Publications

Research: Micro-entrepreneurs in the Platform Era

This research, by The Mastercard Foundation Partnership for Finance in a Digital Africa, collected information from 27 micro-entrepreneurs in Kenya about how they use platforms (from social media sites to ecommerce marketplaces and online freelancing websites) in their day-to-day business.

Publications

Publications

Women and Digitalisation in Agriculture
Open data is data that is made available for anyone to access, use and share. With more access to open data, people can help shape a more sustainable future with evidence-based solutions, contributing at the same time to a more transparent decision-making. But to reach the full potential of open data, it must be available to and used by all. Read...
 2017 Trends in International Funding for Financial Inclusion
This brief covers the highlights from the 2017 CGAP Funder Survey, which reports funding commitments from 54 international funders, both public and private, as of the end of 2017. One of the key takeaways from the latest CGAP Funder Survey is that international funders committed US $42 billion to financial inclusion in 2017—a double-digit...
Digital Financial Services for Agriculture Handbook
The Digital Financial Services for Agriculture Handbook is the latest addition to our popular series of DFS Handbooks. It offers practical guidance to financial services providers on how to better understand smallholder farmers and other actors in the agricultural value chains in order to successfully develop and launch sustainable financial...
Report: What SMEs Can Expect in 2018
A report by Wylde International indicated that about 68 percent of SMEs in Kenya lacked access to finance due to interest rates capping. This cap was the second largest problem SMEs faced in 2017. “Only 14 percent of SMEs increased revenue above 25 percent,” according to the report. Kenyan banks have turned to external funding to alleviate the...
Whitepaper: Digitizing Agricultural Payments
Digital bulk payments have the potential to connect millions of poor farmers to digital financial services. This report from CGAP and UNCDF recounts UNCDF's efforts to digitize payments to coffee farmers in Uganda, where just 29 percent of adults actively used mobile money in 2014. It shares lessons for donors, financial services providers and...
Partnership for Growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-Processing SMEs
Partnership for growth: Linking Large Firms and Agro-processing SMEs presents lessons learned from various models utilized by public and private sector programs to stimulate the growth of agro-processing SMEs through linkages to larger firms in developing countries. The study serves as a reference for policymakers, development practitioners, and...
Gender Inclusion for Climate-Smart Agribusinesses
This Vuna publication, produced by Value for Women Ltd., is the first in a series of three reports with the goal of guiding small and growing agribusinesses (SGABs) to growth through strategic gender inclusion in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) value chains. The research was commissioned by Vuna, a three-year regional CSA programme funded by UK...
North Africa Economic Outlook 2018
This North Africa Economic Outlook by the African Development Bank (covering Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia) examines the macroeconomic performance of the region and the outlook for 2018 and 2019 and explores the relationship between food security and rural poverty. Included in the report are details about finance for...
Agrifinance report
Agrifrance, a specialist division of BNP Paribas Wealth Management (SME Finance Forum member), has just published its 2018 annual report, which this year focuses on the impact of digital technology on the global wine market. While the world of wine still remains in tune with the ‘terroir’, vintage, ‘appellations’ and its other long-standing...
Inflection Point: Unlocking Growth in the Era of Farmer Finance
In partnership with the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab released of a new landmark study, Inflection Point: Unlocking Growth in the Era of Farmer Finance. Following decades of more singular approaches to providing smallholder farmers with financial services, the smallholder finance industry is...