Publications

The OCC and Fintech, Ready for Innovation and Collaboration

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is now accepting applications for national bank charters from fintech companies active in the “business of banking.” The company must engage in the following:

Publications

Publications

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...
The OCC and Fintech, Ready for Innovation and Collaboration
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is now accepting applications for national bank charters from fintech companies active in the “business of banking.” The company must engage in the following: Receiving deposits Paying checks Lending money Comptroller of the Currency Joseph M. Otting stated, “The decision to consider applications...
Report: Longitudinal Impact Study of Accion and Opportunity Fund Small Business Lending in the U.S.
The Longitudinal Impact Study of Accion and Opportunity Fund Small Business Lending in the U.S. is a first-of-its-kind national, longitudinal, qualitative examination of social impact of small-dollar loans on household and family life, poverty alleviation, or community development. It reports on a nationwide cohort of 350 Accion and Opportunity...
Scaling Up Affordable Lending: Inclusive Credit Scoring
The vision of affordable lenders is that everyone should have access to affordable and appropriate credit, delivered in a fair, respectful and responsible way. Affordable lenders are typically social purpose lenders, such as responsible finance providers and credit unions. A known barrier to financial inclusion is the credit scoring approaches...
South African SMME Access to Finance Report 2018
The report analyses a unique data set, provided by Finfind, of SMME funders and SMMEs seeking finance. It was sponsored by the SA SME Fund and identifies access to finances challenges, gaps and potential solutions. The Finfind 2017 cleaned data sample of 11 033 SMME funding requests is larger than the South African GEM report and is one of the...
Report: What SMEs Can Expect in 2018
A report by Wylde International indicated that about 68 percent of SMEs in Kenya lacked access to finance due to interest rates capping. This cap was the second largest problem SMEs faced in 2017. “Only 14 percent of SMEs increased revenue above 25 percent,” according to the report. Kenyan banks have turned to external funding to alleviate the...
Whitepaper: State of Alternative Credit Data
Today’s lenders are increasingly considering alternative credit data sources to fuel better decisions and gain a more holistic view of the consumer. But what supplemental data should be used? How can a financial institution find the right data to expand their lending universe, and at the same time mitigate risk? Explore this in-depth paper to...
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...
Improving Access to Finance for SMEs through Credit Infrastructure Reforms
This report focuses on practices aimed at improving SMEs access to finance in three areas—credit reporting, secured lending and insolvency. Each section uses data collected by the World Bank Group's Doing Business team to describe how various practices recommended by existing research have been implemented in economies across the world. The first...
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...