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Digitisation in Africa: Channelling Funding to SMEs

Proparco’s 10-year anniversary issue of the Private Sector & Development magazine focuses on SME finance in Africa.

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A study by Stanford University , Northwestern University, Dartmouth College and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology found investors are more likely to bet that a company will see its stock prices rise if it reported “higher-than-average” gender diversity among its staff. Article via The Washington Informer .
Digitisation in Africa: Channelling Funding to SMEs
Proparco ’s 10-year anniversary issue of the Private Sector & Development magazine focuses on SME finance in Africa. As with each issue, Member Proparco gives a voice to a wide range of contributors: entrepreneurs, economists or fintech experts, allowing us to take a fresh look at the subject of SME financing, have a feeling from the ground of...
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Originally posted on the World Bank Blogs Platform . Have you noticed the large number of digital trails that are left behind in your browser and social media? Have you ever received an offer for a product or service that you were just thinking of? A friend of mine was researching about a critical illness and looking for insurance plans on the...
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Among the leading fintech companies that are performing well in India are Paypal , PhonePe , Paytm , Google Pay . Trading companies like Share Khan and Money Control too have a large presence in the market. Insurance companies like Policy Bazaar can also be included in this list. Yet, there is a huge vacuum when it comes to the different fintech...
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Reserving equity crowdfunding rounds exclusively for customers is emerging as a popular method of fundraising. Read more here . Article via Medici .
 LendIt+Podcast Interview with Kabbage
The cofounders of Kabbage -- CEO Rob Frohwein, and president Kathryn Petralia were interviewed at 2019 LendIt conference , who shared how they’ve built a company that has extended $6 billion in credit to 165,000 people in the United States. Read more here
 Platforms - Via Germain Bahri on Linkedin
While initial forms of platforms have been around for centuries, more prominent ones have emerged in the last 15 years with the rise of the internet. New models which connected initially developer applications and customers arose (the first softwares), eventually connecting people together, sellers and buyers, hosts and visitors, drivers with...
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In this interview by James Militizer of NextBillion , Martin Burt, Founder and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya , speaks about his book and suggests we ask a different question: Who owns poverty? In it, he explores what happens when you examine poverty from the viewpoint of the real experts: poor families themselves. He also tells storys about Fundacion...
Go-Jek drivers wait for orders at a coffee stall in Jakarta- The app has become much more than a ride hailer -Credit Reuters
The phenomenon can be traced to the development of emerging economies that picked up just as smartphones were catching on. Millions of people in Asia's emerging markets missed the personal computer era but have leapfrogged straight to smartphones, and using apps is second nature to them. Read more about WeChat and Go-Jek here . Article via Nikkei...
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Lending practices in most of the developing world, where wealth concentration in movables can be even greater, is disproportionate with concentration on immovables as the sole type of eligible collateral, most often due to inadequate legal and institutional protections available. To find clarity and a potential solution to this challenge, the...