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eLearning: Credit Information Systems Focusing Small and Medium Enterprises
These course is intended to provide SMEs with the knowledge about MSME financing, credit information sharing, the role of credit information service providers, credit Reports, credit Score, and dispute resolution process.
eLearning: Secured Transactions, Collateral Registries and Movable Asset Based Financing
Designed for World Bank Group Task Team Leaders, Collateral Registry Operators, Government Officials, Financial Institutions and Fintech players, the World Bank Group has developed a compelling and interactive online Learning Course on the topic of Secured Transactions and Collateral Registries reforms. Divided in four modules, this course aims to...
eLearning: Fundamentals of Credit Reporting
The Fundamentals of Credit Reporting Course will raise your understanding of the economic relevance, development impact and International Standards of Credit Reporting Systems. Through this course, the participants will also gain in key insights into the legal, institutional, operational and technical aspects of credit information solutions.
Strategises to Increase Access to Markets for Women-Owned SMES in South Africa
In South Africa, there is a $49 billion unmet financing demand for women entrepreneurs. Corporations and banks can collaborate with women-owned enterprises and provide solutions to bridge the financial gap. In this IFC fact sheet, learn the key challenges faced by women entrepreneurs, how partners are collaborating for progress and ideas for...
Investment Plan for Europe: €20 Million for Innovative SMEs in Luxembourg through EIF and BIL
European Investment Fund (EIF) and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) extend InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility agreement; EUR 20 million available for innovative SMEs and small mid-caps. The latest breakdown of results by country and sector from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has been released. The plan has mobilised almost...
Integrating Gender and Women's Financial Inclusion into the Central Bank of Egypt's (CBE) Framework
Egyptian women who constitute half of the population, represent tremendous economic potential, while contributing to only 22.5 percent of total labor force - offer an estimated credit demand of USD283 million among female-owned SMEs. The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has achieved major accomplishments towards building an inclusive financial system...
Guide to the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
This primer provides a quick reference on the “Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)”, a landmark legislation that defines the current national policy to promote, support, strengthen and encourage the growth and development of MSMEs. Enacted by the Philippine Congress in 1991 as Republic Act 6977, and amended by Republic Act...
Join More than 11,000 SME Finance Experts on the SME Finance Forum LinkedIn Group
The SME Finance Forum LinkedIn provides an opportunity for financial experts to view the latest news, reports, data and discussions regarding the SME finance field. The group is comprised of more than 11,000 bank executives, investors, advisory service providers and financial technology experts, who share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote...
A Global Review of Banks, Fintechs and SMEs
A new report by Fraedom reveals banks are working to address SMEs globally. According to the report, 61 percent of senior executives in the banks view SMEs as their current biggest growth opportunity, with a strong bias towards the medium enterprises (50-249 employees). Fintechs are also stepping up and becoming a catalyst for growth for SMEs,...
2018 Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises
Having sufficient access to finance is an important determinant for the development of an enterprise. It is a well-known phenomenon that SMEs face different challenges when accessing finance than large scale enterprises (LSEs). LSE’s for instance, have direct access to capital markets whereas for SMEs this holds to a lesser extent or they have no...
A Guide to Supervising E-Money Issuers
A specialized regulatory window for nonbank e-money issuers (EMIs) is one of four basic regulatory enablers for inclusive digital financial services in emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs) (Staschen and Meagher 2018). For the purposes of this guide, EMI is defined as any regulated entity—bank and nonbank—that is dedicated to issuing e...
The International Debt Collections Handbook
The International Debt Collections Handbook is a key tool for businesses when it comes to making decisions concerning collections in foreign countries. Each country report includes a snapshot of their current local economic situation, including GDP, major industries, import-export growth and Atradius Collections' local success rate. The chapter on...
2018 Year Of Evolution In Payments Revolution Ebook
PYMNTS queried 25 executives well-seasoned in tech, payments and commerce to gain insight on everything from A to Z ― from AML to Zelle, you might say ― and beyond. How we buy, and sell, and keep track of it all, is also changing – not just for consumers, but also for businesses, and for the banks that cater to them. Treasury management...
