EIB partners with Global Development Network to study impact of projects in African Caribbean and Pacific countries
25 January 2017
The EIB is partnering with the Global Development Network to study the impact of projects in sub-Saharan African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, under a new training and mentorship programme for local researchers. After training at EIB headquarters in Luxembourg the researchers will spend a year evaluating projects financed under the Bank’s Impact Financing Envelope. This will build skills and capacity in impact assessment in the regions and refine the understanding of EIB’s impact.
Addressing a gap, understanding our impact
For project financiers, addressing social and environmental challenges often means having to manage higher operating and macroeconomic risks. As a result, many high impact projects cannot find the financing they need to become reality, even when they have the potential to be financially sustainable and to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. The EIB created the IFE to help address this gap, as a special window of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Investment Facility.
The fund targets projects in sectors, or using particular business models that deliver superior impacts for targeted populations, particularly at the “bottom of the pyramid”. Since 2014, 15 IFE projects have been approved.
The EIB’s new partnership with the Global Development Network (GDN), a public international organisation dedicated to supporting high-quality, policy-oriented research in the social sciences, will deepen our understanding of the development impact of IFE operations and strengthen the Bank’s ability to target such impacts.
Training and mentorship
This ambitious new Programme in Applied Development Finance will provide training in impact assessment methodologies and relevant aspects of EIB operations to selected ACP researchers from leading universities at the EIB headquarters in Luxembourg. They will go on to spend a year evaluating selected IFE projects, under the mentorship of international evaluation experts and in cooperation with local universities and institutions in GDN’s network.
The EIB-GDN engagement will cover projects ranging across the sectors targeted by the IFE, such as telecommunications, financial inclusion, innovation and agri-business. The research is also expected to shed light on cross-cutting issues such as gender, climate change and migration.
Maximizing the social, economic and public health impact of billions of Euros private and public investment is crucial to meet sustainable development goals around the world. The EIB and Global Development Network today published analysis of impact investment best practice from across Africa, alongside hosting their largest ever development impact virtual conference.