Publications

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. 

Publications

Publications

Redeeming the Pledge on Gender Equality
A continuation of MicroSave’s research on developing financial services for women was released this month. The publication details areas such as, microfinance, digital financial services, direct benefit transfers, MSMEs and agent networks. Information surrounding what financial service providers (FSPs) lack notice of when creating financial...
Report: The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA) partner to release the 2018 report on impact investing globally and in private equity and venture capital in the Latin American region. The report provides data on impact investment activity in 2016-2017, and impact...
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...
Nordic Fintech Report
Five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway partnered to provide insight on the investment landscape, regulatory environment and opportunities and challenges in fintech they are faced with in their region. Key findings in the report included: The Nordic customer is ​digitally savvy​, and open to trying new fintech services for...
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...
BDRC SME Finance Monitor Q2 2018
A report published by the BRDC, outlines data on a wider range of financial products and providers able to meet SME access to finance needs. The report covers the borrowing process from the SME’s perspective, and broader information regarding SME growth, profitability and perceived barriers to running the business. Topics covered in 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...
Access to Small Business Finance
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) conducted a study detailing the issues plaguing SMEs’ access to finance and the initiatives set in place to help support SMEs conquer financial setbacks. Key findings examined in the report include: Access to finance for start-ups is very limited Banks are reluctant to extend finance without real estate as...
The Digital Economy: Transforming Australian Businesses
In a report by the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), digital tools utilized by SMEs are analyzed. According to research by ANZ, “Using digital tools saves SMEs 10 hours per week on average and boosts revenue by 27 percent. Collectively, this amounts to 22 million hours saved per week and an additional $385 billion per year in revenue...
Adopting Blockchain Could Solve the $1.5 Trillion Trade and Finance Gap
Research conducted by the World Economic Forum and Bain and Company revealed the global trade and finance industry could produce an additional $1 trillion by implementing blockchain. According to calculations by the Asian Development Bank, the global trade finance deficit gap is currently at $1.5 trillion USD and is expected to rise to $2.4...