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Business partnership facility

You are a Luxembourg or European private company, you want to discover new markets, build new partnerships and develop synergies with developing countries' entities in order to set up sustainable business projects in these countries? The BPF is made for you.

Looking for a local partner for your project? Do not hesitate to consult the register of companies in the South registered with the BPF.

The 2021 edition has been completed.

The next edition of the BPF will be launched in early 2022.

BPF: WHAT FOR?

To enable the implementation of sustainable business projects in developing countries

PARTNERSHIP

Encourage the Luxembourg / European private sector to establish partnerships with actors of developing countries so as to ensure the implementation of sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives

INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

Support projects of Luxembourg / European private sector companies active in one of the following six sectors of activity eligible for the BPF: CleanTech, eco-innovation and circular economy, space, Fintech, HealthTech, mobility and logistics, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS

The projects selected will serve the triple purpose of having a social impact, having an environmental impact and economic viability, cornerstone of a successful sustainable partnership

ABOUT THE BPF

An annual fund of                1 000 000 € to support innovative partnerships

The BPF aims to encourage the Luxembourg / European private sector to establish partnerships with its peers, the civil society or state structures in developing countries in order to implement sustainable business projects that comply with the social standards set by the European Commission in 2014.

The BPF is based on the concept of public-private partnership through the pooling of resources from North and South private and public actors to ensure the implementation of sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives.

The BPF is an initiative of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

PROJECTS SUPPORTED

For sustainable partnerships

  • All
  • cleantech eco innovation and circular economy
  • espace
  • fintech
  • healthtech
  • mobility and logistics
  • information and communication technologies ict

Uption | Senegal

Development of the concept "cosmetic counters"

The Organic Village | Nepal

Development of a Nepalese organic spice chain (from local farmers to the world market)

Suricate solutions | Senegal

Setting up of a Cybersecurity Operational Centre in Dakar for Micro-Finance Institutions

Müller et Associés | Kosovo

Feasibility study for the implementation of the distribution of funds by the Kosovo Health Insurance to health care providers

Moyee Coffee | Ethiopia

Adoption of BlockChain technology in the coffee value chain from Ethiopian smallholder farmers

LuxMobility | Senegal

Saving lives on the roads of West Africa

Link to business world | Senegal

Establishment of a production unit for the transformation of plant fibres from succulent plants in Senegal for the textile industry with innovation, transfer of know-how and technology

Koosmik | Togo

Development of a banking application including credit and insurance services in Togo

Jway | Senegal

Software base for digitalisation and dematerialisation of the procedures of the Polytechnic School of Dakar (online student desk)

Jway | Burkina Faso

Creation of an online help platform for writing business plans for Burkinabé companies

Jurry Hekking Metaal | Kosovo

Recovery of whey from white cheese for the production of soft drinks

Interact | Cape Verde

Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development (AISD) - Implementing and optimising the performance of connected digital urban systems and networks

Intech | Guinea

Development and dissemination in Guinea of "BackUp", a digital tool to fight against war rapes and sexual violence

Graas Lavie | Burkina Faso

Design, construction and commissioning of a pilot dried mango production unit in Burkina Faso

Fast Track Diagnostics | Ethiopia

In situ clinical evaluation of lyophilised tests for the detection of tropical diseases

Bureau International Maritime (BIM) | Burkina Faso

Implementation of a new electronic cargo tracking slip system

Blue Horizon | Burkina Faso

Responding to the desertification of the sub-Saharan desert using sustainable biotechnologies

Bit Valley | Niger

Inclusive Blockchain Insurance using Space Assets (IBISA) - Setting up a microinsurance system for small farmers in Niger

BCE | Ivory Coast

Creation of a technical assistance platform for the setting up of a broadcasting centre and a TV centre in Abidjan and Grand Bassam

Advanced Biological Laboratories | Myanmar

Hepatitis C screening and treatment strategy

LEARN ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Co-financing modalities

The BPF is open to Luxembourg / European private companies active in the sectors of CleanTech, eco-innovation and circular economy, space, Fintech, HealthTech, mobility and logistics, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) wishing to establish partnerships with their peers, the civil society or state structures in developing countries in order to set up sustainable and innovative business projects.

In 2021, the BPF is also being extended to companies offering projects related to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

This facility is thus based on the concept of public-private partnership through the pooling of resources from North and South private and public actors to ensure the implementation of sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives.

The obtention of the BPF co-financing is subject to a call for projects launched every year and divided in two phases. The successful projects retained at the end of the selection process are co-financed up to a maximum of 50% with a ceiling of 200 000 EUR in the form of a direct grant not refundable and disbursed in one or several instalments.

This co-financing initiated and financed by the Luxembourg Cooperation is to be considered as aid falling within the scope of "de minimis" regulation. The aid is granted by a European Union member state to a company and which cumulated amounts cannot exceed a ceiling of 200 000 EUR (100 000 EUR for undertakings in the road freight transport sector) over the last three fiscal years.

Business partnerships

Co-financing up to 50% of the project

Technology transfer

Environmental impact and respect for Human rights

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Following the various initiatives taken by other European countries to support the private sector in developing countries, the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) launched the Business Partnership Facility in 2016. Initially covering a period of three years, the facility, endowed by the Luxembourg government with an annual envelope of one million euros, was designed to encourage the Luxembourg / European private sector to establish partnerships with its peers, the civil society or state structures in developing countries in order to set up sustainable and innovative business projects.

Given the success it has enjoyed, the facility has been extended by one year at first so as to have the time to carry out the evaluation. The evaluation, undertaken in 2019, indeed confirmed the relevancy of the BPF objectives and purpose for developing countries. In view of the increasing popularity of the BPF among the private sector, the MFEA decided to extend it for three more years.

The aim of this three-year extension is to launch a BPF that is more aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in terms of impact the supported project will have on the environment, but also regarding the facility' social impact as to job creation and respect for human rights.

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Local companies: say yes to the adventure too!

Local companies: say yes to the adventure too! Different types of partnership can be established within the BPF. It is however up to the Luxembourg / European private sector entities willing to join the facility to initiate the partnership. If the initiative comes from a developing country, it is essential in this case that contacts with potential partners in Europe be made. These European partners will then have the responsibility to submit a proposal.

You are looking for a Luxembourg / European private partner for a project in your country that meets the BPF criteria?