Inclusive Business and Covid-19 Recovery

The pandemic caused by the coronavirus has changed the way we all work. Earlier this year, iBAN has gathered an immediate Covid-19 response inventory, including webinars, checklists and new online initiatives to help companies navigate the crisis. Now many businesses globally find themselves in an adaption process toward a 'New Normal'. To accompany your business, we updated our resources to support your Covid-19 recovery – also to underline that every crisis represents an opportunity for development and improvement. 

Funding Opportunities

Grants and Loans

Funding Opportunity by Supports initiatives with up to EUR 200,000 of funding by privately owned companies that mitigate the economic as well as the health-related impact of the corona pandemic in developing or emerging countries.Proposals can be submitted between July 10 and August 10, 2020.

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Funding by Open Road Alliance: Open Road Alliance offers grants for mid-implementation projects. 

Apply here for Grants

Grant Facilities by Aavishkaar Group: The Aavishkaar Group announces Facility for Humane Action in response to Covid-19 for five key areas.

Apply here for Grants

Capital Relief Resources by CASE: The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) from Duke University provides Capital Relief Resources including grants, loans and other cash equivalents for entrepreneurs worldwide. 

Access Database for Grants and Loans

Deal Share Platform by AVPN: This Deal Share Platform helps to create prospective funding and collaboration opportunities by supporting members in identifying investable Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) through the pipeline of deals across markets, causes and financing instruments.

Access Database for Grants and Loans

DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant: The DBS Foundation offers Grants between SGD 50,000 and SGD 250,000 for social enterprises who have a product market fit, demonstrated traction in sales and revenue, clear social impact and are ready to scale up. 

Apply here for Grants

Matchmaking Platform for possible Grants and Investments by the Norrsken Foundation: If you are an innovative initiative that offers time-sensitive solutions that directly address issues caused by the coronavirus you can apply for funding. Also, you can directly connect with organizations working together on solutions or offer financial or legal help as an organization or an individual. 

Submit your application here

Facebook for Business offers Grants for Companies in Selected Countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and South Africa: You are eligible if you have between 2 and 50 employees, have been in business for over a year, have experienced challenges from COVID-19 and if you are in or near a location where Facebook operates.

Submit your application here

$1.5 million in prize funding is available for Solve's 2020 Global Challenge: Health Security & Pandemics, deadline June 18, 2020: MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics or analyzing data that informs decision making. Moreover, Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems or enhance disease surveillance systems.

Submit your solution here

The Global Distributors Collective (GDC) offers an overview on their member's Covid-19 funding campaigns in countries such as Kenya, Zambia or Uganda: A range of GDC members have launched fundraising campaigns to support communities successful reaction to the crisis by delivering essential products or knowledge concerning healthcare.

Browse campaigns

Database on active grants by Rockefeller Foundation: The Rockefeller Foundation offers a regularly updated database with available grants worldwide for several topical commitments. 

Browse active grants

Covid-19 Energy Access Relief Fund: The EUR 100 million targeted concessionary debt fund seeks to enable off-grid energy companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to both maintain their customers' existing energy services and retain the staff required to deliver future services to these customers.Visit their webpage to see if your business fulfills the necessary criteria to apply. 

Apply here to receive funding

GET.invest Covid-19 Finance Catalyst Window: GET.invest has opened a Covid-19 window within the Finance Catalyst to provide business and project developers with free-of-cost advisory in terms of investment strategy, (re)structuring their business model, and helping with management and financial models. As well as help with transaction support and to get better access to finance support. Visit GET.invest to check the necessary eligibility criteria. 

Apply for Covid-19 reaction support 

Apply for the Bank Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa 2020: The Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa 2020 Campaign is designed to provide female-owned businesses across Africa an opportunity to access to finance and world-class business training as well as mentoring opportunities. This programme has been designed to create an enabling environment for female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Apply until August 14, 2020.

Apply for the Bank Womenpreneur Pitch-a-ton Africa 2020


Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund by WHO: The World Health Organization is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. By donating you can help them financially to establish measures such as to track and understand the spread of the virus or to ensure patients get the care they need.

Donate here


"Ask an Expert" by Nourishing Africa: In "Ask an Expert" entrepreneurs can ask critical questions related to their businesses to leading experts in the agriculture and food sector. Each week, Nourishing Africa invites a different expert to answer questions from the entrepreneurs on a select topic.

