ADFIAP conducts ACMFN mid-year project review

The ACMFN project management office (PMO), headed by the ADFIAP Consulting (AC) Group, conducted a mid-year project review and planning workshop on July 23-24, 2018 in Beijing, China, with the attendance of its three (3) National Focal Partners (NFPs) from China, India, and Indonesia at the offices of Chinese partner, the Institute of Environment and Development (IED). The workshop was attended by fourteen (14) NFP project officers, including the staff of IED.

The Asian Cleantech MSME Financing Network (ACMFN) is a four-year project co-financed by the European Union (EU) that aims to build and leverage a cleantech financing eco-system to spark improved access to finance for Asian cleantech enterprises and enhance sustainable consumption and production patterns in Asia. ADFIAP is the lead implementing institution of the project supported by its partner-organizations, Germay-based Adelphi, Indonesia’s Perkumpulan untuk Peningkatan Usaha Kecil (PUPUK), the Confederation of Indian Industry, and China Electronic Energy-saving Technology Association.

The objectives of the 2-day activity were to: (1) assess project achievements as of June 30, 2018 vis-à-vis targets until Year 4; (2) identify catch-up targets and craft a roadmap that would lead towards the attainment of project deliverables; and (3) review financial performance as of June 30, 2018 and discuss indicative budget that would support the implementation by each partner of the catch-up activities to achieve the committed project results by year 2019.

Based on the results of the meeting, the PMO was generally satisfied with the overall performances of the NFPs in terms of achieving their deliverables. Given the numbers and working plans presented, each NFPs and PMO were confident that the project will be able to achieve its current year’s project targets and deliverables.

After the 2-day workshop, the project team conducted a study tour program (STP) of energy service companies’ (ESCOs) operations in China. The STP was specifically requested by the project’s Indian NFP, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), to learn and understand the key success factors of ESCOs in China and how some of their industry best practices can be replicated in India. The CII ACMFN project staff was joined by the ACMFN PMO and PUPUK officers.

The key lesson learned was the Chinese government’s policy and creation of an enabling environment as the main drivers for the development, growth and viability of ESCOs in any country. While India has ESCOs, these are not as successful as those in China because they lack the backing and support of their national government. China’s policy on ESCOs, which has attracted the support of international development finance institutions and bilateral organizations, serves as model for replication in other countries.

For more details on the ACMFN project, please visit its website at http://www.acmfn.com/ or email inquiries@adfiap.org

ADFIAP holds ACMFN Cleantech Finance Lab

ADFIAP, in cooperation with its host member-institutions in India and its project partners, held a workshop on “Scaling Cleantech Innovation and Financing” on February 19, 2018 at the ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi, India. The event was conducted during the 41st ADFIAP Annual Meeting and was attended by 29 ADFIAP member-delegates.

The workshop is part of the EU-funded SWITCH Asia project, “Asian Cleantech MSME Financing Network” (ACMFN), a 4-year capacity-building programme that ADFIAP implements as a lead partner and which aims to build and leverage a cleantech financing eco-system to spark improved access to finance for Asian cleantech MSMEs. Cleantech refers to products, services and processes that reduce or eliminate negative ecological inputs, improve the productive and responsible use of natural resources, and provide superior performance at lower cost.

The event was opened by ADFIAP Secretary General, Octavio B. Peralta, and was followed by presentations of Corazon D. Conde, ACMFN Senior Project Manager and Group Head of ADFIAP Consulting, on cleantech financing best practices using Philippine case studies, as well as of Mirko Zuerker, Senior Project Manager at adelphi, on the European experience.

Two prototyping exercises then followed and were facilitated by Mr. Zuerker. The prototyping methodology allowed for a structured advancement of best practice instruments and programmes through peer discussion in parallel focus groups.

In Cleantech Finance Lab I, the present challenges in cleantech financing for SMEs and proposed solutions to overcome these challenges were defined and discussed. In Cleantech Finance Lab II, the identified prototype solutions were further developed for scaling up by identifying their innovative characteristics, critical factors for implementation, key partners and resources, and checklist for next actions.

Based on the discussions, there is interest and intent among the attendees to pursue cleantech financing in their areas of operation. There is need, however, to build and leverage an appropriate cleantech financing eco-system to improve access to finance as well as to explore other financing options and risk mitigation instruments in this regard.

