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Private Equity and Venture Capital’s Role in Catalyzing Sustainable Investment

This paper focuses on key aspects of sustainable PE/VC market development and deployment.3 It discusses (1) why sustainable PE/VC is a useful tool to catalyze other types of capital to achieve sustainability objectives, (2) best practices and lessons learned from the experiences of knowledge partners, (3) the main barriers to further developing the sustainable PE/VC market, and (4) options for countries to voluntarily consider or adopt to over

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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...
Australian Small Business Investment Barriers Identified
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman released a study into factors impacting small to medium enterprise investment. Speaking at the Institute of Public Accountants national conference on the Gold Coast, Ombudsman Kate Carnell said barriers to investment included access to capital, red tape and energy prices. Carnell said...
Doing Business 2018 Reforming to Create Jobs
Doing Business measures aspects of business regulation affecting domestic small and medium-size firms defined based on standardized case scenarios and located in the largest business city of each economy. In addition, for 11 economies a second city is covered. The role of government policy in the daily operations of domestic small and medium-size...
2017 USGSA Report
Financial inclusion is now firmly established as a powerful tool to improve lives and strengthen development. Each year, the Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance—Queen Máxima of the Netherlands—publishes a report that looks at what financial inclusion has achieved and where it is going. The report discusses the contribution...
The State of Small Business 2017 (UK)
This report, produced by the UK’s innovation foundation Nesta in collaboration with the UK technology company Sage, is a data-led guide to the state of SMEs in the UK. They break down the SME landscape, looking at factors such as productivity, rates of growth, and business churn to provide a view of how small business is faring in towns, cities,...
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...