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Collaborative for Frontier Finance

Collaborative for Frontier Finance

The Collaborative for Frontier Finance is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to increase access to capital for small and growing businesses (SGBs) in emerging markets.

CFF works with diverse stakeholders – including local capital providers, institutional investors, development agencies, philanthropic funders, and field building organisations – to accelerate financing solutions that target SGBs. With a bias to action, CFF works in three ways: by building and empowering networks of these stakeholders, capacity building and undertaking market-based initiatives to address systemic barriers, with a view to fostering a peer-to-peer learning environment and providing a platform for collective action.

Small Foundation has provided core funding to CFF, including financial and non-financial support to the Early Stage Capital Providers network catalysed by CFF.

In June 2022 Small Foundation additionally supported CFF’s annual convening in Dar es Salaam, which hosted the ESCP network and institutional investors for improved coordination and shared learnings, with the goal to mobilise more capital towards the ‘missing middle’.

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