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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Africa Agriculture Development Support Services
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa

Africa Agriculture Development Support Services (AADSS) group is a consulting business for the agriculture sector and provides support, particularly on writing feasibility studies and business plans, to sustainable agricultural enterprises. AADSS also offers 8- and 12-day industry and training study tours in South Africa, including sightseeing, field trips and management and industry-related courses, to farm owners, agribusinesses and agricultural NGOs for a cost of USD 1,500 to USD 1,900 per person.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsRural development
Agripreneurs Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana

Agripreneurs Africa provides several services for enterprises. It provides training and support services to smallholder farmers and agribusiness enterprises in the sector. It also offers a customised in-house and field-based training for individuals, staff of NGOs, companies and cooperatives across a range of topics in the agricultural industry. It holds an Agribusiness Model Competition that aims to stimulate agribusiness growth as a means to stem growing unemployment in the country. The main prize to be won is GHS 25,000.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$0 - 20,000
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food
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)
SectorWater, Sanitation or Waste Management, Agriculture or Food
IB TopicsData, Capacity building, Results Measurement and Impact
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an independent organisation that develops and delivers uniquely African solutions to smallholder farmers. AGRA's collaborators include farmer organisations, community leaders, agricultural researchers, national and local governments, businesses, civil society groups, philanthropists, international organisations, and donor countries. AGRA is supported by private foundations, international development agencies, and African governments.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsGender
Apna Arsh Pakistan
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Pakistan, Uganda

Apna Arsh Pakistan provides research, analysis and implementation services, including strategic management, capacity building and training initiatives to micro and small enterprises.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Pakistan, Uganda
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Asoko Insight
Sub-Saharan Africa

Asoko Insight provides superior data on Sub-Saharan African companies, public and private, to help organisations identify leads, research investment opportunities and monitor corporate developments. Asoko collects and updates company information through a variety of in-country sources. For USD 100 per month, clients can receive access to key potential business partners and support from Asoko to facilitate in-person meetings.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania

The Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA) aims to improve the primary healthcare delivery in the private health sector in Tanzania by providing financial and non-financial services to member facilities which pay an annual membership fee.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeNot specified
SectorHealth
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC)
South Asia
Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) provides financial and non-financial services to small and cottage companies. Credit facilities are sourced from BSCIC's own fund, banks and financial institutions. BSCIC is committed to the governmental agenda, currently focusing on digitalization.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Private equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
Bangladesh
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsInnovation
Biz4Afrika
Sub-Saharan Africa

Biz4Afrika is an online platform built by Microsoft that offers resources on best business practices and advisory services for African business owners. The platform offers free online courses from Microsoft and aims to create a community among entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation 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 TypeStart-ups
BizCorps
Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia

BizCorps is a strategy advisory firm specializing in high-potential, growth-oriented businesses in Colombia. Services include business assessment, strategy development, strategy implementation and evaluation.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, NGO
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Colombia
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Housing or Construction
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact