Case Study | Feb 12, 2014
South Africa faced significant inequalities at the beginning of the century, including constrained financial inclusion. As part of a social pact to improve the situation, the banking industry launched a joint simplified product, the Mzansi account. The study details the effect of the introduction of the product and the simultaneous improvement in physical access for banking services, through the use of agreed measurement efforts. It also assesses the situation after the Mzansi initiative and identifies current drivers and issues influencing further improved financial inclusion.
Report | Oct 23, 2013
The note gives the rationale for financial inclusion target-setting, provides an overview of the main approaches to target-setting and sketches the global context in which target-setting is being discussed. The conclusion is reached that target-setting and monitoring should be undertaken at the national (country) level, with global aspirational goals being helpful to prioritise financial inclusion efforts. The note was accepted by the GPFI at the Plenary meeting in St. Petersburg and represents the view of the group on the most appropriate way in which to pursue this very important aspect of financial inclusion.
Report | Oct 9, 2013
This report outlines recent research substantiating the contribution of the private sector and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in particular for new job creation and investment. It also highlights availability and gaps in SME funding, including for specific subsectors such as women-owned firms and agri-enterprises. New findings and trends highlight the potential of collaborative platforms that have emerged from the G20/GPFI process to combine resources to improve SME access to finance. The report concludes with recommendations for priority issues and work areas for the G20 and the GPFI. The report was produced by the SME Finance Forum on behalf of the GPFI.
Report | Sep 17, 2013
Documents from the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg mentioning the GPFI: the G20 Leaders Declaration, the St.Petersburg Development Outlook, and the St. Petersburg Accountability Report on G20 Development Commitments
Report | Sep 5, 2013
This report summarizes GPFI activities throughout the end of 2012 and the eight months of 2013, presents the main achievements under the Russia’s Presidency and describes the outlook for the rest of 2013 and into the start of the Australian Presidency.
Inception Report - SME Finance Forum and Interim Progress Report - Global SME Finance Innovation Trust Fund
Report | Jul 8, 2013
This inception report covers initial work of the SME Finance Forum since its launch in April 2012, and interim progress of the Global SME Finance Innovation Trust Fund, whose administration was taken over by the SME Finance Forum team in July 2012.
Report | May 21, 2013
This Impact Assessment Framework discusses the importance of rigorous impact evaluation and provides an overview of the relevance, application, strengths, and limitations of impact evaluation techniques of various SME finance policies. The Framework covers experimental and non-experimental approaches that can be used to evaluate a broad context of SME policies and programs and provides examples of actual impact evaluations for each of the components of the SME Finance Policy Guide.
Report | Mar 7, 2013
The report identifies innovations that can help bankers in developing countries to finance agricultural small and medium enterprises. The report highlights the most promising examples of innovative financing, risk mitigation and distribution models drawn from a stocktaking exercise of 100 global cases.
Report | Oct 26, 2012
This Issues Paper was prepared for the first annual GPFI Conference on Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion hosted by the Financial Stability Institute at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel on October 29, 2012. It discusses how financial regulators can optimize linkages between four distinct policy objectives: financial inclusion (I), financial stability (S), financial integrity (I) and financial consumer protection (P) (or, collectively, “I-SIP”).
Issues Paper 2 - Proportionality in Practice across the Standard-Setting Bodies: Applying Standards and Guidance while Supporting a Financial Inclusion Agenda
Report | Oct 26, 2012
This Issues Paper was prepared for the first annual GPFI Conference on Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion hosted by the Financial Stability Institute at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel on October 29, 2012. It discusses the application of the proportionality principle – the balancing of risks and benefits against costs of regulation and supervision – in the context of implementing standards and guidance of the global standard-setting bodies (SSBs) and the challenges of applying the proportionality principle in practice by countries pursuing a financial inclusion agenda.