Current Projects

Long Term Financial Instruments for SMEs

  • Discussions are underway with Norsad for establishment of SME Windows through DFI Network members.
  • The DFRC is participating in liaison with the Commonwealth Secretariat in a project to investigate the feasibility of establishing a “regional SME Fund” under the COTONOU AGREEMENT managed through the European Investment Bank.


Case Study on MOZAL for an SMEs Linkages Model

Phase 1 – Research

A preliminary study on MOZAL was completed in June 2005. Terms of Reference for the research have been completed in liaison with Policy Research and Advisory Services and a proposal for funding of detailed research has been submitted to potential sponsors.


Phase 2 - Case Study Development

This will be carried out on completion of Phase 1.


Survey of DFI SME Activities

This is a project to develop a profile and data base of DFIs in the region that deal with SMEs. To date, ten DFIs have been visited in five countries for the exercise:

  • Botswana; CEDA and NDB ◦Namibia: NDB, NHE and Agribank

  • RSA: IDC

  • Tanzania: SIDO, TIB and NDC

  • Zambia: DBZ 


Business Support Service

Four project proposals have been developed for discussion with cooperating partners for implantation in the areas of:

  • SMEs Linkages
  • Women-in-Business Development
  • Business Mentorship
  • Environmental Management Systems for SMEs, (Standards)