Publications

G20 Action Plan on SME Financing: Credit Infrastructure Country Self-Assessment Consolidated Report

Small and Medium-Sized enterprises (SMEs) make up a large majority of businesses globally and play a crucial role in global economic development through job creation, economic growth, and innovation. For the health of the global economy, it is imperative that they have access to the needed credit to grow and expand.

Publications

Publications

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Global Report 2016/17
Babson College is a founding institution and lead sponsor of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). GEM is a global consortium that conducts research on 66 world economies. GEM brings together over 400 researchers from across the globe and includes more than 100 institutions every year. The first report was published in 1999. Students can...
Informal Tradables and the Employment Growth of Indian Manufacturing
India's manufacturing growth from 1989 to 2010 displays two intriguing properties: 1) a substantial fraction of absolute and net employment growth is concentrated in informal tradable industries, and 2) much of this growth is connected to the development of one-person establishments. This working paper by the World Bank Group’s Macroeconomics and...
Gender Intelligence for Banks— Moving the Needle on Gender Equality
Gender Intelligence for Banks — Moving the Needle on Gender Equality This report is the result of a joint partnership between the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) and Habib Bank Limited (HBL) in Pakistan. The initiative’s goal is to promote gender equality within banks and to develop insights into how gender intelligence programs can...
Investing in Women: New Evidence for the Business Case
Over the last two decades, the gap between male and female employment rates has closed by only 0.6 percentage points. The financing gap for women entrepreneurs remains at an estimated $285 billion. Inequities between men and women have been exacerbated by the lingering e¯ects of the global financial crisis. Solving these and other challenges will...
SheBanking: or the end of traditional banking
Objective of This White Paper: Our goal is to ascertain what women expect from banks as an ‘ally’ when managing personal and family finances. How can we improve the relationship with banks so women feel less excluded from the current narrative? We aim to pinpoint the services that add value for women, so that they feel better “treated” by banks,...
Untapped Unicorns: Scaling up Female Entrepreneurship
Do men make better entrepreneurs than women? A wealth of academic studies and the successes of the women who make up the Female Founders Forum would suggest not. Yet we know that a significant proportion of funding — be it at seed or Series C+ level — goes towards male founded or led companies. In 2016, the entrepreneurs network, with the support...
Survey Report: SME Finance Policies for MSMEs Owned by Women and Women Entrepreneurs
Women’s financial inclusion is at the top of AFI’s global policy agenda. Since 2014, AFI has worked exhaustively to promote financial inclusion and bridge the gender gap. At the 2014 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF), a break-out session revealed that financial policymakers and regulators lacked the data they need to adopt smart policies on women’s...
Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017
The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs tracks female entrepreneurs’ ability to capitalize on opportunities granted through various supporting conditions within their local environments and is the weighted sum of three components: 1) Women’s Advancement Outcomes (degree of bias against women as workforce participants, political and business...
The Economics of Banking on Women
GBA’s Women’s Market Analytics Survey is the only repository of banking data measuring the performance of financial institutions in the Women’s Market globally. This is the first annual publication of this survey and presented here is an aggregate analysis of the data. We will publish additional results in the coming years as banks continue to...
Expanding Women's Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh
The participation of women in business is increasingly being recognized as fundamental to economic growth. With women representing half the labor force aged 15–49 in Bangladesh, accelerating entrepreneurship and access to finance will be pivotal to socio-economic development in the country. According to the Bangladesh Labor Force Survey of 2013,...