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The Benefits of Fintech Partnerships in Emerging Markets

According to an IFC report, there are a few key challenges that have long limited the digital transformation of financial services in emerging markets. These challenges include: low access to formal financial services; low income and financial-literacy levels; underdeveloped technology solutions; and weak infrastructures.

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The Benefits of Fintech Partnerships in Emerging Markets
According to an IFC report, there are a few key challenges that have long limited the digital transformation of financial services in emerging markets. These challenges include: low access to formal financial services; low income and financial-literacy levels; underdeveloped technology solutions; and weak infrastructures. Due to these challenges,...
Digital Credit Helping to Put Kids in Classrooms in Cote d'Ivoire
By leveraging partnerships with farmers’ cooperatives and telecom operator MTN, in a recent pilot Advans Cote d’Ivoire achieved 100 percent on-time repayment and notably increased school attendance among borrowers’ children. This innovative work with cocoa farmers earned Advans Cote d’Ivoire the 2018 European Microfinance Award for inclusive...
Effective Risk Assessment Models and Alternative Data Proves Beneficial for Retail Lenders
Effective risk assessment is instrumental in the lending business. According to Medici, technology companies are creating risk assessment models with increasingly inclusive variables that are allowing lenders to reach the previously unbankable population. Alternative data can improve risk assessment for retail lenders. According to the article,...
Banks Are Unable to Pay Mexican SMEs
Euromoney says SMEs account for nine out of every 10 businesses in Mexico, however only a third have access to finance. “Despite numerous financial institutions operating in the market, financial services penetration remains low,” said Norbert Schneider, principal investment officer for Mexico at the IFC. SMEs in the country are lacking credit...
 IFC and Other Key Stakeholders Advise Government in Philippines on New Law to Support MSMEs
The IFC in partnership with the Department of Finance, the Land Registration Authority, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, various MSMEs and banking associations to construct a new bill to support MSMEs in the Philippines. The Personal Property Security Act (Republic Act No...
Alternative Lenders Bridge Gaps, Cater to Untapped Markets & Offer Great CX
Alternative lending is looking more attractive to SMEs working to find affordable funding solutions for their business. According to Medici, alternative lending is focused on commerce and not credit. For example, “PayPal offers working capital loans to small businesses that transact more than $20,000 within 12 months.” According to a report by...
Financial Inclusion for SMEs is at the Core of the Economy's Potential
Financial inclusions is one of the largest challenges SMEs face today. In part two of Dhaka Tribune’s “At the Core of Our Potential” series, banker, Tarique Afzal sheds light on why this area is restricted for SMEs. · Banks are more focused on urban-based lending · Banks are at times reluctant to delegate to rural branch levels · Lack of interest...
Development Bank of Nigeria CEO Tony Okpanachi Speaks on Addressing the MSME Finance Challenges
SME Finance Forum member Development Bank of Nigeria is working to aid in providing finance to MSMEs. Calling it a "nightmare," its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Tony Okpanachi, was appointed in 2017 with the mission to alleviate the financing constraints faced by MSMEs and small corporates in Nigeria. The Sun says his job remains to...
Accountants Should Take Note of SMEs at Risk of Rising Interest Rates
As the UK’s near-zero interest rate era comes to an end, small businesses are exposed to rate rises. Marc Bajer, CEO of Hadrian’s Wall Capital, discusses why corporate finance teams in accountancy firms should take note. He says "As the UK’s near-zero interest rate era comes to an end, small businesses are exposed to rate rises. With another Bank...
How Digital Innovation Can Increase Small Business Access To Finance In Asia
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a key contributor to economic activity around the world as an important source of jobs, growth, and innovation. Despite their essential role, SMEs receive a disproportionately small share of credit from the financial system, a trend that persists across developed and developing countries, including in...