MSME COVID19 Response Fund (IDBI-13381-01)

  • World
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
May 18, 2021
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
BlueOrchard Finance Ltd.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Finance
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 35.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IDBI website

Updated in EWS Sep 5, 2021

Contribute Information
Can you contribute information about this project?
Contact the EWS Team

Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

The BlueOrchard Covid-19 Emerging and Frontier Markets MSME Support Fund (the "Fund" or "BlueOrchard MSME COVID19 Response Fund") is a new global debt fund focused on providing support financing to Micro, Small and Medium enterprises ("MSMEs") through specialized lenders (Financial Intermediaries ("FIs")) in Emerging Markets ("EMs") and frontier markets globally to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and support economic recovery. IDB Invest is proposing an investment of up to US$35 million, or 15% of the total Fund capital, to support part of the Fund's investments in Latin America and the Caribbean ("LAC").

The Fund will be managed by BlueOrchard Finance Ltd, a global impact investment manager, with more than 20 years of track record in microfinance and financial inclusion.

With a target size of US$350 million, the Fund is expected to mobilize Development Finance Institutions ("DFIs") and global institutional investors' capital to provide much-needed funding to MSMEs through FIs (Microfinance Institutions, ("MFIs"); banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions ("NBFIs")). Given the characteristic of the COVID-19 crisis, in an initial phase of 12 - 24 months, the Fund is expected to provide liquidity solutions to support MSMEs operations, secure jobs, and avoid business closures and disruptions in the supply chain. In a second phase, the Fund will provide funding to support the economic recovery of MSMEs through funding to expand MSME portfolios of specialized FIs to further increase financial inclusion and support economic recovery.

The Fund will be further equipped with a dedicated Technical Assistance Facility supported to fast track the recovery of MSMEs even in the most vulnerable sectors and geographies.

The project is classified by IFC as having a risk category of FI-2.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

Contact Information
This section aims to support the local communities and local CSO to get to know which stakeholders are involved in a project with their roles and responsibilities. If available, there may be a complaint office for the respective bank which operates independently to receive and determine violations in policy and practice. Independent Accountability Mechanisms receive and respond to complaints. Most Independent Accountability Mechanisms offer two functions for addressing complaints: dispute resolution and compliance review.

Client name: Maria Teresa Zappia
Title: Deputy CEO
Phone number: +41 22 5964795


You can submit a request for information disclosure at:


The Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest)-funded project. If you submit a complaint to MICI, they may assist you in addressing the problems you raised through a dispute-resolution process with those implementing the project and/or through an investigation to assess whether the IDB or IDB Invest is following its own policies for preventing or mitigating harm to people or the environment. You can submit a complaint by sending an email to You can learn more about the MICI and how to file a complaint at,1752.html (in English) or,1752.html (Spanish).

How it works

How it works