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Rural & Agriculture Finance
Access to electricity remains a challenge in Benin, with 60% or 7.6 million people, predominantly in rural areas, having no access. The government has set ambitious goals to achieve urban and rural electrification rates of 95% and 65% by 2025. A quarter of the country’s energy mix is expected to come from renewable energy. Solar operator and...
Joint investment Triodos Groenfonds and Hivos-Triodos Fund: Building rural mini-grids in Nigeria
Sustainable Finance
Triodos Groenfonds and Hivos-Triodos Fund have each provided USD 1.5 million equity as part of a USD 9 million project construction investment to PowerGen Renewable Energy. The capital funding will be used to build 28 rural mini-grids in Nigeria providing access to energy to 55,000 people. This project represents the largest mini-grid development...
Leader Dialogue Series - Interview with Lori Kerr, CEO of FinDev Canada
Supply & Value Chain Finance
Learn from Lori Kerr, CEO of FinDev Canada as the new kid on the block charting new territory in development finance. 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 companies as well as financial sector regulators.
RCBC, first to join global greenhouse gas accounting partnership
Sustainable Finance
The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) is the first Philippine bank to join the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) as part of its commitment towards sustainable growth and environmental protection. As a PCAF participant, RCBC commits to disclose the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its portfolio within three years from...
RCBC empowers SMEs with digitized cash management solutions
Digital Financial Services
In order to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) adapt to the new ways of conducting business in the better normal, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) expands its digitized cash management solutions with complimentary e-services under a corporate promo called “Let’s Get Digital”. Under the Let’s Get Digital (LGD) promo, SMEs availing...
Mastercard Launches Strive: a Global Small Business Initiative to Accelerate Economic Recovery
Digital Transformation
Micro and small enterprises are important contributors to job creation and global economic development, representing approximately 90% of business and more than 50% of employment worldwide. However, the pandemic necessitated a rapid shift to digital platforms and processes that have created new opportunities but also pushed many to the brink of...
Papersoft joins the SME Finance Forum to deliver solutions for agency banking and agent networks in emerging markets
Digital Financial Services
Washington D.C., September 28th, 2021 - Papersoft 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...
Absa, Tigo and JUMO join forces to accelerate financial inclusion in Tanzania.
Fintech
JUMO is a South African mobile financial services platform for mobile network operators and banks. It facilitates digital financial services such as credit and savings in emerging markets by way of USSD short codes. JUMO has partnered with Absa Bank and Tigo in Tanzania to increase the availability of the existing short-term credit product Tigo...
SIDBI joins the SME Finance Forum to bring inclusive innovations in the MSME ecosystem.
Washington D.C., September 21st, 2021 - SIDBI 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...
2021 Progress Report of APFF, APFIF and APIP - Regaining Momentum: Enabling Financial Services to Catalyze Inclusive, Innovative and Sustainable Recovery
Financial Inclusion
Sustainable Finance
Covid-19
With its wide-ranging economic impact, the COVID-19 pandemic posed an unprecedented challenge to governments and businesses all over the world. Vigorous responses from governments and central banks have succeeded in averting a major global crisis, but the pandemic and the responses to it have left various medium and long-term challenges in their...
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Digital Financial Services
Payments
Washington D.C., September 14th, 2021 - Visa Inc. 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...
Fintech Group launched “Kapilink”, in partnership with 4thWave
Fintech
Fintech International Group , a leading enterprise technology solutions provider in Africa has announced their partnership with 4thWave, a Canada-based Finance and Banking As-A-Service Platform provider. Through this partnership, Fintech is launching Kapilink – an innovative Digital Platform that brings together lenders and businesses to...
Fintech and the digital transformation of financial services: implications for market structure and public policy
Digital Transformation
Fintech
Erik Feyen (World Bank), Jon Frost (Bank for International Settlements and Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance), Leonardo Gambacorta (BIS and Centre for Economic Policy Research), Harish Natarajan (World Bank) and Matthew Saal (International Finance Corporation) have jointly published a paper about fintech and digital transformation. Economic...
Save the date for the 5th International MENA Guarantee Conference 2021 - Virtual Event
Guarantees
Credit Guarantees in MENA: Rebuilding SMEs post COVID - Virtual Event 5th International MENA Guarantee Conference 2021 – September 6 th to 7 th , 2021 - 2PM (Saudi Arabia) GMT+3 The COVID-19 pandemic hit Middle Eastern small business hard: survey data collected by the Rand Corporation during the first wave of the pandemic in June 2020 found that...
Enabling and evolving the postal ecosystem – Digital roundtable outputs paper
Digital Transformation
On 7 July 2021, Mastercard and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) held a series of convenings, focused on the digital transformation of the sector. During those roundtables, the following topics were discussed: How digital technology and collaborative business models are helping to transform the postal sector and creating new ways for posts to...
