The EBRD’s strategic Small Business Initiative (SBI) provides an integrated approach to SME development: it combines tailor-made financing to SMEs with business advice and policy dialogue activities to create a better environment for small and medium-sized enterprises. Alongside indirect financing through financial institutions and direct loans to SMEs, SBI has developed a distinctive instrument, the Risk-sharing Framework or RSF, whereby the EBRD shares the risk of partner financial institutions (PFIs) on their loans to SME clients.
The risk participation can be both on a funded and an unfunded basis. RSF has been successful in several EBRD’s countries of operations (in particular in the Caucasus and Central Asia) and is now being actively extended to the SEMED region.
The TC allows the EBRD to support PFIs with the implementation and management of RSF and to build their capacity on a sustainable basis. The funding makes it possible to hire outside consultants to train credit and risk specialists of PFIs, as well as to help end-borrowing SMEs develop and access RSF financing.
The services provided under this TC will be in the form of consultancy assignments.
Although the assignments will be contracted by the EBRD, it is the PFIs and SMEs in SEMED that will ultimately benefit from the services.
Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.
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Access to Information Policy (AIP)
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Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form
Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)
If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).
IPAM 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.
Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM via email email@example.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.