Washington D.C, August 1st, 2023 – Leading impact fund manager C4D Partners has joined the SME Finance Forum as its global membership network’s latest member. The members of the Forum are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation.
“Since 2016, we’ve been implementing our mission to build a global membership to support better SME financing, and since then, we’ve established a network with over 240 active member institutions, which operate in over 190 countries sharing the common purpose of helping under-served enterprises. We are delighted to welcome C4D Partners, a pioneer in private equity impact fund management focusing on early-stage businesses in emerging markets,” said Matthew Gamser, CEO of the SME Finance Forum.
C4D Partners is a gender-smart impact fund manager with an early-stage growth private equity strategy supported by European DFIs. Its investments are focused on creating better livelihoods for underserved communities, driving positive climate action, and promoting gender inclusivity.
“Through our association with the SME Finance Forum, C4D Partners aims to connect with like-minded organizations virtually and through physical networking events to augment our impact through SME investments,” says Arvind Agarwal, CEO and Founder.
About SME Finance Forum
The SME Finance Forum was established by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2012 as a knowledge center for data, research, and best practice in promoting SME finance. As an implementing partner for the GPFI, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was tasked with managing the initiative. The Forum operates a global membership network of +240 members that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs.
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About C4D Partners
C4D Partners is a gender-smart impact investment fund manager incorporated to invest across sectors in growing start-ups. C4D operates in the venture capital space, with a PE strategy focusing on climate, livelihood, and an intersectional approach toward gender. To promote inclusive economic growth and contribute to the SDGs, C4D Partners invests in responsible businesses those work towards the planet, people, and profit combined with market returns. C4D’s investment strategy has been thoughtfully designed to invest with a gender lens and we are committed to investing at least 30% of our corpus in women SMEs. In addition to providing capital, C4D Partners also provides Technical Assistance (TA) through its Portfolio Support Program (PSP), which is considered non-investment support to portfolio companies and acts as a catalyst for better financial sustainability of the portfolio and potentially reduces the mortality rate.