Publications

Cover of Small Business Spotlight - FinRegLab publication

This Small Business Spotlight report by FinRegLab provides an overview of applied research based on data from six non-bank financial services providers, two of which are SME FInance Forum's members —Accion,

Publications

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...
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...
Scaling Access to Finance for Early-Stage Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Lessons from the Field
The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) released its latest report – the study on “Scaling Access to Finance for Early-Stage Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Lessons from the Field”. The report is a result of a comprehensive research undertaken by DGGF with the support of consultants, experts, field builders, investors, and other local and international...
Input Paper: Private Equity and Venture Capital’s Role in Catalyzing Sustainable Investment
While companies that have a positive environmental or social impact are critical to driving sustainable growth, many of these companies, and particularly the smaller ones, face difficulties in accessing and attracting funding. Where more common financing channels (such as bank loans and bonds issued by large corporations with steady cashflows and...
Field Notes: Banking on the Future - Youth and Digital Financial Services in Sub-Saharan Africa
Here is one of three Field Notes from the Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a joint initiative of IFC and the Mastercard Foundation, to help DFS providers to tailor products and services to particular market segments as they shed new light on two particular market segments, youth and women, as well as the potential for digitizing social...
Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018
Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018 contributes to filling the knowledge gap in SME finance trends and conditions. This annual OECD publication provides information on debt, equity, asset-based finance, and conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented by an overview of recent policy measures to support access to finance. By...
Are savings groups a livelihoods game changer for young people in Africa?
The triad of entrepreneurship, self-employment, and financial inclusion underpins policy and development interventions meant to address the youth employment challenge in Africa. Youth savings groups are being widely promoted as a first step toward financial inclusion and economic empowerment. This article reports on the links between income-...
World Bank Group White Paper: Microfinance and Economic Development
Microfinance is generally seen as a way to fix credit markets and unleash the productive capacities of poor people who are dependent on self-employment. The microfinance sector has grown quickly since the 1990s, paving the way for other forms of social enterprise and social investment. But recent evidence shows only modest average impacts on...
Australian Small Business Investment Barriers Identified
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman released a study into factors impacting small to medium enterprise investment. Speaking at the Institute of Public Accountants national conference on the Gold Coast, Ombudsman Kate Carnell said barriers to investment included access to capital, red tape and energy prices. Carnell said...
World Employment and Social Outlook 2017
This flagship report by the International Labour Organization, profiles SMEs throughout the world in relation to economic growth, job creation and the opportunities to access finance based on their economy. While large enterprises are the principal source of employment in the formal private sector relative to small and medium-sized enterprises (...