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

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: Inefficiency of...
A Research Agenda for the Small and Growing Business Sector: Summarizing the Current Evidence and Research Needs
ANDE and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics released the report A Research Agenda for the SGB Sector in November 2018. Hundreds, if not thousands, of programs exist to help drive business growth in emerging markets. But what does the evidence actually tell us about whether these programs help businesses grow? And...
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. Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate...
Digital Financial Services for Agriculture Handbook
The Digital Financial Services for Agriculture Handbook is the latest addition to our popular series of DFS Handbooks. It offers practical guidance to financial services providers on how to better understand smallholder farmers and other actors in the agricultural value chains in order to successfully develop and launch sustainable financial...
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...
The German Fintech Report
Fintech companies are on the rise in Germany. The country reached record levels of $650 million in fintech investments, according to the German Fintech Report. Although experiencing regulatory and funding challenges, Germany continues to progress. Twelve leaders in the German fintech marketplace provide insight on their fintech industry. Key...
White Paper: Opportunities and Challenges for SMEs in the Context of Increased Adoption of ICTS
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a report detailing the issues SMEs are plagued with when adopting information and communication technologies (ICTs). According to the report, SMEs tend to have increased challenges compared to larger companies when adopting ICTS. The report...
Annual Impact Investor Survey 2018
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) released its annual impact investor survey, highlighting market activity and trends and covering topics such as: capital allocations by sector and geography, indicators of market development and industry challenges. Key findings in the report include: The market is diverse The impact investing industry is...
Financing and Women-Owned Small Businesses: The Role of Size, Age and Industry
The Future of Business Survey in collaboration with Member World Bank, Facebook and OECD provides monthly data on the economic environment for SMEs around the world. Key findings in the publication included: In nearly every country and region, women report using bank loans less frequently than men do, instead relying on personal savings and...
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...