CHART OF THE WEEKHow Countries Are Helping Small Businesses Survive COVID-19

By Kazuko Shirono, Esha Chhabra, and Jessica Fan The economic downturn caused by the pandemic has taken a painful toll on small businesses. Scores of retail businesses have permanently closed in cities around the world since the Great Lockdown in the spring of 2020. Small and medium enterprises have an out-sized impact on local economies. […]

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Digital Solutions for Small Businesses in the Middle East and North Africa

By Inutu Lukonga Small and medium-sized enterprises dominate the business landscape in the Middle East and North Africa region. These enterprises account for more than 90 percent of the region’s businesses and, in some countries, contribute as much as 50 percent of employment and 70 percent of GDP. Yet they face impediments to growth, and […]

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