LIBERIA - Program for Advancing Youth Entrepreneurship Investment (PAYEI) - Project A: Liberian Youth Entrepreneurship Investment Bank (AFDB-P-LR-HB0-003)

  • Liberia
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Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Voting Date
Jul 14, 2023
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Government of Liberia
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  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 15.86 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.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 17.71 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Aug 13, 2023

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Project Description
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According to the Bank’s website, the Liberia Youth Entrepreneurship Investment Bank (YEIB) supports the Government of Liberia's (GoL) 2018 to 2023 Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD). The project builds on the achievements of the Bank-financed (FAPA/TSFP-III). The Liberia YEIB is a pillar of the Program for Advancing Youth Entrepreneurship Investment (PAYEI). The YEIB will provide financial and nonfinancial services to the youth to start and scale their businesses by strengthening the overall entrepreneurship ecosystem and its stakeholders. The YEIB offers a coherent offer of services that will support the entrepreneurship journey of the youth. The YEIB will forge multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize capital to invest and coordinate the delivery of financial and nonfinancial services for entrepreneurs in a systemic, structured, scalable, and sustainable manner. The YEIB will be a youth-focused institution set up to unlock finance, market access, and development services for target youth-businesses.

The overarching goal of the Project is to strengthen financial and non-financial business service to young women and men entrepreneurs in ways that ensure inclusion, decrease vulnerabilities, and prepare for resilience and long-term sustainability of service provision. The project aims to: (1) Strengthen institutional stewardship and oversight of youth entrepreneurship support ecosystem; (2) Develop a Youth Entrepreneurship Investment Bank (YEIB) and its related entities.

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