ICT news - Youth Ecopreneur Call for applications
Youth Entrepreneurship
International Trade Center (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. It is the only development agency that is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of SMEs. ITC is calling for applications on its Youth Ecopreneur Awards. The Youth Ecopreneur Awards are a green business award competition...
SME Lending – How data and tech can bring a surge for banks
Covid-19
Europe’s banks have a golden opportunity to boost lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In the midst of the pandemic, they are the conduits for billions in state funding to support this crucial segment of the economy. However cumbersome legacy IT systems and outdated risk profiling stand in the way. Agile new competitors are...
Global SME Finance Forum 2021 is Open for Registration!
Sustainable Finance
Theme: Greening SME Finance Date: October 18 th to 21st Visit the event website here> www.globalsmefinanceforum.org/2021/ Or click here> http://bit.ly/SMEFF21 The Global SME Finance Forum is the largest, most technically in-depth, and geographically diverse conference on SME financing hosted around the world each year. Last year, as COVID-19...
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Islamic Banking
IsDB Group is a multilateral development bank working to improve the lives of those they serve by promoting social and economic development in Member countries and Muslim communities worldwide, delivering impact at scale. Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser has been appointed as the new head of the Islamic Development Bank for the next five years. He...
Digital-first SME Banking FintechOS - Efma Whitepaper
Digital Financial Services
Fintech
To meet the evolving needs of SME customers, banks are transforming their business models, digitizing their offerings, and creating ecosystems with a whole range of beyond banking services. These banking transformations, however, do not just happen overnight. With their business clients at the forefront of their efforts, some banks are going it...
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Financial Inclusion
FintechOS is an end-to-end provider of SaaS-based front, middle and back office financial technology. FintechOS serves 40+ institutions - banks and insurers - in 20 markets and has offices in London, Amsterdam and Bucharest. FintechOS announced a $10 million investment from the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, as part of its $60 million...
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Financial Inclusion
When IDLC joined the SME Finance Forum in 2015 as a founding member, our global membership network comprised only 70 SME-oriented institutions from 34 countries. Since then, the membership network of the SME Finance Forum has grown steadily. In fact, the SME Finance Forum has just welcomed its 230th member institution. SME finance experts and...
Close up of African woman smiling with title Women and E-commerce in Africa
Gender Finance
Across the globe, e-commerce is thriving. The e-commerce market in Africa is expected to reach $84 billion by 2030. The number of online shoppers has increased by an average of 18 percent every year since 2014, with similar growth anticipated over the next decade. The IFC’s latest report Women and E-commerce in Africa is the first large-scale use...
PORTRAITS OF TWO FEMALE LEADERS
Digital Financial Services
FCMB (First City Monument Bank) is a bank-led financial services group, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with operating companies divided along three business groups: commercial and retail banking, investment banking and asset / wealth management. First City Monument Bank Limited has appointed Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olaiya as executive director, risk...
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Fintech
Washington D.C., August 5th, 2021- Nomanini 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...
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Supply & Value Chain Finance
BanQu is a for-profit-for-purpose SaaS platform that enables global brands to have traceable, transparent and equitable supply chains in sourcing, distribution and circular packaging. BanQu is one of the semi-finalists of the 2021 TTI Consumer & Retail Awards. Please take a minute to vote for BanQu. The final day to cast your vote is Tuesday...
sustainability three points of RCBC
Sustainable Finance
RCBC is majority-owned by the Yuchengco Group of Companies, one of the largest conglomerates in Southeast Asia. It is among the largest private domestic banks in the Philippines in terms of assets. RCBC just released their Sustainability Bonds 2020 Impact Report Video on YouTube. It concluded that sustainability means creating long-term value in...
Accelerating MSME Digital Transformation through Finance
Digital Transformation
Following the Asia-Pacific Financial Forum Roundtable, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) released a report that gathers recommendations to APEC Leaders and Finance Ministers on how regional cooperation can help create the digital infrastructure and ecosystem for financial services to accelerate MSMEs’ digital transformation. It examined...
Green and white Inclusive fintech 50
Fintech
The Inclusive Fintech 50 competition is extending the application deadline to Friday, July 30th. The Inclusive Fintech 50 initiative leverages a competitive process led by an independent judging panel of experts to identify 50 early-stage fintechs driving financial inclusion and resilience. It is looking for early-stage fintechs in advanced or...
RCBC new achievement
Digital Financial Services
RCBC is majority-owned by the Yuchengco Group of Companies, one of the largest conglomerates in Southeast Asia. It is among the largest private domestic banks in the Philippines in terms of assets. RCBC has just bagged another global recognition. It is recognized as the Best SME Banking Brand by Global Brands Magazine Awards for their Customer...