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22. Apr 2021
2:00-3:30 pm (CET)

Start-up Acts: an emerging instrument to foster the development of innovative high-growth firms

African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are faced with high unemployment, political instability, and other well-documented development challenges that demand new solutions to inclusive economic growth. Governments as a result, have increasingly begun to focus on entrepreneurship, and particularly start-ups, as a mean of creating quality jobs, boosting the wider economy's productivity and growth, and delivering market-based innovations to development challenges. Targeted start-up legislations (Start-up Acts) appear as an interesting tool for fostering entrepreneurship and enabling the development of new firms with high growth potential, through the granting of targeted incentives (tax, subsidies, procurement, etc.). More...


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Beating climate change: Why finance needs to flow to small entrepreneurs in the Pacific and Caribbean

Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and Pacific could help battle the ever more dramatic effects of climate change, but at the moment there is little of the right kind of finance available to help their businesses to take off.

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ICReport

National DFIs: Critical allies for climate action

National development finance institutions (NDFIs) can play a vital role in promoting climate financing and thus achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) due to their knowledge of local markets, their close connections to domestic public and private stakeholders and their ability for local currency financing.

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Responding to the adaptation finance gap in 2021: catalysing private actors in ACP countries

It has long been recognised that adaptation finance needs to be scaled up significantly. Estimates of total global financing needs exceed US$150billion annually while current flows are estimated at around US$ 30 billion and remain woefully inadequate.

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25. Mar 2021
2:00-4:00 pm (CET)

Mobilising finance to catalyse private sector engagement for climate change adaptation in ACP countries

This online event will share experiences and provide guidance to public and private sector stakeholders in ACP countries seeking to mobilise finance to stimulate private sector engagement in climate adaptation projects. It will highlight the need for ACP countries to better translate their National Adaptation Plans into clear investments priorities for the private sector and the pivotal role of Developmental Financial Institutions to provide tailored financial solutions which meets the needs of the private sector in these countries. More...

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Loans on Honor: a comprehensive mechanism to foster development by supporting MSMEs

Together with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new perception of the role of private sector in the economic and social development process arise, with a special focus on their contribution to job creation. 

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11. Mar 2021
2:00-3:30 pm (CET)

Loans on Honor: a comprehensive mechanism to foster development by supporting MSMEs

In ACP countries, a large number of companies and especially the smallest and the youngest, are struggling to find the financing they need to grow, despite a general awareness of their crucial role in job creation and economic development. In recent years, solutions have emerged by combining both support and financing. The Prêts d’honneurs/ Loan on Honor mechanism is one of these solutions that has gradually developed in Africa, in particular through decentralized cooperation projects. More...

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Financing Variety: A challenge for impact investors

Given the scale of social and environment challenges across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, access to finance for social enterprises and inclusive businesses – well-placed to tackle many of these challenges – becomes a priority.

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25. Feb 2021
9-10 pm (CET) / 4-5 pm (Barbados) / 26. Feb, 8-9 am (Fiji)

Democratising access to social finance – Green and Social Enterprises in the Pacific and the Caribbean

In the face of mounting climate risks, entrepreneurs are coming up with solutions to accelerate transition to more climate resilient development, alongside investors putting more resources into climate finance. The climate risks are particularly acute for island nations in the Pacific and the Caribbean, where there’s also been a growth in entrepreneurial solutions that address both the environmental and social impact of climate change. more...

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What are the challenges for the development of crowdfunding in ACP countries?

Crowdfunding is an online, collective and community-based fundraising system. It enables entrepreneurs to raise funds from personal and professional networks, as well as geographical and affinity groups, based on the power of the internet and social media.

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11. Feb 2021
02:00-03:30 pm (CET)

Opportunities and challenges for crowdfunding in ACP countries

The growth of the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector is one of the priority issues for economic development in ACP countries. SMEs are among the motors of job creation and GDP growth. They make an important contribution to economic diversification, social stability, and territorial prosperity. However, SMEs are still struggling with the problem of access to finance. More...

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ICReport

Social Enterprise and Inclusive Business in ACP Countries: Variety and Access to Finance

The access to finance of social enterprises or inclusive businesses can have additional hurdles than the ones faced by profit-oriented businesses. The report gives recommendations on how to overcome these barriers and how the ICR Facility can help to support such actions.

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28. Jan 2021
02:00-04:00 pm (CET)

Democratising access to social finance

Given the scale of social and environment challenges across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, access to finance for social enterprises and inclusive businesses – well-placed to tackle these challenges – becomes a priority. Due to the variety of social enterprises and inclusive businesses across ACP countries, what are the best ways for financing actors to support their specific needs? What are the product, process and policy innovations that we can learn from? more...

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10. Dec 2020
04:00-05:30 pm (CET)

Improving the business environment for climate adaptation: Needs and opportunities for investment in ACP countries

Climate change is the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development in ACP countries. With limited availability of domestic or international finance, ACP countries need to stimulate private investment for climate change adaptation. Improving the business environment for climate adaptation is key to unlocking private sector development and investment by the private sector in sustainable development. More...

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How can the countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific accelerate their transition towards more climate resilient development?

The global community needs to urgently accelerate the transition to more climate resilient development in the face of mounting climate risks. The need for action is particularly acute for those countries which are most vulnerable to climate change; this includes many of the countries from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group.

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12. Nov 2020
01:30-03:00 pm (CET)

Reforming business environments amid fragility and conflict

The countries which are in highest need for private investment and economic growth are often also countries were it is most difficult to invest and to do business in. Not only do businesses in these countries struggle to access markets and obtain inputs, but their governments are also challenged to manage the business environment and economy. As a result, unemployment and poverty remain excessively high, contributing to further fragility and conflict. The ICR Facility works with public and private stakeholders in a variety of settings, including those characterised by fragility and conflict, to improve the investment climate and business environment in ACP countries. More...

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Reforming business environments amid fragility and conflict

Often, the countries that need private investment and economic growth the most are also the most difficult to invest and do business in. Not only do businesses in these countries struggle to access markets and obtain inputs, but their governments are also challenged to manage the business environment and economy. As a result, unemployment and poverty remain excessively high, contributing to further fragility and conflict.

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15. Oct 2020
02:00-04:00 pm (CEST)

Innovative Financing Instruments: Demand for Social Finance – Part 1

This live event will highlight the many shapes and sizes of social enterprises and related organisational forms across ACP countries, and how these differences inform their financing needs. Key differences might include legal constitution and governance, business model, types of activities and impact, organisation size, asset base, growth trajectory, skills base, market opportunity etc. more...

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Not One Size Fits All: The Varying Needs of Social Enterprises and Inclusive Businesses

Across African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries, businesses that have positive social impact in their primary mission are known by many names: inclusive business, social enterprise, social business, impact enterprise. While the concept of business for social good is not new, there is no consistent and formal definition for social enterprise across ACP countries.

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01. Oct 2020
03:30-05:00 pm(CEST)

How can SME resilience and adaptivity be strengthened through Business Continuity Management (BCM) in light of COVID-19?

The online event assesses how Business Continuity Training can help SMEs preparing for and recovering from crisis situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes activities for preserving the business operations butat the time also focusses on activities helping SMEs to adapt their business model and to use the opportunities deriving from the crisis to build back better. DOWNLOAD PDF

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