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

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: Pursue balanced reforms that promote productivity,...
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...
North Africa Economic Outlook 2018
This North Africa Economic Outlook by the African Development Bank (covering Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia) examines the macroeconomic performance of the region and the outlook for 2018 and 2019 and explores the relationship between food security and rural poverty. Included in the report are details about finance for...
MSME Finance Gap Report
A joint report by IFC and the SME Finance Forum, has found that 65 million enterprises, or 40 percent of formal micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in developing countries, have an unmet finance need of $5.2 trillion a year. This gap is larger than previously estimated. The results were presented at the Global SME Finance Forum held in...
Are savings groups a livelihoods game changer for young people in Africa?
The triad of entrepreneurship, self-employment, and financial inclusion underpins policy and development interventions meant to address the youth employment challenge in Africa. Youth savings groups are being widely promoted as a first step toward financial inclusion and economic empowerment. This article reports on the links between income-...
Case Study: Bank of Palestine Strengthens Women-Owned Businesses and the Economy
Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) constitute 96 percent of the Palestinian private sector (Althalathini 2015), but only a quarter of these businesses are owned by women (IFC 2011). Few opportunities for women to participate in the labor force exist, either through corporate employment or entrepreneurship. Although 65 percent of...
Enterprise Europe Network SME Growth Forecast 2017-18
SMEs with international ambitions are turning a corner after the most challenging years of the economic crisis. The Enterprise Europe Network's survey data shows a confident SME community across Europe with a thirst to innovate and a positive outlook for jobs and growth. Find out about the latest projections for turnover, market share and job...
Activist to Entrepreneur: The Role of Social Enterprise in Supporting Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan
The report found that social enterprises are being used specifically to support women’s empowerment in Pakistan in three powerful ways, namely to: • create economic empowerment for women through micro-entrepreneurship • deliver training or employment opportunities for women • provide affordable products and services for women Historically,...
Activist to Entrepreneur: The Role of Social Enterprise in Supporting Women’s Empowerment in India
This is one of five companion reports that examine the role of social enterprise in women’s empowerment in each of the five surveyed countries (Brazil, India, Pakistan, the UK and USA). The British Council report aims to significantly enhance the knowledge of the role that social enterprise plays in empowering women and girls in India – notably by...
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...