The Truth Machine: Blockchain and the Future of Everything
Erik Feyen, Lead Financial Sector Economist, FCI and Michael Casey, author and senior advisor at MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative presented The Truth Machine: Blockchain and the Future of Everything on Nov 5. View Feyen's presentation slides from the discussion. A walk through the 7,000 history of record-keeping and its role in helping...
Toolkit: Policy Making for an Inclusive Financial System
As of 2018, the number of countries publicly committed to promoting financial inclusion tops 90 and continues to grow. Many of these countries’ financial regulators and supervisors are explicitly tasked with implementing policies and strategies on financial inclusion (I) alongside their core responsibilities for promoting micro- and...
Tool: Changing Change Management: Adapting Internal and External Culture In Times Of Digital Transformation
The ease with which customers access digital financial services (DFS) can make such implementations appear deceptively simple – with just a click on a mobile phone and a customer will be able to make payments, save money, access credit, and even become insured. Launching a digital channel is not a simple endeavor however. It requires a relevant...
UN's 6 Principles for Responsible Banking
The Principles for Responsible Banking provide the banking industry with a single framework that embeds sustainability at the strategic, portfolio and transactional levels and across all business areas. The Principles align banks with society’s goals as expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. As society’s...
The Ideal SME Finance Deal
Tips and tools are revealed on how SMEs should approach seeking finance along with strategies to improve their success with gaining finance. Utilizing online resources and guides can help SMEs learn more about alternative finance options. “Industry associations such as the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation, as well as local...
ABC’s of Blockchain
FinDev Gateway compiled a guide to help individuals better understand what blockchain is and how it contributes to financial inclusion and development. According to the article, blockchain is a digital ledger which keeps records of all transactions taking place on a peer to peer network. A four step infographic, listing: digital ledger, encrypted...
Tool: New Digital Ecosystem Helps Foster Financial Inclusion in India
With the growth of digital divide rising, a new ecosystem developing in India features three “interrelated and mutually-reinforcing components” that will help support financial inclusion. These elements, according to the article include: National ID, bank accounts, and mobile phones provide the foundational layers and channels for people to enter...
Small Business Community Impact
In this report, Peak B examines the impact SMEs have on communities. According to the report, 90 percent of small businesses believe small businesses should support community organizations. The report highlights the value of SMEs and their support towards: charities, schools, special interest groups, sports clubs, the homeless and food banks. Key...
Survey Finds Funding Gap is Stifling Small Business Growth in Australia
Research from SME Finance Forum member Xero revealed, that SMEs in Australia would borrow $80 billion over the next year, if funding was available. According to the research, SMEs reasoning for difficulty borrowing from a lender include: 55 percent finding an affordable loan 41 percent manually providing financials to a lender 40 percent finding a...
2018 Women Business Owner Spotlight
Bank of America launched their third annual study, focused on the goals and challenges of women entrepreneurs across the country. The publication examines: rising business and economic confidence, leading the digital transformation and progress towards equal access to capital. Key points highlighted in the publication included: Women business...
UK Government Spends Nearly Half on SMEs
The Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden revealed that SMEs have access to almost half of public sector spend in the following areas: digital, data and technology services. According to the article,“Over £1.9bn has been spent with SMEs since 2012, the equivalent of £1.35 out of every £3 spent by government.” The government is supportive of...
Fintech for Social Good
A special report, Fintech for Social Good, has been released as a follow-up to the Financial Inclusion in the Developing World 2018 Q2 report by Deep Knowledge Analytics. The report is focusesd on the following key elements as it relates to non-commercial activities: The work being done by non-profits, governmental organizations, NGOs and...
Financial World: Finance-As-A-Service API PlayBook
Data exchange through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) has become increasingly popular as it facilitates industry wide innovation and increases business agility. This API-oriented approach towards technology architecture has generated a lot of attention. Banks and financial institutions are adapting quickly to rapid changes in consumer...
Guide to Assessments of Fintech Credit Institution Licence Applications 2018
The purpose of this Guide is to enhance transparency for potential fintech bank applicants and increase their understanding of the procedure and criteria applied by the ECB in its assessment of licence applications. This transparency is also intended to facilitate the application process. The Guide is technology-neutral and seeks neither to...
