Mapping of major donor agency partnership funds and facilities

This page offers a mapping and accessible directory of major challenge funds and similar partnership facilities that invite proposals by business (and other stakeholders) and award financial and/ or technical support on a competitive basis.

Note that a broader database of over 200 organisations offering financial or technical support to inclusive business has been created by the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business.

Multi-donor funded partnership funds and facilities

 Donor agencies Programme name Who can apply? What types of support are offered?

Australia DFAT, Danida, DFID, IFAD, NL MFA

African_Enterprise Challenge Fund Companies from anywhere in the world investing in Africa Financial support (loans, grants) to project implementation

DFID, Global Affairs Canada, IDB

Compete Caribbean – Enterprise Innovation Challenge Fund for the Caribbean Caribbean companies Financial support (grants) to project implementation

Australia DFAT, DFID, Omidyar Network, Sida, USAID

Global Innovation    Fund Companies and other organisations from anywhere in the world Financing of feasibility studies/ project   testing Financial support (grants, loans, equity) to project implementation Technical assistance Brokering links w/ other innovators, funders or experts

Partnership funds and facilities by individual donor agencies

Donor agency Programme name Who can apply? What types of support are offered?

Austria (ADA)

Business Partnerships Programme Austrian and European businesses Financing of feasibility studies Financial support (grants) to project implementation Advisory support to project planning and implementation

Australia (DFAT)

Business Partnerships Platform Australian and international businesses and other organisations Financial support (grants) to project implementation Advisory support on the political and regulatory environment in target countries Brokering links w/ implementing partners and other stakeholders Support to policy reform in target countries

Denmark (Danida)

Market Development Partnerships Consortia of at least one business and one non-commercial partner Financial support project preparation Financial support (grants) to project implementations
Business Explorer Danish companies Financing of feasibility studies Financial support (grants) to project implementation

Finland (MFA)

Finnpartnership Finnish companies Financing of feasibility studies and business plan development Financial support (grants) to project implementation Technical assistance/ advice during project implementation Brokering links between companies

Germany (BMZ)

DeveloPPP German and European businesses Financial support (grants) to project implementation Technical assistance Brokering links with other stakeholders
Africa Facility Africa-based companies investing in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa or Tunisia Technical assistance Facilitating policy dialogue in target countries
PPP Fund for the Mano River Union Companies based in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone Technical assistance Facilitating policy dialogue in target countries

Japan (JICA)

Proposal-based support Japanese businesses Financing of feasibility studies

Netherlands (MFA)

Matchmaking Facility Businesses from developing countries Brokering links with Dutch companies
Dutch Good Growth Fund Dutch companies  Financial support (loans, equity, guarantees)

Norway (Norad)

Enterprise Development for Jobs Scheme Companies from anywhere in the world Financing of feasibility studies Financial support (grants) to project implementation Facilitating partner search

Sweden (Sida)

Innovations against Poverty Local companies, or foreign companies partnering with a local company, in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia Financial support (grants) to project implementation Advisory support
Public-Private Development Partnerships Companies from any country Financial support (grant) to project implementation by a third party (NGO) Brokering links with other stakeholders

Switzerland (SDC)

REPIC Platform Swiss businesses or other organisations Financial support (grants) to project implementation Brokering links with other project partners

UK (DFID)

Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund Companies active in Malawi Financial support (grants)

 US (USAID)

Global Innovation Ventures Companies (and other organisations) from anywhere in the world Financial support (grants)
Global Development Alliance Companies (and other organisations) from anywhere in the world Financial support (grants) to project implementation via a third party (NGO)

 

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