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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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The Global Microscope 2018 on Financial Inclusion
The report is a benchmarking index that assesses the enabling environment for financial access in 55 countries. The research underscores the evolving landscape of financial inclusion itself. This year’s index was completely revised to take a forward-looking focus on digital financial services, and to address the critical role of financial...
Field Notes: Banking on the Future - Youth and Digital Financial Services in Sub-Saharan Africa
Here is one of three Field Notes from the Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a joint initiative of IFC and the Mastercard Foundation, to help DFS providers to tailor products and services to particular market segments as they shed new light on two particular market segments, youth and women, as well as the potential for digitizing social...
Endeavor's 2018 Impact Report
Endeavor's 2018 Impact report highlighted job creation by Endeavor Entrepreneurs, shared stories of entrepreneurs and the employees and communities they have impacted, and examined what the future of high-impact entrepreneurship will look like. A few of the milestones their entrepreneurs celebrated in 2018: Endeavor companies received major...
Doing Business 2019
Sixteenth in a series of annual reports comparing business regulation in 190 economies, Doing Business 2019 measures aspects of regulation affecting 10 areas of everyday business activity: Starting a business Dealing with construction permits Getting electricity Registering property Getting credit Protecting minority investors Paying taxes Trading...
Report: Shifting Social Norms in the Economy for Women's Economic Empowerment
This report, Shifting Social Norms in the Economy for Women's Economic Empowerment , provides an introductory overview to social norms and their relationship to women’s economic empowerment. It also highlights practical tools, approaches and frameworks that practitioners and researchers can use to diagnose, measure and change social norms. Finally...
Report: Industry Practice Of Digital Transformation Of Financial Inclusion
With the rapid development of China’s digital economy, especially that of digital technologies such as Big Data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, the digital model has become an important impetus for the development of financial inclusion. It eliminates the time and geographical restrictions, lowers the transaction costs...
G-20 Report On Strong, Sustainable, Balanced, and Inclusive Growth
A report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) details the strength and steadiness of global expansions, however financial vulnerabilities and progress towards more inclusive growth still remain a challenge. Key highlights from the report include: The G-20 economies continue to grow strongly for now, but risks are increasing and...
The Challenges and Opportunities of SME Financing in Africa
The London Stock Exchange released a report detailing the issues faced by SMEs and opportunities with financing in Africa. SMEs account for about 90 percent of Africa’s businesses and the driving force of the continent’s economic development, yet they are still facing financial barriers. Key challenges SMEs are facing include: Inefficiency of...
UNSGSA Annual Report 2018
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) annual report was released and focuses on financial inclusion, technology, innovation and progress. The report covers the advancements with mobile money and technology, in addition to covering the challenges associated with data privacy. Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate...
SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Indonesia 2018
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a study examining the role SMEs play in economic growth and social inclusion in Indonesia. Data from the Ministry of Co-operatives and SMEs revealed, Indonesian SMEs account for 97 percent of domestic employment and 56 percent of total business investment. The report...