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Addressing Financial and Digital Literacy Challenges for Inclusive Finance: insights from Microfinance Institutions and FinTech Organisations.
Financial Education
Financial Inclusion
Fintech
This paper investigates strategies of European microfinance institutions (MFIs) and inclusive FinTech organisations to address financial and digital illiteracy among vulnerable customers. It reveals that both MFIs and FinTech organisations focus on personalised financial education, training and coaching but adopt distinct strategies in their...
Inclusive Fintech Funding in Times of Uncertainty: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead
Sustainable Finance
Fintech
Slowing economic growth, rising inflation, and climbing interest rates are straining the business models for inclusive fintechs, creating significant uncertainty and new funding challenges. For the past four years, the Inclusive Fintech 50 (IF50) global innovation competition identified and elevated cutting-edge, emerging inclusive fintechs...
Fair and Accessible Credit for Small Businesses: A Guidebook for Financial Institutions
Alternative Financing
Uplinq Financial Technologies , the first global credit decisioning support platform for small business lenders, announced the publication of “ Fair and Accessible Credit for Small Businesses: A Guidebook for Financial Institutions ,” a white paper that blueprints how banks and credit unions can leverage AI technology and alternative data to...
Zenith Bank, a leading Nigerian commercial bank, joins the SME Finance Forum
Financial Inclusion
Washington D.C, January 31, 2024 – Nigeria’s Zenith Bank has joined the SME Finance Forum as the global membership network’s latest member. The 240+ members of the Forum are SME financing experts operating in 190 countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and...
SME Finance Forum Member Services for Q1 and Q2 2024
The SME Finance Forum membership network consists of more than 240 member institutions active in 190 countries . The network is a unique community of SME-oriented commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, fintech companies, and development finance institutions. UPCOMING EVENTS - Q1 and Q2 2024
Data-invisible groups and data minimization in the deployment of AI solutions: policy brief
Digital Transformation
With the rapid advancements in computational power, the decades-long vision of using and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) has become a reality. The technology’s swift development has allowed it to transform every walk of life, as it is a wide-ranging tool that enables people to rethink how to analyze data, integrate information and use the...
AccèsBanque Madagascar, a leading financial institution in the region, joins the SME Finance Forum
Financial Inclusion
Washington D.C, January 18, 2024 – AccèsBanque Madagascar has joined the SME Finance Forum as the global membership network’s latest member. The 240+ members of the Forum are SME financing experts operating in 190 countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and...
Leader Dialogue Series - Interview with Michael Jongeneel – CEO - FMO
Sustainable Finance
Digital Transformation
Learn from Michael Jongeneel, about ESG data aggregation practices within FMO and digitalization benefits for SMEs. Interview led by Hans Koning, Global Chief Industry Specialist, Digital Finance at IFC. ‘I have been in Mumbai for less than 24 hours, but I already had a couple of very interesting discussions and potential collaboration with Indian...
Leader Dialogue Series - Interview with Jane Prokop - EVP of Small and Medium Enterprises - Mastercard
Digital Financial Services
Payments
Learn from Jane Prokop - EVP of Small and Medium Enterprises at Mastercard, about her experience attending the Global SME Finance Forum for the first time and the latest challenges of digitalization. Interview led by Hans Koning, Global Chief Industry Specialist, Digital Finance at IFC. ‘It is my first time joining the SME Finance Forum and it has...
Inclusive Finance India Report 2023
Financial Inclusion
The Inclusive Finance India Report provides a comprehensive review of the progress of financial inclusion in the country, tracking performance, highlighting achievements, and flagging gaps and issues that need to be addressed at the levels of both policy and practice. It is a much-awaited annual reference document for policymakers, investors,...
Paymentology appoints Jeff Parker as CEO
Payments
Former SVP and Managing Director of Marqeta takes on new role at leading global issuer-processor to propel its growth journey across the globe 12 th Dec Paymentology , a leading global issuer-processor, today announces the appointment of its new CEO Jeff Parker, who will be succeeding the interim Co-CEOs Abe Smith and Angy Watson. Jeff is a leader...
Fintech: Friend, Foe or Frenemy? - Podcast with member Alraedah Finance
Islamic Banking
In the latest episode of Couchonomics, Arjun was joined by Paul Melotto, Executive Board Member at Alraedah Finance . Paul has played a key part in Arjun’s journey to understand the Saudi ecosystem, especially regarding fintech and financial services. In the episode, Arjun and Paul discussed: The state of Non-Banked Financial Institutions in KSA...
Creditinfo appoints Satrajit Saha as new Global CEO
Credit Risk & Scoring
Former CEO of TransUnion Europe – Satrajit Saha – brings his expertise to Creditinfo, planning to drive growth across its credit bureaus globally. London – 29 th November 2023: Creditinfo, a global service provider for credit information and risk management solutions, has today announced the appointment of Satrajit Saha as its Global Chief...
SE Holdings, a South Africa agri-services company, joins the SME Finance Forum
Financial Inclusion
Non Financial Services
Rural & Agriculture Finance
Washington D.C, December 6, 2023 – Leading agri-services company SE Holdings has joined the SME Finance Forum as its global membership network’s latest member. The 240+ members of the Forum are SME financing experts operating in 190 countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge...
Leader Dialogue Series - Interview with PVSLN, Murty, Chairman and Managing Director, North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEDFi)
Non Financial Services
Equity
Learn from PVSLN, Murty, Chairman and Managing Director, North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEDFi), about their mission to champion the entrepreneurial spirit of the North Eastern Region of India, financing commercially viable industries and providing consultancy services. The interview is led by Hans Koning, Global Chief Industry...
Leader Dialogue Series - Interview with Sandy Kemper - Founder and Chairman - C2FO
Supply & Value Chain Finance
Learn from Sandy Kemper, Founder and Chairman of C2FO, about their on-demand working capital platform as he is answering questions from Hans Koning, Global Chief Industry Specialist, Digital Finance at IFC. 'The IFC has the goal of getting to a hundred billion USD funding by 2030 and we, at C2FO are trying to get to a trillion USD of funding by...
Building Green: Sustainable Construction in Emerging Markets
Sustainable Finance
Switching to greener technologies in construction and operation of buildings and materials, combined with more climate-friendly capital markets, could reduce the construction value chain’s carbon footprint 23 percent by 2035, while creating investment opportunities in emerging markets, according to a major report from the International Finance...
FCI 55th Annual Meeting – Launch of the IFC Knowledge Guide on Factoring Regulation and Supervision
Supply & Value Chain Finance
FCI, an SME Finance Forum Industry Partner, held its 55th annual meeting in Marrakech, Morocco from October 29 to November 3 2023. More than 250 attendees joined to network and discuss current issues within the Factoring and Receivables Finance Industry. With over EUR 300 billion financed to SMEs as well as to larger corporates, the global...
OECD:  Financing SMEs for sustainability  - Drivers, Constraints and Policies
Sustainable Finance
Policy & Regulation
Addressing the climate crisis requires the net zero transition of millions of SMEs globally. SMEs have a significant aggregate environmental footprint and need to adopt cleaner business models. As eco-entrepreneurs and eco-innovators, they also have a key role to play in devising innovative climate solutions. Access to finance is essential for SME...
Dashen Bank, a leading Ethiopian financial institution, joins the SME Finance Forum
Financial Education
Financial Inclusion
Washington D.C, November 21, 2023 – Ethiopia’s Dashen Bank has joined the SME Finance Forum as the global membership network’s latest member. The 240+ members of the Forum are SME financing experts operating in 190 countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and...