Publications

Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa

The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA released Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa, new research that shows 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030. These findings indicate that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent.

Publications

Publications

Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia
This International Monetary Fund paper highlights the macroeconomic relevance of SME financial inclusion in the MENAP and CCA regions and offers policy considerations to scale up SME financial access. "Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia" focus is primarily on the macroeconomic and policy...
Brief: Debt Collection in 2019 – From Recovery to Retention
In October 2018, the total outstanding consumer debt in the US surpassed $3.96 trillion – a continuously increasing volume (in Q1 2018, the total outstanding consumer debt in the US was at ~$3.86 trillion) that could make debt collection one of the hottest businesses of 2019. Q3 2018 delinquency rates for consumer loans is at 2.28% (credit card...
Report: Pioneering Cashless Microfinance in Bangladesh
As part of the OPTIX project, funded by MetLife Foundation and run by BFA, SAJIDA in early 2017 started exploring options to improve operational efficiency and better serve its members. SAJIDA identified mobile money (MM) as a significant opportunity to cut costs and improve the customer experience thanks to ease of collecting loan payments and...
2017 Africa Cyber Security Report
In the fifth edition of the Africa Cyber Security Report themed ‘Demystifying Africa’s Cyber Security Poverty Line’, the authors take a deeper look at the financial limitations impacting many African organizations. They also provide a comprehensive analysis of the top cyber security questions for board members and executives. This report comes at...
Report: Industry Practice Of Digital Transformation Of Financial Inclusion
With the rapid development of China’s digital economy, especially that of digital technologies such as Big Data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, the digital model has become an important impetus for the development of financial inclusion. It eliminates the time and geographical restrictions, lowers the transaction costs...
Report: Digital Technologies for Mobilizing Sustainable Finance
Financing sustainable development and ensuring a resilient financial system are key current global challenges. However, a number of barriers limit the mobilization of such finance at scale. For example, the lack of disclosure of environmental and social information creates information asymmetries and increases search costs for sustainable...
Global Financial Stability Report
The International Monetary Fund released a report detailing the global financial conditions in emerging market economies, policy credibility in emerging markets and global regulatory reform 10 years after the global financial crisis. Issues examined in the report included the growing trade tensions in emerging market economies and the global...
Strategic Partnership For the Digital Age
The Economist Intelligence unit released a report to help direct executives through the global trend for digital partnerships between organizations. Key findings in the report reveal: Accessing the connected customer is core to the digital-partnership strategy Executives embrace “strength in numbers” to manage change Companies have high...
White Paper: Opportunities and Challenges for SMEs in the Context of Increased Adoption of ICTS
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a report detailing the issues SMEs are plagued with when adopting information and communication technologies (ICTs). According to the report, SMEs tend to have increased challenges compared to larger companies when adopting ICTS. The report...
Report: The Productivity Challenge In Financing Inclusive And Sustainable Growth
Small and medium sized businesses’ ability to participate in international markets and global value chains has not been fully developed. A new report, from Business at OECD and B20 and sponsored by the SME Finance Forum, calls on G20 leaders to follow four core recommendations to this end: Pursue balanced reforms that promote productivity,...