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

Mind the Gap: Addressing Challenges to Fintech Adoption
A total of 87 financial services executives and fintechs in New York, London and Hong Kong responded to Acenture's Fintech Innovation Lab questionnaire explaining their views on the innovation onboarding process. Survey questions focused on each group’s perceptions of what was occurring during the four phases of the technology onboarding process:...
5G Applications for Banking and Financial Sector in India
The 5G network is likely to encompass not just the Internet but all the resources connected to it. In such a scenario it is essential that there is a greater preparedness from both the service providers and consumers regarding the principles, architecture and features of the new technology. Such preparedness will help all concerned to design,...
Country Report Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessment
Since 2011, Myanmar has been on a path of transition from military rule and a state-controlled economy, towards democracy and a market-based economy whilst also managing the challenge of wealth creation. These transitions are taking place in a context of religious and ethnic diversity – the Burmese majority accounting for two-thirds of the...
Disruptive Technologies in the Credit Information Sharing Industry: Developments and Implications
This note analyzes the evolution of CISs, including the emergence of new technologies that use alternative data in credit decisioning and the opportunities and risks associated with these trends. This paper also predicts the potential development effect of these disruptive technologies and proposes a role for the World Bank Group in leveraging...
The Future of SME Banking: Minds Made for Redefining Financial Services
In this EY has outlined a number of questions they believe firms need to ask themselves with respect to how they can really help the SME community, considering how they can provide additional insight, tools and services that will best serve their customers. Firms that answer these questions the best are likely to come out on top, not just in this...
Report: The Big Business of Small Business
As part of UK FinTech week 2019, Oxford Economics is publishing a report, in partnership with Funding Circle, on the financial conditions facing small businesses in each of the online platform’s four markets: the UK, US, Germany, and the Netherlands. This report calculates the total economic impact of loans made to SMEs through Funding Circle in...
Acquisition and Engagement Strategies to Reach Women with Digital Financial Services
SME Finance Forum partner Women's World Banking has released "Acquisition and Engagement Strategies to Reach Women with Digital Financial Services." In this publication, Women’s World Banking outlined how they applied different approaches in Nigeria and Pakistan to increase both the acquisition of women customers as well as women’s engagement with...
Research Reveals Latest Confidence Levels of UK SMEs
Bibby Financial Services' SME Confidence Tracker surveys 1,000 of the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses on a quarterly basis. The tracker charts the confidence of owners and senior decision-makers of businesses in manufacturing, construction, wholesale, transport, and services sectors. The tracker includes an SME Confidence Index statistic...
2019 Global Survey -Overcoming the Trade Finance Gap: Root Causes and Remedies
BNY Mellon released its "Overcoming the Trade Finance Gap: Root Causes and Remedies" report, which finds that the trade finance gap remains a significant issue for global trade, according to 100 global, regional, and domestic banks, specialist trade providers and other market participants responding to its survey. The $1.5 trillion global trade...
Creating Impact -The Promise of Impact Investing
The report is the most comprehensive assessment so far of the potential global market for impact investing. It estimates that as much as $269 trillion—the financial assets held by institutions and households across the world—is potentially available for investment. Channeling just 10 percent of this amount into projects focused on improving social...