In May 2018, CYFI's Co-Director, Lubna Shaban, participated at the Africa SME Finance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya by speaking on the panel discussion, 'Disrupting Systems: Financing Africa's Youth Entrepreneurs'.
Lubna and other panelists highlighted the need for the financial sector, with the support of policymakers, to serve youth entrepreneurs through the provision of tailor-made financial products and services that can help them grow their businesses. Lubna also highlighted the need for different ecosystem actors to collaborate and coordinate their efforts in serving this important segment.
The session which took place was chaired and coordinated by The Mastercard Foundation.
The SME Finance Forum, managed by the IFC, works to expand access to finance for SMEs. The Forum brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions, driving the growth of SMEs globally.
A summary of the event can be found here.