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Beyond Fintech: A Pragmatic Assessment of Disruptive Potential in Financial Services
This report from the World Economic Forum and Deloitte studies the transformative role of fintech and other disruptive forces on the financial services industry. This is the third report Deloitte and the Forum have developed on this topic. The report uncovers eight disruptive forces that have the potential to shift the competitive landscape of the...
FSB Examines Effects of Post-Crisis Reforms on SME Financing
SME lending growth has resumed in recent years, and access to external finance for SMEs appears to have improved, particularly in advanced economies. The FSB (Financial Stability Board) has delivered a report to the G20 examining the effects of the post-crisis regulatory reforms on SME financing. The evaluation is part of a broader FSB examination...
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...
FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. June 4, 2019 – FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO) 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...
Itaú Women Enterpreneurs Program
Itaú Mulher Empreendedora was created precisely to support providing better conditions for women to leverage their businesses, using financial services in accordance with their needs. By connecting women and understanding their needs, motivations and barriers, we become capable of joining them to create management tools, inspiration and networks...
Strategises to Increase Access to Markets for Women-Owned SMES in South Africa
In South Africa, there is a $49 billion unmet financing demand for women entrepreneurs. Corporations and banks can collaborate with women-owned enterprises and provide solutions to bridge the financial gap. In this IFC fact sheet, learn the key challenges faced by women entrepreneurs, how partners are collaborating for progress and ideas for...
OECD Report: Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2019
The 2019 edition of the OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs was launched in Washington D.C. by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Mario Marcel Cullell, Governor of the Central Bank of Chile. Sufficient and affordable access to different sources of finance is crucial to allow SMEs and entrepreneurs to reach their full...
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...
World Bank’s Executive Directors Select David Malpass 13th President of the World Bank Group
The Executive Directors of the World Bank today unanimously selected David R. Malpass as President of the World Bank Group for a five-year term beginning on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The Board expressed its deep gratitude to Interim President Kristalina Georgieva for her dedication and leadership in recent months. The Executive Directors followed...
Study: Microfinance in the United States
This report summarizes early findings from the evaluation of the Grameen America program, a microfinance model that provides loans to low-income women in the United States who are seeking to start or expand their small businesses. The program is based on the Grameen Bank model developed in Bangladesh during the mid-1970s. Its objective is to...