Publications

Alternative Data Transforming SME Finance

Digital finance, using alternative data, offers an extraordinary opportunity for expanding access to finance for small businesses.

Publications

Publications

Investing in Women: New Evidence for the Business Case
Over the last two decades, the gap between male and female employment rates has closed by only 0.6 percentage points. The financing gap for women entrepreneurs remains at an estimated $285 billion. Inequities between men and women have been exacerbated by the lingering e¯ects of the global financial crisis. Solving these and other challenges will...
SheBanking: or the end of traditional banking
Objective of This White Paper: Our goal is to ascertain what women expect from banks as an ‘ally’ when managing personal and family finances. How can we improve the relationship with banks so women feel less excluded from the current narrative? We aim to pinpoint the services that add value for women, so that they feel better “treated” by banks,...
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...
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...
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...
Expanding Women's Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh
The participation of women in business is increasingly being recognized as fundamental to economic growth. With women representing half the labor force aged 15–49 in Bangladesh, accelerating entrepreneurship and access to finance will be pivotal to socio-economic development in the country. According to the Bangladesh Labor Force Survey of 2013,...
IFC Study on Mapping the Market Potential and Accelerating Finance for Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh 2016
With women comprising more than half the population in Bangladesh, accelerating women entrepreneurship is pivotal to its socioeconomic development. Nevertheless, women entrepreneurs continue to constitute less than 10% of the total business enterprises in Bangladesh. This can be attributed to the many barriers that disproportionately impact women...
The Problem of Underinvestment in Women-Led Small and Growing Businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean
Women led businesses continue to suffer from underinvestment due, among other reasons, to gender discrimination, limited ability to attract investments (as a result of their smaller size and location in slow growing sectors of the economy) and insufficient financial services tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs. The research investigates...
Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs
In April 2016, The Coca-Cola Company announced that its 5by20 initiative had reached a major milestone, impacting 1.2 million women since its launch in late 2010. With a goal to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women across the Coca-Cola value chain by 2020, the initiative was at the mid-point in its timeline, and its programs were on...