its pros and cons. It’s able to reach customers that mainstream financial institutions fail to notice, but it also lacks adequate regulation, making it dangerous for borrowers. The...