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World Employment and Social Outlook 2017

This flagship report by the International Labour Organization, profiles SMEs throughout the world in relation to economic growth, job creation and the opportunities to access finance based on their economy. While large enterprises are the principal source of employment in the formal private sector relative to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the contribution of SMEs to total employment has grown over the past years.

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SME Lending in Ireland Increased
The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) published its midyear 2017 update, which said €855m in lending supported 21,132 SMEs by the end of June 2017. This is an increase of 57% on the €544m in SBCI-supported lending at the end of December 2016. Agriculture accounted for the highest percentage of at 23.2 percent or 3,687 SMEs. The...
EIF European SME Finance
This European Investment Fund (EIF) analysis provides an overview of the main markets relevant to EIF, equity, guarantees, securitization, and microfinance. These main markets have been identified by the European Small Business Finance Outlook (ESBFO). Starting with a discussion of the general market environment for SME finance, analysts then look...
Report: SMEs Contribute to Financial Inclusion
Refugees’ economic participation in manufacturing sectors increased, especially in Eurlandia. High-skilled labor often included industry jargon and in 2016, SMEs incorporated assessments into their recruitment process to understand workers’ qualifications and background. When these SMEs designed and launched programs to support refugees, they saw...
Critical Success Factors for Scaling Innovation in Asset Finance for Small and Growing Agribusinesses
The investment opportunity in agribusiness assets in emerging economies runs into the billions of dollars. The social and environmental benefits that can be gained by reducing food losses, increasing employment and enterprise sustainability, as well as empowering women and rural communities, are equally significant.
The Rise of the Data Scientist: How big data and data science are changing smallholder finance
The enormous gap between the supply and demand of formal credit for smallholder farmers is caused, in part, by the extreme lack of information available to lenders on potential borrowers. The lack of information create risks for financial institutions and limits their willingness to lend to smallholder farmers and other “thin file” borrowers in...
Agricultural Value Chain Finance - A Guide for Bankers
Agricultural Value Chain Finance - A Guide for Bankers has been developed in partnership with Bankaool, Mexico, HBL Bank, Pakistan and HDFC Bank, India. It provides: practical, evidence-based guidance to financial institutions engaging in agricultural value chain finance (AVCF) comprehensive picture of agricultural value chains to enable financial...
Guide to the Use of Digital Financial Services in Agriculture
This Guide to the Use of Digital Finance in Agriculture aims to provide a quick and easy-to-use tool to understand how digital financial services (DFS) can help address some of the challenges that smallholder farmers are experiencing today - mainly, lack of access to financial services and convenient payment systems. The goal of this Guide is to...
New Trends in Agricultural Finance
Agricultural finance is crucial to support the growth of the agricultural sector. Indeed, it is essential for food security, job creation, and overall economic growth. This synthesis report presents a summary of research studies on five key areas of agricultural finance innovation prepared under the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (...
The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda
The report provides a unique quantification of the costs in terms of lost growth opportunities and an estimate of what societies, economies, and communities would gain if the gender gap in agriculture is addressed. The findings of this report are striking, and send a strong signal to policy makers in Africa as well as development partners that...
Economic Empowerment of African Women through Equitable Participation in Agricultural Value Chains
“This report prepares the ground to empower women, to take a leading role in the business of farming and agricultural value chains, regionally and globally”, said Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank. Agriculture in Africa is poised to remain one of the most important economic sectors, accounting for around 25% of the...