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G20 Publication - MSME Digital Finance - Resilience & Innovation during COVID-19
Covid-19
Digital Transformation
Fintech
The intensity of the COVID-19 shock has clearly varied among MSMEs. On a more positive note, the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the digitalization of many MSMEs and fostered their participation in digital ecosystems and marketplaces. In response to the emergency, governments have quickly introduced a wide range of policy and regulatory measures...
Development Bank of Namibia joins the SME Finance Forum to develop sustainable socioeconomic transformation in Namibia
Financial Inclusion
Washington D.C., November 24th, 2021 - Development Bank of Namibia joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When we...
Financial Challenges and Way Forward for Small Business
Digital Transformation
Our CEO, Matthew Gamser, was interviewed by ICMA Pakistan and shared his opinions on financial challenges faced by small businesses. “Going from cash to digital payment and from paper to digital business contracts and transactions, is the key factor in improving MSME access to finance”, Matthew emphasized. As for key financial challenges faced by...
Investing in fintech for greater financial inclusion - An impact investor’s perspective
Financial Inclusion
Financial technology (fintech) has taken centre stage in the financial inclusion industry in recent years. Think digital lending platforms where small businesses can apply for a loan in just a few minutes. And apps that allow people to pay for utility bills or school fees, saving them hours of have to walk to a brick-and-mortar bank. Or Pay-As-You...
Finance in Africa report finds that banks want to move faster into green lending
Covid-19
The EIB, in partnership with Making Finance Work for Africa, surveyed 78 banks in sub-Saharan Africa in early 2021 to see how they are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and to learn their views on climate risk, green finance and digital financial services. This work formed the basis of our new Finance in Africa report. The report also provides...
Financial Development and Financial Inclusion – Online course (FDFIx)
Financial Education
European Investment Bank launched its online course on November 11th. This online course, developed by the International Monetary Fund in collaboration with the European Investment Bank, describes why financial sector development and financial inclusion matter for inclusive and resilient growth. Participants will also learn about the main...
The European Small Business Finance Outlook 2021
Financial Inclusion
The EIF is the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group’s specialist provider of risk financing for entrepreneurship and innovation across Europe. It focuses on the whole range of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), starting from the pre-seed, seed-, and start-up-phase (technology transfer, business angel financing, microfinance and early-stage...
Fintech leaders call for government-discounted green loans to accelerate UK SME drive to Net Zero
Sustainable Finance
With environmental summit COP26 opening in Glasgow on 31 October, a group of financial services providers and small business leaders are lobbying the government to adopt proposals designed to reduce the carbon footprint of UK SMEs and make the nation a world leader in green finance. Small and mid-sized companies are responsible for just under half...
Opportunity International and Oikocredit  Announce USD $100 million Impact Investment Agreement To Advance The Education Sector in Low-Income Countries
Financial Education
Opportunity International , a longstanding global leader in providing financial services to lift people out of poverty, and Oikocredit , a social impact investor and worldwide cooperative promoting sustainable development through investments, today announced an innovative, three-year collaboration to increase access to and quality of education in...
10×1000 Fintech Foundation Program Flex
Financial Inclusion
10x1000 Tech for Inclusion is an open and global fintech training platform that enables learners to become drivers of digital economic growth. Its mission is to train 1,000 emerging talents and tech leaders each year for the next ten years. 10x1000 is a philanthropic initiative launched jointly by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a...