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Connect with peers

The DFI Exchange Group is a space for DFI-related knowledge sharing and group activities of the ICR Facility, and will also provide the opportunity for DFIs to share and showcase their best practices and experiences with their peers.

DFI Exchange Group

The ICR Facility has taken note of the strong demand among different DFIs to connect and exchange with peers. We are excite to announce an Exchange Group for Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. The Exchange Group is a platform for all DFI-related knowledge sharing and group activities of the ICR Facility and provides DFIs with the opportunity to share and showcase their best practices and experiences with peers in three main ways.

Events that will be organised by the ICR Facility with the DFI Exchange Group include:

Why should you join the DFI Exchange Group?

  • Ability to host a peer session tailored to your interest, curiosity and need, by proposing a topic of your choosing to discuss with your peers
  • First to be informed about closed-door events such as peer-to-peer exchanges and group trainings
  • Access to restricted knowledge products and presentations used in peer sessions
  • Possibility for a selected number of active DFIs to be invited to the ICR Facility’s Women Economic Empowerment Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, on 5-6 June 2024
  • Connect with your peers and expand your network!

1. Peer sessions

Once per quarter, we facilitate peer sessions where DFIs can come together to meet on a specific topic of their choice. Jointly with the ICR Facility and supported by a facilitator, DFIs can propose a topic, tool or issue to interactively exchange on with peers, and the ICR Facility will support with planning the content of the session, as well as logistical, communication and moderation assistance. 

If you are interested in hosting a peer session, the first step is to contact the ICR Facility team. Together, we can discuss your topic of interest, how to structure and moderate the session to maximise your session and what to prepare.  

  • Frequency of peer sessions: Once per quarter.
  • Duration: Sixty (60) minutes.
  • Timing: Timing of the sessions will be amended to accommodate for inputs from various regions. 
  • Structure: flexible, dependent on the topic, e.g. input presentation from hosting DFI followed by a Q&A session with peers or moderated discussion/ roundtable where several DFIs share their experiences or views on certain themes or developments. Topics could, e.g. be:
    • Discussion on topics of common interest, e.g. how to use a certain tool or how to revise a strategy to address a certain challenge,
    • Region-specific discussions where topics according to geography may be relevant, e.g. sessions for DFIs in small-island nations in the Caribbean or Pacific,
    • Disseminating lessons learned, e.g. from a gender gap assessment or the refinement of a financial product. 
  • Language: Most sessions will take place in English. We can also host French-only sessions in case of interest. 
  • Format: Online, MS Teams or Zoom accounts of the ICR Facility.  
  • Recordings: Sessions wil not be recorded.  
  • Support: The ICR Facility will be facilitating and organising the session in collaboration with the hosting DFI.  

Why should you host a peer session?

  • Opportunity to highlight your work and experiences in front of other DFIs
  • Gain feedback from your peers on your (innovative) approaches and ideas
  • Possibility to co-host a session with a peer!

In case of interest to connect with peers, do reach out to the ICR Facility team ( and we would be happy to share the contact details with you and/or arrange a meeting.


2. Group activities from the ICR Facility

Group activities, such as structured peer-to-peer events, networking sessions and group trainings, are regularly organised by the ICR Facility. By joining the Exchange Group, you will be the first to be informed and invited to these activities. Active members of the Exchange Group will also have the opportunity to be invited to the ICR Facility’s Women’s Economic Empowerment conference in Kigali, Rwanda taking place on 5-6 June 2024.  

3. Sharing knowledge material

Through the DFI Exchange Group, the ICR Facility shares restricted knowledge products, training materials and peer session presentations with members. In case there are knowledge products or events developed by your DFI that you would like to share with peers, we would be happy to facilitate this through the network. 

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