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Event Date Tue Oct 19 UTC (about 2 months ago)
In your timezone (EST): Tue Oct 19 5:00am - Tue Oct 19 6:00am
Location Online Event
Region All
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The CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) invites you to join a virtual public event to discuss Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and blended finance in sub-Saharan Africa.

SMEs are the backbone of the African economy, but many SMEs lack access to affordable financing or credit lines, preventing them from expanding their operations and businesses. Through blended finance, development finance institutions and other development actors can help SMEs gain access to financing and increase private investment in sub-Saharan Africa. As climate change intensifies, many African SMEs have already begun to adopt sustainable, climate-smart practices, and blended finance can assist SMEs with these adaptation measures. Additionally, China’s role in the sub-Saharan African economy has grown over the last two decades, but there is still very little Chinese investment into African SMEs. U.S. development actors and private investors have a critical opportunity to fill this void.

Speakers

2021 Speakers

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee

Elisabeth Feleke
Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, USADF

Olusegun Odunaiya
CEO, Havenhill Synergy Limited

John Simon
Founding Partner, Total Impact Capital

Eugene Amusin
Senior Vice President, Citi Social Finance