On the Frontiers of Finance: Scaling Up Investment in Sustainable Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries

On the Frontiers of Finance: Scaling Up Investment in Sustainable Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries

New Ventures, a project of the World Resources Institute, has issued a report that provides an overview of the current landscape, lending practices, and principal challenges of financial intermediaries that provide capital to sustainable small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the developing world. The report, On the Frontiers of Finance: Scaling Up Investment in Sustainable Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries (36 pages, PDF), recommends that intermediaries do more to educate commercial investors and grantmakers about their business model, practice greater financial transparency, promote financial innovation in the sector, and develop metrics for measuring the results of their efforts.