Antalya, Turkey DC November 24, 2015—
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Netherlands Ministry of
Foreign Affairs today announced an initiative to provide much needed financing
and advice to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially to those
in difficult to reach segments and in fragile markets, by lending
through emerging market banks and other financial intermediaries.
The Dutch pledged $27 million to IFC’s Global SME Finance Facility, which
was established in 2012 in response to the G-20’s call to bridge the trillion
dollar financing gap for SMEs. The commitment is made up of $16 million
to support risk sharing facilities and $11 million for advisory projects.
Dimitris Tsitsiragos, IFC Vice-President for Global Client Services said
“SMEs account for over two-thirds of employment in developing countries,
yet they face difficulties in accessing finance to grow and create jobs.
Our partnership with the Netherlands and other like-minded partners will
help support SMEs and demonstrate the viability of SME financing.” He
spoke at the Global SME Finance Forum, which took place alongside the G20
Leader’s Summit in Antalya, Turkey last week.
“With our contribution, the Global SME Finance Facility will focus on
women entrepreneurs in low income countries," said Jeroen Roodenburg,
Director Sustainable Economic Development and Ambassador Private Sector
& Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
The Global SME Finance facility is a first-of-its kind facility, to which
IFC has committed $500 million that mobilizes funding from donors, international
finance institutions, and the private sector, to help banks scale up SME
lending. The facility targets local banks wishing to lend to SMEs that
don’t have access to finance, in particular women-owned SMEs, agriculture,
climate-related businesses, and SMEs in fragile states.
The Facility already has about 75 active investment and advisory projects
in more than 25 countries The Facility has been able to reach entrepreneurs
across West Africa, support fire safety remediation for garment factories
in Bangladesh, farmers in Tanzania, and SMEs in Cote d’Ivoire and India
amongst many others.
Through its integrated Investment and Advisory Services, the Facility expects
to facilitate the disbursement of $8 billion in SME loans and will support
the creation of 1.1 million jobs by 2025 in places that need it most.
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) was
the facility’s first donor with $120 million, and the EIB is also a partner
in the Facility having committed $100 million to support risk sharing facilities
The signing happened at the launch of the SME Finance Forum’s membership
network in Antalya, Turkey. The SME
Finance Forum, an initiative of
the G20, works to expand access to finance for small and medium businesses.
The Forum operates a global membership network that brings together financial
institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions
to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of small and
medium enterprises (SMEs). Managed by IFC, the SME Finance Forum was established
in 2012. The SME Finance Forum is an implementing partner for the
G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private
enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and
influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
In FY14, we provided more than $22 billion in financing to improve lives
in developing countries and tackle the most urgent challenges of development.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
In the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Directorate General
for International Co-operation is responsible for development co-operation.
The Netherlands co-operates closely with a limited number of developing
nations, multilateral development organizations and non-governmental and
civil society organizations. The overall objective of Netherlands' development
policy ("A world to gain: A New Agenda for Aid, Trade and Investment")
is to enhance sustainable and inclusive growth across the globe by synergizing
trade and development policy. Fighting poverty in low-income countries,
fragile states and conflict-affected and post conflict countries is one
of the main elements of the policy. In this context, the Netherlands works
both bilaterally and with its partners to strengthen supervision and regulation
of the financial sector and to develop local financial institutions.