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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...
HCM Capital Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. November 27, 2018 – HCM Capital (HCM) 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...
Video: Is There Still Room in Microfinance for Smaller MFIs?
As European Microfinance Week concluded, the conference hosted a live plenary debate on whether there’s still room in microfinance for “the little guy” – ie: smaller MFIs. Here’s some background on the debate: Microfinance has been facing headwinds in some key markets in the last three years. Many MFIs that were supposed to be on a strong growth...
The Challenges and Opportunities of SME Financing in Africa
The London Stock Exchange released a report detailing the issues faced by SMEs and opportunities with financing in Africa. SMEs account for about 90 percent of Africa’s businesses and the driving force of the continent’s economic development, yet they are still facing financial barriers. Key challenges SMEs are facing include: Inefficiency of...
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...
Irish SMEs Lack Government Support
In the SME Ireland Confidence Tracker, a national survey of over 200 SMEs across the Republic of Ireland, published by Bibby Financial Services Ireland, revealed 88 percent of Irish SMEs would like more support from the government. Irish SMEs would like support in the following areas, tax breaks, a lower VAT rate, additional funding, subsidized...
Member News: IDB Will Invest US $50 Million in SME Projects Throughout Jamaica
SME Finance Forum member, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will invest US $50 million a year towards, tourism, infrastructure, transportation, ports, roads, as well as in the financial sector projects in Jamaica. The investment is through IDB’s invest arm, according to the article, IDB Invest. “This latest expanded financial framework from...
Annual Impact Investor Survey 2018
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) released its annual impact investor survey, highlighting market activity and trends and covering topics such as: capital allocations by sector and geography, indicators of market development and industry challenges. Key findings in the report include: The market is diverse The impact investing industry is...
The Digital Economy: Transforming Australian Businesses
In a report by the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), digital tools utilized by SMEs are analyzed. According to research by ANZ, “Using digital tools saves SMEs 10 hours per week on average and boosts revenue by 27 percent. Collectively, this amounts to 22 million hours saved per week and an additional $385 billion per year in revenue...
Capital Structure and CEO Tenure in Microfinance Institutions
In this report, CEO tenure and the debt proportion of microfinance institutions (MFI) are examined. The report supports the notion that financing choices of MFIs have a direct correlation to the profile of their managers. Results in the report indicate CEO’s tenure as having a positive effect on MFI’s debt ratio. Key points highlighted in the...