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Member News: Qatar Development Bank completes the 4th edition of Bank's Retirees Entrepreneurship Program "Khutwa"
In keeping up its momentum of providing immense opportunities to Qatari entrepreneurs, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), a SME Finance Forum member, successfully hosted the 4th edition of its Retirees Entrepreneurship Program ‘Khutwa’, which was organized in collaboration with the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority. The event was held...
Member News: OPIC Provides Financing to Solar Energy Transformation Fund
SME Finance Forum member Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has provided initial financing to SunFunder’s $85 million Solar Energy Transformation Fund which supports businesses providing solar solutions to some of the millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa and India who lack...
Member News: IDB Invest Increases Credit to SMEs in Panama
SME Finance mMember, IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group signed a loan of up to $29.25 million with Metrobank of Panama to increase financing to SMEs. The loan will improve the access of Panamanian SMEs to financial products and services. Furthermore, IDB Invest will facilitate a training...
Digital Finance Evidence Gap Map (EGM) 2.0
There are two views of the EGM. The first view ‘Digital Finance Studies’ shows the total number of studies that were conducted on a particular product, plotted against the client outcomes which were tested. The objective with this view is to give the user an overview of the impact literature on digital finance and highlight which digital finance...
State of Practice: Savings Groups and the Role of Government in Sub-Saharan Africa
This state of practice report identifies and describes 74 government initiatives in the Savings Group sector across 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – related to financial inclusion, social protection, women’s empowerment, and sector regulation and coordination. The purpose of the report is to support the further development of public policy and...
E-commerce: Helping Djiboutian Women Entrepreneurs Reach the World
Access to finance also remains a problem, where 53 percent of women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) do not have access to credit and 70 percent of surveyed MENA female entrepreneurs agree that lending conditions in their economy are too restrictive and do not allow them to secure the financing needed for growth. This is where e-commerce...
A New Leasing Market in Haiti Means New Hope for SMEs
An IFC team worked with World Bank colleagues to create a new market for leasing in Haiti and address the problems SMEs have accessing finance. The project exemplifies the Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) approach: a private-sector solution made possible by public-sector interventions. Team members relied on lessons learned from previous...
The Emerging Market Multinationals Report 2018
The Emerging Market Multinationals Report (EMR) 2018 is the third of a series of reports on emerging market multinationals (eMNCs) published by the Emerging Market Institute (EMI) at Cornell S.C. Johnson College of Business, Cornell University. Building on the findings of previous years, the 2018 report examines the growing presence of eMNCs on...
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,...
Input Paper: Private Equity and Venture Capital’s Role in Catalyzing Sustainable Investment
While companies that have a positive environmental or social impact are critical to driving sustainable growth, many of these companies, and particularly the smaller ones, face difficulties in accessing and attracting funding. Where more common financing channels (such as bank loans and bonds issued by large corporations with steady cashflows and...