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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 and the Development Facility for sub-Saharan Africa. Both Facilities work to maximize and deepen the impact of the fund in their respective regions. They support financial partner institutions, companies and producers through a broad array of tailored technical assistance projects designed to promote the adoption of sustainable business practices. These projects range from improving environmental and social risk management capacities within local financial institutions, providing training sessions on sustainable production practices for producers, supporting corporates in sustainable sourcing strategies to  conducting feasibility studies for sustainable tree nurseries as well as country markets and deforestation assessments studies.

 

Through these technical assistance projects, the Development Facilities support the fund’s target groups with the knowledge and tools needed to implement sustainable business practices that protect biodiversity, ensure the responsible use of natural resources, and help mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. In this way, companies, partner institutions, and their clients can expect to see improvements in their overall productivity and sustainability.

In addition, the Development Facilities also create and support knowledge-sharing platforms, stakeholder dialogues and sector initiatives, where relevant ecosystem players such as investors, government agencies, producers, financial institutions, local associations, NGOs and industry leaders convene to jointly create solutions that promote a green economy.

If you would like to learn more about the fund’s Development Facility in Latin America and the Caribbean, you may find more information in the Pitchbook. A similar pitchbook for the sub-Saharan Africa Development Facility will be available, soon.

How Does the Development Facility Support the Fund's Mission?

Facts & Figures

Kreis
USD 3.3 million

Technical assistance project volume

Kreis
USD 350 million

Invested in conservation finance loans

Kreis
13

Partner institutions supported in 11 countries

Kreis
66

Technical assistance projects approved

Kreis
300

Partner institution staff members trained

Kreis
12

Country deforestation assessments

Kreis
391000

People reached through conferences & events

Kreis
12

Environmental and Social Management Systems improved/implemented

All figures as of March 2020 based on eco.business Fund activities in Latin America

Development Facility Projects

All figures as of March 2020 based on eco.business Fund activities in Latin America

  • Individual Technical Assistance: This type of cooperation aims to enable Partner Institutions to promote and apply sustainable business and consumption practices through access to finance. Indicative activities include assistance in: product implementation, portfolio screening of potential investees, implementation of credit assessment technologies of sustainable businesses and staff training, among others.
  • Financial Sector Support: This type of cooperation is focused on developing sector partners, such as financial sector institutions (like central banks, banking associations), business sector institutions (e.g. business associations, cooperatives, incubators) as well as enabling actors such as technology developers or multi-stakeholder platforms. The aim is broadly to foster the development of an enabling and sustainable business environment.
  • Research and Development Projects: The DF facilitates market studies as well as the development and pilot-testing of new tools, products and instruments of the fund, such as guarantees, local currency lending instruments and bonds. The DF also finances country studies that are required for the expansion of the Sub-Fund to new countries and that support impact and evaluation exercises where applicable. Finally, the DF supports the development of concepts and strategies that support the Fund’s mission overall.

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.

How Do the Development Facilities Work?

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:

Environmental Education, Making My Community Green
Environmental Education, Making My Community Green

The DF sponsored part of the project “Environmental Education, making my Community green,” created by Fundación Zamora, in association with Lafise Bancentro Bank. The project’s objective..

Sponsoring of Joint Events
Sponsoring of Joint Events

Joint Events and Conference Participation project was created in 2017 with the objective to comply the mission of the eco.business Development Facility (DF) in positioning...

Financing Sustainable Shrimp Production
Financing Sustainable Shrimp Production

The approved Aquaculture Green List is comprised of six measures for production and one measure for processing. The measures for production are: biodiversity impact assessments,...

Developing Impact Measurement Frameworks
Developing Impact Measurement Frameworks

The objective of this project was to build the results and impact monitoring and evaluation framework, and to define the information that will be needed to prove and to monitor...

Innovating Salvadorian Coffee Financing
Innovating Salvadorian Coffee Financing

Banco Hipotecario, a bank in El Salvador, and the Development Facility implemented technological tools to help guide credit and producer decision-making...

eco.business Sustainability Academy
eco.business Sustainability Academy

The eco.business Sustainability Academy offers practical and theoretical workshops for financial institutions and their clients alike...

De Mi Tierra
De Mi Tierra

The Development Facility was a proud sponsor of the “De Mi Tierra” program, created by three Honduran institutions: Banco Ficohsa, Supermercados La Colonia...

Environmental and Social Management Systems
Environmental and Social Management Systems

Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) have been designed and implemented for over seven partner institutions across six countries...

Building Sustainable Cattle Portfolios
Building Sustainable Cattle Portfolios

The Development Facility has helped design sustainable cattle portfolios for multiple financial institutions in the region by implementing technological tools...

Development of geomap tool on Evidensia - an ISEAL initiative
Development of geomap tool on Evidensia - an ISEAL initiative

The eco.business Fund Development Facility supported an ISEAL initiative for the development of Evidensia...

Identifying and reducing portfolio risk
Identifying and reducing portfolio risk

Through the development of environmental indicators and the purchase of innovative geo-monitoring technologies...

For more information on these and other projects, please visit our subpage What's New.
Please also have a look at a summary of our projects from 2017-2019.

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