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Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

By Klaas Molenaar (Timpoc Consultants) and Mathilde Bauwin (ADA)

This report provides an in-depth understanding on the financial health issues of micro-enterprises, the financial well-being of the micro-entrepreneurs and the ways in which such financial health and well-being might be enhanced. The major finding is that programs related to the financial health of micro-enterprises must not only focus on assessing a micro-entrepreneur’s understanding of the financial issues related to his/her business and be able to measure their capacity to deal with those issues, but more relevantly, programs must also draw up action plans to broaden and deepen the understanding and capacity of the micro-entrepreneurs.

Read the executive summary here. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  entrepreneurship  finance  financial health  microentrepreneurs  sector publication 

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Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Closing the Gaps: Finance Pathways for Serving the Missing Middles

By Collaborative For Frontier Finance

SGBs have a diverse range of business models and a diverse range of unmet financing needs. This report identifies five alternative approaches for providing finance that meets the diverse needs of each SGB segment and investor. It also highlights critical actions that ecosystem stakeholders can take to help support these approaches as well as newly emerging ones that together can help fill the financing gaps within each SGB segment.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  business models  finance  sector publication  sgbs 

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IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 18, 2019

IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth
By IFC and Goldman Sachs

In 2014, IFC Banking on Women and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women founded the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF) which was created to support women SMEs and entrepreneurs in developing countries.  Please read this progress report to learn more about WEOF, their achievements to date, and what WEOF has planned for the future.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Access to Finance  finance  sector publication  smes  women 

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Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance
By Rachel Bass 

Impact investors are motivated by the potential that emerging and frontier markets posses to create strong growth and a thriving consumer class. This report assesses the frontier finance investment landscape, presents five in-depth case studies featuring different frontier investment vehicles and transactions, and provides recommendations to build the market and overcome common challenges hindering the flow of additional capital into frontier markets. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  finance  frontier finance  impact investing  impact investment  sector publication 

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Financial Inclusion in Latin America

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 14, 2019
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2019

Financial Inclusion in Latin America 
by ANDE

The ANDE CAM and Brazil chapters created a joint report that gives an overview of the financial inclusion sector in Latin America with a focus on Mexico and Brazil. The report includes an infographic of the financial inclusion landscape in both countries, using facts and figures presented throughout our Learning Lab meetings and roundtables.

Additionally, the report presents 3 relevant topics around financial inclusion: user-centered financial products and services, infrastructure needed to access financial services and financial education. Each topic offers an introduction by experts and  case studies of diverse projects in Latin America. 

Read the full report here. 

 

Tags:  ANDE publication  finance  financial inclusion 

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​Inclusión Financiera en Latinoamérica

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 14, 2019
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2019

Inclusión Financiera en Latinoamérica
realizado por ANDE

Los capítulos ANDE CAM y Brasil crearon un informe conjunto que brinda una visión general del sector de inclusión financiera en América Latina con un enfoque en México y Brasil. El informe incluye una infografía del panorama de inclusión financiera en ambos países, utilizando información y cifras presentadas en nuestras reuniones  del Laboratorio de Aprendizaje.

Además, el informe presenta 3 temas relevantes en torno a la inclusión financiera: productos y servicios financieros centrados en el usuario, infraestructura necesaria para acceder a servicios financieros y educación financiera. Cada tema ofrece una introducción de expertos y  casos de estudio de diversos proyectos en América Latina.

 Lee el reporte completo aquí.

Tags:  ANDE publication  finance 

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A Blueprint for Grassroots Organizations on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, September 23, 2019
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2019

A Blueprint for Grassroots Organizations on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change
Prepared by Criterion Institute 

This Blueprint shows how individuals working within grassroots organizations can use basic finance principles to expand their businesses with new programming and collaborations.  The report is written for change makers who have the influence and skills to guide their communities in creating strong financial models.  With this, grassroots organizations can generate social change more effectively.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  finance  sector publication  social impact 

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Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 2, 2019

Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries
by UN Capital Development Fund and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This report, the second in a collaboration between the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), outlines the latest trends in blended finance approaches in LDCs. It lays down a challenge to the actors within the financing for development architecture, calling for blended finance to be much more responsive to LDCs, to the 'last mile', and to smaller transactions in the missing middle.

Read full report here.

Tags:  finance  missing middle  SDGs 

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Financing the Future of Asia: Innovations in Sustainable Finance

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Financing the Future of Asia: Innovations in Sustainable Finance
by Johan Thuard, Harvey Koh, Anand Agarwal and Riya Garg

This report lays out initial recommendations for how a range of different actors could engage across sustainable finance intervention. FSG's hope is many more investors and financial services providers will seize the opportunity to shape this emerging sector and move toward a future in which all of finance is turned toward building a better world.

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Tags:  Asia  finance  fintech  India  innovation  Southeast Asia  Southeast Asia; India  sustainable finance  sustainable finance; fintech; finance; Asia; innov 

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Banking in Africa - Delivering on Financial Inclusion, Supporting Financial Stability

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In its fourth edition, this report focuses on recent developments in Africa’s banking sectors and the policy options for all stakeholders. The study of banking sectors across all African sub-regions includes the results of the EIB survey of banking groups operating in Africa. Three thematic chapters address challenges and opportunities for financing investment in Africa: (a) Crowding out of private sector lending by public debt issuance; (b) The state of bank recovery and resolution laws in Africa; and (c) Policy options on how to finance infrastructure development. The report finds that in many African banking markets, the last two years saw a pause in financial deepening. However, a rising share of banking groups report improving market conditions and plan a structural expansion of their operations in Africa and a continued push for new technologies.

Tags:  2019  Access to Finance  Africa  finance  sector publication 

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