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Empowering Participation in Commerce: New Strategies for Digitization of Micro and Small Businesses
Digital Transformation
Payments
A review of literature on digital payments’ impact on micro and small businesses reveals how digitalization is changing this segment, and why understanding this transition is key to inform effective public and private strategies and investments to accelerate the success of the small business sector as a whole. Read more about new strategies for...
Petr Polach, Head of Corporate and Sustainable Finance of Raiffeisen Bank International AG
Sustainable Finance
Learn from Petr Polach, Head of Corporate and Sustainable Finance of Raiffeisen Bank International AG about the importance of ESG and his journey to apply these principles across the institution. The SME Finance Forum’s Leader Dialogues, is a new series of one-on-one interviews with CEOs, senior executives of financial institutions and technology...
4G Capital will be honored once again to receive a Real Leaders Impact Award
Rural & Agriculture Finance
Nairobi, Kenya (January 12, 2022) – 4G CAPITAL GROUP Limited (“4G CAPITAL”), a market leader in technology-driven financial inclusion in Kenya and Uganda, is honoured to receive a Real Leaders Impact Award yet again as we push on with our key role in bridging the finance gap to advance micro, small and medium businesses (MSMEs). Real Leaders is...
Buffalo Commercial Bank joins the SME Finance Forum to support poverty reduction
Financial Inclusion
Rural & Agriculture Finance
Washington D.C., January 13, 2021 - Buffalo Commercial 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. “40 percent of...
KARANDAAZ joins the SME Finance Forum to promote access to finance for MSMEs
Financial Inclusion
Sustainable Finance
Washington D.C., December 21, 2021 - Karandaaz 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...
Funding Options teams up with Wise to offer SMEs greater choice on FX and international payments
Fintech
Payments
London, 15th December 2021: Business finance marketplace Funding Options has joined forces with Wise to offer Wise Business, the business account for going global, in its marketplace to further expand its offering for SMEs as they recover from the pandemic. Wise, the global technology company building the best way to move and manage money across...
Proparco Supports the Nigerian Bank FCMB to Strengthen its Commitment to High-impact SMEs and Climate Projects
Sustainable Finance
The operation consists of a USD 35 million loan and a EURIZ portfolio guarantee of NGN 5 billion (EUR 10 million equivalent) to support First City Monument Bank Ltd (FCMB) strategy to serve high-impact SMEs and for climate finance. Proparco and FCMB have already had the opportunity to collaborate through two FMO-arranged operations in 2014 and...
Medical Credit Fund raises EUR 32.5 million to support health entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa
Financial Inclusion
Gender Finance
Medical Credit Fund, the only debt fund fully dedicated to African small and medium-sized health enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, today announced the completion of a EUR 32.5 million fundraise. With the launch of its second fund more healthcare providers can access loans to grow their businesses, purchase medical equipment, improve quality, and...
Happy Holidays from the SME Finance Forum!
Dear Members, Partners, and Friends, As 2021 draws to an end, let me take this opportunity to thank you for your continued engagement and supports. 2021 has undoubtedly been another challenging year for all of us, including the MSMEs which we are trying to serve. We are proud that so many of our members reported, in our surveys and check-in calls...
Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of the International Islamic Trade Corporation
Trade Finance
Learn from Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of the International Islamic Trade Corporation (ITFC) on building capacities for the future to strengthen the private sector, collaborating with partners to find synergies in order to meet the financing gap in their member countries. The SME Finance Forum’s Leader Dialogues, is a new series of one-on-one...
Applications open for the 2022 AFI Inclusive Fintech Showcase!
Digital Transformation
Fintech
The open competition will offer the opportunity to FinTech and RegTech innovators to showcase transformative solutions which are enhancing access, usage, and quality of formal financial services for low-income populations in developing countries and emerging markets. Finalists will be provided with a dedicated time slot during the second half of...
Revitalization of SMEs Becomes Investree’s Keyword in Holding Investree Conference 2021, Supporting Fast and Resilient Economic Recovery
Non Financial Services
Covid-19
December 6th, 2021 - Successfully holding the Investree Conference (i-Con) for 2 (two) years with the main topics being the empowerment of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and economic recovery through collaboration in the digital financial ecosystem. This year, fintech lending pioneer Investree will again hold i-Con 2021 with “Revitalizing...
Two Key Members Ink a Strategic Partnership to Support the Growth of SMEs in Bangladesh
Non Financial Services
Digital Transformation
Fintech
Sameer Vakil (Co-Founder of GlobalLinker ) first met Syed Abdul Momen (DMD and Head of SME Banking at Brac Bank ), in Beijing at the 2016 SME Finance Forum Annual Event. That was the first time Sameer got the opportunity to introduce the GlobalLinker platform to Brac Bank. A more specific discussion followed in Amsterdam during the SMEFF Annual...
Yoda joins the SME Finance Forum to empower SMEs with digital financial services in China
Fintech
Washington D.C., December 12 2021 - Yoda 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. “The SME Finance Forum is a global...
4G Capital Partners with CGAP to Develop Financial Stress Early Warning System
Financial Education
Rural & Agriculture Finance
December 1, 2021 – Nairobi, Kenya: 4G CAPITAL GROUP Limited (“4G Capital”), a market leader in technology-driven financial inclusion for MSMEs across Kenya and Uganda, has partnered with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (“CGAP”) on developing a new tool that identifies financial stress and helps protect low-income consumers against over-...
Makhtar Diop Presentation during the SMEFF21 Annual Conference
Sustainable Finance
Conference Proceedings of the 2021 Global SME Finance Forum Day 1 - October 18th Opening Remarks Makhtar Diop, Managing Director and EVP, International Finance Corporation (IFC) We need contribution from SMEs to help us reach our sustainability goals. Individually not a major source of greenhouse gases but collectively account for a significant...
G20 Publication - MSME Digital Finance - Resilience & Innovation during COVID-19
Covid-19
Digital Transformation
Fintech
The intensity of the COVID-19 shock has clearly varied among MSMEs. On a more positive note, the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the digitalization of many MSMEs and fostered their participation in digital ecosystems and marketplaces. In response to the emergency, governments have quickly introduced a wide range of policy and regulatory measures...
Development Bank of Namibia joins the SME Finance Forum to develop sustainable socioeconomic transformation in Namibia
Financial Inclusion
Washington D.C., November 24th, 2021 - Development Bank of Namibia 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...
Financial Challenges and Way Forward for Small Business
Digital Transformation
Our CEO, Matthew Gamser, was interviewed by ICMA Pakistan and shared his opinions on financial challenges faced by small businesses. “Going from cash to digital payment and from paper to digital business contracts and transactions, is the key factor in improving MSME access to finance”, Matthew emphasized. As for key financial challenges faced by...
Investing in fintech for greater financial inclusion - An impact investor’s perspective
Financial Inclusion
Financial technology (fintech) has taken centre stage in the financial inclusion industry in recent years. Think digital lending platforms where small businesses can apply for a loan in just a few minutes. And apps that allow people to pay for utility bills or school fees, saving them hours of have to walk to a brick-and-mortar bank. Or Pay-As-You...