Small is powerful.
Micro, small and medium sized enterprises, often referred to as MSMEs, represent the backbones of developing and emerging economies. Whilst they comprise a significant proportion of countries productivity and employment, we see time and time again that they are largely neglected in terms of financial regulations and support.
The potential these MSMEs have in greening our economy is huge.
The case for investment in MSMEs has been made but this hasn’t resulted in action. Our report with Finance Watch sets out the experiences mapped by Green Economy Coalition hubs and the barriers that exist. We have concluded that:
- MSMEs have a great potential to conduct sustainable activities but often lack supportive legislation
- Informality has mixed impacts and varies in intensity from one country to another
- Informality is a reality that needs to be taken into account in building more environmentally sustainable and resilient economies.
- Access to formal sources of finance varies among countries but is the most stringent issue for green MSMEs and LGEs
- A set of internal and external barriers explain the persistence of these financing gaps
- Whilst many of these barriers can be overcome by improving national regulations, the unequal and challenging integration of developing and emerging countries in the global economy also plays a significant role.
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