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Cybersecurity for Mobile Financial Services: A Growing Problem

Mobile phones are helping millions of low-income customers to access financial services for the first time, but they are also exposing them to new cyber threats they could never have imagined. The Serianu 2017 Africa Cyber Security Report estimates that cybercrime in mobile-based transactions costs businesses $140 million per year in Africa. Why is this becoming more common? And what can providers and policy makers do to prevent it?

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Global Remittances Are On The Rise
Global remittances are expected to rise from $468 billion in 2010 to $667 billion in 2019 along with new investment channels bringing in an extra $73 billion a year in Commonwealth countries. Crowdfunding platforms have the potential to make a significant difference for SMEs in developing countries, however rules and regulations around...
EBRD Provides A €10 Million Loan To Sparkasse Banka Makedonija
Through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme the Sparkasse Banka Makedonija will receive a €10 million loan to boost lending for SMEs. According to the article, the loan is aimed at improving the competitiveness of local companies, with at least 60 percent of the funds aimed...
Bank Interest Rates on the Rise
According to a report by report from the Hồ Chí Minh Securities Company, interest rates have risen by 0.46 percent for short-term loans, they are now 7 to 9 percent and for medium and long-term loans 9 to 12.5 percent. According to the article, this increase is being used in the hopes of reducing money supply to tackle inflation. A strict monetary...
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,...
BSTDB Provides US $15 Million Loan to Support  Armenian SMEs
The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank will support the financing of SMEs in Armenia through a US $15 million loan to Ardshinbank. The loan will benefit 100 SMEs and impact 3,600 jobs in Armenia, according to the article. SMEs in Armenia are a key driver and contributor to the country’s GDP, generating up to 40 percent of GDP. “As a development...
MEB Will Lend K250 Billion to Local SMEs
Myanma Economic Bank (MEB) will provide funds to SMEs in the the manufacturing, production and trading, import substitution, recycling and energy saving and services sectors. MEB has a two-step loan with an interest rate of nine percent, a part of their SME loan program. Borrowers able to utilize property as collateral will be able to access K300...
Digitization Could Hurt Relationship Between Banks and Venture Clients, Specifically Women
Approved bank loans to SMEs has decreased by 15 percent over the last 10 years, and roughly 60 percent of all ventures in need of external financing have reported difficulties in accessing financing for their investments, according to an article by the Harvard Business Review. Digitization is proving to have a negative effect on entrepreneurs,...
 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...
Medici Outlines the Challenges in the SME Lending Requirements
SMEs are still struggling to curate working capital. Medici examines the glitches in SME lending, automation of onboarding customers and loan origination and how banks can make real change in SME lending. Reported errors in the SME lending: Most of the time, banks refuse to lend money to those whose revenue is less than $2 million. Banks view SME...
SMEs Receive €475 Million in Loan Support from the European Union
The head of the EU delegation to Egypt, Ambassador Ivan Surkoš reported the European Union (EU), with support from European financial institutions will provide €475 million in loans to support SMEs. EU launched the ‘EU Facility for Inclusive Growth and Job Creation,’ which aims to provide an environment of business creation and economic...