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With initiatives coming from both public and private sectors, including traditional institutions and fintech start-ups, SMEs stand to gain from fintech initiatives within the next few years. 

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‘Financial Innovation’ is no Frankenstein: How Impact Investors and Inclusive Finance Innovators Are Redefining the Term
Despite all the hype around fintech and cryptocurrencies, financial innovation still generates a particular degree of skepticism. Nonetheless, financial innovation has brought both the investing world and the broader financial services sector to generate products and innovations designed to deliver positive impacts for both society and the planet...
PayPal is scaling its SMB lending business and its program recently surpassed $10 billion
Listen to the podcast of SVP Darrell, who describes how PayPal financing solutions are positioned in an SMB market. Lastly, because PayPal is embedded in its borrowers’ businesses, Darrell shares some data about how businesses perform after tapping PayPal for capital. Find the podcast in the link . Article via The Tear Sheet .
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TechnoServe partnered with the Argidius Foundation to launch the Catalyzing SGB Acceleration (CaSA) Initiative. Through this initiative, they will help a corporate partner to design and implement a shared-value pilot project to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, tapping into their experience working with entrepreneurs on three...
There are many challenges involved in offering financial services, especially when payment interoperability is involved. For almost all of these challenges, the problems are well-known beforehand. The costs involved in mitigating a problem are easily determined, and a logical decision can be made as to when it’s time to address that particular...
Early Lessons from the CEO Partnership for Economic Inclusion - UNSGSA
A few months after the leaders of the CEO Partnership for Economic Inclusion (CEOP) met for the second time in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF) , we spent two days working with the companies’ advisors to advance the initiatives which have launched on the ground, and to come together to explore new ones. Rabobank, one of the 10 member...
Member OPIC Continues Investment in Myanmar
Member OPIC continues to make an impact in closing the SME finance Gap where it's needed most. In this letter to the editor for Myanmar Times, Scot Marciel, U.S. ambassador to Myanmar speaks on how OPIC continues to invest in Myanmar. Marciel says, "Two years ago OPIC committed financing to its first microfinance project in Myanmar, to help...
Empowering Women to Rise Up in Financial Services Across the Globe
Tracey Davies, President of Money20/20, and founder of the Rise Up initiative, outlines the five ways the program empowers women at work as the initiative comes to Singapore. I have always been a hopeful optimist about the trajectory of women, but as the number of women reaching the top just hasn’t made the progress I expected, I have become much...
Can Online Dispute Resolution Change the Way Global MSMEs Do Business?
While alternative dispute resolution has exploded in popularity for larger businesses, it hasn’t found its way to the MSME community. As a friend in the arbitration business said recently, “micro businesses couldn’t afford the coffee at most arbitration centers.” But the emerging field of online dispute resolution, or ODR, promises to change the...
BSTDB Provides US $15 Million Loan to Support  Armenian SMEs
The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank will support the financing of SMEs in Armenia through a US $15 million loan to Ardshinbank. The loan will benefit 100 SMEs and impact 3,600 jobs in Armenia, according to the article. SMEs in Armenia are a key driver and contributor to the country’s GDP, generating up to 40 percent of GDP. “As a development...
RBS Steps In to Support SMEs with Brexit
The Royal Bank of Scotland laid away £2 billion to support SMEs with trade finance, term finance and increased liquidity as they handle Brexit. According to the article SMEs rely on EU labour markets and exposure to foreign exchange movements. During this time UK banks have anticipated concerns related to Brexit’s effect on supply chains and...