To help address these barriers and boost economic growth, the World Bank has launched the Somali Business Catalytic Fund (SBCF)
Over the past 20 years, violent conflicts in various areas of the Somalia Peninsula have hindered lasting economic growth and stability in the entire region, with more than 70 percent of the population living below the poverty line today. Despite these difficult conditions, the Somali private sector has shown remarkable resiliency, with a variety of small businesses managing to prosper and create an environment for potential investment. However, key constraints such as weak infrastructure, limited access to finance, a lack of market information, and low levels of human capital impede the private-sector expansion crucial to reducing the country’s widespread poverty.
To help address these barriers and boost economic growth, the World Bank has launched the Somali Business Catalytic Fund (SBCF), designed to invest in the establishment and expansion of profitable small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The SBCF will work across all areas of the Somali Peninsula to provide matching grants for businesses with proven track records working in key sectors as well as those demonstrating job creation capacity.
In managing the SBCF, DAI will take a market-driven approach to building up a strong ecosystem for Somali SMEs. SBCF funds will support companies to innovate and enhance their productivity, competitiveness against imported products, and overall profits, improving efficiency in the economy as a whole and increasing employment. In addition, SBCF will provide grants targeted at developmental priority groups such as women-owned enterprises and youth employers.