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Report: Emerging Fintech Innovations that Can Advance Financial Inclusion
For all the excitement around fintech, there is little information available about how specific fintech innovations solve pain points in financial inclusion. Based on two years of pilots with fintechs across Africa and South Asia, a new CGAP report identifies promising fintech innovations in emerging markets, challenges that startups often face in...
Hans Docter, Director for Sustainable Economic Development at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Talks About Their Commitment Towards Mobilizing More Finance for SMEs During the SME Finance Forum 2018
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, Hans Docter, Director for Sustainable Economic Development, at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discussed the role innovation plays in respect to mobilizing more finance for SMEs. Hans Docter said, “Millions of small businesses are not getting the finance they need [and] in order to deliver...
Members News: Ecobank Ghana Introduces Unified Electronic Payment Solution for Merchants
SME Finance Forum member, Ecobank Ghana, has unveiled Ecobank Pay - a multi-featured digital payment solution, to boost digital payment in the country. According to the bank, the product delivers a unified and instant self-service payment solution to more than 15,000 merchants – a product that allows anyone to buy a product or service without...
World’s First Afro-Asia FinTech Festival to Focus on Sustainable Finance, Transforming Lives
Nairobi/Singapore, 7 May 2019 - The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced the inaugural Afro-Asia FinTech Festival , to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 15 to 16 July 2019. Jointly organised by the two central banks, the Festival – the first of its kind globally – will provide a platform for...
Member News: Basware Deepens Accounts Payable Analytics
SME Finane Forum member Basware, the global leader in networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services, has further enhanced its industry-leading Analytics solution and can now provide actionable insights to manage KPIs and workloads in AP departments and financial shared service centers. With the updated version...
Money20/20 Europe 2019: Five Stories Breaking Trends
This year Money20/20 is helping you to navigate their epic Money20/20 Europe agenda with the introduction of their Money20/20 Stories – the five breaking trends they have identified that will be appearing across the agenda. If you’re thinking about how your company can deliver more meaningful innovation, you won’t want to miss this.
Mastercard VP Shares How Partnering with Strands is Helping SMEs with Cash Flow Management
Jay Singer is Senior Vice President, Global Small Business Segment at Mastercard. In this role, he leads the global development and commercialization of the Mastercard innovative commercial products and solutions that serve small businesses. In an article, Singer speaks of how poor cash flow management is one of the top reasons small businesses...
Andrew Watkins-Ball, CEO and Founder of JUMO Shares Insight on How SMES Can Grow Their Business During the SME Finance Forum 2018
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, Andrew Watkins-Ball, CEO and Founder of JUMO details how JUMO leverages customer data to ensure optimal service. Jumo is a technology business that enables banks to get to customers in new and interesting channels. They are in eight countries, most of which are in Africa. “JUMO integrates with payment...
Increasing the Role of Fintechs for Financial Inclusion
Financial inclusion and its role in economic development was highlighted at the G20 meetings in 2017 and again in 2018. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been shown to account for the creation of significant numbers of new jobs, but an estimated two billion people around the world lack access to an account for even the most basic...
Dawn Miller Chubb
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, Dawn Miller, Senior Vice President of Chubb, elaborates on the powerhouse potential of SMEs and the number of challenges they are facing. She also shares more on the progress Chubb is making as they reach SMEs through technology. Miller said, “SMEs comprise 90 percent of the world’s businesses. [After]...