Lisette van Benthum

Network Facilitator

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Me

Currently I am working for Agri-ProFocus as the Network Facilitator for our AgriProFocus Country networks in Indonesia, Rwanda and Benin. Next to that I coordinate the knowledge theme Access to Finance within the worldwide network.

Previously I worked for SNV in Guinea Bissau as a Business Economic Advisor and a number of years for ICCO focussing a/o on the loans, guarantees and equity portfolio of ICCO. Just before moving to AgriProFocus I worked as a business development consultant for Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services.

For any questions related to Access to Finance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


mar
06

Nigeria & Benin Agro-Logistics Workshop/Atelier

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 March 2017, All Day Event
  The Hague, the Netherlands

Le 6 mars, NABC, RVO et WUR organiseront un atelier d'agro logistique sur le Nigeria et le Bénin. Cet atelier portera sur la question des pertes après récolte, des goulots d'étranglement dans la chaîne de valeur ainsi que sur les relations commerciales entre les deux pays. Le but est de découvrir comment la technologie et les solutions néerlandaises peuvent être mises en pratique ici, et si par une mission commerciale dans les deux pays, les membres du secteur privé hollandais seraient intéressés à s'impliquer. S'il vous plaît contacter Daan Vreeburg si vous êtes intéressé.

Pour plus d'informations et d'inscription, suivez ce lien.


On March 6th, NABC, RVO, and WUR will be organising an Agro-logistics workshop concerning Nigeria and Benin. This workshop will focus on the issue of post-harvest losses, bottlenecks in the value chain as well as trade relations between the two countries. The goal is to discover how Dutch technology and solutions can be put in practice here, an

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Posted By in Resources & Publications
Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Innovative and Inclusive Finance for Youth in Agriculture

Authors Lamon Rutten, Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) Sehomi Landry Fanou, Wageningen University, Netherlands. Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015


Rural and urban youth have the potential to contribute to food security, economic development, social inclusion and stability. But sadly, three of every four youths in Africa live on less than USD 2/day (African Economic Outlook 2013). Securing youth access to credit, savings, and insurance will unveil their talent for entrepreneurship, boost their self-esteem and allow them to have a positive transformative role in their society. Financing youth in agriculture is already happening, and where African youth have had this opportunity, they have found innovative and creative strategies to secure a future for themselves while contributing to the development of the private sector and social stability in their countries. 


Key Messages 

Links

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

Launch of the Yield Uganda Investment Fund

25 Jan 2017


The European Union (EU), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) are working together to catalyse investment in the agriculture value chain with the launch today of the Yield Uganda Investment Fund. An initial EUR12mn (UGX46bn) has been made available to provide much needed access to capital for small and medium agri-businesses in Uganda.

This new impact Fund, being arranged by Deloitte Uganda and Pearl Capital Partners Uganda (PCP), is expected to attract additional EUR13mn (UGX49.8bn) by the end of 2017 to reach EUR25mn (UGX95.8bn) in total commitments. Yield is a partnership between public and private investors that will offer innovative and tailored financial solutions, using equity, semi-equity and debt, to about 20 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) having the potential to generate both strong financial returns and significant social impact.

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Denye Ronald This is great idea but in Uganda few project like this have worked and i keep wondering where this money goes even after announcing serious figures like above. Its now national concerned and we are now reaping the results in terms of famine, extreme poverty and few clicks enjoying. Therefore whats set for sector let it be and do so cause our people are dying for sure.

1 month 2 days ago

Lisette van Benthum Dear Denye Ronald, thank you for sharing your concern. The fund was just launched. Too early to show its impact. As a network, with our on- and off-line members, we would like to follow the development in a constructive way. We invite you to follow the start-up of the fund and then share your views on its functioning based on facts.