Ask an Expert here

"Manual to Land" by MIT D-Lab: The Manual to Land by MIT D-Lab aims to help entrepreneurs to better navigate crisis leadership while focusing on finances, the team or the customer side.

Manual to Land

Covid-19 Playbook by Beyond Capital: The playbook contains a useful checklist as well as 12 strategies on how to organize your business during Covid-19, for example in terms of employee safety, liquidity, investors or sales. 

Covid-19 Playbook

Covid-19 Response Framework by Business Fights Poverty: This framwork offers an insideful view on how businesses can support the most vulnerable in their value chains, communities and beyond.

Covid-19 Response Framework

Survival Checklist by the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship: The Miller Center provides a helpful Survival Checklist for small companies to cope with the crisis.

Survival Checklist

Resilience Toolkit by ygap: In response to the measures that have been taken with regards to Covid-19, ygap has developed a business Resiliency Toolkit to support entrepreneurs and their ventures through this challenging time.

Resilience Toolkit

Manual "Managing your organization successfully during Covid-19" by Global CAD: Global CAD aims to assist businesses to learn from the Covid-19 crisis, in order to establish more sustainable and resilient practices. The manual includes tools, methodologies and expertise to support entrepreneurs, SMEs, as well as NGO and civil society leaders. 

Manual on managing your organization successfully

Guideline for IBs on how to engage with the BoP during Covid-19 by Business Call to Action (BCtA): This report shows potential effects of Covid-19 on the BoP and BoP-Engaged Businesses and measures how to cope, for instance, with employee or supplier and distributor needs. 

Guideline how to engage with BoP

Five Insights on DFI Leadership in the Covid-19 Crisis: Dalberg brought together five leaders of Development Finance Institutions (DFI) to discuss their roles in responding to the crisis and likely focus areas moving forward. 

Five Insights on DFI Leadership

McKinsey’s regularly updated Briefing Note: McKinsey’s regularly updated Briefing Note on Covid-19 provides business leaders with a perspective on the evolving situation and implications for their companies.

McKinsey’s Briefing Note

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Covid-19 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC provides practical tools on how to maintain a healthy business by explaining how to prepare workplaces for a Covid-19 outbreak or reduce the transmission among employees.

Health Guidance

The free App "atun" supports Factory Workers impacted by Covid-19: Atun empowers current and former factory workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic fallout by providing weekly updates for work, E-Learnings, parental support concerning out-of-school children and information about workplace reopenings. 

Learn more about atun


Upcoming webinars

Weekly live show "Shareholders for A Better World" organized by TBLI Foundation: Every week the TBLI Foundation will have discussions and interviews with thought leaders who are truly working to repair the financial system and actually doing and not only talking.

Watch here 

ANDE Calendar of Events: This month of August ANDE conducts several webinars. For example, on August 19, 2020, the "ANDE Bangkok Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot Virtual Stakeholders' Roundtable Meeting".

Watch here

"First Thursdays" Webinar Series by Nourishing Africa: First Thursdays is an one hour virtual monthly event launched by Nourishing Africa where entrepreneurs in the agriculture and food landscapes can connect directly with each other to share experiences, find new suppliers, customers and distributors, receive updates on opportunities in the sector, and co-create solutions. The event will focus on the East Africa region bringing together agri-food entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the region.

Register here 

Past webinars

Also, visit our Covid-19: Webinar Insights. In this section, we compiled insights from the various webinars that were taking place from March to July 2020 as a reaction to the global coronavirus pandemic. Also, find here an analysis provided by iBAN on how the discussion on the Covid-19 response in Africa has developed “From Rescuing to Reshaping”.

Additional Valuable Content

Information on Private Sector Development (PSD) and Covid-19 by the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED): Access this page for compiled ideas and resources on how donor and development agencies might adjust their PSD interventions to cope with the impacts of the crisis. They provide useful links, for example to global data or knowledge portals. 

Get an overview here

Resources on how to manage Covid-19 by Nourishing Africa: Access their webpage to gain an overview of updated information, entrepreneur experiences on the coronavirus and their offered learning tools such as webinars and publications. 

Get an overview here 

Coronavirus Resources by NextBillion: Read NextBillions' updated information on funding opportunities, strategies for adapting to the crisis, virtual events, analysis of emerging trends and news concerning the Coronavirus for the Social Impact Sector.

Get an Overview here

Explore our latest edition of CLUED-iN #12, where practicitioners start to take stock of the Covid-19 pandemic! CLUED-iN #11, which focuses on business resilience, compiles further practical insights and useful resources.

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