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$4.9 Trillion Small Business Credit Gap: Digital Models to the Rescue
CGAP estimates that there is a $4.9 trillion credit gap for micro and small businesses in emerging markets. But digital technologies are disrupting traditional means of delivering MSE finance. CGAP talked to some of the most interesting companies about these new business models and breaks down the findings for you in their latest blog and deck...
How Fintechs Are Demystifying The Idea That It Is Hard To Lend To MSMEs
Jessica Alfaro, a Financial Sector Specialist at the SME Finance Forum, was the introductory speaker on the Corporate and Commercial panel at the Accenture Fintech Forum “What is Really Working” on May 13. This event was part of the FinTechStage Festival 2019 taking place over five days in Milan, Italy. Alfaro was joined on the panel by speakers...
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...
Policies to Help SMEs Access Alternative Data
There is a shortage of credit data on MSME borrowers — also referred to as ‘thin file’ borrowers, since MSMEs lack access to traditional credit facilities through banks and other traditional lenders. The authors in this World Bank Group blog say that this information asymmetry has paved the way for identifying new ways to assess the...
Banque du Caire CEO Shares Their Strategy for SME Financing
Banque du Caire has embarked on a five-year transformation strategy that includes regional expansion, strengthening its digital platform and boosting SME financing and financial inclusion. This interview with the CEO Tarek Fayed, shares how the bank is expanding its SME loan and microfinance portfolios. “We are planning to offer our clients a well...
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...
SME Finance Forum CEO Talks Financial Inclusion for SMEs at the WBAF Ministerial Roundtable
SME Finance Forum CEO, Matthew Gamser, recently explained why the G20 cares about financial inclusion (and has since its inception), and why SME access to finance always has been included in its work on inclusion. Gamser offered these insights at a plenary talk at the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Ministerial Roundtable this week...
CreditEase CEO Ning Tang on How China’s Fintechs Serve the Underserved
CreditEase - an SME Finance Forum member - founder and CEO Ning Tang recently shared with Mckinsey his perspective on how fintech players, from both within and outside China, can capture the opportunity among small and midsize Chinese businesses and how artificial intelligence (AI) can help. The following commentary is adapted from that...
Doing Business While Doing Good: CEOs Partner to Boost Inclusion
Eric Duflos, Director of the Office of the UNSGSA, wrote a blog titled "Doing Business While Doing Good: CEOs Partner to Boost Inclusion." Last month in Davos, at the invitation of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), the leaders of ten leading global companies...
Fintech for Women: Scaling the Financial Inclusion Pyramid in Egypt
In a bid to accelerate women’s financial inclusion in MENA, the region with the lowest female economic participation in the world , the DFID-funded Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund ( AWEF ) led a study to understand the scope for Digital Financial Services (DFS) in Egypt, map key constraints to women’s financial inclusion and identify opportunities to...