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The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019
It is important for all stakeholders to take action to deliver the significant benefits of mobile and the internet to women, their families, communities and the economy. Mobile can help empower women, making them more connected, safe and able to access information and services. Closing the mobile gender gap also represents a significant commercial...
Social Development Bank Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. April 9, 2019 –  Social Development Bank (SDB) 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...
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...
Advans Group Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. April 2, 2019 –  Advans Group 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 financing...
Member News: Qatar Development Bank completes the 4th edition of Bank's Retirees Entrepreneurship Program "Khutwa"
In keeping up its momentum of providing immense opportunities to Qatari entrepreneurs, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), a SME Finance Forum member, successfully hosted the 4th edition of its Retirees Entrepreneurship Program ‘Khutwa’, which was organized in collaboration with the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority. The event was held...
Member News: OPIC Provides Financing to Solar Energy Transformation Fund
SME Finance Forum member Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has provided initial financing to SunFunder’s $85 million Solar Energy Transformation Fund which supports businesses providing solar solutions to some of the millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa and India who lack...
Member News: IDB Invest Increases Credit to SMEs in Panama
SME Finance mMember, IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group signed a loan of up to $29.25 million with Metrobank of Panama to increase financing to SMEs. The loan will improve the access of Panamanian SMEs to financial products and services. Furthermore, IDB Invest will facilitate a training...
Digital Finance Evidence Gap Map (EGM) 2.0
There are two views of the EGM. The first view ‘Digital Finance Studies’ shows the total number of studies that were conducted on a particular product, plotted against the client outcomes which were tested. The objective with this view is to give the user an overview of the impact literature on digital finance and highlight which digital finance...
State of Practice: Savings Groups and the Role of Government in Sub-Saharan Africa
This state of practice report identifies and describes 74 government initiatives in the Savings Group sector across 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – related to financial inclusion, social protection, women’s empowerment, and sector regulation and coordination. The purpose of the report is to support the further development of public policy and...
E-commerce: Helping Djiboutian Women Entrepreneurs Reach the World
Access to finance also remains a problem, where 53 percent of women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) do not have access to credit and 70 percent of surveyed MENA female entrepreneurs agree that lending conditions in their economy are too restrictive and do not allow them to secure the financing needed for growth. This is where e-commerce...