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SME Finance and Development in the Age of Digitalization
ADFIMI International Development Forum was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on September 11-12, with the theme “SME Finance & Development in the Age of Digitalization." In the context of the international development agenda, promoting SME development globally considered an important priority. However, access to finance remains a key constraint to SME...
European Small Business Finance Outlook, December 2018
This analysis provides an overview of the main markets relevant to the EIF. It starts by discussing the general market environment, then looks at the main aspects of equity finance and the guarantee and SME securitisation markets and, finally, it highlights important aspects of microfinance in Europe. A chapter on Fintech also complements the...
Banking in Africa: Delivering on Financial Inclusion, Supporting Financial Stability
In its fourth edition, this EIB report focuses on recent developments in Africa’s banking sectors and the policy options for all stakeholders. The study of banking sectors across all African sub-regions includes the results of the EIB survey of banking groups operating in Africa. Three thematic chapters address challenges and opportunities for...
SME Finance Forum Immersion Program 2019 – DBS Singapore
The SME Finance Forum's Immersion Programs are aimed at providing our members with 1-2 day exposure visits to high performing regional or global financial institutions or fintechs to gather in depth knowledge about an innovative aspect of their operations. The immersion visits will allow members to hear practical first-hand accounts from the host...
Field Notes - Granting Access: Leveraging Social Payments to Expand Digital Financial Inclusion in Cote d’Ivoire
Here is one of three Field Notes from the Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a joint initiative of IFC and the Mastercard Foundation, to help DFS providers to tailor products and services to particular market segments as they shed new light on two particular market segments, youth and women, as well as the potential for digitizing social...
Field Notes - Women and Digital Financial Services in Sub-Saharan Africa: Understanding the Challenges and Harnessing the Opportunities
Here is one of three Field Notes from the Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a joint initiative of IFC and the Mastercard Foundation, to help DFS providers to tailor products and services to particular market segments as they shed new light on two particular market segments, youth and women, as well as the potential for digitizing social...
Field Notes: Banking on the Future - Youth and Digital Financial Services in Sub-Saharan Africa
Here is one of three Field Notes from the Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a joint initiative of IFC and the Mastercard Foundation, to help DFS providers to tailor products and services to particular market segments as they shed new light on two particular market segments, youth and women, as well as the potential for digitizing social...
Ricult Pitches Its Fintech Services at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, Ricult's Gabriel Torres demoed the company's services at the TechPitch on November 6. Ricult aims at providing solution to small farmers painpoints including (i) access to information and technology and credit offerings aligned with crop cycle. The Forum's TechPitch provided an opportunity for 13...
United Commercial Bank Limited Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. December 11, 2018 – United Commercial Bank (UCB) Limited became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses...
Endeavor's 2018 Impact Report
Endeavor's 2018 Impact report highlighted job creation by Endeavor Entrepreneurs, shared stories of entrepreneurs and the employees and communities they have impacted, and examined what the future of high-impact entrepreneurship will look like. A few of the milestones their entrepreneurs celebrated in 2018: Endeavor companies received major...