Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2018 at 10:17

Investing in local business

Interesting blog by Marcel Vernooij (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL) including links to key instruments of the Dutch government to facilitate African and Asian SMEs

"The private sector is the engine of economic growth. As The Netherlands, we support local entrepreneurs in developing economies. We assist companies to grow, while facilitating better conditions for companies to do business, create jobs and deliver products to markets in a responsible manner. Rosejoy restaurants in Ghana is an excellent example how smaller companies, with tailor-made support, serve consumers and drive economic growth, enabling people to earn their own living. "

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 November 2017 at 04:23

Implementing large scale inclusive agribusiness programs

Sound solutions for critical challenges

On request of network members, AgriProFocus organised a small-scale expert meeting  on November 8th at RVO. The meet-up focussed on mutual learning and jointly looking for solutions for critical issues and challenges from practice that network members experience with the implementation of large-scale, inclusive agribusiness programmes. Two programmes with specific challenges and questions were presented by members.

1. Brokering successful 4P partnerships

By Nico Janssen, SNV netherlands development organisation

In this programme, funded by IFAD, SNV and consortium partners develop best practises on establishing Public - Private - Producer partnerships through Provision of brokering services. See the following link for the introduction and more information

The Issue

Finding new ways to finance middle size, emerging (and growing) local agribusinesses with a capital re

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 10 August 2016 at 03:09

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 Enterpri

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NpM Annual Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 September 2015, 12:00-18:00
  Korzo Theater, The Hague


NpM Annual Conference, with FMO and Hivos

Green Inclusive Finance: "Extending the Impact of Investing"

FMO, Hivos and NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, cordially invite you to join the Green Inclusive Finance Conference: Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 Korzo Theater, The Hague

Both financial and environmental sustainability are listed high on the world’s agenda. Green inclusive finance combines financial inclusion with environmental sustainability. It extends the focus to providing access to finance in which businesses and investments are not only financially empowering but also environmentally sustainable. We are delighted to present to you the conference programme: 

 12:00 – 13:00 Registration, Pre-Conference Experience & Lunch 

 13:00 – 13:10 Opening by Nanno Kleiterp, Chief Executive Officer at FMO 

 13:10 – 13:40 Setting the stage for innovative, inclusive finance 

 13:40 – 14

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