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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Abuja Enterprise Agency
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

The Abuja Enterprise Agency focuses on the development of micro, small and medium enterprises in Nigeria by providing access to finance, business advisory services, development of entrepreneurship skills through training and mentoring, work-space as well as policy advocacy.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments. ADB supports private sector development with direct financial assistance by funding and supporting private enterprises, financial institutions, and private equity funds, as well as by mobilizing international capital for private companies.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Urban development
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
Bank of Agriculture
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

Bank of Agriculture (BOA) is a Nigerian agricultural and rural development finance institution owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria. BOA provides low cost credit to small holder and commercial farmers, and small and medium rural enterprises.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
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
Bank of Industry (BOI)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

The Bank of Industry Limited (BOI) is a development financing institution providing financial solutions focusing on projects that use largely domestic raw materials in Nigeria. BOI manages foreign grants and aid that are given to facilitate attainment of the nation's developmental aspirations.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Gender
Connect to Grow
East Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa

Connect to Grow is a matchmaking initiative, designed to create partnerships between Indian enterprises and enterprises across South Asia and Africa, with a focus on health and agri-food prospects. It is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and provides technical assistance, partnership brokering, support in accessing finance and small travel grants.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health
IB TopicsInnovation
Dutch Development Bank
Global

The Dutch Development Bank finances commercially viable businesses and projects in sectors including agriculture, energy, manufacturing and finance. FMO offers long-term financing in the form of loans, equity investments and guarantees to encourage sustainable growth and works closely with investees, providing capacity development to strengthen organisational skills and to integrate environmental, social and governance practices into the core business.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods, Financial Services
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact
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
SectorFinancial Services
IB TopicsGender, Finance for Inclusive Business
Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)
Global

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) provides financing to scale-up agricultural and food security assistance. GAFSP's Private Sector Window is implemented and managed by International Finance Corporation (IFC) to provide financing aimed at increasing the commercial potential of small and medium-sized agri-businesses and farmers by connecting them with local, national, and global value chains.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact, Innovation
Grassroots Business Fund (GBF)
Global

The Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) invests in inclusive businesses that directly impact 500-2,000 individuals. GBF's investment model provides patient capital and business advisory services concentrating on financial management, operations, and strategy.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorAgriculture or Food, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods