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Integrated Annual Report 2017

Together with other committed stakeholders, the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation takes part in the financial transition to a more just, more equitable economy with better shared effects.

Its annual report 2017 is a call for devising financing, investments and support mechanisms for the economy that are more accessible, more transparent and more supportive.

With €49.3 million granted in 2017, the Foundation expanded its activities to 32 countries. It supported 69 microfinance institutions and social businesses who accompany 3.2 million clients, of which 77% are women and 75% live in rural areas.

By promoting access to entrepreneurship and seeking to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable segments of society, the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation has committed itself to the common good.


Financing for Social Impact – The Key Role of Tailored Financing and Hybrid Finance

The EVPA Knowledge Centre embarked on a nine-month journey with a group of over 30 experts to looking at how funding can be shaped in  a way that meets the financial needs of the social purpose organisation (SPO) and at how different actors can collaborate in the VP/SI space to bring more resources to SPOs. 

Supporting SPOs in the most appropriate way is crucial for venture philanthropy and social investment (VP/SI) organisations to maximise the social impact they can generate. Looking at both their characteristics and the financial needs of their potential grantees/investees, VP/SI organisations can customise their financial offer by choosing among a wide range of financial instruments (FIs – i.e. grants, loans, equity and hybrid financial instruments). VP/SI organisations can also structure innovative hybrid funds and financing mechanisms through which they can collaborate with other capital providers within the VP/SI space.

The EVPA report “Financing for Social Impact | The Key Role of Tailored Financing and Hybrid Finance” provides an overview of how to tailor the financial instruments to the needs of the social purpose organisations, by looking at pros and cons of each FI and selecting the ones that are the most suitable, based on the business model and the stage of development of the SPOs. The EVPA report also presents examples from the emerging field of hybrid finance, which helps bring more resources to developing societal solutions and increase the effectiveness in financing SPOs, also by de-risking traditional capital (i.e. public, commercial and retail).