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Project has lapsed as of 23 October 2017.


SCF Capital Solutions

TONNES of CO2 Anticipated tonnes of CO2 equivalent avoided


GCF results areas
  • Energy generation and access
  • Buildings, cities, industries and appliances
Gender benefits The project has a portfolio goal of having 45 per cent of all financing extended to women-owned enterprises. UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • #7 Affordable and clean energy

Location & People

  • Africa
  • South Africa ZAF

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category I1
    • Category I2
    • Category I3
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Equity USD
  • Private Investor Equity USD
  • SEFA ( Small Enterprise Finance Agency (of South Africa)) Equity USD
  • DBSA Equity USD
  • SCF Capital Solution Equity USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • SCF Capital Solutions
SCF Capital Solutions Withdrawn Est. implementation period 10.0 years Est. completion date 23 April 2018
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.
Document title
Published date
ESS report FP029 - DBSA - South Africa 30 Nov 2016
Approved funding proposal FP029 - DBSA - South Africa 22 Mar 2017
Gender action plan FP029 - DBSA - South Africa 06 Jun 2017
Gender assessment FP029 - DBSA - South Africa 06 Jun 2017
Accredited Entity
  • Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Mr. Olympus Manthata Tel: +27 11 313 5238 Mr. Muhammed Sayed Tel: +27 11 313 5240
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