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Laura French replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"The data's maybe a bit old but it looks like access to finance is most serious for SMEs in Nigeria - more than almost anywhere else in the world: http://www.enterprisesurveys.org/data/exploreeconomies/2007/nigeria/#finance--size"
Oct 9, 2014
Laura French replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"SME Business Associations can also help as a way to link the SME community to the public sector."
Oct 9, 2014
Laura French replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"We are currently working with a small SME-focused FI in the Southern Africa region that is in the process of acquiring a deposit-taking license.  They are hoping this will help them overcome some of the funding challenges they face to increase…"
Oct 9, 2014
Laura French replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"There are a number of exciting innovations! These include an increased SME client service approach FIs are taking.  This helps them maintain close relationships with their SME clients AND enables them to offer a more…"
Oct 9, 2014
Laura French replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Thank you, Zahid.  Robert and I work in the Financial Sector Development department.  One of my roles is to support the Africa SME Program to identify and appraise investments in smaller African FIs.  We look at these smaller FIs as…"
Oct 9, 2014
Laura French replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Hello, I'm Laura French from the African Development Bank"
Oct 9, 2014

Profile Information

Job Title
Senior Investment Officer
Organisation
African Development Bank
Sector
I work for a development finance organisation
Website:
http://www.afdb.org
About my work:
Through the AfDB Africa SME Program, we invest in small African Financial Institutions to help them grow their SME portfolios and reach new clients. We also provide Technical Assistance to assist these FIs in improving their reach to the SME segment.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Enterprise Development, Environment, Finance and Investment, Inclusive Business Models, Measuring Impact, Partnerships, Technology, Trade, Women and Business, Youth Enterprise

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