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Women and Digitalisation in Agriculture
Open data is data that is made available for anyone to access, use and share. With more access to open data, people can help shape a more sustainable future with evidence-based solutions, contributing at the same time to a more transparent decision-making. But to reach the full potential of open data, it must be available to and used by all. Read...
Banque Saudi Fransi Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. February 26, 2019 – Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses worldwide...
SMEFF Member Portal
The members of the SME Finance Forum now have access to a member-only intranet available through our main website! On that new space, members can explore exclusive content such as event proceedings and tips from the experts. We strongly encourage our members to make use of both the mobile app and the intranet which are complimentary tools. The app...
Technological Innovation and the Dutch Financial Sector
This report discusses the impact of technological innovation on the financial sector and its implications for supervision. Given the inherent uncertainty related to this impact, this study applies a scenario analytic approach to develop three alternative scenarios for the future. In the first, established financial institutions embrace and...
Georgina Baker, Vice President of IFC Says Formalizing SMEs, Giving them Access to Finance Helps Economies Grow During the SME Finance Forum 2018
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, Georgina Baker, Vice President of IFC discussed the importance of formalizing SMEs and giving them access to finance to help the economy and formal sector grow. Baker explained, “If you [SMEs] are informal and don’t understand what banks require, you shy away and don’t get access to the money. It’s very...
Member News: OPIC Provides Financing to Solar Energy Transformation Fund
SME Finance Forum member Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has provided initial financing to SunFunder’s $85 million Solar Energy Transformation Fund which supports businesses providing solar solutions to some of the millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa and India who lack...
Member News: BRAC Bank Wins Award
SME Finance Forum member BRAC Bank won the “Most Innovative SME Bank” award from International Finance Publications Ltd. BRAC Bank’s head of SME banking, Syed Abdul Momen, formally received the award from Sunil Bhat, director, International Finance, at the International Finance Awards 2018, held at Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on...
Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia
This International Monetary Fund paper highlights the macroeconomic relevance of SME financial inclusion in the MENAP and CCA regions and offers policy considerations to scale up SME financial access. "Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia" focus is primarily on the macroeconomic and policy...
Member News: IDB Invest Increases Credit to SMEs in Panama
SME Finance mMember, IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group signed a loan of up to $29.25 million with Metrobank of Panama to increase financing to SMEs. The loan will improve the access of Panamanian SMEs to financial products and services. Furthermore, IDB Invest will facilitate a training...
Member News: Fidor Partners with Finn AI to Launch a New AI-powered Chatbot for Banks
SME Finance Forum member, Fidor, announced a new banking chatbot, designed in collaboration with Finn AI, the world’s leading AI-powered conversational banking technology provider. With this development, Fidor has distinguished themself as one of the first digital banking service providers to embed a virtual assistant within their technology stack...