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World's First Private Sector Gender Bond Finances Women-Owned SMEs in Emerging Markets

IFC invested $75 million in a Gender Bond issued by Turkey’s Garanti Bank (a SME Finance Forum member). IFC details the story of how and why the investment with Garanti was a bold one. The bank, which is known in the market for its commitment to access to finance for women, is the first private sector bank in the world to launch a gender bond dedicated to financing women-owned small business in emerging markets.

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World's First Private Sector Gender Bond Finances Women-Owned SMEs in Emerging Markets
IFC invested $75 million in a Gender Bond issued by Turkey’s Garanti Bank (a SME Finance Forum member). IFC details the story of how and why the investment with Garanti was a bold one. The bank, which is known in the market for its commitment to access to finance for women, is the first private sector bank in the world to launch a gender bond...
Bitbond CEO Talks Innovation in the Lending Industry
Radoslav Albrecht is the Founder and CEO of Bitbond, a global lending platform for small business loans. The SME Finance Forum member, leverages blockchain technology to connect creditworthy borrowers with individual and institutional investors. Recently, Anthony Manfre interviewed Radoslav to learn more about how Bitbond is leading innovation in...
CreditEase CEO Ning Tang on How China’s Fintechs Serve the Underserved
CreditEase - an SME Finance Forum member - founder and CEO Ning Tang recently shared with Mckinsey his perspective on how fintech players, from both within and outside China, can capture the opportunity among small and midsize Chinese businesses and how artificial intelligence (AI) can help. The following commentary is adapted from that...
4 Lessons for Bank Executives from Uber and Amazon on Customer Experience
Businesses such as Amazon and Uber have created successful customer experience models. In this blog, the author shares his common denominators that the financial industry should pay close attention to 1. Be customer experience obsessed. A study found that 68% of millennials have stopped doing business with a brand due to a single poor customer...
Fintech for Women: Scaling the Financial Inclusion Pyramid in Egypt
In a bid to accelerate women’s financial inclusion in MENA, the region with the lowest female economic participation in the world , the DFID-funded Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund ( AWEF ) led a study to understand the scope for Digital Financial Services (DFS) in Egypt, map key constraints to women’s financial inclusion and identify opportunities to...
Advisory Programme Will Increase SMEs Access to Finance
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Union (EU) launched the Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) Programme to support SMEs in Lebanon. The programme will help foster private sector growth, job creation, innovation, competitiveness, and increase SMEs’ access to finance. According to the article, SMEs in Lebanon...
Partnerships with Fintechs Boost Competitiveness in Lending
Fintechs understand the importance of access to finance for SMEs and so do companies. With about 95 percent of SMEs contributing as much as 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and are employing about 60 percent of the country’s workforce, companies like First Circle are rising to the occasion. The company, which provides business...
Interview with Kelvin Teo & Reynold Wijaya Co-Founders of Funding Societies | Modalku, a Company Supporting SMEs
Kelvin Teo, Top 200 FinTech Influencers in Asia recipient, and Reynold Wijaya, Forbes 30 under 30 recipient are both Harvard Business School graduates and co-founders for the company Funding Societies | Modalku. Funding Societies | Modalku is Southeast Asia’s largest peer-to-peer financing platform geared towards supporting SMEs grow their...
Disrupting Systems: Financing Africa’s Youth Entrepreneurs
On May 15-16, in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, 300 plus individuals from more than 175 institutions and 50 countries gathered at the Africa SME Finance Forum to discuss innovative solutions to promote access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. As a key supporter of the Forum, the Mastercard Foundation hosted a panel titled...
Five Highlights from the Africa SME Finance Forum: Day 1
Through the first Africa SME Finance Forum, IFC, financial institutions and entrepreneurs are seeking to find solutions to close the $331 billion SME finance gap across the continent. The conference on May 15-16 explores local and global best practice SME banking solutions to harness digital technology, e-commerce and blockchain, to promote youth...