If you are undertaking a business environment and investment climate improvement initiative and would like to receive technical assistance from the ICR Facility, kindly check your eligibility and apply.
Please read the following instructions before completing your submission.
Next to public sector entities, the ICR Facility supports organisations gathering/representing multiple private companies such as chambers of commerce, federations, (women´s) business associations, among others. Individual firms, research centers, universities or think tanks are not eligible. If you fall under this categories, please consider building a partnership with an eligible organisation from the public or private sector and applying through these
Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) are eligible to apply for technical assistance from the ICR Facility. In line with the topics covered under Output Area 1, their request should be related to the role of DFIs in improving the business environment/ investment climate and influencing public policies/participating in PPDs.
As of now, the ICR Facility supports a maximum of 3 intervention per country. Interventions which benefit several countries are not considered towards this. To check how many interventions have been taken place per country, click HERE.
Interventions are framed within three types of interventions: 1) Support to business environment reforms (BER) at the economy-wide, industry and value chain level, 2) Support to enable the business environment for sustainability, with a focus on environmental sustainability, social sustainability and women’s economic empowerment and 3) Supporting Public-Private-Dialogue structures and mechanisms for the design and implementation of policies and reforms. Please also check the factsheets on interventions already in implementation for EXAMPLES. You may also want to draw inspiration from the ICR TOOLBOX, which presents a set of practical tools for Business Environment Reform in concrete terms.
No. The ICR Facility only provides technical expertise on demand basis and does not pay for staff time of any organisation nor for equipment or IT infrastructure.
No. The ICR Facility does not pay for equipment nor for the technical development of IT services such as websites, apps, databases, and other. We may however be able to work with you on conceptualizing your IT solution content-wise (e.g. technical studies for the conceptualization of a digital solution that will contribute to improve the investment climate).
The ICR Facility does not sponsor events. However, it may offer its support to an event which occurs within the context of an intervention if this contributes to achieving its objectives. If an event is covered through an intervention, only the organization and logistics of the event (rent of the venue and equipment and meals) will be covered. The ICR Facility will not cover travel expenses, per diems, or lodging of participants to an event.
No. The ICR Facility does not cover travel costs for the participation in events organised by third parties.
No. The ICR Facility is not a grant providing facility. It offers technical assistance to eligible entities by providing adequate expertise to effect positive change in the business environment and investment climate of ACP countries.
The ICR intervention aims to carry out strategic and targeted interventions. Thus, if the technical assistance ideas are complementary and can build upon each other, we recommend to organise them into one application bearing in mind the feasibility of the intervention within 90 expert days. We do not recommend handing in more than one request at a time.
After approval, on average an intervention can take between 30 to 90 days to start full implementation. Once approved, many aspects can impact the timeline to start implementation, including how targeted the request has been, how available the requester is to discuss and agree the scope of the intervention and how specific the expertise needed is.
The implementing agencies of the ICR Facility are solely responsible for the selection and supervision of experts deployed. They will do this in close cooperation with the requester but according to the rules and procedures applicable to them.
The ICR Facility delivers technical assistance interventions within a limit of 90 expert days. These 90 expert days can be deployed over the duration of one year in the pace required to achieve the goals of the intervention
The ICR Facility provides short-term and targeted support. Interventions are therefore meant to achieve their objectives within a maximum of 90 expert days. If you are looking for longer term cooperation, please contact the development partners, including the EU Delegation, in your country.
Based on the nature of the request for technical assistance as well as the further development of the global pandemic, implementation may be virtual or on-site, or a combination of both.
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