Project profile — Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Technical Assistance Facility


IFC - International Finance Corporation (44004)
2013-03-31 - 2018-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• North of Sahara, regional (57.00%)
• Middle East, regional (43.00%)


• Financial policy and administrative management:
Financial policy and administrative management (24010) (25.00%)
Informal/semi-formal financial intermediaries (24040) (60.00%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The goal of the project is to support sustainable economic growth and employment opportunities for citizens of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Its purpose is to improve access to finance for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Expected results 

The project is expected to benefit more than 250,000 MSMEs over 5 years, and will focus on promoting employment for youth and women. The expected results for this project include: (1) strengthened enabling environment of MSME finance; (2) capacity building of financial institutions for sustainable micro-finance and SME banking; and (3) support to MSME business development services (training, networking, mentoring, and business incubator-type services).

Results achieved 

Results achieved by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Technical Assistance Facility with the support of Canada and other international donors as of March 2014 include: 54 projects in five countries totalling US$ 29 M were approved and are operational. Two projects received World Bank Group awards: (1) the ENDA Inter-Arabe microfinance project in Tunisia for strong results on risk management and business strategy; and (2) the FATEN microfinance project in West Bank and Gaza for strong results in conflict affected countries. In 2013-2014: (1) four laws to improve the enabling environment for access to finance are on track; and (2) 1,218 small and medium enterprises (SME) and 347,180 micro loans for US$ 418 million were disbursed by partner financial institutions. Since the inception of the Facility: (1) 4,361 SME and 917,957 micro loans for US$ 1.1 billion were disbursed by partner financial institutions (52% of the recipients were women); and (2) US$ 1.3 billion in complementary lines of credit from the World Bank Group were mobilized to improve access to finance for MSMEs, leading to job creation in the MENA Region. The TA Facility project helped to create 6,820 jobs in 2011; 38,753 jobs in 2012; and 119,840 jobs in 2013; for a total of 165,413 jobs. These are contributing to increasing employment opportunities for people in the Middle East and North Africa.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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