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The Global Microscope 2018 on Financial Inclusion
The report is a benchmarking index that assesses the enabling environment for financial access in 55 countries. The research underscores the evolving landscape of financial inclusion itself. This year’s index was completely revised to take a forward-looking focus on digital financial services, and to address the critical role of financial...
SME Loans Fuel Jobs, Families & Communities: Four Coop Bank Client Profiles
The stories of IFC client and SME Finance Forum member, Cooperative Bank of Kenya, show how relatively modest investments help small and medium-sized businesses grow to bring jobs and new financial resources to families and communities.
Field Notes: Banking on the Future - Youth and Digital Financial Services in Sub-Saharan Africa
Here is one of three Field Notes from the Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a joint initiative of IFC and the Mastercard Foundation, to help DFS providers to tailor products and services to particular market segments as they shed new light on two particular market segments, youth and women, as well as the potential for digitizing social...
Endeavor's 2018 Impact Report
Endeavor's 2018 Impact report highlighted job creation by Endeavor Entrepreneurs, shared stories of entrepreneurs and the employees and communities they have impacted, and examined what the future of high-impact entrepreneurship will look like. A few of the milestones their entrepreneurs celebrated in 2018: Endeavor companies received major...
Can Online Dispute Resolution Change the Way Global MSMEs Do Business?
While alternative dispute resolution has exploded in popularity for larger businesses, it hasn’t found its way to the MSME community. As a friend in the arbitration business said recently, “micro businesses couldn’t afford the coffee at most arbitration centers.” But the emerging field of online dispute resolution, or ODR, promises to change the...
Doing Business 2019
Sixteenth in a series of annual reports comparing business regulation in 190 economies, Doing Business 2019 measures aspects of regulation affecting 10 areas of everyday business activity: Starting a business Dealing with construction permits Getting electricity Registering property Getting credit Protecting minority investors Paying taxes Trading...
Toolkit: Policy Making for an Inclusive Financial System
As of 2018, the number of countries publicly committed to promoting financial inclusion tops 90 and continues to grow. Many of these countries’ financial regulators and supervisors are explicitly tasked with implementing policies and strategies on financial inclusion (I) alongside their core responsibilities for promoting micro- and...
Report: Shifting Social Norms in the Economy for Women's Economic Empowerment
This report, Shifting Social Norms in the Economy for Women's Economic Empowerment , provides an introductory overview to social norms and their relationship to women’s economic empowerment. It also highlights practical tools, approaches and frameworks that practitioners and researchers can use to diagnose, measure and change social norms. Finally...
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...
IFC Discusses Improved Access to SME Finance in Lao PDR
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group is increasing access to SME finance in Lao PDR by fostering a business enabling environment and developing market solutions for serving SMEs. According to the release, SMEs make up 99 percent of total enterprises and over 80 percent of the workforce, however they are confronted with a financing gap of $1.2...