Publications

2017 USGSA Report

Financial inclusion is now firmly established as a powerful tool to improve lives and strengthen development. Each year, the Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance—Queen Máxima of the Netherlands—publishes a report that looks at what financial inclusion has achieved and where it is going.

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Publications

CEE SME Banking 2017
The report is structured around Central and Eastern Europe. In preparing the report, data from state statistical services, central banks of the countries, annual reports of banks and other public sources of information were used. Actuality of data – as of January 1, 2017, in cases of lack of information at that date, the latest available data on...
Five Members Named to Women in FinTech 2017 Powerlist
Innovate Finance, the membership organization that represents the UK’s global FinTech community, published its 2017 Women FinTech Powerlist. The initiative is a celebration of the achievements and talent of women across the FinTech ecosystem as they continue to play a crucial role in the innovation and evolution of financial services. Launched in...
2016 Small Business Credit Survey: Report on Minority-Owned Firms
This report is the third in a series of reports based on the 2016 Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), a national collaboration of the 12 Reserve Banks of the Federal Reserve System, offering unique insight into important, often underserved, segments of the small business population. Results show that minority-owned firms are discouraged (i.e.,...
New Insights on Online Lender Applicants from the Small Business Credit Survey
How do small businesses that apply to online alternative lenders compare to those that apply to traditional financial institutions only? And in what ways do their experiences with lenders differ? This analysis draws from data in the Federal Reserve’s 2015 Small Business Credit Survey to examine these questions. Among the main findings: Firms using...
2016 Small Business Credit Survey: Report on Startup Firms
Startups—small businesses that were five-years-old or younger in 2016 with full- or part-time employees—make up 34% of all small employer firms and are drivers of U.S. job growth. Results from the Small Business Credit Survey show that while startups have stronger growth and more optimism than mature firms, they have greater credit risk and...
Financing SME Growth in Kenya – Briefing Note
This paper is part of a series of resources that FSD Kenya has developed around transforming finance for enterprise. These resources provide detailed information about best practice and are intended for use by financial service providers and those supporting such institutions which are entering the SME market. This briefing note presents a profile...
UK SME Insurance: Competitor Dynamics 2017
SMEs are increasingly worried about the impact of a cyber-attack, according to our UK SME Insurance Survey. This is no surprise, given the regularity of high-profile attacks in the news and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018. But insurers have found the cyber market tough to master, and the take-up has...
The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership 2017
Based on the results of this analysis, the researchers present a prioritised strategy for action that assists investors, stakeholders, and policy actors in directing their resources towards generating the greatest impact for entrepreneurs in the country. One of their recommendations, based on the GEDI model and GEDI policy tool, is to improve the...
Doing Business 2018 Reforming to Create Jobs
Doing Business measures aspects of business regulation affecting domestic small and medium-size firms defined based on standardized case scenarios and located in the largest business city of each economy. In addition, for 11 economies a second city is covered. The role of government policy in the daily operations of domestic small and medium-size...
Learning as We Grow: Putting CocoaAction into Practice
The second CocoaAction Annual Report, "Learning as We Grow: Putting CocoaAction into Practice", focuses on learnings that the World Cocoa Foundation and CocoaAction companies observed in 2016. Smallholder cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are not simply viewed as beneficiaries of the CocoaAction strategy. Rather, they are strategic partners...