Development Partner Programmes

African Women and Youth Finance Directory

In addition to finance oriented programmes and inclusive business networks that support access to finance for youth and women, there are also a growing number of development partner institutions that have developed programmes to support private sector – public sector collaboration and partnerships that involve incorporating youth and women led enterprises into existing corporate value chains.  These initiatives, too, are valuable resources toward increased inclusion and engagement of women and youth in Africa's economies.

*The amounts of financial support stated below have been converted into approximate US dollar values; the original currency values are indicated in brackets, where applicable.

Development Partner Programmes

*The amounts of financial support stated below have been converted into approximate US dollar values; the original currency values are indicated in brackets, where applicable.

Botswana

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty
(Sida)
small to large international businesses grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

advice on pro- poor business practices
Contact
Public-private partnership programme
(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Lesotho

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information

Namibia

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact


Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries
(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

South Africa

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Matchmaking Programme

(Norad)
Norwegian companies and their partner companies selected countries grant support:

potential partner visits: max. 80%;

feasibility studies and training of employees: max. 50%;

investment in environmental protection: 80%
Contact information


Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:

Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase: up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox
Contact Information
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Swaziland

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries
(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information

*The amounts of financial support stated below have been converted into approximate US dollar values; the original currency values are indicated in brackets, where applicable.

Burundi

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Plus

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 60% of project budget, max. $1,2 mio (900,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Ethiopia

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links

Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines

Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Kenya

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:

Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase:up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox
Contact Information
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact

Norwegian

Investment Fund for Developing Countries


(Norad)
Norwegian/international private nvestors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Madagascar

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact

Malawi

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Innovation Facility(DFID) companies developing or scaling up inclusive business models - brokering links with local business or non-business partners

- advisory support to developing inclusive business models

- signposting to sources of finance

- sharing costs of consultancy support
Briefing Note
Contact Information
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact

Mozambique

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:

Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase: up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox
Contact Information
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/ international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Rwanda

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries
(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview

Contact information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Somalia

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Tanzania

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:

Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase: up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox

Contact Information
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions Loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme
(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Uganda

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:

Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase: up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox
Contact Information
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions Loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme
(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Zimbabwe

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations

against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
Public-private partnership programme
(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

*The amounts of financial support stated below have been converted into approximate US dollar values; the original currency values are indicated in brackets, where applicable.

Benin

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:

Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase:up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox
Contact Information
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact

Burkina Faso

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:

Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase:up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox
Contact Information
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to explorative, R&D and pilot phase of technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice in adapting pro- poor business practices
Contact
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Cape Verde

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact

Gambia

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact

Ghana

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish companies
Partner search and identification; grant support:

Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase:up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox
Contact Information
Ghana's Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund

(multi-donor)
Private sector associations, trade unions and media in Ghana grant support: up to 90% of the costs of advocacy actions towards business environment reforms
Application process
Concept note and application documents
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact

Liberia

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400 -advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Mali

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme

(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support: Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600) Implementation phase: up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships) Toolbox
Contact Information
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Nigeria

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Innovation Facility
(DFID)
companies developing or scaling up inclusive business models - brokering links with local business or non-business partners

- advisory support to developing inclusive business models

- signposting to sources of finance

- sharing costs of consultancy support
Briefing Note
Contact Information

Senegal

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
PSI Regular

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact

Sierra Leone

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty

(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400

-advice on pro- poor business practices

- guarantees
Contact
PSI Plus

(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 60% of project budget, max. $1,2 mio (900,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme

(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

*The amounts of financial support stated below have been converted into approximate US dollar values; the original currency values are indicated in brackets, where applicable.

Egypt

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Partnerships Programme
(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:
Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)

Implementation phase: up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox

Contact information
PSI Regular
(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio
(750,000 Euro) 
Minimum PSI criteria

PSI Guidelines

Contact

Morocco

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
PSI Regular
(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries,  companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio
(750,000 Euro)
Minimum PSI criteria

PSI Guidelines

Contact   

Southern Sudan

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries
(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Plus
(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 60% of project budget, max. $1,2 mio (900,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact

Sudan

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty
(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400
-advice on pro- poor business practices
- guarantees
Contact
Public-private partnership programme
(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

*The amounts of financial support stated below have been converted into approximate US dollar values; the original currency values are indicated in brackets, where applicable.

Angola

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries
(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions Loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information

DR Congo

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Innovations against Poverty
(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400
-advice on pro- poor business practices
- guarantees
Contact
PSI Plus
(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 60% of project budget, max. $1,2 mio (900,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme
(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact

Zambia

Programme Eligible Business Type of Partnership Quick Links
Business Innovation Facility
(DFID)
companies developing or scaling up inclusive business models - brokering links with local business or non-business partners
-advisory support to developing inclusive business models
- signposting to sources of finance
- sharing costs of consultancy support
Briefing Note
Contact Information
Business Partnerships Programme
(Danida)
Danish Companies Partner search and identification; grant support:
Preparation phase: up to 75% of expenses (max. $133,600)
Implementation phase: up to 50% of expenses (max. $891,000 or $1,781,000 for regional or large partnerships)
Toolbox
Contact Information
Innovations against Poverty
(Sida)
small to large international businesses - grant support to technologies that help reduce poverty or fight climate change: up to 50% of costs, max. $270,400
-advice on pro- poor business practices
- guarantees
Contact
Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries
(Norad)
Norwegian/international private investors, development finance institutions loans, equity for financial institutions, SME funds, renewable energy, industrial partnerships Norfund overview
Contact information
PSI Regular
(Netherlands MFA)
Dutch companies and, for untied PSI countries, companies from outside the project country, implementing a project with a local business grant support: 50% of project budget, max. $1 mio (750,000 Euro) Minimum PSI criteria
PSI Guidelines
Contact
Public-private partnership programme
(Sida)
large companies joint financing of projects in the context of a company's investment Contact