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Empowering Small Giants: Inclusive Embedded Finance for Micro-Retailers

This report outlines various business models that incorporate last-mile retailers into digital ordering platforms, offering them convenience, transparency, and a wide range of products.

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Only One Month Left to Apply for the SME Finance Awards

The SME Finance Forum organizes the Global SME Finance Awards (The Awards) as a core part of its mission to create a unique platform for peer connections, knowledge dissemination, and innovations in SME Finance. 

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Standard Chartered and WEConnect International Announce New Partnership to Support Women-Owned Businesses in Emerging Market Supply Chains

Through the agreement, the Bank will be launching a dedicated financing facility for certified women-owned businesses within its market footprint, alongside targeted financing solutions for WEConnect International member buyers. 

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Resetting the Mindset Toward Investing in African Women Entrepreneurs

Eveline Tall, ambassador for AFAWA (Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa), shares why this initiative is necessary and how they are working to reduce the regional gender gap in financing.

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African Guarantee Fund and Kenya Women Microfinance Bank Ink Deal to Strengthen Women's Access to Finance

African Guarantee Fund (AGF) has signed a Sh725 million ($5.37 million) risk-sharing partnership agreement with the Kenya Women Microfinance Bank  (KWFT).

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Banking on Women Who Trade Across Borders

Drawing from interviews across Africa and Latin America, this report explores the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs and proposes solutions. 

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Afghanistan: World Bank, ARTF Support Access to Finance for Small Businesses, Women’s Economic Inclusion with $16M Grant

The grant will support the Empowering Microfinance and Enterprises for Resilience and Growth (EMERGe) Project and will be provided directly to the Aga Khan Foundation USA.

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Global SME Finance Awards 2024 Competition is Open

Please apply for the awards and be recognized amongst the global peer group of world leaders in SME finance and services.

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Women and Equitable Growth in a Resource-Constrained World

This paper addresses the need to reform the international development finance architecture in ways that expand access to affordable credit for women entrepreneurs in the Global South, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.