STRENGTHENING THE RESILIENCE OF BUSINESSES IN AFRICA
Microenterprises and SMEs in Africa have been hard hit by the economic consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. They are also exacerbating the problems they already had in accessing financing well before the crisis.
Despite the deterioration in the macroeconomic situation, PROPARCO has stepped up its action to support Africa’s private sector. Since March 2020, PROPARCO has been offering flexible solutions to its existing clients (deferred repayments, additional financing, etc.) to meet their most urgent needs.
Following on from this immediate response and working with our counterpart development banks, AFD Group is increasing its capacity to support businesses and private financial institutions operating in Africa. PROPARCO is adding a new component, Resilience, to the Choose Africa initiative with an additional budget of EUR 1bn. This mechanism comprises tools for loans, guarantees, equity investments and assistance tailored to the crisis situation.
EUR 1bnto support microenterprises/SMEs weakened by the crisis
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OUR FINANCING AND ASSISTANCE SOLUTIONS
FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MSMEs
AFD Group is deploying additional financing mechanisms to meet the financing requests of SMEs weakened by the crisis:
- Guarantees to local partner banks (up to 80% of the risk borne by the banks) to encourage them to lend to MSMEs
- Loans to financial institutions to help them meet business needs
- Direct PROPARCO loans to companies
AFD Group will also be strengthening the capital base of companies via the FISEA+ facility or via funds that support African MSMEs.
SUPPORTING THE FINANCIAL INCLUSION SECTOR
Microfinance institutions (MFIs) play a crucial role in cushioning the economic and social impact of the crisis on entrepreneurs and the most vulnerable populations. AFD Group is supporting MFIs so that they can continue to lend to their clients via:
- Loans to MFIs or banks operating in the microenterprise segment
- Guarantees to MFIs to cover micro-loans to entrepreneurs, which are particularly vulnerable in times of crisis
- Guarantees to local banks that finance MFIs to meet their liquidity requirements
In addition, equity investments may be considered to strengthen the financial inclusion sector, which has been weakened by the crisis.
PROPARCO will continue to deploy Technical Assistance (TA) programs for the beneficiary companies and partner institutions of Choose Africa Resilience. They will target their specific needs related to the management of the impacts of this crisis:
- Specific assistance is offered in managing the crisis and adapting business models to this new economic environment. For example, special assistance can be given to financial institutions that want to increase the digitalization of their services, which will give more people access to them.
- TA to support performance can address the need to strengthen the client’s organization or financial and administrative processes, its human resources department, or its market positioning. This technical assistance will in particular be given to players in financial inclusion or SMEs supported by our financial intermediaries.
- Finally, PROPARCO will continue to encourage clients to adopt or strengthen sustainable and inclusive practices, in line with its usual standards for environmental risk management and the promotion of climate co-benefits and gender equality.
OUR LOCAL PARTNERS
Find out about partner funds, financial institutions and incubators close to you, supported by AFD Group.
|wdt_ID||Name of partner||Partner type||Location||what financing/services are available ?||Eligible companies||Contact|
|1||ABAN||Business angels network||Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Algeria, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Uganda, South Africa, Mauritius, Tunisia, Ghana, Chad, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Botswana, Namibia, Gabon, Malawi, Gambia, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo||Seed financing, mentoring||Start-ups tech||https://abanangels.org/|
|2||Access Bank Ghana||Bank||Ghana||Financial products and services||MSMEs||https://www.ghana.accessbankplc.com/|
|3||Access Bank Nigeria||Bank||Nigeria||Financial products and services||MSMEs||https://www.accessbankplc.com/|
|4||Accion Quona Inclusion Fund||Venture capital Fund||Egypte, Kenya, Nigeria, Afrique du Nord||Financial services||Fintech startups and MSMEs||https://quona.com/|
|5||Accion Venture Labs||Private Equity Funds||South Africa, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, São Tomé and -Prince, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe||Early stage investment 200 - $500K||Fintech Startup||https://www.accion.org/how-we-work/invest/accion-venture-lab|
|6||ACEP Cameroon||Microfinance||Cameroon||Financial products and services||MSMEs/microfinance||http://acep-cameroun.org/|
|7||ACEP Niger||Microfinance||Niger||Financial products and services||MSMEs/microfinance||http://www.ietp.com/fr/entreprises/acep-niger|
|8||ACTIVA Cameroon||Bank||Cameroon||Financial products and services||MSMEs||https://activa-cameroun.com/index.php/fr/|
|9||Adenia Capital IV||Private Equity Funds||Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Guinea, Mali||Growth Capital 10 - €30M||MSMEs||http://www.adenia.com/funds-and-investment|
|10||ADP III||Private Equity Funds||Algeria Botswana Burkina Faso Ivory Coast Ghana Kenya Morocco Mauritania Niger Nigeria Mozambique Namibia Uganda Tanzania Senegal Egypt Tunisia Multi-country Africa||Growth Capital 20 - €100M||MSMEs||https://amethis.com|
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