FAQ

What is the Fund Finder?

The Fund Finder is a searchable database of project preparation facilities – funding organisations that provide financial support for infrastructure projects in Africa, covering the energy, water & sanitation, transport and ICT sectors.

The Fund Finder can help African entrepreneurs, project promoters and managers locate potential sources of project preparation funding.  By entering information about, for example, the size of your proposed project, sector and region or country, you can identify institutions that might be interested in the opportunity to consider providing financial support for the preparation phase of your project.  

The institutions in the Fund Finder are members of the Project Preparation Facilities Network, and they are dedicated to supporting infrastructure development in Africa.

Is there a fee for using the Fund Finder?

No.  The Fund Finder is free of charge for all users.

Do I need an account to use the Project Preparation Fund Finder?

If you are seeking funds for a proposed infrastructure project, or just wish to browse through the information in the Fund Finder, you do not need an account. You can use the search facility, and browse through the details of each of the organisations listed, without opening an account or registering your interest with the ICA.

Funding facilities that wish to be included in the database will need to create an account, and join the Project Preparation Facilities Network. Please contact the ICA if you are a funding facility and would like to apply to join the PPFN - icasecretariat@afdb.org / (+225) 20 26 42 80. Membership is free.

Who manages the Fund Finder?

The Fund Finder was developed by the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) and it is a service provided by the Project Preparation Facilities Network (PPFN). The ICA manages the Fund Finder in co-ordination with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), who currently act as the secretariat of the PPFN (the secretariat of the PPFN is held by a member of the PPFN and is rotated every two years).

While the ICA and DBSA try to ensure that information in the Fund Finder is correct, they cannot guarantee the accuracy of the data, which is supplied by the funding facilities.

What languages may I use in the fund finder ?

Information in the Fund Finder is available in English and French.  This is consistent with the rest of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) website.  Members of the Project Preparation Facilities Network (PPFN) can manage their account information in either English or French; the ICA will arrange translation of material between the two languages.

How do I update my funding information in the fund finder ?

Members of the Project Preparation Facilities Network (PPFN) can manage their account information, update funding details etc by going to the For Funding Facilities section and logging in to “Manage your Account”.  

We encourage PPFN members to check and update their account information on a regular basis. If you have any questions or experience any difficulties please contact the ICA – icasecretariat@afdb.org

Why doesn't my facility appear in the fund finder ?

Only funding facilities that are members of the Project Preparation Facilities Network (PPFN) appear in the Fund Finder. To apply to join the network please contact the ICA at icasecretariat@afdb.org. Once a facility has joined the PPFN it will be able to access the Fund Finder and publish and manage information.

How can I protect confidential information in fund finder ?

Funding facilities are responsible for managing the information about their institution that appears in the Fund Finder.  The data within the Fund Finder is generally also available on a funding facility’s website and/or in their annual reports.  It is therefore publicly-available information and should not contain any material that is commercially sensitive or confidential.  

The Fund Finder is convenient because it presents information about a number of institutions in one location and is searchable.  This is of tremendous benefit to project developers and managers seeking project preparation finance and support.

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