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4G Capital will be honored once again to receive a Real Leaders Impact Award
Rural & Agriculture Finance
Nairobi, Kenya (January 12, 2022) – 4G CAPITAL GROUP Limited (“4G CAPITAL”), a market leader in technology-driven financial inclusion in Kenya and Uganda, is honoured to receive a Real Leaders Impact Award yet again as we push on with our key role in bridging the finance gap to advance micro, small and medium businesses (MSMEs). Real Leaders is...
Buffalo Commercial Bank joins the SME Finance Forum to support poverty reduction
Financial Inclusion
Rural & Agriculture Finance
Washington D.C., January 13, 2021 - Buffalo Commercial Bank joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “40 percent of...
KARANDAAZ joins the SME Finance Forum to promote access to finance for MSMEs
Financial Inclusion
Sustainable Finance
Washington D.C., December 21, 2021 - Karandaaz joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When we started in 2012, we...
Funding Options teams up with Wise to offer SMEs greater choice on FX and international payments
Fintech
Payments
London, 15th December 2021: Business finance marketplace Funding Options has joined forces with Wise to offer Wise Business, the business account for going global, in its marketplace to further expand its offering for SMEs as they recover from the pandemic. Wise, the global technology company building the best way to move and manage money across...
Proparco Supports the Nigerian Bank FCMB to Strengthen its Commitment to High-impact SMEs and Climate Projects
Sustainable Finance
The operation consists of a USD 35 million loan and a EURIZ portfolio guarantee of NGN 5 billion (EUR 10 million equivalent) to support First City Monument Bank Ltd (FCMB) strategy to serve high-impact SMEs and for climate finance. Proparco and FCMB have already had the opportunity to collaborate through two FMO-arranged operations in 2014 and...
Medical Credit Fund raises EUR 32.5 million to support health entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa
Financial Inclusion
Gender Finance
Medical Credit Fund, the only debt fund fully dedicated to African small and medium-sized health enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, today announced the completion of a EUR 32.5 million fundraise. With the launch of its second fund more healthcare providers can access loans to grow their businesses, purchase medical equipment, improve quality, and...
Happy Holidays from the SME Finance Forum!
Dear Members, Partners, and Friends, As 2021 draws to an end, let me take this opportunity to thank you for your continued engagement and supports. 2021 has undoubtedly been another challenging year for all of us, including the MSMEs which we are trying to serve. We are proud that so many of our members reported, in our surveys and check-in calls...
Applications open for the 2022 AFI Inclusive Fintech Showcase!
Digital Transformation
Fintech
The open competition will offer the opportunity to FinTech and RegTech innovators to showcase transformative solutions which are enhancing access, usage, and quality of formal financial services for low-income populations in developing countries and emerging markets. Finalists will be provided with a dedicated time slot during the second half of...
Revitalization of SMEs Becomes Investree’s Keyword in Holding Investree Conference 2021, Supporting Fast and Resilient Economic Recovery
Non Financial Services
Covid-19
December 6th, 2021 - Successfully holding the Investree Conference (i-Con) for 2 (two) years with the main topics being the empowerment of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and economic recovery through collaboration in the digital financial ecosystem. This year, fintech lending pioneer Investree will again hold i-Con 2021 with “Revitalizing...
Two Key Members Ink a Strategic Partnership to Support the Growth of SMEs in Bangladesh
Non Financial Services
Digital Transformation
Fintech
Sameer Vakil (Co-Founder of GlobalLinker ) first met Syed Abdul Momen (DMD and Head of SME Banking at Brac Bank ), in Beijing at the 2016 SME Finance Forum Annual Event. That was the first time Sameer got the opportunity to introduce the GlobalLinker platform to Brac Bank. A more specific discussion followed in Amsterdam during the SMEFF Annual...
Yoda joins the SME Finance Forum to empower SMEs with digital financial services in China
Fintech
Washington D.C., December 12 2021 - Yoda joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “The SME Finance Forum is a global...
4G Capital Partners with CGAP to Develop Financial Stress Early Warning System
Financial Education
Rural & Agriculture Finance
December 1, 2021 – Nairobi, Kenya: 4G CAPITAL GROUP Limited (“4G Capital”), a market leader in technology-driven financial inclusion for MSMEs across Kenya and Uganda, has partnered with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (“CGAP”) on developing a new tool that identifies financial stress and helps protect low-income consumers against over-...
Development Bank of Namibia joins the SME Finance Forum to develop sustainable socioeconomic transformation in Namibia
Financial Inclusion
Washington D.C., November 24th, 2021 - Development Bank of Namibia joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When we...
Financial Development and Financial Inclusion – Online course (FDFIx)
Financial Education
European Investment Bank launched its online course on November 11th. This online course, developed by the International Monetary Fund in collaboration with the European Investment Bank, describes why financial sector development and financial inclusion matter for inclusive and resilient growth. Participants will also learn about the main...
Fintech leaders call for government-discounted green loans to accelerate UK SME drive to Net Zero
Sustainable Finance
With environmental summit COP26 opening in Glasgow on 31 October, a group of financial services providers and small business leaders are lobbying the government to adopt proposals designed to reduce the carbon footprint of UK SMEs and make the nation a world leader in green finance. Small and mid-sized companies are responsible for just under half...
Opportunity International and Oikocredit  Announce USD $100 million Impact Investment Agreement To Advance The Education Sector in Low-Income Countries
Financial Education
Opportunity International , a longstanding global leader in providing financial services to lift people out of poverty, and Oikocredit , a social impact investor and worldwide cooperative promoting sustainable development through investments, today announced an innovative, three-year collaboration to increase access to and quality of education in...
10×1000 Fintech Foundation Program Flex
Financial Inclusion
10x1000 Tech for Inclusion is an open and global fintech training platform that enables learners to become drivers of digital economic growth. Its mission is to train 1,000 emerging talents and tech leaders each year for the next ten years. 10x1000 is a philanthropic initiative launched jointly by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a...
Column | Comparing the resilience of emerging countries after a crisis
Covid-19
This column is written by Maritza Cabezas Ludena, shared by Triodos. Traditionally, large economies, because of their systemic importance, have more influence in international fora. The largest emerging markets, Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) are part of the G-20, the main forum for global and economic cooperation. Additionally, these...
Talino Venture Labs joins the SME Finance Forum to bridge the gap for people around the world
Financial Inclusion
Washington D.C., October 29th, 2021 - Talino Venture Labs joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When we started in...
Call for press registrations | FintechOS Leap event (Nov 2-4) on digital banking and insurance
Fintech
Despite the global pandemic, direct digital transformation investment is growing at a double-digit compound annual growth rate (CAGR). IDC predictions show that 75% of organizations worldwide will have comprehensive digital transformation implementation roadmaps by 2023, up from 27% in October last year. FintechOS Leap 2021 (November 2-4), the...