Publications

Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa

The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA released Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa, new research that shows 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030. These findings indicate that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent.

Publications

Publications

Report: UK Small Business Confidence at Highest Level Since 2015
Confidence among the UK’s smallest companies has rebounded to 2015 levels, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). The number of SMEs expecting sales to increase between April and June jumped by 13 percent, with half expecting to see an increase, when compared...
The Bank of the Future: The ABCs of Digital Disruption in Finance
The question for banks today is how do they become Digital Banking Superstars versus going the way of the dinosaurs. The future of finance is an ever increasingly converged ecosystem where consumer and small and medium enterprise (SME) financial services are provided by banks and by platform companies with roots in e-commerce and social media. For...
Mobile Money in Emerging Markets: The Business Case for Financial Inclusion
Mobile money systems offer a dual promise, as an engine for financial inclusion, and as an emerging markets business opportunity for providers. Two billion individuals and 200 million small businesses in emerging economies today lack access to savings and credit. Success in financial inclusion entails reaching these users with products that go...
Upskilling SMEs: How Governments Fund Training and Consulting
Recognizing their importance in the overall economy, countries around the world have established programs to boost the performance of small and mediumscale enterprises (SME); many of these revolve around the provision of training and/or consulting services. Government intervention is justified by market failures: enterprises may not invest...
The Cyber Threats Facing SMEs
Small and medium sized businesses are exposed to the risks of cyber-attack or data loss in many ways. This Scott-Moncrieff report says, 75% of SMEs regularly make BACS payments to suppliers. What they may not know is that if any fraud occurs in relation to these payments – say the money doesn’t go where it should have – the SME carries the cost...
Activist to Entrepreneur: The Role of Social Enterprise in Supporting Women’s Empowerment
Drawing on research in Brazil, India, Pakistan, the UK and the USA , the report finds that social enterprise is being used to support women’s empowerment in four powerful ways: as a source of funding for women’s rights as a means to deliver training or employment opportunities for women as a way to create economic empowerment for women through...
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...
The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership 2017
Based on the results of this analysis, the researchers present a prioritised strategy for action that assists investors, stakeholders, and policy actors in directing their resources towards generating the greatest impact for entrepreneurs in the country. One of their recommendations, based on the GEDI model and GEDI policy tool, is to improve the...
Gender Intelligence for Banks— Moving the Needle on Gender Equality
Gender Intelligence for Banks — Moving the Needle on Gender Equality This report is the result of a joint partnership between the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) and Habib Bank Limited (HBL) in Pakistan. The initiative’s goal is to promote gender equality within banks and to develop insights into how gender intelligence programs can...
How Financial Institutions and Fintechs Are Partnering for Inclusion: Lessons from the Frontlines
A joint report from the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and the Institute of International Finance provides insight from SME Finance Forum members and friends, including MasterCard, ICICI Bank, Bancolombia, and BBVA Bancomer. This publication explores why financial institutions partner with fintechs to pursue financial inclusion, banks,...