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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...
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IFC’s new report— Moving Toward Gender Balance in Private Equity and Venture Capital . The report, launched on March 7, 2019 is a collaborative effort of IFC, investment firm RockCreek, and management consulting company Oliver Wyman, with support from the Government of Canada. The study explores the link between financial returns and gender...
The Unseen Sector: A Report on the MSME Opportunity in South Africa
Building small businesses that contribute to the economy and create jobs is one of South Africa’s biggest development opportunities. Small enterprises employ between 50 and 60 percent of South Africa’s work force and contribute around 34 percent of GDP. However, the small business sector has been relatively stagnant over the last decade, and only...
Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa
The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA released Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa, new research that shows 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030. These findings indicate that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent...
High-Growth Firms: Facts, Fiction, and Policy Options for Emerging Economies
Remarkably, a small fraction of firms account for most of the job and output creation in high-income and developing countries alike. Does this imply that the path to enabling more economic dynamism lies in selectively targeting high-potential firms? Or would pursuing broad-based reforms that minimize distortions be more effective? Inspired by...
Econometric Study on the Impact of EU Loan Guarantee Financial Instruments on Growth and Jobs of SMEs
This paper provides a policy-oriented summary of a recent report to the European Commission’s DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. The econometric study assesses the real performance effects of EU-guaranteed loans to SMEs disbursed in the Benelux, Italy, and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), during...
ADP Small Business Report January 2019
Private sector small business employment increased by 63,000 jobs from December to January according to the January ADP Small Business Report. Due to the important contribution that small businesses make to economic growth, employment data that are specific to businesses with 49 or fewer employees is reported each month and broadly distributed to...
Scale-up Success: What Do SMEs Need to Supercharge Their Growth?
This report examines how more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could experience wider success by adopting some of the practices of businesses with higher growth ambitions. In doing so it also explores the potential for a larger proportion of the global SME population to achieve increased productivity gains, turnover and job generation...
Report: Scale-ups Offer Significant Opportunity for Economic Growth in MENA
Successful scale-ups in the MENA region are generating on average 3.4x more revenues and 8x more jobs than other SMEs, according to new research co-authored by Strategy& and Endeavor. Released at Area 2071, an initiative of the Dubai Future Foundation, the study, “Scaling Up MENA SMES: How a handful of firms can fast-forward economic growth,”...
SME Loans Fuel Jobs, Families & Communities: Four Coop Bank Client Profiles
The stories of IFC client and SME Finance Forum member, Cooperative Bank of Kenya, show how relatively modest investments help small and medium-sized businesses grow to bring jobs and new financial resources to families and communities.