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About the Development Facilities

Operating alongside the fund’s investment activities are the eco.business Development Facility for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as an additional Development Facility for sub-Saharan Africa. Both Development Facilities work to maximize and deepen the impact of the fund in its target regions through a broad array of technical assistance measures for promoting sustainable practices. These measures range from building capacity within local financial institutions to improve their environmental and social risk management, to providing training opportunities for clients and end borrowers.

The Development Facilities also serve as platforms to connect involved parties in the endeavor to protect biodiversity and conserve natural resources. Activities like conference sponsorships, targeted studies, and market research bring together a multitude of players essential to the promotion of a green economy – such as NGOs, investors, governments, local associations, and industry leaders, in addition to local financial institutions and producers.

For further details, feel free explore the Pitchbook of the fund's Development Facility in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Facts & Figures

Kreis
USD 3.1 million

Technical assistance project volume

Kreis
USD 350 million

Invested in conservation finance loans

Kreis
17

Partner institutions supported in 13 countries

Kreis
61

Technical assistance projects approved

Kreis
250

Partner institution staff members trained

Kreis
12

Country deforestation assessments

Kreis
390000

Directly trained beneficiaries

Kreis
10

Environmental and Social Management Systems improved/implemented

All figures as of December 2019 based on eco.business Fund activities in Latin America

Development Facility Projects

All figures as of December 2019 based on eco.business Fund activities in Latin America

Our Approach

In the endeavor to amplify the fund’s impact, the Development Facilities provide different types of technical assistance to the fund’s partners and end borrowers while simultaneously strengthening its four priority sectors. The technical assistance offered by the facilities directly respond to stakeholder needs. It can range from implementing Environmental and Social Management Systems to event sponsorship and financing for training and research opportunities.

How Do the Development Facilities Work?

The Development Facilities work hand-in-hand with the sub-funds, its investees, and other players in the green finance sphere to pursue the eco.business Fund’s mission.

The Development Facilities are managed by Finance in Motion, the Advisor to the eco.business Fund.

  1. 1 Donors provide resources promoting sustainable practices and for capacity building
  2. 2 Technical assistance projects are identified or designed with partner institutions
  3. 3 An independent commission approves the projects, provides guidelines and monitors the projects
  4. 4 Technical assistance projects are implemented such as such as studies, events, capacity building, and sector support

Our Projects in Latin America

The Development Facility for Latin America already has a track record of completed and ongoing projects which reflect its mission and scope of activities:

Identifying and reducing portfolio risk

Through the development of environmental indicators and the purchase of innovative geo-monitoring technologies – such as drones and modern water and soil sampling equipment – the facility helped its partner Banco Hipotecario better understand the needs of the bank’s clients in the coffee sector.

The project also increased environmental awareness within the bank and among coffee farmers, and resulted in the implementation of more sustainable practices.

Implementing an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS)

The facility enabled the fund’s partner Multibank to improve its monitoring and evaluation system for agri-portfolio risk by improving the bank’s ESMS. The project resulted in reduced credit, legal, social, environmental, and reputational risk for the bank, increasing trust in green credit lines for the entire sector.

Development of geomap tool on Evidensia - an ISEAL initative

The eco.business Fund Development Facility supported an ISEAL initiative for the development of Evidensia, a website that provides easy access to credible research on the sustainability impacts of supply chain initiatives and tools, including standards and certifications. The Development Facility supported the construction of the geomap tool for the website, which allows the user to pinpoint documents, such as academic papers, geographically in regions that are of specific relevance to the user.

For more information on these and other projects, please visit our “What's New” subpage.
Please also have a look at our projects.

Donors to the eco.business Development Facility

Donors to the eco.business Fund either sponsor one or both sub-funds.

Tender Documents

Bidders who have been invited to submit a proposal may download the procurement documents here:

Procurement Procedures
Procurement Procedures
Procurement - Quick Reference Guide
Procurement - Quick Reference Guide
Counter party Information Sheet
Counter party Information Sheet
CV Template
CV Template
Budget Template
Budget Template