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Closing Africa’s MSME Finance Gap
Africa's Times of News , provided insights to the IFC estimation that Africa’s finance gap for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) stands at $331bn. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) form the backbone of most African economies and investment in this sector will significantly enhance job creation and wealth development. The informal...
Member News: EIB Signs Agreement to Support Hungarian SMEs
SME Finance Forum member, European Investment Bank, signed four separate loan agreements totaling in €400 million that will benefit several projects. The loans are a part of the ‘Junker Plan’; one agreement worth €25 million will benefit Budapest Bank’s efforts towards increasing lending to Hungarian SMEs. “We are also pleased to sign the first...
SMEs Encouraged to Join Value Chains
To increase competitiveness SMEs are urged to join global value chains. According to the article, lack of quality supplier-buyer relations with multinationals is hindering SMEs access to electronics global value chains. A World Bank report says only 300 Vietnamese firms are completely eligible to connect with the world’s production chains...
White Paper: Opportunities and Challenges for SMEs in the Context of Increased Adoption of ICTS
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a report detailing the issues SMEs are plagued with when adopting information and communication technologies (ICTs). According to the report, SMEs tend to have increased challenges compared to larger companies when adopting ICTS. The report...
BDRC SME Finance Monitor Q2 2018
A report published by the BRDC, outlines data on a wider range of financial products and providers able to meet SME access to finance needs. The report covers the borrowing process from the SME’s perspective, and broader information regarding SME growth, profitability and perceived barriers to running the business. Topics covered in the report...
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...
IFC and Top Tech Firms Drive Economic Opportunities for Women
Under the new initiative, ‘Digital2Equal’ led by IFC, a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group, seventeen leading tech companies have joined together to support this initiative focused on increasing opportunities for women. The companies participating include: Airbnb, Inc., Google LLC, LinkedIn, Didi Chuxing...
Last year , SME Finance Forum member Diamond Bank, among others, partnered with Women’s World Banking to solve the issue regarding lack of inclusion of low-income women into the financial system. This year, Women’s World Banking hosted a digital financial services workshop, showcasing best practices in creating products with women in mind and...
Financial Products Created with Women In Mind
The largest untapped market in the world is women, according to Women’s World Banking. Financial institutions are failing to ensure their offerings work for women, however three elements with a gender-inclusive design can help counter this issue: Go beyond “gender-neutral” Segmenting by gender during the product design phase Developing the...
Access to Finance Rwanda Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. October 9, 2018 – Access to Finance Rwanda 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...