Publications

Mobilizing Islamic Finance for Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships

This PPIAF-funded report aims to discuss and disseminate information on how Islamic finance has been applied in infrastructure projects through PPP schemes, what the structural challenges and solutions are, and what can be done to deepen and maximize the use of Islamic finance for this purpose. This report has two broad dimensions.

Publications

Publications

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...
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...
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...
2016 Annual Report: Financial Inclusion in Kenya
The 2016 Financial Inclusion Insights team examined high-level numbers and dug deeper into the 2016 data, they identified several other important takeaways regarding the evolution of financial inclusion in Kenya: Mobile money continues to lead other services at providing financial access and use cases, and is increasingly becoming a gateway to...
Vocalink Publishes Small Business Fraud Report
58% of SMEs believe that the impact of modern-day payments fraud on their business would be minimal and that they would lose only a small amount of money, according to a new report from Vocalink Analytics. This is despite recent Action Fraud figures showing that the total amount lost by SMEs to fraud in the UK was estimated at a staggering £18.9...
Bringing Direct Deposit to the Unbanked
The February 2018 edition of PYMNTS.com's Disbursements Tracker covers New industry offerings to more quickly get money in the hands of winning bettors and help employees reach firmer financial footing and features a story by Adam Rust, managing director of WiseWage. He explains how the company helps businesses lower costs and better serve workers...
Case Study - TBC Bank’s Non-Financial Services Strengthen Georgian SME Clients
In 2012 TBC Bank, one of the stronger commercial banks in Georgia, recognized that the SME sector – one of the most dynamic and fast growing components of the country’s economy – was important for its long-term success. But SMEs in Georgia had numerous shortcomings where many lacked substantial managerial and technical specific skills and were not...
Mobilizing Islamic Finance for Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships
This PPIAF-funded report aims to discuss and disseminate information on how Islamic finance has been applied in infrastructure projects through PPP schemes, what the structural challenges and solutions are, and what can be done to deepen and maximize the use of Islamic finance for this purpose. This report has two broad dimensions. The first is to...