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

Report: The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA) partner to release the 2018 report on impact investing globally and in private equity and venture capital in the Latin American region. The report provides data on impact investment activity in 2016-2017, and impact...
European Small Business Finance Outlook - June 2018
This analysis provides an overview of the main markets relevant to the EIF. It starts by discussing the general market environment, then looks at the main aspects of equity finance and the guarantee and SME securitisation markets and, finally, it highlights important aspects of microfinance in Europe. A chapter on Fintech also complements the...
Report on the Affordable Capital for SME Growth Inquiry
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, released a report from the Affordable Capital for SME Growth inquiry on June 29. Launched in April 2018, the inquiry explored the range of international and national initiatives that sought to address the funding gap for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Lenders...
Improving Access to Finance for SMEs through Credit Infrastructure Reforms
This report focuses on practices aimed at improving SMEs access to finance in three areas—credit reporting, secured lending and insolvency. Each section uses data collected by the World Bank Group's Doing Business team to describe how various practices recommended by existing research have been implemented in economies across the world. The first...
Are Public Credit Guarantees Worth the Hype?
Public credit guarantees have become a popular instrument to expand lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). More than 30 percent of credit guarantee schemes around the world have some form of state ownership. Public credit guarantee schemes are particularly important in developing countries, where they are the main type of guarantee scheme...
Comparative Study Results of the Credit Gurantee Activity 2017
Following the analysis of the AECM and the REGAR Guarantee Activity Surveys, this presentation strives to compare the results of REGAR (31 members) and AECM (29 members) who have answered similar questions on: Demand of SMEs for guarantees, Guarantee activity of the institution, Bank Financing, Alternative instruments, Future Focus and General...
Guarantee System Situation In Iberoamerican (2016): Trends And Perspectives Knowledge Of Activity
REGAR is an Iberoamerican Network recognized by the Iberoamerican Conference of Heads of State and Goberment at the summit of Paraguay. Annually and as an observatory, this report realizes the statistical report of Iberoamerican guarantee system and provides general and sectorial information. This report features an overview of the number of...
Credit Guarantee Schemes for SME lending in Western Europe
Credit guarantee schemes (CGSs) are a commonly used response to address the consequences of market failures in the area of lending to SMEs, as guarantees reduce the risk of lenders and favour the provision of financing to viable businesses that are constrained in their access to finance. This report discusses the activity of CGSs in Western Europe...
Guaranteeing Social Enterprises – The EaSI way
This Working Paper summarises the current state of the external financing markets of the Social Enterprises targeted by the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) guarantee program. The report starts by elaborating on the interpretation of what constitutes a Social Enterprise under the EaSI program. It goes on to provide an overview of the EaSI...
European Small Business Finance Outlook, December 2016
This analysis provides an overview of the main markets relevant to EIF. We start by discussing the general market environment for SME finance, then look at the main aspects of equity finance and the SME guarantees / securitisation markets. Finally, we highlight important aspects of microfinance in Europe. The EIF Working Papers are designed to...