SCF Capital Solutions

SCF Capital Solutions

  • Status Lapsed
  • Date approved 15 Dec 2016
  • ESS Category Intermediation 2

MSMEs can contribute significantly to South Africa’s climate change objectives as they occupy a large part of the national economy.

This programme was created as a direct result of the needs of MSME start-ups in South Africa’s Green Fund incubation program. Despite engaging in climate activities the country so greatly needs, MSMEs have been unable to access financing from traditional financial institutions. SCF Capital Solutions allow start-ups in renewable energy and energy efficient sectors to transition from incubation to securing contracts with large buyers, accelerating both their own activities and South Africa’s transition to a low carbon economy.

The programme also contributes to South Africa’s development objectives. Of the 300 MSMEs receiving GCF assistance annually, 45 percent will be owned by women, 35 percent will be owned by young  entrepreneurs and 70 percent will be owned by previously disadvantaged individuals. It is expected to support 30,000 jobs in the climate space, 6,000 of them new.

The programme will tap into the expertise of South African-based developmental finance company SCF Capital Solutions to use supply chain financing to provide capital to green economy-focused MSMEs. It will do this by focusing on the credit worthiness of major buyers, thereby reducing the financial burden on MSMEs. A focus on recurring supply chains in the economy will improve business efficiencies and help catalyze private sector investment.

The Board's approval of FP029 SCF Capital Solutions by DBSA, submitted to the Board at B.15 under the first tranche of the MSME pilot programme, expired on 23 October 2017. This follows a request from the AE dated 13 October 2017 to withdraw an extension request in relation to the deadline to sign the FAA by 23 October 2017. The Secretariat informed the NDA of the AE's request to withdraw the extension request on 2 November 2017.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


08 Aug 2016 - 130 days

Concept note received

08 Aug 2016

Funding proposal received

04 Nov 2016

Cleared by iTAP

25 Nov 2016


15 Dec 2016 - 313 days

Approved by GCF Board

15 Dec 2016

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

02 May 2017


23 Oct 2017

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

EquityUSD 12,222,222
Total GCF Financing
USD 12,222,222


Private investorsEquityUSD 12,222,222
SEFA (Small Enterprise Finance Agency (of South Africa))EquityUSD 7,407,000
DBSAEquityUSD 2,222,222
SCF Capital SolutionsEquityUSD 74,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 21,925,444

GCF Contacts

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GCF Communications
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GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6155 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

Development Bank of Southern Africa
Mr. Olympus Manthata

Head, Climate Finance
1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone +27 11 313 5238
Mr. Muhammed Sayed

Climate Change Specialist, Climate Finance
1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone +27 11 313 5240
More contacts

National Designated Authority

South Africa
Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment
Ms. Nomfundo Tshabalala Primary
Director General
Phone +27 12 339 9007
Ms. Shahkira Parker Operational focal point
Senior Policy Advisor: International Governance Management
Ms. Lucia Motloung Operational focal point
Mr. Zaheer Fakir Operational focal point