1 month 1 day ago

Noeline Kabasomi Members any one with contact details or website for Uganda Investment Fund? I want to get more information. Thank you 

3 weeks 1 day ago

Lisette van Benthum Dear Noeline Kabasomi, I do not immediately see a website of the fund itself. herewith though a link to a press release with more information and at the bottom some contact information: http://pearlcapital.net/documents/Press_Release_FINAL_Launch_of_Yield.PDF

3 weeks 1 day ago

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Posted 1 month 3 days ago

DOB Equity invests in Countryside Dairy

15 Dec 2016

DOB Equity has taken up a stake in Countryside Dairy Ltd at a publicly undisclosed value as part of a commitment to increase social impact investment deals in Kenya.

By investing in Countryside Dairy Ltd, the Private Equity fund with offices in Kenya, Tanzania and the Netherlands will be seeking a slice of the KES100bn Kenya Dairy sub-sector. According to the Kenya National Dairy Master Plan 2010 estimates, the Kenya dairy sub sector is valued at more than KES100bn and is the single largest contributor to Kenya’s agricultural GDP-higher than Tea and horticulture.

This latest investment will expand DOB Equity’s current equity portfolio in the regional diary sector, where it already holds a stake in Tanga Fresh, the Tanzania-based dairy processor.

Brigit van Dijk-van de Reijt, CEO of DOB Equity, comments: “Our latest deal in the East African dairy sector will allow Countryside Dairy to beef up its supply chain and offer better purchase

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mar
06

The Green Finance Academy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 March 2017 to 10 March 2017 - All Day Event
  The Netherlands

The Green Finance Academy

An initiative from IUCN NL, Nyenrode Business University and Wageningen Environmental Research
takes place from 6 to 10 March.


In this five-day masterclass, you will learn how to access innovative private sources of investment to finance your environmental or development projects. Through interactive sessions you will be trained to transform current projects into bankable projects or to design new bankable projects. You will be mentored by professionals and experts in business development, marketing, private sector finance and climate change.

During the course, you will be challenged to apply business model thinking to your real-life project and you will meet with financial sector professionals. After five days, you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to persuade investors to financially support your bankable project.

Language: English.
Location: Campuses of Nyenrode Business University and Wageningen Environmental Research.
Tuition fee: 3.995 euro per perso

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mar
20

Advanced Course in Results Measurement, 20-24 March 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  20 March 2017 to 24 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Bangkok, Thailand

This five-day course will help experienced results measurement practitioners advance their skills in applying the DCED Results Measurement Standard in their PSD programs. The course will focus on challenging technical topics -such as assessing attribution and systemic change, critical soft skills - such as coaching implementation staff in results measurement, and emerging areas of results measurement for PSD– such as assessing women’s economic empowerment. 

The course will use a mix of learning methods including sharing experiences, case studies, group exercises, presentations, roles plays and discussion. 

Trainers: Aly Miehlbradt and Hans Posthumus. 

Please note: the course is only open to Results Measurement practitioners with at least two years of experience in applying the DCED Results Measurement Standard in practice. 

For more information or to apply, see: www.miehlbradt.com or email Holm Miehlbradt at holm@miehlbradt.com.



mar
13

Course: Results Measurement 4 Sustainable Private Sector Dev

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 March 2017 to 17 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Bangkok, Thailand

This course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs. The course flyer is attached.

Many practitioners have benefited from this reputed course over the past seven years. The course is offered by HPC, with Hans Posthumus and Phitcha Wanitphon as lead trainers. 

For more information or to apply, see www.hposthumus.nl or email Hans Posthumus at hans@hposthumus.nl. 

There is a 10% early bird discount for registrations and payments received before 31st December 2016. 




Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 months 3 days ago

VV Grow Fellowship - Apply today !

Applications due February 15, 2016


What is the VV GROW Fellowship?

The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive one-year accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. The program includes customized business skills training, technical assistance, leadership development, and access to networks to grow their businesses and increase their leadership impact. Through global and regional online and in-person trainings, fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value paired with action-oriented plans. They amplify their role as leaders in their businesses and their communities to create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth and produce wider social benefits. Learn more about the fellowship here.


What does the fellowship include?

Global Virtual Learning: Over 4-6 months fellows complete a series of webinars, assignments, online courses, ass

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 months 3 days ago

State of the Small and Growing Businesses Sector

2015 Impact Report - by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs


Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking the state of the small and growing business (SGB) sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. This year’s report reflects a sector that is on the move—and also dives into regional market insights. It discusses the hurdles for emerging market entrepreneurship—access to capital, talent and markets—and evaluates how well the sector is addressing these.

Key highlights from the report include:

* ANDE members have collectively invested over $12 billion directly into SGBs and supported over 415,000 entrepreneurs with business development services.

* In the past ten years, 485 investment vehicles have launched that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated $26 billion in committed capital.

* An estimated one-third of SGBs are owned by women, and more ANDE members have embraced gender-lens investing: at

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nov
07

Blending4Ag: Innovative Partnerships for Agri-Finance

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 November 2016 to 08 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Brussels

The focus of this international conference is on the strategic use of international and national development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilise private capital flows into smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chains in developing countries.

The conference will contribute to the knowledge base on how best blended finance can be brought to bear on the agricultural sector, and to bring together key stakeholders who, working together, can catalyse the change towards more impactful public sector funding of agriculture.

The conference is organised around four thematic streams:

1. Achieving leverage in unlocking private funding for smallholder agriculture through public resources

2. Facilities for local currency financing in blended finance for agriculture

3. Partnership for effective financing of climate change adaptation and resilience

4. Risk management and other support structures in blended finance for agriculture

The Blending4Ag conference is organised by CTA in

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Fintechs help finance for impact

ING-bank


Microfinance is an important way for people and small-business owners in developing countries to access financial services. It’s also important to ING, as we aim to contribute to the socioeconomic development of communities both near and far, both where we operate and where we don’t.

ING has promoted and increased our resources available for microfinance over the last 12 years, offering our technical and financial expertise to the microfinance sector worldwide.

But the world keeps changing, also in the microfinance sector. ‘Digital inclusion’ focuses on connecting those who don’t yet use a bank at all (known as the ‘unbanked’) to the mainstream financial infrastructure, with fintechs taking the lead. A second major shift is that investors are lending more often to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), rather than microenterprises.

The A Billion to Gain report and the speakers at the A Billion to Gain conference in October 2016 bo

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Posted By in Coffee Corner
Posted 5 months 4 days ago

Asesmen ScopeInsight VECO di Indonesia untuk Kopi dan Cokelat

Pertama kali di tahun 2016, VECO Indonesia melakukan asesmen untuk 14 organisasi petani mitranya menggunakan SCOPEinsight –penyelia alat asesmen dan analisis terkemuka- yang mengukur level profesionalitas organisasi petani. Alat ini menyediakan mekanisme langsung untuk mengungkap kekuatan dan kelemahan sehingga organisasi bisa lebih mudah menyikapinya. Alat asesmen SCOPE Dasar berfokus pada delapan tema utama, yaitu: Manajemen Internal, Operasional, Manajemen Keuangan, Suplai, Pemasaran, Resiko Eksternal, Enabler, dan Keberlanjutan. Khusus untuk organisasi petani yang menggunakan alat asesmen SCOPE Pro, ada penilaian tambahan yang menekankan Kinerja Keuangan.

Laporan yang dihasilkan oleh alat SCOPEinsight ini tak hanya digunakan oleh VECO Indonesia untuk mendapatkan gambaran tentang kemajuan para mitranya. Laporan ini juga bermanfaat bagi organisasi petani, misalnya sebagai dasar mengembangkan kapasitas anggota organisa

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sep
23

Inclusive Business in Africa, Stakeholder Dialogue

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  23 September 2016, All Day Event
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Eastern and Southern Management Institute (ESAMI), a co-lead partner in the NWO/WOTRO project 'Inclusive Business Models in Africa', has been collaborating with the Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) in carrying out a number of activities including Research and Executive trainings. To share their research findings with the stakeholders, and offer further tips on how companies can become more inclusive they are organizing a series of stakeholder dialogues in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Addis Abeba.

