FinScope MSME is a probability survey of MSMEs. MSMEs are crucial entities for economic growth and employment creation across the developing world. To expand the role that the financial sector and its participants can play in SMMEs, FinScope MSME was developed. It has since been operationalised in 8 countries, and like its sister entity, FinScope Consumer, is used by a wide variety of stakeholders to support their strategies vis-à-vis the financial services market for MSMEs.
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 […]
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 […]
The Business Development Measure (BDM) is a tool developed by FinMark Trust that uses statistical techniques to segment the ecosystem of a country’s Micro, Small and Medium Eterprise (MSME) sector based on several attributes. View the Swaziland Business Development Measure dashboard for 2017.
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 […]
Mbabane, 24 August 2017. The Micro Finance Unit, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Finance, in 2015 commissioned for the first time in Swaziland, the FinScope MSME Survey Swaziland 2017. The survey was conducted between October 2016 and March 2017. The Survey amongst other things sought to determine the performance of the MSME sector as well […]
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 […]
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 […]
This occasional research paper utilized data from the FinScope Small Business Survey South Africa 2010 covering 5,667 small businesses. An econometric model was developed to estimate the effect of access to credit on firm size. A model for sole proprietorships including licensed businesses was separately estimated from the one for close corporations due to the […]
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 […]
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, […]
The FinScope Small Business Survey methodology was first piloted in South Africa in 2006. It has since been implemented as a nationally representative survey in Zambia (2008), Tanzania (2010) and South Africa (2010). The survey will also be conducted in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in 2011. In implementing the FinScope Small Business Survey, FinMark Trust […]