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How India’s Small Finance Banks Aim to Take Financial Inclusion to the Next Level
India has lended to hundreds throughout the unbanked community and is the largest microfinance market in the world, according to Next Billion. Microfinance in India has its pros and cons. It’s able to reach customers that mainstream financial institutions fail to notice, but it also lacks adequate regulation, making it dangerous for borrowers. The...
The Cost of Being Poor: Is Fintech the Answer?
In the UK 1.5 billion adults are “unbanked” according to Ronnie Lavie, Managing Editor for the Fintech Times. A vicious cycle, of financial exclusion has interrupted lower-income populations from enjoying the benefits from the fintech industry. Sofie Blakstad, Founder and CEO of financial trust platform ‘Hiveonline’ shared, “Wealth disparity is...
Will the Promotion of Arab Women as Entrepreneurs Make a Difference?
One in three start-ups in the Arab World is led by women—a higher rate than in Silicon Valley, according to an IFC article. Improving access to finance and promoting digital platforms are key to helping them succeed. The article says that many entrepreneurs from the region believe that technology is one of the few spaces where everything is viewed...
Central Bank of Nigeria Emphasizes Increase for Credit Culture for SMEs
During a workshop for SMEs, hosted by the Bankers’ Committee, Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Senior Manager for the Development Finance Department, Chinedu Zephaniah shared that poor business habits and fragile financial systems have made it complicated to support SMEs. “At the moment, we have disbursed N170 billion to support SMEs but the...
Member News: Industry Partner GBA for Women Features Diamond Bank's Digital Innovation
Industry Partner GBA for Women says that digital solutions for product distribution are rapidly increasing banks’ ability to reach the unbanked – a segment disproportionately made up of women. During the recent All-Stars Academy in South Africa, GBA heard from two of its members who are making huge strides in this area: Diamond Bank of Nigeria -...
Democratization of Startup Financing
In the U.S. financial services market, regulations such as Reg A+ and Reg CF have opened up new avenues for startups to raise financing from a large number of unaccredited investors along with accredited investors. Among the 636 companies that filed forms to conduct new offerings under Reg A+ or Reg CF, 80% of them (514) filed for Reg CF. In...
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...
Alitheia Capital's Tokunboh Ishmael Starts a Fund for Africa's Women Entrepreneurs
Startups founded by women receive less than 50 percent of investment funds than those founded by men, even though women are achieving 10 percent higher profits, according to Boston Consultant Group. Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Alitheia Identity, an investment management and advisory firm focused on channeling private equity investments into...
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...
Nena Stoiljkovic on Women Entrpreneurship
IFC Vice President Nena Stoiljkovic was in Japan for the international conference "World Assembly for Women: WAW!" talked about support for women. Of IFC's many missions, supporting female entrepreneurs is very important. IFC has a network of around 800 local banks in developing countries, through which they offer support to make it easier for...