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G20 Workshop on 'Helping SMEs Go Global' : Chair's Summary

Hosted by the German Presidency on February 24, the G20 workshop “Helping SMEs Go Global - Moving Forward in SME Finance“, brought together more than 150 experts from G20 countries, development finance institutions, and the private sector to discuss issues related to advancing financial inclusion for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Marketplace lending 2.0: Bringing on next stage in lending
Marketplace lending is on the cusp of transformation—again. Banks, marketplace lenders (MPLs), fintech firms, and other organizations are converging into a digitized and efficient ecosystem. For MPLs that want to develop and evolve, tactical partnerships and lending as a service may be key. Read this report to examine the future of lending and...
Survey Report: SME Finance Policies for MSMEs Owned by Women and Women Entrepreneurs
Women’s financial inclusion is at the top of AFI’s global policy agenda. Since 2014, AFI has worked exhaustively to promote financial inclusion and bridge the gender gap. At the 2014 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF), a break-out session revealed that financial policymakers and regulators lacked the data they need to adopt smart policies on women’s...
Agents Count: The True Size of Agent Networks in Leading Digital Finance Countries
This paper lays out a framework for understanding agent network size for digital financial services, drawing a distinction between agent tills and agent outlets. The paper also discusses agent activity rates . We argue that the number of active agent outlets represents a more appropriate measure of access to finance than agent till statistics,...
Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017
The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs tracks female entrepreneurs’ ability to capitalize on opportunities granted through various supporting conditions within their local environments and is the weighted sum of three components: 1) Women’s Advancement Outcomes (degree of bias against women as workforce participants, political and business...
The Economics of Banking on Women
GBA’s Women’s Market Analytics Survey is the only repository of banking data measuring the performance of financial institutions in the Women’s Market globally. This is the first annual publication of this survey and presented here is an aggregate analysis of the data. We will publish additional results in the coming years as banks continue to...
Why the climate is changing the rules for our cities and SMEs
As our cities have grown, so has their vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters. The growth of cities has resulted in a concentration of risk for people and assets alike. Catastrophes such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar just four years later, have led to the loss of hundreds of thousands of...
Financing Patterns of European SMEs Revisited : An Updated Empirical Taxonomy and Determinants of SME Financing Clusters
This EIF Working Paper investigates financing patterns of European SMEs by looking at different financing instruments and their complementary or respectively substitutive use, based on the SAFE dataset collected in 2015. Applying cluster analyses, the authors develop an empirical taxonomy of SME financing patterns in Europe. In order to...
Global Report on Islamic Finance: Islamic Finance - A Catalyst for Shared Prosperity?
Income inequality has increased considerably in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007–08 to the extent that one percent of global population possess almost half of the global assets. Whereas the development community is unanimous to tackle growing inequality and imbalance in the distribution of wealth, there is a difference of opinion as...
Better Life Breakthroughs: Innovation in Investment
In a global investment landscape that at times appears rife with uncertainty and beset by bubbles and busts, two main areas stand out both as pockets of opportunity and as major forces for change: sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing—that is, investment that considers environmental, social and governance criteria as well as returns—...
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2016-2017
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor is the world's foremost study of entrepreneurship. Through a vast, centrally coordinated, internationally executed data collection effort, GEM is able to provide high quality information, comprehensive reports and interesting stories, which greatly enhance the understanding of the entrepreneurial phenomenon -...