EDFIs strengthen joint financing platform to promote private sector development
EDFI Management Company (EDFI MC) is reinforced to boost collaboration among European Development Finance Institutions as part of the Team Europe approach.
European DFIs, through the Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI), set up EDFI Management Company (EDFI MC) in 2016 to develop and manage joint financing facilities in partnership with the EU institutions. This first-of-a-kind joint financing platform allows European DFIs to cooperate efficiently and to achieve high impact, in an example of what is now often referred to as a Team Europe approach.
EDFI MC recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, and it already plays a role in delivering a range of innovative financing solutions supporting private sector development. Examples include the EU-funded AgriFI and ElectriFI facilities targeting investments in early-stage enterprises in the agriculture and energy sectors, and the COVID-19 window under the European Financing Partners (EFP) facility in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB). EDFI MC was recently accredited to manage budgetary guarantees under the EU’s European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD), in recognition of the business practices and expertise that it has built up since its launch. This milestone is reached after many years of co-investment activity among European DFIs, launching the first EFP facility in partnership with EIB in 2004, followed by the Interact Climate Change Facility (ICCF) in 2011 together with the EIB and AFD. Over EUR 1 billion of investments have so far been made in impactful projects under EFP and ICCF.
The recent steps to strengthen EDFI MC’s structure will enable us to pursue new strategic initiatives in the coming years
Søren Peter Andreasen, General Manager of EDFI, and Chair of EDFI MC’s Board of Directors
Earlier this month, European DFIs took a further step to reinforce their involvement in the ownership and governance of EDFI MC, which is now owned directly by nine European DFIs and the EDFI Association in equal shares. During its incubation period, EDFI MC was 99%-owned by the EDFI non-profit association. The new structure allows the European DFIs to continue to develop joint financing facilities in areas of common interest. This is particularly relevant in view of the significant emphasis on expanding initiatives to promote private sector development in the EU’s recently adopted multi-annual financial framework for 2021-27.
“European DFIs cooperate closely on innovative financing solutions to support private sector development in areas such as climate finance and the inclusive response to COVID-19. EDFI’s important partnership with the EU institutions and the joint facilities supported by EDFI MC plays an important role in these efforts. The recent steps to strengthen EDFI MC’s structure will enable us to pursue new strategic initiatives in the coming years,” explains Søren Peter Andreasen, General Manager of EDFI, the Association of European Development Finance Institutions, and Chair of EDFI MC’s Board of Directors.
“The strong involvement of the European DFIs in EDFI MC and the EU’s accreditation for managing budgetary guarantees will allow us to continue to develop further the exciting mandates entrusted to us. We are thankful for this engagement and recognition, which is also a great motivation for our staff,” concluded Frederik van den Bosch, CEO of EDFI MC.
EDFI Management Company
EDFI MC manages two EU-funded market development facilities EDFI AgriFI - The Agriculture Financing Initiative and EDFI ElectriFI - The Electrification Financing Initiative, in partnership with FMO. It also administrates two co-financing facilities among European DFIs, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD): the European Financing Partners and the Interact Climate Change Facility. In addition, the EDFI MC plans to launch risk-sharing facilities, such as the T&C guarantee to tackle transferability and convertibility issues (in partnership with Proparco) and new guarantee facilities under the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD+).
The impact investing group Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) and the Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO) are pleased to announce a USD 6 million investment in XpressGas, a pioneering distributor of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Ghana. LPG offers an efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional dirty fuels currently being used, particularly for peri-urban and rural areas.
African private equity fund manager Ascent today announced the first rolling close of its Ascent Rift Valley Fund II (ARVF II) at more than USD 100 million, significantly exceeding its initial target of USD 80 million. The final close of ARVF II, with a target of USD 120 million, is expected in December 2021.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), the SANAD Fund for MSMEs (SANAD), and Symbiotics announced a loan to KCB Bank Kenya Ltd to help the bank increase lending for climate-friendly projects and to smaller businesses, especially those owned by women.