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The Development Bank of Rwanda 
Washington, D.C., October 16th, 2019 – The Development Bank of Rwanda became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses...
IFC an Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women's Business Growth
On October 8th, during the 2019 Global SME Finance Forum, IFC and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women launched a progress report titled "IFC and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women's Business Growth". This report demonstrates that WEOF has already exceeded its investment and mobilization goals and has made strong progress towards achieving all...
SME Finance Forum and IFC announced the winners of the 2019 Global SME Finance Awards
Originally posted on IFC website . Amsterdam, October 8, 2019 —SME Finance Forum and IFC announced the winners of the second edition of the Global SME Finance Awards last night during the Global SME Finance Forum 2019, the annual flagship event of the SME Finance Forum. Sixteen award winners were selected from a global pool of 144 entrants for...
Closing the MSME Finance Gap: Opening Remarks at the 5th Global SME Finance Forum
The Global SME Finance Forum 2019 welcomed over 650 attendees from more than 280 institutions in 75 countries. On the 5-year anniversary of the annual Forum, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), delivered the keynote address. Read Queen's Máxima full...
Queen Máxima
The Global SME Finance Forum 2019 is proud and honored to welcome the participation of H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). Since 2009, Queen Máxima has been working worldwide in her capacity as the UNSGSA to make financial services available to all,...
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Mastercard launched a global effort to pay garment factory workers digitally, a pivot the industry is making from traditional cash payroll to ensure workers receive their hard-earned wages securely and consistently. With industry partners including clothing giants Levi Strauss & Co ., Marks & Spencer and VF Corporation ; and global...
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A study by Stanford University , Northwestern University, Dartmouth College and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology found investors are more likely to bet that a company will see its stock prices rise if it reported “higher-than-average” gender diversity among its staff. Article via The Washington Informer .
Digitisation in Africa: Channelling Funding to SMEs
Proparco ’s 10-year anniversary issue of the Private Sector & Development magazine focuses on SME finance in Africa. As with each issue, Member Proparco gives a voice to a wide range of contributors: entrepreneurs, economists or fintech experts, allowing us to take a fresh look at the subject of SME financing, have a feeling from the ground of...
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Members IDB Invest and Overseas Private Investment Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to invest a combined $3 billion in development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next five years, with the option of increasing the investment to $5 billion. IDB Invest and OPIC aim to match this investment by catalyzing...
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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands celebrates 10 years as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). The UN released a video on Twitterof the Queen talking about the improvements in financial inclusion over the past ten years. “We have made great progress in financial inclusion in the last...