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Hans Docter, Director for Sustainable Economic Development at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Talks About Their Commitment Towards Mobilizing More Finance for SMEs During the SME Finance Forum 2018
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, Hans Docter, Director for Sustainable Economic Development, at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discussed the role innovation plays in respect to mobilizing more finance for SMEs. Hans Docter said, “Millions of small businesses are not getting the finance they need [and] in order to deliver...
Members News: Ecobank Ghana Introduces Unified Electronic Payment Solution for Merchants
SME Finance Forum member, Ecobank Ghana, has unveiled Ecobank Pay - a multi-featured digital payment solution, to boost digital payment in the country. According to the bank, the product delivers a unified and instant self-service payment solution to more than 15,000 merchants – a product that allows anyone to buy a product or service without...
Fintechs and Financial Inclusion: Looking Past the Hype and Exploring Their Potential
This paper documents CGAP’s work with 18 fintech pilots in Africa and South Asia. The goal of this paper is to explain innovations in a detailed way and generate insight on whether the services (i) work as stated, (ii) create value for underserved customers, and (iii) ease age-old pain points in delivering financial services to underserved...
Country Report Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessment
Since 2011, Myanmar has been on a path of transition from military rule and a state-controlled economy, towards democracy and a market-based economy whilst also managing the challenge of wealth creation. These transitions are taking place in a context of religious and ethnic diversity – the Burmese majority accounting for two-thirds of the...
Medical Credit Fund Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. May 14, 2019 –  Medical Credit Fund (MCF) 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 need...
Disruptive Technologies in the Credit Information Sharing Industry: Developments and Implications
This note analyzes the evolution of CISs, including the emergence of new technologies that use alternative data in credit decisioning and the opportunities and risks associated with these trends. This paper also predicts the potential development effect of these disruptive technologies and proposes a role for the World Bank Group in leveraging...
2019 Amazon SMB Impact Report
In total, there are more than 1.9 million businesses, content creators, and developers in the U.S. using Amazon products and services to follow their dreams and reach customers. This second annual Amazon SMB Impact Report takes a deeper look at how small businesses are benefiting from Amazon’s tools and services. The results are striking: SMBs...
The Future of SME Banking: Minds Made for Redefining Financial Services
In this EY has outlined a number of questions they believe firms need to ask themselves with respect to how they can really help the SME community, considering how they can provide additional insight, tools and services that will best serve their customers. Firms that answer these questions the best are likely to come out on top, not just in this...
Interview: Ceyla Pazarbasioglu on Financial Inclusion
Ceyla Pazarbasioglu spoke to Financial Times to discuss what she thinks of financial inclusion. She said it is the core mission of the World Bank, where she has been vice-president for equitable growth, finance and institutions since October of last year. In the Middle East and Africa, she says, fintech’s role in financial inclusion is seen as a...
Member News: Mastercard Champions Women Business Owners Throughout National Small Business Week and Beyond
Mastercard is helping share the stories of the women across the U.S. who are contributing over $3 trillion to today’s economy and opening over eighteen hundred businesses every single day. Today the company announced the launch of a national advertising campaign that puts the spotlight on women business owners who are driving impact. Mastercard is...