Publications

Report: The Productivity Challenge In Financing Inclusive And Sustainable Growth

Small and medium sized businesses’ ability to participate in international markets and global value chains has not been fully developed. A new report, from Business at OECD and B20 and sponsored by the SME Finance Forum, calls on G20 leaders to follow four core recommendations to this end: 

Publications

Publications

BDRC SME Finance Monitor Q2 2018
A report published by the BRDC, outlines data on a wider range of financial products and providers able to meet SME access to finance needs. The report covers the borrowing process from the SME’s perspective, and broader information regarding SME growth, profitability and perceived barriers to running the business. Topics covered in the report...
Access to Small Business Finance
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) conducted a study detailing the issues plaguing SMEs’ access to finance and the initiatives set in place to help support SMEs conquer financial setbacks. Key findings examined in the report include: Access to finance for start-ups is very limited Banks are reluctant to extend finance without real estate as...
The Case of the Microfinance Industry
In this study, data from 405 microfinance institutions (MFI) were used to examine the simultaneous and diverse effects of differences in informal and formal institutions on cross-border alliances’ financial performance. According to the study, “the impact from informal institutional differences is sigmoid-shaped, with performance first increasing...
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...
Report: Responsible Digital Credit
In this report, a range of responsible digital credit provider’s categories and models are examined, consumer risks they involve, and standards being developed to address these risk. With SMEs around the world accessing loans made through digital credit, it’s important to understand the financial consumer protection challenges involved. The report...
Banking in the Digital First World: A New Reality for SME Banking
SMEs have continued to face hardships, despite being a vital source to economic growth. One issue regarding SMEs, is their ability to “outpace” banks. In the report by Medici, solutions for this problem included: cognitive accounting platforms, invoice discounting, e-invoicing, SME credit scoring & lending, API-based bulk payouts, expense...
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...