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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...
White Paper: How to Leverage Data to Help SMES Grow
Great relationships are built on constancy and dependability; being there when you’re most needed. Banks which can detect insights, however small, and trigger a timely and contextual response, are laying the foundation for true relationship banking and far greater engagement with the customer. Find out how with data and insights into the needs of...
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...
Redeeming the Pledge on Gender Equality
A continuation of MicroSave’s research on developing financial services for women was released this month. The publication details areas such as, microfinance, digital financial services, direct benefit transfers, MSMEs and agent networks. Information surrounding what financial service providers (FSPs) lack notice of when creating financial...
White Paper: Fostering Markets for SME Finance
In this study, the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurs (WPSMEE) examined a variety of barriers on the supply and demand side of finance markets that limit SMEs uptake of alternative financial instruments. The study also covers trends in policy measures to support the development of alternative finance instruments for SMEs. According the...
Aligning Expectations: The Business Case for Digital Financial Services
IFC and Mastercard have launched a research report providing insight into the case for Digital Financial Services (DFS) and financial projections from nine microfinance institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The four-year study includes a set of best practice financial modeling benchmarks that can be used as a valuable guide for financial...
Report: Longitudinal Impact Study of Accion and Opportunity Fund Small Business Lending in the U.S.
The Longitudinal Impact Study of Accion and Opportunity Fund Small Business Lending in the U.S. is a first-of-its-kind national, longitudinal, qualitative examination of social impact of small-dollar loans on household and family life, poverty alleviation, or community development. It reports on a nationwide cohort of 350 Accion and Opportunity...