Based on of the funding provided to ACGF from the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan under the framework of the World Bank's Access to Finance Project, a number of studies have been carried out. The purpose of the studies was to catalyze innovation and better outreach among the financial institutions in Afghanistan. In carrying the respective research ACGF used professional support of international consultants with expertise in the respective fields.
- Assessment Report of Women-Owned SME BorrowersThis publication was prepared by Idea Consulting for ACGF under funding by the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank. The study was designed to explore the barriers that prevent the growth of SME businesses owned by women entrepreneurs. The in-depth questionnaire was designed to analyze first-hand experiences of women, which is combined with literature review and international best practices. The study presents concrete solutions and methods that actors such as FIs, the government and NGOs can apply in order to promote a better lending environment for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan.
- Digitalization of SME Finance in AfghanistanThis publication was prepared as the result of a short-term assignment carried by Lipis Advisors for ACGF. It served as the first step toward understanding how digitalization / innovative financial technologies can help to serve financing needs of SMEs in Afghanistan. It has identified how concrete growth needs of of PIs in terms of SME lending can be met through FinTech. As the result concrete FinTech solutions and steps forward were defined.