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Member News: Spartan SME Finance Secures Funding
SME Finance Forum member, Spartan SME Finance, has secured a R100-million investment from The SA SME Fund to anchor its R600-million debt financing fund, with half of the investment or R50-million, to be channelled to black African owned businesses, Ventureburn reports. The funding will be immediately available to Spartan SME Finance to boost its...
Join More than 11,000 SME Finance Experts on the SME Finance Forum LinkedIn Group
The SME Finance Forum LinkedIn provides an opportunity for financial experts to view the latest news, reports, data and discussions regarding the SME finance field. The group is comprised of more than 11,000 bank executives, investors, advisory service providers and financial technology experts, who share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote...
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...
Member News: BRAC Bank Wins Award
SME Finance Forum member BRAC Bank won the “Most Innovative SME Bank” award from International Finance Publications Ltd. BRAC Bank’s head of SME banking, Syed Abdul Momen, formally received the award from Sunil Bhat, director, International Finance, at the International Finance Awards 2018, held at Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on...
Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia
This International Monetary Fund paper highlights the macroeconomic relevance of SME financial inclusion in the MENAP and CCA regions and offers policy considerations to scale up SME financial access. "Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia" focus is primarily on the macroeconomic and policy...
Member News: EIF Helps Baltic Small Businesses Meet Their High-Growth Potential
SME Finance Forum member, The EIB Group, is committing resources from the Baltic Innovation Fund, a Fund-of-Fund initiative launched with the Governments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in order to boost equity investments made into Baltic small and medium businesses with high growth potential. “We are pleased with the successful completion of...
Doing Business While Doing Good: CEOs Partner to Boost Inclusion
Eric Duflos, Director of the Office of the UNSGSA, wrote a blog titled "Doing Business While Doing Good: CEOs Partner to Boost Inclusion." Last month in Davos, at the invitation of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), the leaders of ten leading global companies...
The Intricate Role of Digital Finance in Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals
How much is financial inclusion impacting the Sustainable Development Goals? According to Liz Larson at UNCDF and Daryl Collins at BFA, the answer to that question remains unclear. They explore a new measurement framework that aims to explore all potential and proven connections between financial services and the SDGs – while also helping to...
 2017 Trends in International Funding for Financial Inclusion
This brief covers the highlights from the 2017 CGAP Funder Survey, which reports funding commitments from 54 international funders, both public and private, as of the end of 2017. One of the key takeaways from the latest CGAP Funder Survey is that international funders committed US $42 billion to financial inclusion in 2017—a double-digit...
Taking Women Entrepreneurs to the Bank in Romania
IFC and Garanti Bank Romania launched a joint report highlighting the importance and impact of increasing access to finance for the country’s women entrepreneurs. “Taking Women Entrepreneurs to the Bank in Romania”, shows the impact of Garanti Bank Romania’s Women SME Banking Program. Garanti Bank was the first bank to focus on the needs of women-...