Publications

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:

Publications

Publications

Report: Digital Technologies for Mobilizing Sustainable Finance
Financing sustainable development and ensuring a resilient financial system are key current global challenges. However, a number of barriers limit the mobilization of such finance at scale. For example, the lack of disclosure of environmental and social information creates information asymmetries and increases search costs for sustainable...
SME-Focused Development Banks: Five Key Missions in a Time of Change
In recent years, there has been a renewed appreciation for the critical role SME-focused development banks play in the economies of many countries. Besides supplying much-needed capital to businesses during times of crisis and recession, development banks are increasingly supporting essential change. This paper looks at five societal missions...
Report: The New Physics of Financial Services – How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Financial Ecosystem
The New Physics of Financial Services: Understanding how Artificial Intelligence is transforming the financial ecosystem , studies the strategic, operational, regulatory and societal implications of AI on the financial services industry, exploring six core sectors to bring clarity to this often sensationalised debate and help the industry look...
White Paper: MNC-SME Linkages in Latin America
Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Florida International University present the MNC-SME Linkages in Latin America white paper focused on highlighting the link between MNC-SMEs in Latin American (LATAM) regions. According to the whitepaper, “Access to technology, technical assistance, and financial support can boost SMEs’ competitiveness...
Building the Future-Ready Bank: Banking Technology Vision 2018
Retail banking is witnessing a revolutionary moment in China. With over 1.5 billion active users, Alipay™ and WeChat are reshaping the payments landscape with a deluge of innovations that are making both cash and traditional card payments anachronistic in some cities. While mobile payments languish in the low single digit percentage in the U.S.,...
Report: Digital Access: The Future of Financial Inclusion
Digital Access: The Future of Financial Inclusion captures the knowledge and experienced that The Partnership for Financial Inclusion has gained over the past six years, working to develop and promote commercially sustainable solutions for greater financial inclusion across Sub-Saharan Africa. It includes case studies, research highlights, market...
White Paper: Maximizing the Return on Digital Investments
Digital technologies offer new ways for companies to grow and be more productive. However, it is not completely clear how investments in new technologies impact productivity. This World Economic Forum white paper addresses that issue by analysing the business value impact of new technology investments and providing recommendations for maximizing...
Agrifinance report
Agrifrance, a specialist division of BNP Paribas Wealth Management (SME Finance Forum member), has just published its 2018 annual report, which this year focuses on the impact of digital technology on the global wine market. While the world of wine still remains in tune with the ‘terroir’, vintage, ‘appellations’ and its other long-standing...
Scaling Citizen Action on Climate - ANT Financial’s Efforts Towards a Digital Finance Solution
This report shows that almost half of Ant Financial Services Group’s 450 million users signed up to Ant Forest, an app that gamifies carbon footprint tracking – cutting greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating the massive potential of Fintech (financial technology) for supporting sustainable development. By the end of January 2017, the approach...
Whitepapter: Inclusive Digital Ecosystems of the Future
In this second FIBR white paper, FIBR considers the likely effects of an important new phenomenon that may accelerate the pull factor of digital ecosystems – the rise of superplatforms. At the time of the launch of FIBR, the potential force of this phenomenon was not yet fully in view. But the growth of superplatforms in China even since 2015...