SME Finance Advisory Solutions

IFC Agribeneficiary Wilson Torres in Colombia

Wilson Torres on his dairy farm in Suesca Town, Colombia. © Dominic Chavez/IFC

Alongside our Investment services, tackling the $5.2 trillion SME finance gap hinges on providing best practices for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to thrive and grow. We provide these through Advisory Solutions.

What Our Solutions Do

We help to build the capacity of financial intermediaries and to raise awareness of best SME-banking practices. IFC's SME Advisory Solutions help:

  • Build financial institutions’ capacity to expand access to credit
  • Enable the institutions to provide other financial and non-financial services, and to offer these to more SME customers
  • Support sustainable supply chains
  • Catalyze investment opportunities in emerging- and developing-market economies

Our Results

As of April 2018, IFC’s Global SME Banking Advisory Services Program had 38 ongoing projects, spanning 27 countries, with $193 million funds under management. About 51 percent of these projects are concentrated in International Development Association (IDA) countries, with 14 percent in conflict-affected or fragile states. Approximately 17 percent of the projects include a component supporting targeted lending to women-owned SMEs.


Qamar Saleem
Global Lead - SME Banking Practice


How Advisory Services Are Structured

Examples of What We Do