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SME Program: Five Years in Review

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

SME Program:
Five Years in Review

by Innovations for Poverty Action

In this report, IPA present some highlights from their SME research portfolio, lessons learned in each of their program’s focus areas, details about the events they have hosted, and information about what they do to support, create, and promote evidence in the SME sector.

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Tags:  innovation  poverty  sector publication  SME  SMEs 

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New Perspectives on Financing Small Cap SME's in Emerging Markets

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Perspectives on Financing Small Cap SME's in Emerging Markets:
The Case for Mezzanine Finance

by the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)/Investment funds local SME

 In search for new models to provide risk capital, mezzanine finance, which blends elements from traditional Private Equity (PE) and debt financing into a unique product, provides an additional offer in the SME finance ecosystem for missing middle entrepreneurs.

As a relatively young and rather complex segment in the impact investing space, the commissioned study 'Publication of new perspectives on financing small cap SMEs in emerging markets: the case for mezzanine finance' provides an understanding of the specificities, diversity (and complexities) of it, critical to spur innovative thinking on both the fund managers and investors sides so products may be improved and models may be more scalable.

This study is the first of its kind and represents a first step into building small cap SME mezzanine finance as an asset class on its own.

Tags:  2016  finance  Financing Mechanisms  SME 

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Unleashing the full potential of the Kenyan SME sector

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The first report in the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) #ClosingTheGap series has identified four main gaps in the Kenyan entrepreneurial ecosystem that hamper the growth of local enterprises. The study shares insights about the challenges and obstacles the different sub segments of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector face in Kenya.

This update study on the key challenges that the 'missing middle' face in Kenya diagnoses the Kenyan entrepreneurial ecosystem, focusing specifically on the financial services offerings for local SMEs. DGGF has collaborated with ANDE and EAVCA for this study. Make sure to check it out. 


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Tags:  access to finance  Financing Mechanisms  Kenya  SME 

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Scaling-Up SME Access to Financial Services in the Developing World

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report focuses on the scaling up of SMEs. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in economic development, particularly in emerging countries. Studies indicate that formal SMEs contribute up to 45 percent of employment and up to 33 percent of GDP in developing economies; these numbers are significantly higher when taking into account the estimated contributions of SMEs operating in the informal sector. The informal sector presents one of the greatest challenges in the SME space, with issues that go well beyond finance. In the context of the international development agenda, and given the critical importance of job creation in the recovery cycle following the recent financial crisis, promoting SME development appears to be an impor- tant priority. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Credit Gap - Two Trillion and Counting

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 This report reviews micro, small, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs—enterprises that typically have fewer than 250 employees) that contribute significantly to economic development. This is particularly evident in developing countries, where formal MSMEs represent approximately 45 percent of employment and approximately 33 percent of GDP.2 This contribution to economic development is even greater when informal MSMEs—that is, enterprises that are not formally registered—are included. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Stimulating Investment in Emerging-Market SMEs

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Although many large institutions have begun to stabilize and recover from the global financial crisis, a serious credit crunch continues. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face particular challenges to survival and growth. Even in good economic times, these firms lack access to flexible capital, constraining their ability to expand. The current environment exacerbates this difficulty, leading to a dangerous trend because it affects the broader economy. 

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Tags:  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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Investing for Social & Environmental Impact

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
There are moments in history when the needs of an age prompt lasting, positive innovation in finance—from ideas as big as the invention of money, to the creation of new institutions such as banks and insurance firms, to the development of new products and services such as mortgages, pensions, and mutual funds.

Evidence suggests that many thousands of people and institutions around the globe believe our era needs a new type of investing. They are already ex- perimenting with it, and many of them continue even in the midst of a financial and credit crisis. That’s why the idea of using profit-seeking investment to generate social and environmental good is moving from a periphery of activist investors to the core of mainstream financial institutions. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  Sector publication  SGB  SME  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Catalysing Growth in Women Run Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015


This is an independent evaluation of the impact of the 10,000 Women program in India by The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

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Tags:  access to finance  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  Sector publication  SME  Women 

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Banks and SMEs: Raising the Game. 4th Regional Survey in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SMEs are positioning themselves as a strategic branch of banking operations in the region, while banks are increasingly pushing for more active policies when it comes to the financing of SMEs. This is one of the highlighted conclusions from a 2011 joint survey conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank Group's entities dealing with the private sector: the Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN), the beyondBanking program of the department of Corporate and Structured Financing (SCF), and the Inter-American Investment Corporation, along with the Latin American Banking Federation (FELABAN). This report introduces the general results obtained during the fourth survey encompassing the views and opinions of directors, managers and deputies of the SME division of 109 banks scattered across 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also includes an itemized analysis of the answers divided by the banks size and location, as well as their interrelations with other trends in that sector. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Economic Growth  Impact Evaluation  Latin America  Sector publication  SGB  SME 

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Growth Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This Report aims to examine the particular characteristics, challenges and needs of the market targeted by growth finance investment funds in sub-Saharan Africa, and make recommendations on how this space can best grow in scale and sustainability.

Although this Report is focused on growth finance in sub-Saharan Africa, the problem of the ‘missing middle’ and the solution of growth finance are pertinent to creating a vibrant and sustainable small to medium sized enterprise space in many developing country contexts. Accordingly, it is hoped that the recommendations contained in this Report will serve to encourage and strengthen the growth finance space worldwide. 

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Tags:  access to finance  Africa  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Sector publication  SME 

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