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Technical assistance

Technical assistance

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Project-related technical assistance contributes to improving the quality of lending operations throughout the project cycle and enhancing their development impact.

Technical assistance operations aim to:

  • enhance project quality and success rate;
  • increase the efficiency and sustainability;
  • complement other financial products

In accordance with the strategic thrust of the Investment Facility, technical assistance operations mainly focus on:

  • financial sector operations, notably microfinance support and SME lending;
  • infrastructure undertakings, notably in the water and wastewater sectors, ICT, transport and energy sectors.
Coverage Period covered Budget
Investment facility (Cotonou) ACPs & OCTs 2008-2013 Up to EUR 40.15 m
2014-2020 Up to EUR 95 m

The Republic of South Africa is not eligible. Funds can be provided as interest rate subsidies, one-off grants or insurance premiums.

Technical assistance for regional infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa is available through the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund.

Technical assistance for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa is available through the following initiatives:


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