For more information on ACMFN, please visit http://www.acmfn.com

ACMFN Annual Meeting in Mumbai

The Annual Meeting of Asian Cleantech Micro Small Medium Entrepreneurs Financial Network (ACMFN) was held in India on 12-14 December 2017. The meeting was attended by Association for Small Enterprise Improvement (PUPUK) represented by Mr. CecepKodirJaelani Executive Director of PUPUK Bandung and Mr. Kristanto Budi Nugroho P,oject Officer ACMFN.  The meeting was attended by all partners of ACMFN  led by ADFIAP, adelphi, and two other national focal points, CII from India and CEESTA from China. 

Strategies for the next year were presented as well as possible collaboration with the partners.

ACMFN Monev conducted by the EU External Auditor

Meeting Monitoring and Evaluation (Monev) of ACMFN was conducted at PUPUK Bandung Office attended by Monev Auditor from EU, Mrs. Pascale Debord from France.   Secretary General of PUPUK Mrs. Early Rahmawati, Director of PUPUK Bandung Mr. Cecep Kodir Jaelani, ACMFN Program Manager Mr. Kristanto Budi Nugroho with Mrs. Rini Sudaryani and followed by the Finance team represented by Mr. Dadi Sumanto and Mrs. Yutin Novian. This Monev event is a series of activities including project visit and was conducted from 18 – 22 September 2017.

Project Assessment & Planning/Budgeting Workshop

ADFIAP together with its project partners, Germany’s Adelphi, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Pupuk of Indonesia and CEESTA and Beijing Eco-Green Advisory (BEGA)/Institute for Environment and Development (IED) conducted its first year 2016 project assessment, planning & budgeting workshop for year 2 last March 20-21, 2017 at Beijing, China. BEGA/IED hosted the meeting and conducted it at an old “futong” or village workplace near the capital city of Beijing (#28 Zhonglao Hutong & Xilao Hutong, Beijing, China).

The 10 participants came from the 3 National Focal Points (NFPs) and ACMFN lead & technical partners — ADFIAP and Adelphi. The meeting was presided by Atty. Alberto B. Reyno, Country Project Manager for ACMFN China.

The 2-day meeting discussed the project accomplishments and financial performance for year 1. On the second day, the NFPs presented their work plans and budget for year 2 to the Project Steering Committee led by Atty. Reyno and Mr. Mirko Zuerker of adelphi.

ACMFN was launched in February 2016 in New Delhi, India and in just one year, the respective NFPs of the 3 target countries were able to successfully establish their presence in their respective communities. Over a period of 6 months, several national awareness-raising activities were conducted by the NFPs and these events attracted well over 1200 cleantech MSMEs to get to know the various activities of the ACMFN. Also, the project was able to conduct as scheduled, the TOT Cleantech Consulting for identified potential project technical and financial advisors at the 3 target countries/NFPs.

For more information on the ACMFN project, please visit its website at www.acmfn.com or email inquiries@adfiap.org.

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ACMFN project launched in China

ACMFN ChinaThe China Electronic Energy-Saving Technology Association (CEESTA) and the Institute of Environment and Development (IED) organized the launching of the Asian Cleantech MSME Financing Network (ACMFN) project on March 22, 2016 in Beijing, China. The event was attended by fifty (50) delegates including representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China, SMEs, international organizations, large corporations and various media outfits.

The ACMFN is a four-year project funded by the European Union (EU) Switch Asia Programme. The project’s implementing partner-organizations are Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) as the lead agency, CEESTA & IED of China, Adelphi of Germany, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and PUPUK of Indonesia.

The ACMFN aims to build and leverage a cleantech financing eco-system to spark improved access to finance for Asian cleantech MSMEs in order to enhance sustainable consumption and production patterns in Asia. Cleantech refers to products, services and processes that reduce or eliminate negative ecological inputs, improve the productive and responsible use of natural resources and provide superior performance at lower cost. MSMEs, considered to be the major drivers of worldwide economies, are being tapped to benefit from the project. The ACMFN will fund the capacity-building for about 400 MSMEs in order that they would have better chances to access financing for their projects. Workshops, advisory services and mentoring, among other activities, will be conducted, including national forums for matchmaking process between MSMEs and financial Institutions as well as training manuals and toolkits. Around 200 MSMEs are expected to have improved processes or created innovations within the project timeline.

