This Progress Report reflects the progress on the activities of the ICR Facility achieved until August 2022, with a particular focus on the period 1 September 2021–31 August 2022. The ICR Facility is implemented through three Output Areas.
In Output Area 1
Implementation of demand-based interventions was in full swing throughout the year. High numbers of requests were received and 27 interventions concluded. First interventions showed sustainable outcomes, described in more detail in this report.
Numerous activities included gender-equality as a secondary or primary objective and the team managed to raise awareness of the importance of Women’s Economic Empowerment for the Business Environment with an increasing number of partners.
In Output Area 2
The bulk of the six workplans developed with development finance institutions (DFIs) across the ACP regions were successfully concluded. In preparation for the coming three years, a call for proposals for DFIs was published, with a focus on the banks’ role for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE).
In Output Area 3
The outreach of the ICR Facility increased significantly throughout the year, with the organisation and participation in various internal and external events and the social media audience growing constantly. The knowledge series continued to grow further with three series concluded and a new series on Women’s Economic Empowerment.