Crucially important is the capacity of inclusive trade to expand opportunities of small and medium enterprises and contribute to global growth and shared prosperity.
Finance for Impact helps clients boost the volume and value of trade, enhance the investment climate, improve competitiveness, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship. We work with businesses, investors, and policymakers to identify market-based solutions that facilitate cross-border trade and support the private sector development, while promoting social inclusion.
Private sector development
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Regional economic and financial integration
Trade facilitation and logistics
Trade finance, supply chain finance
Internationalization and export promotion
Spotlights on selected projects
Bridging the Trade Finance Gap in Asia and Africa
Finance for Impact assessed opportunities of new financial services supporting SMEs in emerging Asia and Africa. The main objectives of the study are to consider the opportunity for essential financial services and risk mitigation solutions to enhance trade competitiveness and export diversification; reduce trade costs; expand market access; and enable greater participation of SMEs in trade activities.
Trade & Customs Modernization in South Asia
Finance for Impact conducted a review of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Trade Facilitation Program. This regional program supported Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal in their efforts to develop more efficient, transparent, and service-oriented Customs administration. We assessed the effectiveness of key reforms aimed at implementing automation systems for customs administration and trade information.
Trade Finance Opportunities in New Frontier Countries
Finance for Impact conducted an assessment of finance gaps in new “frontier” countries. We studied constraints and opportunities for EBRD to provide financial services and trade facilitation support in their new countries of operations (Jordan and Tunisia). In addition, the study assessed the potential offered by the financing of transit trade to alleviate the pain and suffering of the displaced populations in the region, e.g. in Iraq and Jordan.
Performance of the Global Trade Finance Program
Finance for Impact participated to the corporate-wide evaluation of IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) and conducted research on financial and regulatory constraints. The study reviewed the ability of the GTFP to enhance the supply of trade finance. It also analyzed the program effectiveness in supporting access to trade finance in underserved markets. The research included a comparator analysis on trade facilitation programs.
Public Investment Targeted to Business
Finance for Impact conducted a strategic review on the availability and effectiveness of public investment targeted to the private sector during the global financial crisis. We analyzed the effectiveness of large-scale national public investment programs and stimulus packages for companies to remain competitive in times of financial constraints, with a special focus on the financing of R&D and innovative sectors.
SME Competitiveness and Development
We advised on measures to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs and increase access to finance. We reviewed key productivity constraints, e.g. quality of human capital, competition pressures, and trade barriers. We advised on the implementation of a trade portal for entrepreneurs to access quality information for creating and/or selling a business and accessing capital, loans, public aid and tax credits.