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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...
JD Finance Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. December 3, 2018 – JD Finance became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses worldwide need financing...
Member News: Nova Credit Founder Shares Finance Advice in Forbes 30 Under 30
Business Insider asked Forbes 30 Under 30 finance superstars to share their best career advice for young professionals. Loek Janssen, 29, cofounder and CTO of Nova Credit - a SME Finance Forum member - started for a Stanford graduate research project. It's gained rapid adoption since then. Now, the startup has raised $20 million to-date and is...
Report: Industry Practice Of Digital Transformation Of Financial Inclusion
With the rapid development of China’s digital economy, especially that of digital technologies such as Big Data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, the digital model has become an important impetus for the development of financial inclusion. It eliminates the time and geographical restrictions, lowers the transaction costs...
A Research Agenda for the Small and Growing Business Sector: Summarizing the Current Evidence and Research Needs
ANDE and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics released the report A Research Agenda for the SGB Sector in November 2018. Hundreds, if not thousands, of programs exist to help drive business growth in emerging markets. But what does the evidence actually tell us about whether these programs help businesses grow? And...
UNSGSA Annual Report 2018
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) annual report was released and focuses on financial inclusion, technology, innovation and progress. The report covers the advancements with mobile money and technology, in addition to covering the challenges associated with data privacy. Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate...
Accion Finance Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. November 6, 2018 –  Accion became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses worldwide need financing to...
Redeeming the Pledge on Gender Equality
A continuation of MicroSave’s research on developing financial services for women was released this month. The publication details areas such as, microfinance, digital financial services, direct benefit transfers, MSMEs and agent networks. Information surrounding what financial service providers (FSPs) lack notice of when creating financial...
Closing Africa’s MSME Finance Gap
Africa's Times of News , provided insights to the IFC estimation that Africa’s finance gap for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) stands at $331bn. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) form the backbone of most African economies and investment in this sector will significantly enhance job creation and wealth development. The informal...