SCB Funded Risk Participation – Sierra Leone

Our investment

In 2016, CDC and Standard Chartered signed a risk participation agreement to support new working capital lending of up to $30 million to businesses in Sierra Leone.

This followed a 2015 risk participation agreement where both organisations had agreed to provide working capital lending of up to $50 million ($25 million each) to the country’s businesses to support the country’s recovery from the Ebola crisis.

Expected impact

Economic growth in Sierra Leone slowed as a result of the Ebola crisis. The epidemic led to shortages in the supply of basic commodities and disruptions to supply chains, as well as reduced production from the mining sector.

We have already provided $26 million of working capital financing to nine companies alongside Standard Chartered. This enabled these companies to scale up operations to supply consumer goods to affected zones. For example, in the import and distribution of key food staples such as rice, flour, cooking oil and sugar, as well as building materials and hygiene products.

We will continue to support small businesses in Sierra Leone alongside Standard Chartered by adding new businesses under the umbrella of the facility in the next few phases.

Environmental and social aspects

We worked closely with SCB to ensure that finance provided by the facility met international environmental and social standards.

Key facts

Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

Direct Debt

For direct investments, this is the total amount that British International Investment has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).

For funds, this is the total amount that British International Investment has committed to the fund.


This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.

United Kingdom

We are now British International Investment