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

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...
Redeeming the Pledge on Gender Equality
A continuation of MicroSave’s research on developing financial services for women was released this month. The publication details areas such as, microfinance, digital financial services, direct benefit transfers, MSMEs and agent networks. Information surrounding what financial service providers (FSPs) lack notice of when creating financial...
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...