Publications

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:

Publications

Publications

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...
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...
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...
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...
SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Indonesia 2018
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a study examining the role SMEs play in economic growth and social inclusion in Indonesia. Data from the Ministry of Co-operatives and SMEs revealed, Indonesian SMEs account for 97 percent of domestic employment and 56 percent of total business investment. The report...
Measuring the Value for Money of Acceleration
The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative released a publication detailing the various ways accelerators can think about value for money of their programs, explores one practical approach to calculating value for money and summarizes similar evaluations conducted for other types of entrepreneur support programs. Various accelerator program types...
Global Financial Stability Report
The International Monetary Fund released a report detailing the global financial conditions in emerging market economies, policy credibility in emerging markets and global regulatory reform 10 years after the global financial crisis. Issues examined in the report included the growing trade tensions in emerging market economies and the global...
Strategic Partnership For the Digital Age
The Economist Intelligence unit released a report to help direct executives through the global trend for digital partnerships between organizations. Key findings in the report reveal: Accessing the connected customer is core to the digital-partnership strategy Executives embrace “strength in numbers” to manage change Companies have high...
 Whitepaper: State of Open Banking
In this whitepaper, Lendit Fintech explores the progression of open banking and the impact it will have on the financial competitive landscape. According to the study, open banking will restructure the industry in terms of business models and services created through collaboration. Key elements discussed in the report include: Drivers and benefits...
Digital Financial Services for Agriculture Handbook
The Digital Financial Services for Agriculture Handbook is the latest addition to our popular series of DFS Handbooks. It offers practical guidance to financial services providers on how to better understand smallholder farmers and other actors in the agricultural value chains in order to successfully develop and launch sustainable financial...