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By Lending More to Women, Tunisian Banks Could Help Drive Growth: New IFC Report

By ramping up their lending to female entrepreneurs, banks in Tunisia could dramatically increase their profits while also driving economic growth across the country, says a new report from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.

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European Small Business Finance Outlook - June 2018
This analysis provides an overview of the main markets relevant to the EIF. It starts by discussing the general market environment, then looks at the main aspects of equity finance and the guarantee and SME securitisation markets and, finally, it highlights important aspects of microfinance in Europe. A chapter on Fintech also complements the...
Report on the Affordable Capital for SME Growth Inquiry
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, released a report from the Affordable Capital for SME Growth inquiry on June 29. Launched in April 2018, the inquiry explored the range of international and national initiatives that sought to address the funding gap for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Lenders...
Member News: BNP Paribas Survey Reveals that Trust is the Key Component for Corporate Treasurers in an Increasing Digitalized Environment
The 2018 Corporate Treasury Insights report, released by SME Finance Forum member BNP Paribas and Boston Consulting Group reveals that acquiring and building a reliable relationship takes a combination of factors that include inherent trust, delivery excellence and a strong relationship model. According to the 700 corporate treasurers and...
Access to Finance for MSMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a Focus on Gender
This World Bank Group report provides a baseline analysis of the status of access to finance for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with a particular focus on women entrepreneur' ability and constraints in accessing finance in order to develop and grow their businesses. It is based on a nationally representative survey of 542...
Understanding Structural Barriers & Hidden Bias in Access to Credit for Women-led Businesses
Women-led businesses are an important vehicle for enhancing women’s economic opportunities and agency, and often lead to poverty reduction and economic growth. Gender gaps in access to formal credit is one of the principal barriers impeding women-led businesses from exploiting their full potential and economic opportunities. There are many...
EIF Working Paper 2018/47 - EIF SME Access to Finance Index
This Working Paper outlines the methodology underlying the new EIF SME Access to Finance (ESAF) Index, which aims at monitoring developments in SMEs’ access to financial resources in the EU. The index, which is newly developed and will be periodically updated, fills a gap since such an approach did not exist previously. Composite indicators are a...
Evolving the Customer Experience in Banking: 'Alexa, Move My Bank Accounts to ...'
A Bain report By Gerard du Toit and Maureen Burns says that many consumers are open to buying financial products from established tech firms, making banks vulnerable. Banks that accelerate development of their digital channels and that mobilize around individual customer episodes, not products, stand the best chance of earning greater loyalty...
Nature and Characteristics of SME Financing and NPLs in Pakistan
The study explores trends in SME financing over the past decade, and reasons that have contributed to high ratio of NPLs. The report includes several factors, such as SME Financing: A Comparative Overview, Breaking Down SME Financing and NPLs and Interventions Supporting SME Access to Finance. The report says, part of the reason for low SME...
G20 Action Plan on SME Financing: Credit Infrastructure Country Self-Assessment Consolidated Report
Small and Medium-Sized enterprises (SMEs) make up a large majority of businesses globally and play a crucial role in global economic development through job creation, economic growth, and innovation. For the health of the global economy, it is imperative that they have access to the needed credit to grow and expand. Credit infrastructure remains...
Innovative Experiences in Access to Finance: Market-Friendly Roles for the Visible Hand?
Interest in access to finance and awareness of its importance have increased significantly since the early 2000s. Growing evidence suggests that lack of access to credit prevents many households and firms from financing high-return investment projects, which has an adverse effect on growth and poverty alleviation. Still, there are some major gaps...