Unlocking the potential of finance and technology to support the growth of small and medium enterprises and expand opportunities of financial inclusion to hard-to-reach populations, including women and the rural poor
Finance for Impact delivers services along the continuum of financial needs in ways that help bridge the finance gaps in the underserved markets. We promote access to quality financial services delivered safely and responsibly in a competitive and open market.
Small & medium enterprises finance
Financial markets reform
Alternative financing solutions
Digitalization of payment streams
Effective regulatory frameworks
Technology and digital finance
Credit and insurance services
Finance for displaced people
Financial inclusion data
Spotlights on selected projects
Survey and analysis on financial inclusion in Tunisia
European Investment Bank
Finance for Impact teamed up with Altai Consulting to conduct a large-scale survey and analysis on financial inclusion in Tunisia. The primary objective of the assignment is to define meaningful indicators and collect in-depth data needed to support the development of public policies aimed at enhancing financial inclusion. This study is sponsored by the European Investment Bank and several partners (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, the European Union and ADA).
Mapping Payment Streams and Systems
Finance for Impact joined forces with Altai Consulting and Amarante to conduct a comprehensive mapping of payment streams and systems in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The team draws on deep expertise in financial inclusion, technology, and strategy to review existing payment systems, collect data and analytics on financial inclusion and end-users, and produce scenarios for delivering efficient payment services digitally to lower-income households and businesses.
Improving Access to Finance
Finance for Impact has received an EBRD mandate to investigate current constraints in the finance sector of Egypt and Morocco. Access to finance is recognized to be key to the future outlook of these countries, in particular for SMEs engaged in cross-border trade. This assessment provided an analysis of the key financial inclusion challenges faced by SMEs in the two countries; it made recommendations to enhance competitiveness among financial institutions and diversify financial services to respond to the market needs.
Strengthening Finance Facilities
Finance for Impact conducted a market assessment to estimate the availability of short and long term working capital to SME exporters. We analyzed the trade financing gap and the reasons for credit rationing in the economy.
We advised the World Bank on the opportunity of strengthening financing mechanisms to support the preservation and growth of exports through credit insurance, guarantees, cross-border factoring, etc.
Improving Access to SME Financing
Finance for Impact advised the World Bank on policies aimed at strengthening access to financial services for SMEs. We conducted an in-depth diagnostic of the availability of finance by using market interviews, surveys and focus group meetings involving the private sector and government officials. We assessed the needs in trade finance, supply chain finance, SME finance and working capital for short-term and longer-term investments.
Capital Constraints and the Financing of SMEs
Finance for Impact conducted a series of market assessments and surveys to estimate the needs of trade finance and working capital. We demonstrated that SMEs have increasing needs in working capital. We recommended specific actions for adapting the financial system to the evolving needs of the real economy, and therefore develop alternative market-based finance (e.g. SCF) to complement traditional banking to local enterprises and projects.
Supply and Demand of SME Finance
Finance for Impact conducted a feasibility study for the World Bank to provide additional financing that would enable banks to continue extending credit to corporates, including SMEs, in an environment of constrained funding. We analyzed the financial capacity of commercial banks and trade facilitation programs to bridge the trade finance gap identified in Turkey. We analyzed the opportunity to introduce new financing mechanism to provide working capital to SMEs.
Financial Access and Remedies for Palestinian Refugees
Finance for Impact provided assistance for the assessment of damages to Palestinian refugees who suffered displacement in the various conflicts and wars. The team designed a set of possible scenarios to promote access to adequate financial reparation-compensation to the refugees. We participated to several high-level consultations and meetings involving governments, NGOs, international organizations to present recommendations and findings.