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

ABOUT THE DATABASE

Who is this database for?

This database targets 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 – so-called intermediaries – that provide technical and financial support to inclusive businesses – and it will keep growing as support organizations register themselves. 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 to identify partners that could provide crucial financial and technical support. Even though such support is available, 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 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 to specifically 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 Asia, select ‘Asia’ under the ‘Region/Country’ filter and click on the ‘Apply’ button. This will bring up all intermediaries that provide support in 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 highly 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. Hence we have limited control over links that may change over time. Please help us to keep the database up to date by writing an email to info@ib-an.net. The link will then be updated or removed.  

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Intermediary Database

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African Banking Corporation
Sub-Saharan Africa
Uganda, Kenya

African Banking Corporation operates as a bank that provides financial products and services to individuals, small and medium enterprises, corporate organisations, Saccos, learning institutions, religious institutions, and service providers.Through its banking division, it offers term loans, overdrafts, asset finance and trade finance servcies.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda, Kenya
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Guarantees
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs, Large companies/ MNCs
Focus StageEarly, Growth
Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Uganda

The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) supports Uganda's agribusiness development in the private sector by providing financing and technical support. The aBi Trust supports Farmer Organisations, NGOs, small and medium-sized enterprises in interventions that promote agribusiness development. aBi Finance provides lines of credit, agribusiness loan guarantees and a construction guarantee fund to agricultural based small and medium-sized enterprises.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs / Non-profits, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
East Asia and Pacific

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
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt Financing, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Information sharing, resources and publications, Advocacy
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageAny
IB TopicsPartnerships
Bank of India
East Asia and Pacific
India

Bank of India is one of the biggest commercial banks in India. In addition to the usual banking services, the bank offers a portfolio of MSME focused services which include: term loans, and working capital facilities.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
India
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Guarantees
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs, Large companies/ MNCs
Focus StageEarly, Growth
Bank Populaire
Sub-Saharan Africa
Rwanda

The Bank Populaire offers financial services focused on farmers, agribusiness enterprises, private individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises. The solutions include deposit schemes, loan schemes, credit funds and guarantee funds.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Rwanda
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Guarantees
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food
Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)
Global

The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) offers financing solutions for private sector projects and supports microfinance institutions, commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, and investment companies and funds. Through its MSME Support Fund, BIO provides grants to co-finance feasibility studies and technical assistance programmes.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt Financing, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs, Large companies/ MNCs
Focus StageAny
IB TopicsPartnerships
BRAC Bank
East Asia and Pacific

The BRAC Bank offers financial solutions for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in Bangladesh including long term loans, short term loans, revolving loans, bank guarantees, and overdraft.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Guarantees
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageAny
Capital 4 Development Partners
Global

Capital 4 Development Partners (C4D), formerly ICCO Investments, provides financially-viable social businesses operating in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia with investments between EUR 200,000 and EUR 1 Million. C4D connects investees with its local and international network of technical assistance and financial providers to support them in becoming financially sustainable and independent. As of 2017-18, C4D is only actively sourcing deals in Asia.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Equity, Guarantees
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageGrowth
CDC
East Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa

CDC is the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) aiming to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia by providing equity, debt, mezzanine finance and guarantees.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt Financing, Guarantees
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
Centenary Bank
Sub-Saharan Africa
Uganda

The Centenary Bank is a Uganda-based commercial bank that offers a range of financial products for small and medium-sized enterprises. The portfolio includes business loans and leases, consumer loans, special loan schemes, deposit products and E-banking.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Guarantees
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageAny
IB TopicsCorporates in Inclusive Business