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...
White Paper: Fostering Markets for SME Finance
In this study, the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurs (WPSMEE) examined a variety of barriers on the supply and demand side of finance markets that limit SMEs uptake of alternative financial instruments. The study also covers trends in policy measures to support the development of alternative finance instruments for SMEs. According the...
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...
Report: Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets
The second major report from GALI, written in collaboration with Deloitte, compares acceleration in emerging markets versus high-income countries. Examining data from more than 2,400 early stage ventures that applied to 43 programs, it finds more similarities between emerging market and high-income country entrepreneurs and accelerator programs...
FINTREK : Exploring New Frontiers in Fintech Investments in East Africa 2018
Even with the robust growth in FinTech, some questions remain unanswered - what spurred the FinTech growth? Is it scaleable? Is it sustainable? How are global economies such as India and China accommodating the FinTech disruption? This intellecap report traces back the evolution of FinTech on one of Africa’s early adopting regions, East Africa and...
Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018
Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018 contributes to filling the knowledge gap in SME finance trends and conditions. This annual OECD publication provides information on debt, equity, asset-based finance, and conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented by an overview of recent policy measures to support access to finance. By...
Accessing India’s Equity Markets: Reform, Perform and Transform
ASIFMA, the financial industry’s leading regional trade association, today released its report “Accessing India’s Equity Markets: Reform, Perform and Transform”. The new report is a comprehensive analysis providing recommendations on the development of India’s equity markets which are vital to the overall economic growth of the country. It was...
Small Business Credit Survey: Report on Women-Owned Firms
Majority women-owned firms, where 51 percent or more of the business is owned by women, are an important segment of U.S. businesses. Since 2007, women-owned firms in the United States, both the self-employed and firms with employees (“employer firms”), have been growing—in number and as a share of all U.S. firms. As of 2015, women-owned firms...
European Small Business Finance Outlook December 2017
This European Small Business Finance Outlook (ESBFO) provides an overview of the main markets relevant to EIF (equity , guarantees, securitisation, microfinance). It is an update of the June 2017 ESBFO edition. The researchers start by discussing the general market environment, then look at the main aspects of equity finance and guarantees/SME...