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Sizing the grey economy: An improved FinScope MSME methodolo...

The MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) sector is arguably the biggest employer in many economies, particularly in the developing world, and observed to be the biggest absorber for marginalised segments such as women, youth and poor communities. The broader problem, particularly in developing economies, is the large(r) proportion of informal enterprises that fall below […]

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Eswatini MAP SME Roadmap 2018 Report

The Eswatini Making Access Possible (MAP) for Growth: Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development Roadmap lays out a vision and implementation framework for the development of the SME sector in Eswatini. This Roadmap only focuses on SMEs, at the exclusion of micro enterprises. This was in recognition that even though micro enterprises are critical as […]

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Eswatini MAP SME Diagnostic 2018 Report

The Government of Eswatini has made considerable effort towards developing the (Small and Medium Enterprises) SME sector since the early 2000s. Government has run programs ranging from capacity building to setting up developmental institutions providing financing and business development support to encourage performance of the sector. Despite this support, the performance of SMEs has fallen […]

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FinScope MSME Survey Eswatini 2017 Report

The Government of Eswatini has been working towards the development of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. This is clear from the SMME Policy (2009), Micro Finance policy, Financial Sector Development Implementation Plan, Financial Sector Development Strategy and National Financial Inclusion Strategy. This report is prepared to provide insight into the Eswatini MSME […]

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FinScope MSME Survey Swaziland 2017 Pocket Guide

The MSME sector is recognised as an significant contributor to economic growth and development and mass employment. With this knowledge, the crucial role of MSMEs in the national economy anchors on the roles of government, the business community and the public at large to harness and optimise the sector’s development. The lack of recent, holistic […]

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FinScope MSME Survey Lesotho 2016 Pocket Guide

FinScope MSME Lesotho was designed to involve a range of stakeholders engaging in a comprehensive consultative process, thereby enriching the survey and ensuring appropriateness and buyin. The Ministry of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing (MSCM) is grateful to all individuals who participated in this project, including the steering committee (SC) constituting of Ministry of […]

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New Facts and Figures from FinScope MSME Survey Lesotho 2016

Maseru, 03 November 2016: FinMark Trust (FMT) in conjunction with the Ministry of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing; and the Ministry of Finance released the results of the FinScope Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survey Lesotho 2016 survey results today. This was the first FinScope MSME Survey conducted in Lesotho. The FinScope MSME […]

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FinScope MSME survey Zimbabwe 2012

The Government of Zimbabwe recognises the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as important contributors to job creation, poverty alleviation and development. While there is common interest in leveraging this potential, the lack of accurate and reliable information about the sector and the challenges it faces obstructs the development of targeted and evidence-based strategies to […]

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FinScope Malawi 2012 MSME survey

This report is a nationally representative survey focusing on the status of small businesses in Malawi. It builds on an empirical analysis on the most binding constraints to MSME’s development and growth with a focus on access to financial services. Besides reviewing the available academic literature, the report is based on actual experiences of MSMEs, […]

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