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Member News: Fidor Launches APIX with IFC
Fidor birthed its APIX platform, the first cross border sandbox and marketplace for fintechs and banks at the Singapore Fintech Festival. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched the APIX platform during his keynote speech. APIX is an initiative by AFIN represented by IFC/ World Bank (International Finance Corporation), MAS (Monetary...
LendLedger Pitches Its Fintech Services at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, LendLedger's Co-Founder and CEO, Gautam Ivatury, demoed the company's services at the TechPitch on November 6. LendLedger unlocks data on informal and small business borrowers. Already US$30 million disbursed in India. The Forum's TechPitch provided an opportunity for 13 innovative fintechs to demo their...
Video: Finance Professionals Attend the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 Study Tour
Banking and finance professionals attended the Global SME Finance Forum 2018's study tour on November 5 in Madrid. The tour featured 12 financial institutions and fintechs that have best in class, innovative ways of serving SMEs clients. One of the participants said the tour was time well spent. "They shared so many things that actually blew my...
Report: Digital Technologies for Mobilizing Sustainable Finance
Financing sustainable development and ensuring a resilient financial system are key current global challenges. However, a number of barriers limit the mobilization of such finance at scale. For example, the lack of disclosure of environmental and social information creates information asymmetries and increases search costs for sustainable...
ABC’s of Blockchain
FinDev Gateway compiled a guide to help individuals better understand what blockchain is and how it contributes to financial inclusion and development. According to the article, blockchain is a digital ledger which keeps records of all transactions taking place on a peer to peer network. A four step infographic, listing: digital ledger, encrypted...
Advisory Programme Will Increase SMEs Access to Finance
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Union (EU) launched the Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) Programme to support SMEs in Lebanon. The programme will help foster private sector growth, job creation, innovation, competitiveness, and increase SMEs’ access to finance. According to the article, SMEs in Lebanon...
Partnerships with Fintechs Boost Competitiveness in Lending
Fintechs understand the importance of access to finance for SMEs and so do companies. With about 95 percent of SMEs contributing as much as 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and are employing about 60 percent of the country’s workforce, companies like First Circle are rising to the occasion. The company, which provides business...
10+ Innovative Fintechs to Demo the Global SME Finance Forum 2018
The Global SME Finance Forum 2018 will explore how innovation in technology, regulation and partnerships can help overcome various informality problems, and open up a far larger market for profitable, sustainable, responsible financial services. The TechPitch will be held in the afternoon of November 6, and will provide an opportunity for...
First Look at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 Marketplace
The Global SME Finance Forum 2018 will explore how innovation in technology, regulation and partnerships can help overcome various informality problems, and open up a far larger market for profitable, sustainable, responsible financial services. The Marketplace, an exclusive opportunity for B2B introductory meetings, had over 100 participants at...
Member News: FINCA International Launches FINCA Ventures
SME Finance Forum member, FINCA International will help social enterprises by providing patient capital, and pre and post investment support through its program, FINCA Ventures. The impact investing platform is focused on financial inclusion for the unbanked and underbanked. Ami Dalal, Vice President and Managing Director for FINCA Ventures shared...