The stakeholder dialogue for Ethiopia will take place on Friday 23 September at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Addis Ababa. The meeting will start at 09:00 and will end at 17:00 with a small network reception.

The research project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aspires to understand how Inclusive Business Models can be deployed for a competitive business strategy while at the same time contributing to inc

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sep
20

Inclusive Businesses in Africa Stakeholder Dialogue

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  20 September 2016, All Day Event
  Lemigo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda

Eastern and Southern Management Institute (ESAMI), a co-lead partner in the NWO/WOTRO project 'Inclusive Business Models in Africa', has been collaborating with the Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) in carrying out a number of activities including Research and Executive trainings. To share their research findings with the stakeholders, and offer further tips on how companies can become more inclusive they are organizing a series of stakeholder dialogues in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Addis Abeba.

The stakeholder dialogue for Rwanda will take place on Tuesday 20 September at the Lemigo Hotel in Kigali. The meeting will start at 09:00 and will end at 17:00 with a small network reception.

The research project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aspires to understand how Inclusive Business Models can be deployed for a competitive business strategy while at the same time contributing to inclusive

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

Des financements pour les petits exploitants

Mettre en relation les institutions financières et les organisations de producteurs pour une meilleure gestion des risques


Le groupe de travail NPM Rural Finance se concentre sur l'amélioration des activités de ses membres pour accroître l'accès aux services financiers dans les zones rurales. Dans cette optique, le groupe a fait une recherche quelle goulets d'étranglement existe pour financer les petits exploitants, identifiant ainsi les possibilités de gestion des risques en liant les institutions financières et les organisations de producteurs, dans les pays Ethiopie, le Mali, le Rwanda et l'Ouganda. La recherche a été effectuée en collaboration avec AgriProFocus (APF) et l'Université de Wageningen et Centre de recherche (Wageningen UR), et est financé par la plate-forme de connaissances Alimentation & Business (FBKP).

La recherche était déjà publier en Anglais, mais maintenant est aussi disponible en

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Posted By in Access to Finance Indonesia
Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

Investment in Indonesia

the Negative Investment List


What is the Negative Investment List (DNI)?

The Negative Investment List, Daftar Negatif Investasi (DNI), is compiled by the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, BKPM. It stipulates which sectors are open to foreign investment in Indonesia as well as the percentage of foreign ownership permitted.

In the effort to increase investment in Indonesia and to execute the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the Government of Indonesia has amended the Negative Investment List /DNI recently. These amendments are stipulated in Presidential Decree (Perpres) No. 44 in 2016 that was signed by President Joko Widodo on May 12, 2016. The new decree is meant to substitute the previous decree, Presidential Decree No. 39 in 2014.

The negative investment list indicates the Indonesian business fields which are:

* closed for foreign and domestic investment

* Open for investment with Conditions : Reserved or in Partnership with Micro, Small, and Medium-Scale En

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Posted By in Access to Finance Indonesia
Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

Indonesian government further boosts SME growth through a/o improving access to finance

from an article by Global Business Guide Indonesia


'The issue of the cost of lending to SMEs has been raised repeatedly by President Joko Widodo. On taking office in 2014, the lending rate of government-backed microloans for MSMEs known locally as KUR, was as high as 22% (See Indonesia is Behind the Global Curve on Monetary Policy). The figure was deemed “unfair” and “dangerous” by Vice President Jusuf Kalla and was radically slashed by half in 2015 to 12%. In a bid to further boost SME growth, in January 2016 the government again lowered the lending rate, this time to as low as 9%. The Indonesian government has since this announced plans to further slash the lending rate next year, which will be the third lending rate cut in as many years (See Indonesia's Microfinance Sector Overview: Key Component for Sustainable Growth).

