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Acquisition and Engagement Strategies to Reach Women with Digital Financial Services
Since 2014, in order to better serve low-income women in Sub-Saharan Africa with financial products, Women’s World Banking and Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA), an initiative funded by the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), have partnered to build the capacity of leading financial institutions in Nigeria, Tanzania and...
Creating Impact -The Promise of Impact Investing
The report is the most comprehensive assessment so far of the potential global market for impact investing. It estimates that as much as $269 trillion—the financial assets held by institutions and households across the world—is potentially available for investment. Channeling just 10 percent of this amount into projects focused on improving social...
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...
Strengthening Women's Entrepreneurship in ASEAN
This report – developed jointly by the OECD, ASEAN and national stakeholders – seeks to better understand the causes behind these persistent gaps and advances policy solutions to help close them. It is structured around three chapters: Chapter 1 provides an overview of progress made in achieving gender equality in employment and education,...
Study Talks Women and Venture Capital
IFC’s latest study shows that a more diverse panel of asset managers may be the key to bigger profits. Henriette Kolb, Head of IFC’s Gender Secretariat, said an ideal mix of at least 30 percent of women in an investment team can lead to substantially bigger yields for the company. BusinessWorld reports. “The median gender balanced fund...
Member News: Spartan SME Finance Secures Funding
SME Finance Forum member, Spartan SME Finance, has secured a R100-million investment from The SA SME Fund to anchor its R600-million debt financing fund, with half of the investment or R50-million, to be channelled to black African owned businesses, Ventureburn reports. The funding will be immediately available to Spartan SME Finance to boost its...
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...
Member News: Equity Bank in SME Advisory Deal with IFC
Reports say the IFC is offering technical advisory services to Equity Bank, an SME Finance Forum member, with the aim of helping the lender to better serve its base of small and medium-sized (SME) customers. “This is a banking advisory services project with Equity Bank Kenya Ltd and is designed to increase Equity Bank efficiency to serve its SME...
Building an Impact Economy: A Call to Action for the Philanthropy Sector
Impact Entrepreneur and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have released, Building an Impact Economy: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector . The document is a distilled version of the longer report that features a roadmap and call to action for philanthropic organizations "to use their capital in a way that more directly supports the...
2018 Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises
Having sufficient access to finance is an important determinant for the development of an enterprise. It is a well-known phenomenon that SMEs face different challenges when accessing finance than large scale enterprises (LSEs). LSE’s for instance, have direct access to capital markets whereas for SMEs this holds to a lesser extent or they have no...