Publications

Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa

The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA released Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa, new research that shows 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030. These findings indicate that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent.

Publications

Publications

Early Lessons on Regulatory Innovations to Enable Inclusive FinTech
Technology-enabled innovation in financial services (FinTech) can extend the benefits of financial inclusion to millions of unbanked and underbanked people around the world. However, the rise of FinTech presents many regulatory challenges - for emerging and developing economies in particular. Consequently a number of regulators in advanced,...
Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia
This International Monetary Fund paper highlights the macroeconomic relevance of SME financial inclusion in the MENAP and CCA regions and offers policy considerations to scale up SME financial access. "Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia" focus is primarily on the macroeconomic and policy...
Tackling Europe's Gap in Digital and AI
Europe’s digital gap with the world’s leaders is now being compounded by an emerging gap with the world’s leaders in its development and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Without faster and more comprehensive engagement in AI, that gap could widen. Europe may not need to compete head to head but rather in areas where it has an...
Artificial Intelligence: American Attitudes and Trends (Report)
A report published by the Center for the Governance of AI (GovAI), housed in the Future of Humanity Institute, surveys Americans’ attitudes on artificial intelligence. The impact of artificial intelligence technology on society is likely to be large. While the technology industry and governments currently predominate policy conversations on AI,...
The State of Microinsurance 2018
There are just 12 years remaining to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and urgent action is needed if no-one is to be left behind. This report, and future editions, will focus on providing concrete examples of how inclusive insurance is contributing to the broad development agenda in a structured way that links directly to...
Digital Tnsurance in 2018: Driving Real Impact with Digital and Analytics
Highlights from articles this year show the progress that has been made in reinventing the insurance landscape—and suggest more disruption to come. This Mckinsey article extracts points from the Digital insurance in 2018: Driving real impact with digital and analytics report. It discusses: Claims in the digital age: How insurers can get started...
 Whitepaper: State of Open Banking
In this whitepaper, Lendit Fintech explores the progression of open banking and the impact it will have on the financial competitive landscape. According to the study, open banking will restructure the industry in terms of business models and services created through collaboration. Key elements discussed in the report include: Drivers and benefits...
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...
Capital Structure and CEO Tenure in Microfinance Institutions
In this report, CEO tenure and the debt proportion of microfinance institutions (MFI) are examined. The report supports the notion that financing choices of MFIs have a direct correlation to the profile of their managers. Results in the report indicate CEO’s tenure as having a positive effect on MFI’s debt ratio. Key points highlighted in the...
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...