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Podcast: Access to Finance Report
Funding is a huge problem for SMEs. The Access To Finance Report surveyed 11,000 entreprenuers to understand why SMEs cannot access funding. The report includes options for financing from 300 funders. The findings discovered that SMEs have difficulty knowing where to start when looking for financing. Typically, they start and stop at a bank, which...
Member News: Standard Chartered to Jointly Launch a Trade Finance Platform
According to Reuters , Hong Kong’s banking regulator and seven banks, including SME Finance Forum member Standard Chartered PLC said they will jointly launch a trade finance platform in September using blockchain technology. Reuters says the platform will be one of the largest examples globally of a government-led, cross-bank effort to reform the...
Innovation in Retail Banking Report 2017
The Innovation in Retail Banking report includes results of a global survey of more than 250 financial institutions, case studies from organizations of all sizes and insight contributions from some of the most respected innovators in banking. The innovation agenda has become intertwined with the digitalization agenda, where transforming back-...
Predicting Payment Behavior in PAYGo
With over one million units sold in the last five years and over 50,000 units installed each month, the PAYGo model makes solar affordable for end-users and provides sufficient margin for providers to scale last-mile distribution. However, for the model to succeed PAYGo operators must retain customers and build a base of loyal and engaged...
Women Leaders, Women Lenders
Women have been an integral part of microfinance since the very beginning. But though the percentage of women in top leadership positions in microfinance institutions is high compared to the rest of the global banking sector, it’s still lower than women’s proportion of the overall population – and far lower than the percentage of female clients...
Member News: Mastercard Partners with Unilever on SME Lending in Kenya
MSMEs need loans and grants to thrive in emerging economies. Mastercard's and Unilever's CEOs have a solution. SME Finance Forum member Mastercard is working with Unilever on new lending models for micro merchants in Kenya. Ajay Banga is the president and CEO of Mastercard. Paul Polman is the CEO of Unilever. Their Fortune piece highlights they...
The Economics of Banking on Women: 2018 Edition
This report is based on information gathered in the GBA’s Women’s Market Analytics Survey — the only collection of global banking data measuring the performance of financial institutions serving the Women’s Market, with four years of performance data and over 400 data points per institution. This second edition of the report bears out several...
Member News: Industry Partner GBA for Women Features Diamond Bank's Digital Innovation
Industry Partner GBA for Women says that digital solutions for product distribution are rapidly increasing banks’ ability to reach the unbanked – a segment disproportionately made up of women. During the recent All-Stars Academy in South Africa, GBA heard from two of its members who are making huge strides in this area: Diamond Bank of Nigeria -...
Member News: OPIC Explores Opportunities to Link American Investors with Zambian Entrepreneurs, Including Women.
SME Finance Forum member, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) President and Chief Executive Officer Ray W. Washburne traveled to Zambia where he toured Zambia’s first utility scale solar power facility which is being supported by a $13 million OPIC loan and a $26 million loan from the International Finance Corporation to Neoen and...
Democratization of Startup Financing
In the U.S. financial services market, regulations such as Reg A+ and Reg CF have opened up new avenues for startups to raise financing from a large number of unaccredited investors along with accredited investors. Among the 636 companies that filed forms to conduct new offerings under Reg A+ or Reg CF, 80% of them (514) filed for Reg CF. In...