Moreover, the government has also decided to set an ambitious KUR disbu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 months 3 weeks ago

Call for Proposals - Common Fund for Commodities (CFC)

Funding Innovation - Making a Difference


The CFC (an intergovernmental financial institution) provides financing to organisations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains in its member countries. Through a range of financial instruments, the CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries. The intervention should, besides giving a sound financial return, also provide for a measurable social and environmental return.

This is the ninth call for interested parties to submit proposals which will close on 31 October 2016.

For full details please download the call for proposals and submission guidelines:

  • Call for Proposals (PDF)
  • Application form (PDF and Word)
  • Instructions for completing the application form (PDF)
  • Balance Sheet and Income Statement (Excel)

For any questions related to the Open Call, please contact: opencall@common-fund

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Abdul Kagonji Thank you Lisette for sharing.

6 months 3 weeks ago

Paulin LOKOSSOU Thank a lot

6 months 3 weeks ago

Francis Mubanga Thank you for the lend.

5 months 2 weeks ago

Lisette van Benthum Your welcome! Succes with applying!

5 months 1 week ago

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Posted 6 months 3 weeks ago

Rabobank Norfund and FMO join forces and invest in financial institutions to support growth in Africa

Norfund, FMO and Rabobank have entered into a partnership to reaffirm their long-term commitment to Africa’s future development, growth potential and the local financial sector. The partners are committed to strengthen and develop effective, inclusive financial systems in Africa. It is also envisioned that Banco Montepio, a financial group based in Portugal with banking investments in Africa, will join the partnership in the near future.

The partners currently hold stakes in several financial service providers (FSPs) in Sub-Saharan Africa which they have agreed to pool together. The new company, to be named Arise, will start with a presence in over 20 countries, USD 660 million in assets and is anticipated to grow to USD 1 billion. Arise will take and manage minority stakes in African FSPs. The key ambition is to build strong and stable FSPs that will serve retail, Small and Medium Ent

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Posted By in Resources
Posted 7 months 1 day ago

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON FINANCING SMALL CAP SME’S IN EMERGING MARKETS

THE CASE FOR MEZZANINE FINANCE


MAY 2016 - Commissioned on behalf of: Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) / Investment funds local SME           Authored by: Eelco Benink and Rob Winters (RebelGroup, The Netherlands)

The Missing Middle and the challenge of small cap SME financing

SMEs form a crucial part of the economies of emerging countries. Limited access to finance for these SMEs is commonly seen as their main barrier to growth. The lack of financing options is particularly problematic for SMEs in the so-called missing middle, which refers to entrepreneurs that are too big for microfinance and informal investors, but that are too small or too risky for regular banks and private equity firms. In the context of this study, we consider the missing middle segment to consist of SMEs in emerging markets requiring medium to long-term financing in ticket sizes in t

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Getaneh Gobezie https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/21488?show=full

6 months 3 weeks ago

Getaneh Gobezie You can download the doc directly from the following link ... If you face difficulty, I can send it as an e-mail attachment https://www.smefinanceforum.org/post/sme-finance-in-ethiopia-addressing-the-missing-middle-challenge

6 months 3 weeks ago

Lisette van Benthum Thank you for sharing !

6 months 3 weeks ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Mbeya was very superb

6 months 3 weeks ago

Getaneh Gobezie Dear Lisette and all ... The advocacy on access to finance to the SME sector (referred to as the ''missing middle'') has been going on for many years ... including on many blogs (IFC/WB SME forum), yahoo-groups (particularly the 2,500 strong microfinance practitioners yahoo-group), webinars, etc ... A strong advocate on this that I know is Milford Bateaman, who also published widely. You can read one of his blogs posted at the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/nov/19/microcredit-south-africa-loans-disaster I can forward other articles ... from him and others (IFC/WB, etc...) in the sector I look forward to hear from you. Getaneh (getanehg2002@yahoo.com)

6 months 2 weeks ago