iBAN's intermediary database

This database targets inclusive businesses looking for financial and/or technical support. The database lists organisations and initiatives providing different kinds of support, such as capital in the form of grants, loans and equity, or technical support in the form of advice, partnership brokering or networking support. 

Use the search filters below to narrow down your search for financial and/or technical support providers.

Further funding databases:

--> GET.invest: focused on renewable energy in Africa
--> Nexus for Development: focused on Southeast Asia 

ABOUT THE DATABASE

Who is this database for?

This database aims to serve inclusive businesses that are looking for sources of support to help them grow, ranging from capital to technical support.

 

What does the database cover?

This database lists organizations – here referred to as intermediaries – that provide technical and financial support to inclusive businesses. The database will continue growing as support organizations are registered. Inclusive businesses are diverse, and so too are the range of organizations that provide support and the types of support they offer. The resources listed cover a continuum of financing solutions, from grants and concessional financing to commercial finance and private equity. They also include organizations and initiatives providing technical assistance (TA), advice, partnership brokering, information, advocacy, and networking. The database is easy to navigate and provides useful filters such as the range of financial support provided and the stage of enterprise supported (if such information is available). 

The database does not include organizations offering microfinance. A comprehensive listing of these, sorted by country, can be viewed here. More organizations will be added over time and suggestions are welcome.

 

Why and how was the database developed?

Inclusive business entrepreneurs often face difficulties identifying partners that could provide crucial financial and technical support. Even though such support is available, information about it is often fragmented and hard to find. The database addresses this challenge, making information on financial and technical support easy to identify and navigate by providing easily searchable categories and filters.

The entries and information provided in the database are compiled by the research team using information publicly available on organization websites or provided directly by the organizations themselves. 

 

Who developed the database?

The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business (now inclusivebusiness.net) and the Asian Development Bank set up this database to help overcome this challenge. The Connect to Grow programme supported further development of this database in 2016, specifically to include intermediaries in its target countries. In late 2017 and 2018, the DFID Impact Programme funded the most comprehensive review and update of the database yet, which was implemented by Endeva. The Endeva team reviewed the categories and all existing entries, and also added hundreds of entries with the support of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and other partners.

ANDE has just launched a new site of their own that provides data about financial and non-financial support available for small and growing businesses in a specific city or country. ANDE’s Ecosystem Snapshots aim to help those supporting entrepreneurs to foster conditions in which businesses can thrive. 

 

USING THE DATABASE

What can users search for on the database?

You can keep your search for organizations broad by just selecting the finance and/or technical support offering you are looking for or you can narrow down your search by selecting further filters such as type of organization, sector, region/country etc. If you are looking for a specific topic that is not included in the current category list, use the keywords search bar to search the entire database. This will return results on that topic from the whole database.

 

If users want all entries from Asia, does one need to select all Asian countries, too (or ditto for other continents)?

No. If you would like to see all the material for one continent, for example South Asia, select ‘South Asia’ under the ‘Region/Country’ filter and click on the ‘Apply’ button. This will bring up all intermediaries that provide support in South Asia.

 

Can users submit a new entry for inclusion or edit an existing entry in the database?

We recognise that this is not an exhaustive list and our aim is to add more organisations on a regular basis. Hence, we eagerly welcome new entries and encourage organisations to get listed. Go to your My iBAN-dashboard/My database entries, add a new entry and fill in the form with the details of the resource you wish to submit. The database team will review the entry before it is approved and post it on the site within a week. Please note that only submissions that match our criteria will be included.

We also encourage and welcome your feedback and suggestions of any other organizations that could be included. 

In addition, we value feedback on existing entries, as well as feedback on the usefulness of this database to your work. Please have a look and get back to us!

 

The link to a specific resource is not working, what can users do?

All our database entries directly link to external websites of organizations and authors from which resources can be accessed. Consequently, we have limited control over links and external resources may change over time. If you notice a dead link, please help us to keep the database up to date by writing an email to info[at]ib-an.net. The link will then be updated or removed.

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Amount of financial support

Intermediary Database

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Alterfin
East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

Alterfin is financing microfinance institutions and fair trade producers in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It provides loans to fair trade producer groups and associations. Loan size ranges between USD 150,000 and USD 1,500,000 with possible leverage from other funds up to three times the specified amount

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt Financing
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount150,000 - 1.5 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Financial Services
IB TopicsFinance for Inclusive Business
DOB Equity
Sub-Saharan Africa
Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya

DOB Equity is an impact fund investing in socially responsible businesses across sectors in East Africa. It focuses on scalable and innovative companies that improve low and middle income population's access to goods and services.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
IB TopicsFinance for Inclusive Business, Replication, Innovation
Endeva
Global

Endeva's expertise lies in consulting, facilitation, and research services working with companies, donors, governments and NGOs. Endeva focuses on supporting the development of inclusive business models and ecosystems aiming to include low-income people into value chains.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageAny
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Tourism, Housing or Construction, Financial Services
IB TopicsGender, ICT, Environmental Impact, Finance for Inclusive Business, Results Measurement and Impact, Innovation, Replication
Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) is a financial sector development organisation that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria through innovation grants for seed and early stage financial service ventures. Grants include 12 months of capacity building and technical assistance through mentoring, one-on-one consulting, knowledge resources, access to continued financial support and advocacy for financial inclusion.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageAny
SectorFinancial Services
IB TopicsGender, Finance for Inclusive Business
Enterprise for Development
Global

Enterprise for Development provides reimbursable grants to social enterprises that generate pro-poor benefits in low-income countries, and provides research on sustainable social enterprises.

Type of OrganisationFoundation
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs / Non-profits, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health
IB TopicsICT, Finance for Inclusive Business, Replication
Health Enterprise Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria

The Health Enterprise Fund provides grants and technical assistance to private health enterprises with solutions that address critical health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa. Grants range from USD 100,000 to USD 200,000.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount100,000 - 200,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorHealth
IB TopicsFinance for Inclusive Business, Replication, Innovation
LenddoEFL
South Asia, East Asia and Pacific
Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia

LenddoEFL’s mission is to provide 1 billion people fast and convenient access to low cost, powerful financial products. They use AI, advanced analytics and behavioural data helping serve the underbanked people and small businesses in emerging markets.

LenddoEFL use new, alternative sources of data, such as psychometric assessments, mobile phone data, digital footprints and more. These can be used in place of traditional financial history to understand credit risk and identity verification.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySouth Asia, East Asia and Pacific
Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageGrowth
SectorFinancial Services
IB TopicsInnovation, ICT, Finance for Inclusive Business
MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates)
Global

MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite entrepreneurs, MEDA partners with people living in poverty to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world.

Type of OrganisationNGO
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity, Grants and Awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageAny
SectorAgriculture or Food, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsYouth, Gender, Rural development, Capacity building, Employment, Finance for Inclusive Business