FIF - WB WIBP II - Raiffeisen Bank BiH

Location:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Project number:

51704

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

25 Feb 2020

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

05 Mar 2020

As per section 1.4.2 (iii) of the Directive on Access to Information: "For Projects approved by Bank management where the Board of Directors has delegated the approval authority, the PSD shall be disclosed at the start of the relevant no-objection notification period to a member country of the Bank in accordance with Article 13 (iii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD."

Project Description

Provision of a senior unsecured loan under the Western Balkans Women in Business Programme Phase II for on-lending to eligible women-led micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) for the amount of up to EUR 2m.

Project Objectives

The proceeds of the Bank's investment will be used for sub-lending to eligible Women-led MSMEs in accordance with the programme's policies and goals.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 68

The project targets the Inclusive and Competitive qualities.

Inclusive: The project will contribute to women's economic inclusion by supporting Women-led MSMEs' access to finance and business advisory services, and aim to support the alleviation of the existing country level gender access to finance gaps while demonstrating the business case for scaling-up lending to the women-led MSME segment. The project will also support RBBH to test and roll-out more inclusive and gender responsive products.

Competitive: Transition impact is expected to derive from market expansion in line with the EBRD Financial Intermediaries Framework.

Client Information

RAIFFEISEN BANK DD BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Raiffeisen Bank dd BiH ("RBBH") is the 2nd largest bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a market share of 15% in assets and 13.3% in loans. 

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 2,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 2,000,000.00

Additionality

Additionality is achieved by combining the necessary long-term financing, in the form of a senior loan, through a holistic approach which includes technical cooperation grants to support the capacity building of partner financial institutions and women-led MSMEs.

Environmental and Social Summary

RBBH will be required to continue to comply with the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Corporate Loans, SME and Micro Loans, as well as the applicable PRs, and submit annual E&S reports to the Bank.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

PFI Capacity Building TC: Up to EUR 2m at the Programme level.

TC for Women-led MSMEs: Up to EUR 3.5m at the Programme level implemented by ASB team.

Jointly funded by the Government of Luxembourg and Sweden. 

Company Contact Information

Emira Čehajić
emira.cehajic@raiffeisengroup.ba
+387 33 287 764
+387 33 287 391
www.raiffeisenbank.ba
Zmaja od Bosne bb, 71 000 Sarajevo

PSD last updated

05 Mar 2020

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Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)

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The accountability mechanism independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

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Please note that after the appointment of the new mechanism Head in 2020, the revised Project Accountability Policy and Guidance will come into effect to guide case handling.

 

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