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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)


Given the critical role that micro, small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) play in emerging markets, interventions designed to support them need to be effective in unlocking innovation, employment and economic growth. Cenfri is exploring several areas of MSME-related work including:

  • Nuanced MSME segmentation
  • Digital transformation of MSMEs
  • Systems mapping (understanding key value-chains as well as the drivers and constraints in the ecosystem)
  • Designing interventions and rethinking insurance to meet MSME needs and better manage the risks they face
  • Technical assistance to the private sector

MSMEs financing in Africa  
A framework for enabling access to finance for MSMEs in Africa   [...]
Holistic interventions for MSME resilience 
A guidebook using nine Asian countries (Cambodia, India, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippin [...]
From product provider to trusted risk advisor
Unlocking the SME insurance market through a holistic approach to building resilience. I rece [...]
Digital platforms supporting MSMEs through Africa’s COVID-19 crisis
The global COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised the importance of connectedness – and micro, [...]
Managing risks (more) effectively: Rethinking insurance for MSMEs 
MSMEs form the backbone of many economies globally and give rise to economic growth, employment and innovation. [...]
The potential of digital platforms as distributors and enablers of financial services in Africa
The past decade has seen the emergence of digital platforms, which connect buyers and sellers of goods and servi [...]
Insurers can play a key role in getting societies back to work
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, insurance should be a primary mechanism for many people across the world to [...]
Emerging trends from Africa’s digital platforms
Africa is experiencing a wave of digital platform businesses emerging and few economic sectors are untouched by [...]
Sizing the ‘grey economy’: Using geospatial data to uncover the true extent of the MSME sector in emerging markets
The micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector is arguably the biggest employer in many economies, particu [...]
The role of insurance for development
This research explores the role of insurance in sustainable development and inclusive growth. [...]