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ACCA paper recommends a consistent global agenda on SME access to finance. It calls for intergovernmental organisations to create and support a platform for sharing best practice

Much of the policy agenda relating to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is rooted in the national or regional context in which they operate, despite many common challenges that small businesses typically encounter – access to finance being the most notable constraint. But access to finance is in reality one of the few areas of enterprise policy that are truly global.


In this paper, the ACCA’s Global Forum for SMEs identifies some common ground that ties this important agenda, using unique regional insights as well as existing evidence to present a global policy perspective on SME financing.

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Published: 13 Jun 2012