Publications

Report: Payment Card Acceptance Set to Surge By 40% to 85 Million Outlets Worldwide

RBR’s latest cards research, Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2022, reveals that the number of card-accepting merchant outlets rose by an impressive 7 million in 2016 to 61 million. Double digit growth was recorded across Asia-Pacific, central and eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa.

Publications

Publications

Report: UK Small Business Confidence at Highest Level Since 2015
Confidence among the UK’s smallest companies has rebounded to 2015 levels, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). The number of SMEs expecting sales to increase between April and June jumped by 13 percent, with half expecting to see an increase, when compared...
Understanding the Landscape: Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs
In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the National Women’s Business Council has released a report under their Access to Capital pillar titled Understanding the Landscape: Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs. The first of four reports released from the Council’s inter-agency agreement with the Federal Research Division of the Library of...
Gender Inclusion for Climate-Smart Agribusinesses
This Vuna publication, produced by Value for Women Ltd., is the first in a series of three reports with the goal of guiding small and growing agribusinesses (SGABs) to growth through strategic gender inclusion in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) value chains. The research was commissioned by Vuna, a three-year regional CSA programme funded by UK...
SMEs: Smallish Misunderstood Enterprise Report
With many consumer markets saturated and fiercely competitive, where's your next frontier for growth? Adaptive Lab's, a consulting firm, research shows that UK's small and medium enterprises are an audience ripe for change. Dissatisfied, under-served and undervalued, they're looking for services to help them grow, and are willing to pay for it...
Member News: Intesa Sanpaolo Enter Into A Long Term Strategic Partnership with Intrum, Creating A Market Leading Servicer Of Non-Performing Loans In Italy
Following the acceptance by the Board of Directors of Intesa Sanpaolo (a SME Finance Forum member) of the offer that the Bank received from Intrum, Intesa Sanpaolo and Intrum signed a binding agreement to establish a strategic partnership regarding the impaired loans (NPL), which provides for two transactions: The establishment of a leading...
Cyber Risk Management Response and Recovery
Cyber insurance is a new and rapidly evolving field and many directors and management teams are uncertain how to assess its value. This report positions cyber insurance within a comprehensive cyber risk management framework, provides an overview of evolving coverage options, and identifies key questions for directors to explore with management to...
Small and Growing Business in Africa: Profiles, Successes and Challenges
In Sub-Saharan Africa as elsewhere, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in economic development and job creation. However, because of a general lack of knowledge about this particular segment, the sector hardly achieves its full potential. In order to better meet MSMEs’ needs, a first step consists in identifying the...
Social Networks, e-Commerce Platforms, and the Growth of Digital Payment Ecosystems in China: What it Means for Other Countries
The rapid growth of social networks and e-commerce platforms has transformed the way people communicate and transact around the world. Integrating digital payments into these growing networks and platforms has presented vast opportunities to drive economic opportunity, financial inclusion, transparency, security and growth. In practically all...
The Fintech Revolution: A Threat to Global Banking?
The Development Research Group in Malaysia, in collaboration with the Research and Development Center in Chile, has just produced a new Research & Policy Brief , entitled “The Fintech Revolution: A Threat to Global Banking?,” jointly written by Juan J. Cortina and Sergio L. Schmukler. This brief argues that the period since the global...
North Africa Economic Outlook 2018
This North Africa Economic Outlook by the African Development Bank (covering Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia) examines the macroeconomic performance of the region and the outlook for 2018 and 2019 and explores the relationship between food security and rural poverty. Included in the report are details about finance for...