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Member News: Equity Bank of Kenya Gets Lending Support from IFC
IFC has announced a $100 million (Sh10 billion) subordinated loan to SME Finance Forum member Equity Bank Kenya to grow its lending operations Kenya. IFC’s loan facility will assist Equity Bank increase its capital base and expand its lending program to small and medium enterprises and climate finance operations that support renewable energy,...
Creating Impact -The Promise of Impact Investing
The report is the most comprehensive assessment so far of the potential global market for impact investing. It estimates that as much as $269 trillion—the financial assets held by institutions and households across the world—is potentially available for investment. Channeling just 10 percent of this amount into projects focused on improving social...
SME Finance Forum Talks Financial Inclusion for SMEs at the WBAF Ministerial Roundtable
SME Finance Forum CEO, Matthew Gamser, recently explained why the G20 cares about financial inclusion (and has since its inception), and why SME access to finance always has been included in its work on inclusion. Gamser offered these insights at a plenary talk at the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Ministerial Roundtable. "I spoke...
Member OPIC Continues Investment in Myanmar
Member OPIC continues to make an impact in closing the SME finance Gap where it's needed most. In this letter to the editor for Myanmar Times, Scot Marciel, U.S. ambassador to Myanmar speaks on how OPIC continues to invest in Myanmar. Marciel says, "Two years ago OPIC committed financing to its first microfinance project in Myanmar, to help...
World Bank’s Executive Directors Select David Malpass 13th President of the World Bank Group
The Executive Directors of the World Bank today unanimously selected David R. Malpass as President of the World Bank Group for a five-year term beginning on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The Board expressed its deep gratitude to Interim President Kristalina Georgieva for her dedication and leadership in recent months. The Executive Directors followed...
Guide to the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
This primer provides a quick reference on the “Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)”, a landmark legislation that defines the current national policy to promote, support, strengthen and encourage the growth and development of MSMEs. Enacted by the Philippine Congress in 1991 as Republic Act 6977, and amended by Republic Act...
Strengthening Women's Entrepreneurship in ASEAN
This report – developed jointly by the OECD, ASEAN and national stakeholders – seeks to better understand the causes behind these persistent gaps and advances policy solutions to help close them. It is structured around three chapters: Chapter 1 provides an overview of progress made in achieving gender equality in employment and education,...
MadfooatCom Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. March 26, 2019 –  MadfooatCom 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...
SME Finance Forum CEO Talks Financial Inclusion for SMEs at the WBAF Ministerial Roundtable
SME Finance Forum CEO, Matthew Gamser, recently explained why the G20 cares about financial inclusion (and has since its inception), and why SME access to finance always has been included in its work on inclusion. Gamser offered these insights at a plenary talk at the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Ministerial Roundtable this week...
Member News: 4G Capital Welcomes Lord Currie to Board of Directors
March 25, 2019, London : The Board of 4G Capital announces the appointment of Lord David Currie, former chairman of the UK Competition and Markets Authority and current chair of the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority, as Non-Executive Director, with effect from 31 March. Lord Currie is a long standing government economic advisor and an advocate...