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The State of Financial Health Startups in the Middle East & North Africa

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The State of Financial Health Startups in the Middle East & North Africa

By Village Capital

Fintech recently became the most-active sector for startup investment in MENA. While much of the media coverage has focused on digital payments and e-commerce, this report will highlight fintech innovation that is improving “financial health” for the region’s most marginalized communities: tech that helps people manage their income and expenses, weather financial shocks and plan for a healthy financial future.
 
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Tags:  fintech  MENA  sector publication 

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Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fast-Forward Economic Growth

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Scaling up MENA SMEs: How a Handful of Firms can Fast-Forward Economic Growth
by Mahmoud Makki, Alice Klat and Melissa Rizk

This report shows that successful scale-ups in the region generate on average 3.4 times more revenues and 8 times more jobs than other SMEs. Several countries have recognized the economic value of scale-ups and are developing tailored policies and programs for them. Similar initiatives in the MENA region could have a significant impact. By studying the importance of scale-ups in the context of their local markets, Strategy& Middle East identified priorities for policymakers to improve their local scale-ups ecosystems across four growth pillars: business fundamentals, business propellers, demand creators, and country readiness. Within these pillars, they have recognized several priority areas, including access to financing, talent, foreign markets, large customers, and regulatory relief. Success also depends on mobilizing an ecosystem of private and public players to orchestrate growth initiatives.

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Tags:  MENA  scaling  SMEs 

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Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA - Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, February 1, 2013
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in MENA - Leveraging Growth Finance for Sustainable Development
Shell Foundation and Citi Foundation, January 2013

This study assesses the state of a significant, albeit under served, segment of the SME market, known as the "Missing Middle"; to better understand their needs and the challenges they face. It addresses how governments and other stakeholders can help them reach their potential for growth and job creation to positively impact the MENA region. Commissioned by the Shell Foundation and the Citi Foundation, the new research is based on in-depth interviews with over 200 public and private leaders and SMEs in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE and Egypt.

Tags:  Access to Finance  Impact Investing  MENA  Philanthropy  sector publication 

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