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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Intermediary Database

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Aavishkaar Fund
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia
India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Aavishkaar Fund is an early-stage impact investor that provides capital to entrepreneurs in rural areas of India.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan
Finance OfferingDebt Financing
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsRural development
Acorn Private Equity
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa

Acorn Private Equity is a private equity fund manager and investment advisor focused on small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund invests USD 10 million to USD 40 million in mid-cap businesses in food production and processing, utilities, healthcare, education, building materials, consumer goods, financial services, waste management and precludes industries such as primary agriculture, mining and real estate.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount> $ 2 million
Exact Amount10 - 40 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageGrowth
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Housing or Construction, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
Acumen
Global, East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa

Acumen is a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that tackle poverty. The organisation provides long-term debt or equity investments ranging from USD 250,000 to USD 3,000,000 in early-stage companies with payback or exit in seven to ten years. Acumen also offers fellowships that include leadership training and working with one of Acumen's portfolio companies.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal, East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Equity
Amount$ 500,000 - 2 million
Exact Amount250,000 - 3 million
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Housing or Construction
Africa50
Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa50 is a platform and fund for infrastructure development and financing in Africa focused mostly on projects in the energy and transport sectors. Africa50 provides equity and equity-like investments.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs, Large companies/ MNCs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorEnergy, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Housing or Construction
Akvo Foundation
Global

We believe in equal access to public services, reliable infrastructure and a safer environment for everyone. We are convinced that this will happen faster if governments and non-governmental organisations become more effective, accountable and collaborative.

Since 2008, we’ve worked with over 20 governments and 200 organisations in more than 70 countries to improve the way they implement development projects and make decisions using data. We call them partners.

With our combination of tools, services, local expertise and sector knowledge, our partners improve the management of water, sanitation and agriculture, with a strong commitment to accelerating the progress of the sustainable development goals.

Having the right knowledge and resources to effectively collaborate can be a challenge. Good data is critical for contributing to impact, and the right skills and tools are essential for data-driven decision making.

So how do you ensure success, from designing and implementing your programme to creating sustainable change?

We provide a series of services to ensure you succeed at every step of your programme. We support these services with our open source data platform to help you capture, clean, visualise and share your data in the best way possible.

Type of OrganisationFoundation
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageNot specified
SectorWater, Sanitation or Waste Management, Agriculture or Food
IB TopicsData, ICT, Capacity building, Results Measurement and Impact
Amplify Change
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Amplify Change provides grants to civil society organisations, mostly those based in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, with a priority on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Exact Amount
Focus TypeNGOs / Non-profits
Focus StageNot specified
SectorHealth, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsGender
Aqua for All
Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

Aqua for All is a Netherlands based NGO, focussing on innovative and transformative solutions for drinking water and sanitation, targeting underserved areas in developing countries. Aqua for All acts as a connector and facilitator, through smart granting, and co-creates partnerships for transformative, sustainable and scalable solutions that unlock private investments opportunities. With its business-like, efficient, and result-oriented approach, we inspire and support our stakeholders to help the world’s Base of the Pyramid gain sustainable access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Challenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Foundation
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs / Non-profits, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly, Growth
SectorWater, Sanitation or Waste Management
Armstrong Asset Management
East Asia and Pacific
Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam

Armstrong Asset Management manages the Armstrong South East Asia Clean Energy Fund, a private equity fund that invests in small-scale renewable energy generation, clean water supply, waste recycling, and energy efficiency.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly, Growth
SectorEnergy, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Beyond Capital Fund
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda

Beyond Capital is an impact investment fund that invests in for-profit social enterprises in India and East Africa. In addition, Beyond Capital provides management assistance, mentoring and expert advisory services. It typically invests between USD 25,000 and USD 100,000.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Equity
Amount$ 20,000-50,000
Exact Amount25,000 - 100,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
Caspian
South Asia
India

Caspian invests debt and equity capital in high quality enterprises in India, with the intent to generate social and/or environmental impact alongside a competitive financial return. Its focus areas include financial inclusion, food & agriculture, affordable housing, healthcare and clean energy. Caspian has successfully raised three impact funds - two equity and one debt - that invest in innovative and high growth social impact businesses.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Equity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly, Growth
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Housing or Construction
IB TopicsRural development, Environmental Impact