Publications

Fintech in MENA: Unbundling the financial services industry

This report was created with the aim to inform entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, large corporations and the general public about the opportunities and challenges for fintech startups in MENA.IN particular this report tries to answer the following questions:

Publications

Publications

Risks and Returns: Managing Financial Trade-Offs for Inclusive Growth in Europe and Central Asia
This Report argues for reaching beyond increasing access to credit. Countries within Europe and Central Asia (ECA) must build integrated financial systems, enabling prudent inclusion in a region significantly lagging in the use of saving products. Striking the right balance across all dimensions of financial development (stability, efficiency,...
Untapped Unicorns: Scaling up Female Entrepreneurship
Do men make better entrepreneurs than women? A wealth of academic studies and the successes of the women who make up the Female Founders Forum would suggest not. Yet we know that a significant proportion of funding — be it at seed or Series C+ level — goes towards male founded or led companies. In 2016, the entrepreneurs network, with the support...
Fintech in MENA: Unbundling the financial services industry
This report was created with the aim to inform entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, large corporations and the general public about the opportunities and challenges for fintech startups in MENA.IN particular this report tries to answer the following questions: What are the drivers and barriers for fintech in MENA? What solutions are fintech...
Sponsorship Brochure - Global SME Finance Forum 2017
The Global SME Finance Forum is an annual global meeting of leaders from banks, fintech companies and government institutions, working on accelerating access to finance for small businesses. This year’s event will take place in Berlin, Germany, which also holds the G20 Presidency. The action-packed 3–day event will include study visits to high-...
Marketplace lending 2.0: Bringing on next stage in lending
Marketplace lending is on the cusp of transformation—again. Banks, marketplace lenders (MPLs), fintech firms, and other organizations are converging into a digitized and efficient ecosystem. For MPLs that want to develop and evolve, tactical partnerships and lending as a service may be key. Read this report to examine the future of lending and...
Survey Report: SME Finance Policies for MSMEs Owned by Women and Women Entrepreneurs
Women’s financial inclusion is at the top of AFI’s global policy agenda. Since 2014, AFI has worked exhaustively to promote financial inclusion and bridge the gender gap. At the 2014 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF), a break-out session revealed that financial policymakers and regulators lacked the data they need to adopt smart policies on women’s...
Agents Count: The True Size of Agent Networks in Leading Digital Finance Countries
This paper lays out a framework for understanding agent network size for digital financial services, drawing a distinction between agent tills and agent outlets. The paper also discusses agent activity rates . We argue that the number of active agent outlets represents a more appropriate measure of access to finance than agent till statistics,...
Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017
The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs tracks female entrepreneurs’ ability to capitalize on opportunities granted through various supporting conditions within their local environments and is the weighted sum of three components: 1) Women’s Advancement Outcomes (degree of bias against women as workforce participants, political and business...
The Economics of Banking on Women
GBA’s Women’s Market Analytics Survey is the only repository of banking data measuring the performance of financial institutions in the Women’s Market globally. This is the first annual publication of this survey and presented here is an aggregate analysis of the data. We will publish additional results in the coming years as banks continue to...
Why the climate is changing the rules for our cities and SMEs
As our cities have grown, so has their vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters. The growth of cities has resulted in a concentration of risk for people and assets alike. Catastrophes such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar just four years later, have led to the loss of hundreds of thousands of...