Publications

Report: The Productivity Challenge In Financing Inclusive And Sustainable Growth

Small and medium sized businesses’ ability to participate in international markets and global value chains has not been fully developed. A new report, from Business at OECD and B20 and sponsored by the SME Finance Forum, calls on G20 leaders to follow four core recommendations to this end: 

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Financing and Women-Owned Small Businesses: The Role of Size, Age and Industry
The Future of Business Survey in collaboration with Member World Bank, Facebook and OECD provides monthly data on the economic environment for SMEs around the world. Key findings in the publication included: In nearly every country and region, women report using bank loans less frequently than men do, instead relying on personal savings and...
White Paper: Effect of Microfinance Operations on Poor Rural Households and the Status of Women
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released a study detailing the effect ADB’s microfinance project have on reducing poverty of rural poor households and improvement of the socio-economic status of women in developing countries. Focus regions included, Bangladesh, Philippines and Uzbekistan. Three main objectives were outlined in the study included...
By Lending More to Women, Tunisian Banks Could Help Drive Growth: New IFC Report
By ramping up their lending to female entrepreneurs, banks in Tunisia could dramatically increase their profits while also driving economic growth across the country, says a new report from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. The report found that women, who own about one-fifth of Tunisia's businesses, represent a vast untapped market for...
Crowdfunding As a Capital Source for Women Entrepreneurs
This research was commissioned by The National Women Business Council (NWBC) to explore the distinct relationship between crowdfunding and women entrepreneurship, and develop a deeper understanding of crowdfunding as capital source. The research aims to: i) identify and document available demographic and other descriptive quantitative information...
The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018
This report reveals for the first time the magnitude of the gender gap in mobile internet use across low- and middle-income countries, as well as highlighting the persistent gender disparity in mobile ownership and the barriers to ownership and use. Findings from this report are based on the results of over 25,000 face-to-face surveys commissioned...
Advancing Women’s Equality in Asia Pacific
Advancing women’s equality in the countries of Asia Pacific could add $4.5 trillion to their collective annual GDP by 2025, a 12 percent increase over the business-as-usual trajectory. Already a powerful engine of global growth, pursuing the goal of gender parity can lift many more women out of poverty, unleash the economic potential of many...
Access to Finance for MSMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a Focus on Gender
This World Bank Group report provides a baseline analysis of the status of access to finance for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with a particular focus on women entrepreneur' ability and constraints in accessing finance in order to develop and grow their businesses. It is based on a nationally representative survey of 542...
Understanding the Landscape: Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs
In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the National Women’s Business Council has released a report under their Access to Capital pillar titled Understanding the Landscape: Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs. The first of four reports released from the Council’s inter-agency agreement with the Federal Research Division of the Library of...
Gender Inclusion for Climate-Smart Agribusinesses
This Vuna publication, produced by Value for Women Ltd., is the first in a series of three reports with the goal of guiding small and growing agribusinesses (SGABs) to growth through strategic gender inclusion in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) value chains. The research was commissioned by Vuna, a three-year regional CSA programme funded by UK...
North Africa Economic Outlook 2018
This North Africa Economic Outlook by the African Development Bank (covering Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia) examines the macroeconomic performance of the region and the outlook for 2018 and 2019 and explores the relationship between food security and rural poverty. Included in the report are details about finance for...