Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers: Unlocking SME Finance in Asia: The Role of Credit Rating and Credit Guarantee Schemes


Unlocking SME Finance in Asia: The Role of Credit Rating and Credit Guarantee Schemes
Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) invites submissions of original unpublished papers on the role of credit rating and credit guarantee schemes for unlocking small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) finance in Asia, to be published in an edited book.

Selected papers will be presented at a seminar to be held in an ADB member country. Participation costs will be covered for one presenter of each accepted paper. The presenter must be a citizen of an ADB member country.

The objective of this book is to highlight the difficulties faced by SMEs when accessing finance, and to recommend ways to mitigate them. Proposed remedies include development of credit information infrastructure to rectify the problem of information asymmetries, utilization of credit rating techniques for SMEs, development of a sustainable credit guarantee scheme, and creation of national development banks that would foster SME access to finance.

The edited book will also include cases of credit guarantee schemes and credit risk databases that have been implemented in Asia to provide lessons and policy recommendations for the rest of the region.

Papers may deal with but not be limited to the following:

  • Role of credit information infrastructure for SMEs to remedy asymmetric information;
  • Role of credit rating institutions for SMEs in unlocking SME finance;
  • Role of credit guarantee schemes in unlocking SME finance;
  • Role of national development banks in unlocking SME finance; and
  • Successful practices of Asian economies in implementing credit guarantee schemes, credit information infrastructure, and credit rating institutions for easing SME access to finance.

Working title of the book: Unlocking SME finance in Asia: The role of credit rating and credit guarantee schemes


  • Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Faculty member, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan


Abstracts (300 words) must be submitted no later than 30 September 2017 as a Word document containing a title, name, and affiliation of the author(s), contact information, and appropriate fields (JEL classifications). Early applications with a full paper are preferred. Only papers written in English will be considered. Authors of selected papers will be notified by 15 October or earlier. A full draft paper should be submitted by 30 December. (The date and place of the seminar will be announced later.)

Submissions with brief author bios (including prominent publications, if any, such as journal articles, book chapters, edited or authored books) should be emailed to [email protected]