Publications

Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017: An OECD Scoreboard

Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017 provides information on debt, equity, asset-based finance, and framework conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented with an overview of recent policy measures to support access to finance in 39 countries. The sixth instalment of this annual publication provides a solid evidence base to improve SME policy making.

Publications

Publications

G20 Workshop on 'Helping SMEs Go Global' : Chair's Summary
Hosted by the German Presidency on February 24, the G20 workshop “Helping SMEs Go Global - Moving Forward in SME Finance“, brought together more than 150 experts from G20 countries, development finance institutions, and the private sector to discuss issues related to advancing financial inclusion for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)...
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2016-2017
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor is the world's foremost study of entrepreneurship. Through a vast, centrally coordinated, internationally executed data collection effort, GEM is able to provide high quality information, comprehensive reports and interesting stories, which greatly enhance the understanding of the entrepreneurial phenomenon -...
The Road to Inclusion
This study -- both quantitative and qualitative -- looks at the financially 'excluded' and 'underserved' across Europe. The research concentrates on two key groups: • Those who are totally financially excluded (without any access to formal banking services); • The financially underserved (those who have some sort of account, but no access to any...
Policies for SME Growth: What Works, What Doesn't?
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) employ about half of the workforce in developing countries. SME growth may thus raise incomes for many low-income households. But SMEs often face significant constraints to growth relative to large firms ranging from excessive red tape to limited access to finance. In this talk, Miriam Bruhn will discuss...
Doing Business 2017
Doing Business 2017 : Equal Opportunity for All, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 14th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared...
Emerging SMEs - Secrets to Growth from Micro to Small Enterprise
Enterprise development is an important objective driving the financial services industry. After decades of directing financial services to micro-enterprise owners, many microfinance institutions (MFIs) are now finding themselves serving a growing number of small business owners. An increasing number of financial technology companies are turning to...
2016 Annual Bank of the West Small Business Growth Survey
The 2016 Bank of the West Small Business Growth Survey was designed to understand the life and journey of a small business owner, identifying the unique benefits and challenges they experience, with an additional focus on whether they are working to grow their businesses. In an effort to measure growth, an index was created to measure small...
Attacking Poverty to Foster Creativity in Entrepreneurs
Does poverty hinder or encourage market creativity? Businesses that offer novel, creative products have greater growth potential than businesses that conform to market norms. Yet the literature offers conflicting views on the relationship between poverty and market creativity. Some research suggests poverty restricts entrepreneurs’ capacity to...
Exploring Business Pathways to Digital Financial Inclusion: Early Indications from a field visit to Ghana and Tanzania
This report contains an initial evaluation of the opportunities for spreading financial services through business networks in local communities across sub-Saharan Africa. The central premise is that small, local business that are able to establish a data-rich, trusted relationship with financial institutions can be effective channels for spreading...
Questioning Three Fundamental Assumptions in Financial Inclusion
Financial inclusion has rapidly ascended global development policy agendas. Between 2 billion and 2.5 billion adults worldwide do not use formal financial services, which a multifaceted coalition of actors is committed to changing. For the World Bank, ‘financial inclusion represents a core topic, given its implications for reducing poverty and...