Quick Facts

Countries:
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • South Africa
Banks:
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
  • Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Status: Active
Bank Risk Rating: U
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Board Decision Date: 2016-12-01
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
Borrower or Client: SCF Capital Solutions
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors:
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Finance
Investment Type(s): Equity
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD): $ 12.22 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD): $ 34.15 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.

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Original disclosure @ GCF website
Updated in EWS: 2017-08-18
SCF Capital Solutions
GCF-FP029

Project Description
MSMEs can contribute significantly to South Africa's climate change objectives as they occupy a large part of the national economy. This programme was created as a direct result of the needs of MSME start-ups in South Africa's Green Fund incubation program. Despite engaging in climate activities the country so greatly needs, MSMEs have been unable to access financing from traditional financial institutions. SCF Capital Solutions allow start-ups in renewable energy and energy efficient sectors to transition from incubation to securing contracts with large buyers, accelerating both their own activities and South Africa's transition to a low carbon economy. The programme also contributes to South Africa's development objectives. Of the 300 MSMEs receiving GCF assistance annually, 45 percent will be owned by women, 35 percent will be owned by young entrepreneurs and 70 percent will be owned by previously disadvantaged individuals. It is expected to support 30,000 jobs in the climate space, 6,000 of them new. The programme will tap into the expertise of South African-based developmental finance company SCF Capital Solutions to use supply chain financing to provide capital to green economy-focused MSMEs. It will do this by focusing on the credit worthiness of major buyers, thereby reducing the financial burden on MSMEs. A focus on recurring supply chains in the economy will improve business efficiencies and help catalyze private sector investment.
Investment Description
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ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF GREEN CLIMATE FUND The Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM) is the independent complaint mechanism for a person or people who have been or believe they are likely to be adversely affected by a project or programme funded by the Green Climate Fund. If you submit a complaint to the IRM, it may seek to address the issues raised by facilitating a problem-solving dialogue or, if that is not possible, conducting an independent investigation into whether the GCF has complied with its environmental and social policies. The IRM is newly created and is still in the process of developing its procedures and website. More information about the IRM and how you can file a complaint is forthcoming. You can contact the IRM at irm@gcfund.org.
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