Category «Uncategorized»

Financial Inclusion in Tunisia

For those wondering about the status of access to finance in Tunisia, I am combining below few resources about the topic. Overall, the Microfinance market in Tunisia is under-developed compared to other markets in the region, namely Morocco, Egypt, Jordan. For now, lending that is close to micro-credit is done through BTS – Banque Tunisienne …

This blog in 2014…

…will keep going! It is hard to see the direct benefit, but other bloggers will tell you the same: it is not like Facebook, it is your platform, your territory, it is your space where you can take the time to reflect and write something a little more substantial and meaningful than a 10 word …

Is Green Microfinance back?

Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), thanks to their large distribution networks, their long-term engagement with the poor, and their efficiency have been seen as a significant part of the solution to stimulate behavioral changes and help finance models and devices that are more environmental friendly, on a large scale, at the bottom of the pyramid. In fact, low …

Does guarantying SME loans work?

How to make banks lend to SMEs? This is a reiterating question for anyone working on private sector development in emerging markets. From the Harvard’s Entrepreneurship Finance Lab to the World Bank, it seems to be a consensus that supporting SMEs  helps create more jobs and stimulate innovation, in economies starving for growth and social …

Great governments need a crisis to emerge

“How do governments get great?” an insightful article by the Center for International Development (Harvard University). You can download it here. It briefly looks at what make governments achieve great and sustainable results. A crucial public policy question,especially when I look at the current mess in my home country. The article lays out 4 dimensions to the question: What …