Publications

Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa

The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA released Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa, new research that shows 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030. These findings indicate that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent.

Publications

Publications

Building an Impact Economy: A Call to Action for the Philanthropy Sector
Impact Entrepreneur and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have released, Building an Impact Economy: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector . The document is a distilled version of the longer report that features a roadmap and call to action for philanthropic organizations "to use their capital in a way that more directly supports the...
Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) for SME Financing
ICOs are one of the most prominent applications of blockchain for finance, allowing for an innovative and inclusive way of financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Although the lack of regulatory clarity currently exposes ICO participants to some risks, appropriately regulated and supervised ICOs offer a potential new way to raise...
Scale-up Success: What Do SMEs Need to Supercharge Their Growth?
This report examines how more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could experience wider success by adopting some of the practices of businesses with higher growth ambitions. In doing so it also explores the potential for a larger proportion of the global SME population to achieve increased productivity gains, turnover and job generation...
Scaling Access to Finance for Early-Stage Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Lessons from the Field
The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) released its latest report – the study on “Scaling Access to Finance for Early-Stage Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Lessons from the Field”. The report is a result of a comprehensive research undertaken by DGGF with the support of consultants, experts, field builders, investors, and other local and international...
Endeavor's 2018 Impact Report
Endeavor's 2018 Impact report highlighted job creation by Endeavor Entrepreneurs, shared stories of entrepreneurs and the employees and communities they have impacted, and examined what the future of high-impact entrepreneurship will look like. A few of the milestones their entrepreneurs celebrated in 2018: Endeavor companies received major...
The Challenges and Opportunities of SME Financing in Africa
The London Stock Exchange released a report detailing the issues faced by SMEs and opportunities with financing in Africa. SMEs account for about 90 percent of Africa’s businesses and the driving force of the continent’s economic development, yet they are still facing financial barriers. Key challenges SMEs are facing include: Inefficiency of...
Annual Impact Investor Survey 2018
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) released its annual impact investor survey, highlighting market activity and trends and covering topics such as: capital allocations by sector and geography, indicators of market development and industry challenges. Key findings in the report include: The market is diverse The impact investing industry is...
The Digital Economy: Transforming Australian Businesses
In a report by the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), digital tools utilized by SMEs are analyzed. According to research by ANZ, “Using digital tools saves SMEs 10 hours per week on average and boosts revenue by 27 percent. Collectively, this amounts to 22 million hours saved per week and an additional $385 billion per year in revenue...
Capital Structure and CEO Tenure in Microfinance Institutions
In this report, CEO tenure and the debt proportion of microfinance institutions (MFI) are examined. The report supports the notion that financing choices of MFIs have a direct correlation to the profile of their managers. Results in the report indicate CEO’s tenure as having a positive effect on MFI’s debt ratio. Key points highlighted in the...
Report: Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets
The second major report from GALI, written in collaboration with Deloitte, compares acceleration in emerging markets versus high-income countries. Examining data from more than 2,400 early stage ventures that applied to 43 programs, it finds more similarities between emerging market and high-income country entrepreneurs and accelerator programs...