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UNSGSA Annual Report 2018

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) annual report was released and focuses on financial inclusion, technology, innovation and progress. 

The report covers the advancements with mobile money and technology, in addition to covering the challenges associated with data privacy. 

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Publications

Strategic Partnership For the Digital Age
The Economist Intelligence unit released a report to help direct executives through the global trend for digital partnerships between organizations. Key findings in the report reveal: Accessing the connected customer is core to the digital-partnership strategy Executives embrace “strength in numbers” to manage change Companies have high...
White Paper: The Future of Financial Markets in Asia Pacific
A report from Kapronasia examines how banks and financial institutions are reacting to growing financial challenges. Problem areas for financial institutions include, third party non-bank financials threatening traditional banks and institutions, trade tensions between the U.S. and China and the U.S. and Canada, interest rates and regulations. Key...
The OCC and Fintech, Ready for Innovation and Collaboration
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is now accepting applications for national bank charters from fintech companies active in the “business of banking.” The company must engage in the following: Receiving deposits Paying checks Lending money Comptroller of the Currency Joseph M. Otting stated, “The decision to consider applications...
Report: State of the Small Growing and Business Sector
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) impact report on The State of the Small and Growing Business Sector (SGB), focuses on development services, donor funding and direct investments. Key insights centered around SGB investing and donor funding from the report include: Over 400 investment vehicles have launched in the past 10 years...
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...