Incofin India Progress Fund

Equity : July 2021

BIO has invested EUR 5 M in equity in the Incofin India Progress Fund, a Financial Inclusion and Agribusiness Fund focused on India.

Amount

€ 5,000,000.00

Type of investment

Equity

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth
  • Private sector consolidation/innovation
  • Financial inclusion
  • Food security & rural development

Beneficiary locations

Asia: India

Investment field

Investment Companies & Funds

Activity

KK.64.302 FI Fund

Organisation

Incofin India Progress Fund

Domicile

Belgium / India

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Incofin India Progress Fund

  • Equity € 3,500,000.00 (2021)

The IPF is a private equity fund investing in high impact sectors, managed by Incofin India Investment Management and Incofin Investment Management. It is Incofin IM’s first country-focused fund and will target the financial inclusion of the underserved/underserviced end customer and sustainable development of the food and agricultural value chain.

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth

    Long-term equity finance to SMEs in the agribusiness value chain and to financial service providers such as Non Banking Financial Companies and Fintechs. Both are relevant sectors to reach India’s bottom-of-the-pyramid population. Direct jobs support & job creation and important indirect employment opportunities through the supply chain and finance enabling effect

  • Private sector consolidation/innovation

    Overlap between financial inclusion and agri-food sector as investees are often looking to provide financial services to their agri clients. Focus on tech-enabled and innovative models for traditional businesses will help to scale business and build more efficient supply chains.

  • Financial inclusion

    Around half of the portfolio will be invested in innovative financial services, which will help improving financial inclusion in economically disadvantaged groups (rural population, women, etc.). Target sectors/products with strong inclusiveness and enabling potential: MSME finance, income generating loans, alternative lending channels, insurance, and payment and savings services.

  • Food security & rural development

    Around half of the portfolio will be invested in the post-harvest agri-food value chain, e.g. collection, processing, distribution, retail, market access, etc. to increase agricultural output and promote new economic opportunities for rural populations. Links with other parts of the supply chain are privileged, both upstream and downstream, to improve overall integration of the food supply chain and to reduce food waste.

E&S Impact

IIPF and its investors agreed to update the fund’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), clarifying roles and responsibilities, setting up a stakeholders’ engagement framework and improving the methodology for the E&S risks assessment of Financial Institutions. Furthermore, IIPF team will attend dedicated E&S training and will be supported by external consultants for due diligence and monitoring of projects with a medium or high E&S risk profile.

Current situation

The fund has an ESMS in place to ensure E&S risks are assessed and mitigated at all steps of the investment process. It is supported by a set of dedicated E&S tools.

Risk Category: B

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Belgian impact fund backs the entrepreneurial spirit on the Indian countryside

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Belgian impact fund backs the entrepreneurial spirit on the Indian countryside

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Belgian impact investor Incofin IM raises 45 million euros in a first investment round for its new impact fund focused on rural development in India.

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Belgian impact fund focused on the Indian rural economy hits first close of USD 60 M

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A group of international investors announce the successful first closing of the Incofin India Progress Fund (IPF) with USD 60 million of commitments. The fund will make private equity investments in the Indian agri food value chain and in financial inclusion for rural entrepreneurs in India. The committed capital comes from a diverse set of private and institutional investors including Korys, CDC, Proparco, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), the SDG Frontier Fund, the King Baudouin Foundation and several Belgian family offices.

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