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

IFC Technical Note: Mainstreaming Gender and Targeting Women in Inclusive Insurance: Perspectives and Emerging Lessons
IFC works with insurers to create products targeted to the needs of women at various stages of their lives as well as for women-owned SMEs—while creating income generating opportunities for women as insurance agents and distributors. IFC recently collaborated with some of its partners to produce a collection of notes and case studies,...
E-book: Capturing our Impact: Harnessing Innovation for Financial Inclusion
This e-book presents impact stories, videos and photos that put faces behind the numbers and illustrate that digital innovation not only unlocks basic, life-changing financial services for low-income people, but it also enables the delivery of clean water, solar energy, education and other essential products and services. For instance, in Yemen,...
Beyond Fintech: A Pragmatic Assessment of Disruptive Potential in Financial Services
This report from the World Economic Forum and Deloitte studies the transformative role of fintech and other disruptive forces on the financial services industry. This is the third report Deloitte and the Forum have developed on this topic. The report uncovers eight disruptive forces that have the potential to shift the competitive landscape of the...
Itaú Women Enterpreneurs Program
Itaú Mulher Empreendedora was created precisely to support providing better conditions for women to leverage their businesses, using financial services in accordance with their needs. By connecting women and understanding their needs, motivations and barriers, we become capable of joining them to create management tools, inspiration and networks...
OECD Report: Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2019
The 2019 edition of the OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs was launched in Washington D.C. by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Mario Marcel Cullell, Governor of the Central Bank of Chile. Sufficient and affordable access to different sources of finance is crucial to allow SMEs and entrepreneurs to reach their full...
Study: Microfinance in the United States
This report summarizes early findings from the evaluation of the Grameen America program, a microfinance model that provides loans to low-income women in the United States who are seeking to start or expand their small businesses. The program is based on the Grameen Bank model developed in Bangladesh during the mid-1970s. Its objective is to...
The Unseen Sector: A Report on the MSME Opportunity in South Africa
Building small businesses that contribute to the economy and create jobs is one of South Africa’s biggest development opportunities. Small enterprises employ between 50 and 60 percent of South Africa’s work force and contribute around 34 percent of GDP. However, the small business sector has been relatively stagnant over the last decade, and only...
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...
Technological Innovation and the Dutch Financial Sector
This report discusses the impact of technological innovation on the financial sector and its implications for supervision. Given the inherent uncertainty related to this impact, this study applies a scenario analytic approach to develop three alternative scenarios for the future. In the first, established financial institutions embrace and...
The Intricate Role of Digital Finance in Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals
How much is financial inclusion impacting the Sustainable Development Goals? According to Liz Larson at UNCDF and Daryl Collins at BFA, the answer to that question remains unclear. They explore a new measurement framework that aims to explore all potential and proven connections between financial services and the SDGs – while also helping to...