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Unlocking Finance for Youth Entrepreneurs: Evidence from a Global Stocktaking
Four in 10 people, or 42 percent, of the world’s population are under the age of 25. Globally, an estimated 70.9 million youth were unemployed in 2017. Thus, job creation and economic growth through private sector development have become primary areas of focus for policymakers around the world. As more youth enter the workforce, they are known to...
Publication: G20 High-Level Policy Guidelines on Digital Financial Inclusion for Youth, Women and SMEs
The G20 High-Level Policy Guidelines on Digital Financial Inclusion for Youth, Women, and SMEs document was produced by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2020 under the Saudi Arabia G20 Presidency with the support of OECD , the World Bank Group in partnership with The Better Than Cash Alliance, the Women's World Banking...
G-20: Data Enhancement and Coordination in SME Finance: Stocktaking Report
The GPFI’s stocktaking of data available on financing for SMEs, both at the country level and at the client level of the major international development finance institutions, reveals serious gaps. Annual aggregate data is captured annually for only a minority of the world’s countries by the IMF, OECD, and others. Little if any data is available at...
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-...