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Leader Dialogue Series - Interview with Robin Bairstow, Managing Director at I&M Bank
Learn from Robin Bairstow, Managing Director at I&M Bank about the future of SME Finance in Rwanda after the COVID pandemic. “One of the areas we have now been able to leverage on...is trade finance, and we've seen a lot of growth in that area...growth has been 50% year on year within the same SME sector...we've also added in loan origination...
Progcap joins the SME Finance Forum as a pioneering Indian fintech working towards supporting MSMEs that need credit
Supply & Value Chain Finance
Fintech
Washington D.C., November 21 2022 – Progcap joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When we started in 2012, we were...
Healworld partners with Mastercard to launch first ever United Nations SDG-focused corporate debit card
Sustainable Finance
HEALRWORLD, a social impact, for profit ESG Fintech, unveils its new corporate debit card at CC Forum - an investment conference which is 100% dedicated to investment in sustainability. In collaboration with Mastercard and its Priceless Planet initiative, Railsr, Toqio, and Penrose Digital, the HealRWorld corporate debit card will be the first of...
Member Creditinfo helping Ukrainians and migrants from Ukraine have access to their credit histories
Credit Risk & Scoring
Lending is one of the main elements of the modern financial system. In one way or another, most people rely on loans from banks – whether these are credits, mortgages, installments, credit cards to pay for critical goods and services. An important role in this process is played by credit bureaus that collect, store, process and transmit...
JUMO launches first-of-its-kind asset management engine, VELA
Sustainable Finance
LONDON, 4 October 2022 – JUMO, a technology company advancing next-generation financial inclusion in emerging markets, today released VELA, a pioneering asset management engine built to give investors access to real social impact investments at the highest standards of governance and control. VELA is a powerful asset management tool underpinned by...
Welcome KOBİA to the SME Finance Forum
Non Financial Services
Policy & Regulation
Washington D.C., October 17th, 2022 – The Small and Medium Business Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan (KOBİA) joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses...
Welcome 360tf to SMEFF
Trade Finance
Digital Financial Services
Washington D.C., September 2022 – 360tf joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When we started in 2012, we were in an...
Digitalization key to help the world’s small and medium sized enterprises – says Global SME Finance Forum
Sustainable Finance
Digital Financial Services
Digital Transformation
Fintech
Washington DC, September 29 2022 - The future of delivering inclusive and effective banking support for the world’s small and medium sized enterprises will be driven by digital transformation, according to the lead organizers behind this year’s Global SME Finance Forum 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. More than 350 leaders and senior executives from...
2022 Global SME Finance Awards Winners Announced
Washington DC, September 28, 2022 - The 2022 Global SME Finance Awards winners were announced during the Global SME Finance Forum 2022. To learn who the winners are, please visit https://www.smefinanceforum.org/awards-2022 Organized by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the SME Finance Forum and endorsed by the G20’s Global Partnership for...
PODCAST: The lifeblood of global trade: improving financial inclusion for SMEs
Trade Finance
This podcast prepared by our industry partner Trade Finance Global, features Matt Gamser, CEO of the SME Finance Forum and Magda Bianco, co-chair of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). It gives an overview of current G20 initiatives designed to help SMEs get easier access to finance. Among those initiatives is the Global SME...
Funding Options empowers lenders to help bridge SME funding gap with Funding Cloud: Insights launch
Fintech
London, 06.09.2022: Funding Options , the leading marketplace for business finance, has launched Funding Cloud: Insights to bring unparalleled data to SME lenders with a breadth of market insight capable of driving new product innovation. The intuitive and user-friendly platform provides near real-time knowledge and intelligence that has scarcely...
EIF Business Angels Survey 2021/22: Market sentiment
Financial Education
The EIF Business Angels Survey, together with the EIF VC Survey and the EIF Private Equity Mid-Market Survey (the largest combined regular survey exercises among GPs and Business Angels on a pan-European level) provide an opportunity to retrieve unique market insights. This publication is based on the results of the 2021/22 EIF Business Angels...
Credit Bureau Cambodia (CBC) joins the SME Finance Forum as Cambodia’s only credit risk firm driving financial inclusion through transparent credit reporting
Alternative Financing
Fintech
Washington D.C., August 4, 2022 – Credit Bureau Cambodia (CBC) joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When we started...
Awash Bank joins the SME Finance Forum to promote business solutions and financial advisory
Financial Inclusion
Washington D.C., July 28, 2022 – Awash Bank joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. Awash Bank becomes the first bank...
Mastercard Data & Services Report on Real-Time Payments
Financial Inclusion
Payments
In the coming years, real-time payments are set to increase exponentially and by 2026, are forecasted to account for 26% of the total electronic payments. With certain growth ahead, governing bodies and payment regulators play a crucial role in advancing their country's payment systems to create an ecosystem that unlocks economic growth and...
Mambu joins the SME Finance Forum to promote SaaS cloud banking platform
Alternative Financing
Digital Financial Services
Fintech
Washington D.C., July 19, 2022 – Mambu joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “Since 2016, we’ve been implementing our...
SME Bank of Cambodia joins the SME Finance Forum to Promote and Grow Small and Medium Enterprises
Non Financial Services
Fintech
Washington D.C., July 12, 2022 – SME Bank of Cambodia joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When we started in 2012...
Apply before July 15th to the 2022 Global SME Finance Awards
Gender Finance
Sustainable Finance
Credit Risk & Scoring
Digital Transformation
APPLY BEFORE 15 JULY Deadline extended to July 15th! We’ve extended the deadline of our 2022 Global SME Finance Awards. Share your leadership experience with the SME community and show how your institution can become a winner of the next Global SME Finance Forum Awards. Welcome to the fifth Annual Global SME Finance Awards! We invite all types of...
Little kid drinking water
Non Financial Services
Sidian Bank provides a range of financial products and services that support the growth of micro, small and medium-sized businesses in Kenya. With this focus, the bank plays a crucial role in boosting entrepreneurship, creating jobs, and building a strong local economy. In 2021, Sidian Bank received a USD 10 million loan from Triodos Microfinance...
The Stellar Development Foundation joins the SME Finance Forum to promote equitable access to the global finance system
Non Financial Services
Fintech
Washington D.C., june 16, 2022 – The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation. “When...