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Thematic Area:

Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance

Duration:            

2019 - ongoing

Client:                

International Climate Initiative (IKI) / German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Region:             

Africa and Latin America & the Caribbean

Country Coverage:           

Ghana, Rwanda, Peru

Project Overview

The primary goal of the five-year Project is to operationalise a crowd-investing platform, where retail investors in Germany (and possibly other European countries) can invest in green small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the pilot countries of Ghana, Rwanda and Peru. This will address the market failure of missing financial intermediaries and attract patient and risk-aware retail funding to finance small-scale green investments.

The Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (FS-UNEP Centre) has finalised a detailed feasibility study that includes a design proposal for the concrete implementation of the climate crowd-investing platform.

The feasibility study identified the market potential for such a platform both in Germany (investors) and the target countries of Ghana, Rwanda and Peru (borrowers). It assessed the legal, technical and financial viability of the platform, as well as its key design features and benefits in the light of other existing platforms. Moreover, the study identified potential partners and collaboration channels.

The FS-UNEP Centre will manage the 'calls for proposals' for green projects or green SMEs that require funding, who may also receive coaching to develop a business plan tailored to green investments once the platform is operational. The Project also foresees the development of marketing materials, conference participation and the production of a “lessons learned” paper to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Project and communicate its potential to become commercially viable after the initial testing phase.