The Director of IED, Mr. Walter Ge, introduced the ACMFN project during the launching and announced the establishment of ACMFN office as well as the process of implementation of the project in China. Other speakers during the event were representatives from the MIIT, CEESTA, EU and guests from financial institutions.

The ACMFN project comes at a time when China spares no efforts in promoting green production and green financing which will help explore feasible solutions to the cleantech MSMEs traditionally-neglected by financial institutions.

ADFIAP, partners launch EU-funded Asia Cleantech MSME Financing Network project

ObpADFIAP together with its project partners, Germany’s Adelphi, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Pupuk of Indonesia and CEESTA and Green Start Ups of China, launched on February 23, 2016 in New Delhi, India, the 3-country “Asia Cleantech Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Financing Network” (ACMFN) project funded by the European Union (EU) through its SWITCH Asia Programme. About 60 attendees and stakeholders joined the successful project launch held at the Lalit Hotel in the Indian capital.

Eminent speakers from the EU Delegation to India, CII’s Green Business Centre, the Regional Council on MSMEs, the Integrated Association of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises of India (I am SME of India) and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) shared their insights on MSMEs and clean technologies.

The ACMFN is a 4-year project which aims to build and leverage a cleantech financing eco-system to spark improved access to finance for Asian cleantech MSMEs in order to enhance sustainable consumption and production patterns in Asia. Cleantech refers to products, services and processes that reduce or eliminate negative ecological inputs, improve the productive and responsible use of natural resources and provide superior performance at lower cost.

MSMEs, considered to be the major drivers of worldwide economies, are being tapped to benefit from the project. The ACMFN will fund the capacity-building for about 400 MSMEs in order that they would have better chances to access financing for their projects. Workshops, advisory services and mentoring, among other activities, will be conducted, including national forums for matchmaking process between MSMEs and financial Institutions as well as training manuals and toolkits. Around 200 MSMEs are expected to have improved processes or created innovations within the project timeline.

For more information on the ACMFN project, please visit its website at www.acmfn.com or email inquiries@adfiap.org.

ADFIAP invited to climate change impact assessment & adaptation planning workshop

ADFIAP was invited to participate in the workshop entitled, “Capacity Building on Climate Change Impact Assessments and Adaptation Planning in the Asia-Pacific Region: Technical Review of Background Assessment for Climate Change Adaptation,” held on January 27-28, 2016 in Manila, Philippines with 60 participants from 15 countries attending.

The event is one of the series of events organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) as part of the activities of the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and supported by the Ministry of Environment of Japan (MOEJ) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Following the previous workshop on “Capacity Building on Climate Change Impact Assessments and Adaptation Planning in the Asia- Pacific Region: Needs and Challenges for Designing and Implementing Climate Actions” in Bangkok, Thailand on October 1-2, 2015, this workshop focused on the necessary background assessments for climate change adaptation (CCA) which can be categorized into three distinct types: assessment of climate change scenarios and impacts; assessment of risks, hazards and vulnerabilities associated with climate change impacts; and assessment of effectiveness of CCA countermeasures. These are aimed at identifying action plans of the CCA background assessments at the subnational and/or national levels on the key sectoral and/or cross-sectoral bases, e.g., agriculture, water resources, health, etc.

The workshop provided for a better understanding and identification of effective and feasible tools of CCA background assessments and the best practices. Through the exchange of views and relevant information, the workshop has increased capacity-building of national government officials and other relevant stakeholders engaged in developing and implementing National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and the impact assessments in the region.

ADFIAP was represented by Ms. Cora D. Conde, Group Head of ADFIAP Consulting.

Benefits for workers and business through higher productivity in garment factories in Myanmar

(How Shwe Yi Zabe succeeded in increasing productivity and setting up an incentive system for workers)

This article provides an account of a garment producer in Myanmar with a vision of combining increased productivity with incentives for workers.

Shwe Yi Zabe was not always able to achieve the expected and pre-planned productivity of daily and monthly outputs. They could not identify the problem, because the management had no data on the efficiency of each department and worker due to lacking records. All workers received the same wages based on their skill levels no matter if they reached their daily production target or not.

SMART Myanmar and experts from the German company ESGE recommended a payment system which allows to pay wages according to each individual worker´s performance. Apart from transparency of workers’ performance the payment system also captures figures of overall productivity throughout all production departments.

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