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

Measuring the Value for Money of Acceleration
The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative released a publication detailing the various ways accelerators can think about value for money of their programs, explores one practical approach to calculating value for money and summarizes similar evaluations conducted for other types of entrepreneur support programs. Various accelerator program types...
SME-Focused Development Banks: Five Key Missions in a Time of Change
In recent years, there has been a renewed appreciation for the critical role SME-focused development banks play in the economies of many countries. Besides supplying much-needed capital to businesses during times of crisis and recession, development banks are increasingly supporting essential change. This paper looks at five societal missions...
Sustainable Banking Network – Global Progress Report 2018
Emerging markets have become a major force in driving development and fighting climate change as 34 countries have initiated banking reforms to expand sustainable lending, according to the first comprehensive Global Progress Report of the Sustainable Banking Network, an IFC-supported organization of banking regulators and associations. Those 34...
Scaling Citizen Action on Climate - ANT Financial’s Efforts Towards a Digital Finance Solution
This report shows that almost half of Ant Financial Services Group’s 450 million users signed up to Ant Forest, an app that gamifies carbon footprint tracking – cutting greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating the massive potential of Fintech (financial technology) for supporting sustainable development. By the end of January 2017, the approach...
Financing for SMEs in Sustainable Global Value Chains
Increasing access to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has been a long-standing G20 priority under the GPFI. Strengthening SMEs in global value chains (GVCs) was highlighted as a G20 goal at the Hangzhou Summit in 2016, where G20 leaders reaffirmed their intention to support the development of SMEs and linkages to GVCs. Under its...
Enabling SME Access to Finance for Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 99 percent of all enterprises in Myanmar. This study examines opportunities available for SMEs to obtain funding for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) measures, in particular for green innovations, efficiency improvements, and pollution abatement. The study also identifies current...
How commercial banks can offer financial products to SMEs for investing in energy efficiency
Energy consumption can account for up to 50 per cent of the total business costs for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Investments targeting energy savings provide a quick way for a small business to gain a cost advantage. Well-designed energy efficiency projects often show positive cash flows relatively quickly and allow for the projects...
Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries
This report analyzes the economic opportunity that developing and emerging countries can now seize, if they adopt policies to fight climate change and invest in low-carbon growth. It quantifies the size of expected investment in clean technologies in the developing world over the next decade – and it finds that the opportunity is vast: the...
Mobilizing Public and Private Funds for Inclusive Green Growth Investment in Developing Countries
In the Los Cabos Communique, the G20 announced a commitment to “maintaining a focus on inclusive green growth as part of our G20 agenda” and went on to “encourage further exploration of effective mechanisms to mobilize public and private funds for inclusive green growth investment in developing countries, including through the public-private...
Finance For Climate Change Responses in Small Pacific Developing Countries
Access to climate change funding among small Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) is constrained by their limited human and technical capacity to prepare funding proposals and implement climate change-related programs and projects amidst the complex global climate funds architecture. Programs on all sides would benefit from greater...