Publications

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.

Publications

Publications

Whitepaper: Digitizing Agricultural Payments
Digital bulk payments have the potential to connect millions of poor farmers to digital financial services. This report from CGAP and UNCDF recounts UNCDF's efforts to digitize payments to coffee farmers in Uganda, where just 29 percent of adults actively used mobile money in 2014. It shares lessons for donors, financial services providers and...
Member News: Intesa Sanpaolo Enter Into A Long Term Strategic Partnership with Intrum, Creating A Market Leading Servicer Of Non-Performing Loans In Italy
Following the acceptance by the Board of Directors of Intesa Sanpaolo (a SME Finance Forum member) of the offer that the Bank received from Intrum, Intesa Sanpaolo and Intrum signed a binding agreement to establish a strategic partnership regarding the impaired loans (NPL), which provides for two transactions: The establishment of a leading...
Inflection Point: Unlocking Growth in the Era of Farmer Finance
In partnership with the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, the Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab released of a new landmark study, Inflection Point: Unlocking Growth in the Era of Farmer Finance. Following decades of more singular approaches to providing smallholder farmers with financial services, the smallholder finance industry is...
Making Blended Finance Work for the Sustainable Development Goals
Blended finance - an approach to mix different forms of capital in support of development - is emerging as an important solution to help raise resources for the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries. But scaling up blended finance without a good understanding of its risks could have unintended consequences for development co-...
Case Study: Bank of Palestine Strengthens Women-Owned Businesses and the Economy
Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) constitute 96 percent of the Palestinian private sector (Althalathini 2015), but only a quarter of these businesses are owned by women (IFC 2011). Few opportunities for women to participate in the labor force exist, either through corporate employment or entrepreneurship. Although 65 percent of...
Entrenching Innovation: The 4th UK Alternative Finance Industry Report
Since 2013 researchers at the University of Cambridge have been tracking and analysing the development of the online alternative fnance market in the United Kingdom. Entrenching Innovation: The 4th UK Alternative Finance Industry Report is the fourth annual industry study, which includes data collected from 77 alternative fnance platforms, as well...
IFC Annual Report 2017: Creating Markets
IFC provides investment and advice to expand access to finance for millions of individuals and SMEs. They work with a variety of partners — financial institutions as well as governments — to achieve wider impact than we could on our own. In FY17, their clients provided more than $351 billion in SME loans. In Brazil, they arranged a $275 million...
BDRC SME Finance Monitor Q2 2017
After the significant events both in the UK and globally in 2016 (EU referendum, Donald Trump etc), the first half of 2017 included a snap general election and the start of the Brexit negotiations. This report provides an overview of how SMEs have reacted to these events over time. The SME Finance Monitor surveys 4,500 businesses every quarter...
SME Attitudes to Borrowing
This survey was carried out on behalf of Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance (HCIF) and included individual responses from 502 companies in the U.K. Overall 67.13% of the companies surveyed have sought out external sources of financing in the past 12 months, although 35.06% of them will try to avoid borrowing money if at all possible. The main reason...