Payments Execs Map Out What’s Next for the Next Half of 2018
PYMNTS.com has released Mid-Year 2018 Checkpoint ebook that maps outwhat payments executives believe is next for the year. Half way through 2018, innovation within the payments space follows no timetable. PYMNTS.com asked several stakeholders across processing, banking, digital payments and other areas to share with us what trends shaped the first...
Unlocking Opportunities for Women and Business: A Toolkit of Actions and Strategies for Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies
A growing number of oil, gas, and mining companies have committed to create more diverse, gender-balanced, inclusive industries – recognizing that it is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes business sense. IFC has developed this toolkit to help oil, gas, and mining companies to meet their gender goals. The toolkit starts with detailed...
White Paper: Blockchain Beyond the Hype
This toolkit is based on real-world experience of blockchain in a variety of projects across a variety of industries that have been analysed by Imperial College London to develop an initial framework. The framework has been reviewed and further developed by members of the 2017 World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Blockchain and has been...
10 Reasons to be Optimistic that Full Financial Inclusion is Possible through Digital Payments
Continuing to advance financial inclusion by facilitating access to digital financial services is a vital element in tackling inequality, improving prosperity, and empowering individuals worldwide – a fact recognized by its prominence on the global private and public sector agenda. The UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance, a partnership of...
 EIF Interactive Map of Supported SMEs
The new EIF interactive map lets you search for businesses supported by EU-financing in your neighborhood. This map indicates the location of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have benefited from EU financial support through EIF-managed financial instruments. The map is indicative and based on reports received from financial...
Digital Credit in Tanzania: Customer Experiences and Emerging Risks
A new nationally representative phone survey conducted by CGAP in Tanzania examines whether the digital credit phenomenon is living up to this hype. They interviewed more than 4,500 Tanzanians, including 1,132 digital credit users, to understand who is using digital credit, how it fits into borrowers’ portfolios, and what risks are emerging. Their...
25 VC Firms Investing in Female-Founded Companies
Since the start of 2006, three venture capital firms—500 Startups, NEA and Golden Seeds—have closed more than 100 deals apiece backing female-founded companies in the US. Twenty-five investors have closed more than 50 deals each. As a follow-up to PitchBook's recent content on women in VC, including their interactive map of investment in female-...
Global Toolbox: Multilateral Development Banks to Support Private Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean
It takes more than one organization to advance development. That’s why Multilateral Development Banks are joining forces to support and strengthen private sector investments in developing countries across the globe. The Global Toolbox provides an interactive inventory of instruments available from multilateral development banks to support and...
Global Toolbox: Multilateral Development Banks to Support Private Investment in Europe
It takes more than one organization to advance development. That’s why Multilateral Development Banks are joining forces to support and strengthen private sector investments in developing countries across the globe. The Global Toolbox provides an interactive inventory of instruments available from multilateral development banks to support and...
Global Toolbox: Multilateral Development Banks to Support Private Investment in Asia
It takes more than one organization to advance development. That’s why Multilateral Development Banks are joining forces to support and strengthen private sector investments in developing countries across the globe. The Global Toolbox provides an interactive inventory of instruments available from multilateral development banks to support and...
Global Toolbox: Multilateral Development Banks to Support Private Investment in Africa
It takes more than one organization to advance development. That’s why Multilateral Development Banks are joining forces to support and strengthen private sector investments in developing countries across the globe. The Global Toolbox provides an interactive inventory of instruments available from multilateral development banks to support and...
Credit Information Systems Focusing Small and Medium Enterprises – ELearning Course for Financial Institutions
With a purpose to create knowledge among SMEs and Financial institutions about the Credit Reporting for SME segment, the World Bank Group has developed two compelling and interactive online Learning Courses on this topic. These courses are intended to provide SMEs and lenders with the knowledge about MSME financing, credit information sharing, the...
Credit Information Systems Focusing Small and Medium Enterprises – ELearning Course for SMEs
With a purpose to create knowledge among SMEs and Financial institutions about the Credit Reporting for SME segment, the World Bank Group has developed two compelling and interactive online Learning Courses on this topic. These courses are intended to provide SMEs and lenders with the knowledge about MSME financing, credit information sharing, the...