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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...
Country Report Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessment
Since 2011, Myanmar has been on a path of transition from military rule and a state-controlled economy, towards democracy and a market-based economy whilst also managing the challenge of wealth creation. These transitions are taking place in a context of religious and ethnic diversity – the Burmese majority accounting for two-thirds of the...
Disruptive Technologies in the Credit Information Sharing Industry: Developments and Implications
This note analyzes the evolution of CISs, including the emergence of new technologies that use alternative data in credit decisioning and the opportunities and risks associated with these trends. This paper also predicts the potential development effect of these disruptive technologies and proposes a role for the World Bank Group in leveraging...
The Future of SME Banking: Minds Made for Redefining Financial Services
In this EY has outlined a number of questions they believe firms need to ask themselves with respect to how they can really help the SME community, considering how they can provide additional insight, tools and services that will best serve their customers. Firms that answer these questions the best are likely to come out on top, not just in this...
Interview: Ceyla Pazarbasioglu on Financial Inclusion
Ceyla Pazarbasioglu spoke to Financial Times to discuss what she thinks of financial inclusion. She said it is the core mission of the World Bank, where she has been vice-president for equitable growth, finance and institutions since October of last year. In the Middle East and Africa, she says, fintech’s role in financial inclusion is seen as a...
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...
Policies to Help SMEs Access Alternative Data
There is a shortage of credit data on MSME borrowers — also referred to as ‘thin file’ borrowers, since MSMEs lack access to traditional credit facilities through banks and other traditional lenders. The authors in this World Bank Group blog say that this information asymmetry has paved the way for identifying new ways to assess the...
Report: The Big Business of Small Business
As part of UK FinTech week 2019, Oxford Economics is publishing a report, in partnership with Funding Circle, on the financial conditions facing small businesses in each of the online platform’s four markets: the UK, US, Germany, and the Netherlands. This report calculates the total economic impact of loans made to SMEs through Funding Circle in...
Member News: 4G Capital Launches Award Winning Financial Services in Uganda
As part of its strategy to expand across the African continent, 4G Capital is delighted to announce the opening of offices in Kampala and launch of award winning financial services designed to empower micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) across Uganda. 4G Capital has supported the sustainable growth of MSMEs in Kenya since 2013 by providing...