Publications

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.

Publications

Publications

Whitepaper: Digitizing Agricultural Payments
Digital bulk payments have the potential to connect millions of poor farmers to digital financial services. This report from CGAP and UNCDF recounts UNCDF's efforts to digitize payments to coffee farmers in Uganda, where just 29 percent of adults actively used mobile money in 2014. It shares lessons for donors, financial services providers and...
Gender Inclusion for Climate-Smart Agribusinesses
This Vuna publication, produced by Value for Women Ltd., is the first in a series of three reports with the goal of guiding small and growing agribusinesses (SGABs) to growth through strategic gender inclusion in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) value chains. The research was commissioned by Vuna, a three-year regional CSA programme funded by UK...
SME Competitiveness Outlook 2017
This year’s report focuses on regions as a stepping stone to international value chains for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It provides new evidence showing that deep regional integration is good for SMEs. These agreements can be both powerful and inclusive. The report combines data analysis, academic insights, thought leader opinions...
Private Sector Engagement with Women’s Economic Empowerment
Oxford University’s Linda Scott, Emeritus DP World Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Said Business School has launched The Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment (GBC4WEE) initiative, with a document that brings together her perspective of the collective learning of nine companies engaged in women’s economic...
BDRC SME Finance Monitor November 2017
The SME Finance Monitor was established in 2011 and provides detailed analysis of SMEs and their access to finance on a half yearly basis. The latest full report (YEQ2 2017) was published on September 14, 2017 . As fieldwork takes place on a continuous basis, it is also possible to provide headline data on key issues in between these full reports...
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...
IFC Annual Report 2017: Creating Markets
IFC provides investment and advice to expand access to finance for millions of individuals and SMEs. They work with a variety of partners — financial institutions as well as governments — to achieve wider impact than we could on our own. In FY17, their clients provided more than $351 billion in SME loans. In Brazil, they arranged a $275 million...
Blockchain: Opportunities for Private Enterprises in Emerging Markets
IFC worked with key influencers and experts in the world of blockchain, distributed ledgers, and digital finance to create a series of six in-depth research papers examining the potential and perils of blockchain. The report highlights that a number of blockchain-based projects are now coming to life. A European Union consortium of seven banks...
Beyond Fintech: Leveraging Blockchain for More Sustainable and Inclusive Supply Chains
Globalization has made supply chains significantly more complex, involving multiple players from around the world and a great deal of coordination. This increases the cost of operating these global networks—with goods and services channeled across emerging and advanced economies. In this brief publication, the author uses a case study for...
Value Chain Finance Webinar - Eugenio Cavenaghi Presentation Slides
Banks around the world are fast embracing value chain finance as an engine of growth for their small and medium enterprise business segments. Estimates have shown that between 14 and 20 million SMEs are either unserved or underserved in developing countries, amounting to a credit gap of nearly US$1trn. Nearly one third of this credit gap is...