Development & Multilateral Finance Instruments: Time to transform


The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a global health crisis, but a social and economic crisis that has disproportionately affected Development and Multilateral Finance Institutions.

After July’s historic deal on the European Union’s 2021-2027 budget, attention now shifts to how to spend the €70.8 billion allocated to the Neighbourhood as a Development and International Cooperation Instrument. With the European Development Fund brought into the bloc’s main budget and an array of previous funding instruments now under one roof, there is a brand new architecture to get to know.

The Development and Multilateral Finance sectors in the Mediterranean region are regaining confidence and now have the necessary growing energy, entrepreneurs and activists within them to not just transform themselves, but also help transform the region and the society around them.

Both public and private sectors together can make the Development and Multilateral Finance sector’s goals work on the inside and the outside, for example creating helpful decision-support tools for policymakers, engaging every citizen to challenge those policymakers and forcing far greater progress in the decade ahead.

The Mediterranean and global development challenges are increasingly focusing on the role of the private sector and private finance, particularly following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Euro-Med Partnership Agenda on financing for development. This translates into grants, technical assistance and lines of credit for the Mediterranean region. In this context, Development and Multilateral Finance institutions have gradually a higher profile as the industry focuses on how private finance can be leveraged to achieve the SDGs, where DFIs are investing and tracking the trends.

The cooperation of the European Commission and all bilateral and multilateral donors and development banks and funds include highly needed instruments encompassing grants, technical assistance and preferential lines of credit exceeding EUR 22 billion, which are available to Mediterranean SME’s. These facts can be found in the MEDA Finance 2019 Survey, which presents an exhaustive survey of grants, technical assistance and lines of credit offered by several aid institutions working within different economic support programmes for economic development in the Mediterranean region.

This MedaTalk will provide an updated comprehensive overview of donor and financial instruments available to institutions, chambers, business associations and start-ups, and SMEs across the region and will be a discussion platform about mechanisms available for the private sector in the Mediterranean.

18th November 2020

17.30 - 19.00

A. Multilateral Finance Instruments post COVID-19

  • How the pandemic has forced organisations in the development sector to change their approaches to fundraising?
  • Supporting Mediterranean Private sector’s economic empowerment post-pandemic.
  • Role that impact investors, financial institutions, responsible investors and the private sector could play in sustainable job creation and why this must be at the forefront of the Mediterranean region economic recovery post-pandemic.

B. Time to transform Development & Multilateral Financial resources in the Mediterranean region

  • Donor funding, banking and novel financial Instruments.
  • The rise of Development & Multilateral Finance institutions.
  • 2020-2025 funding preview: Looking at donors’ pipelines for the coming years.
  • What kind of work will the selected fund be used for?
  • Financing and promoting Mediterranean investments, creating partnerships, improving governance and mitigating risk can help make the region more attractive to business interests.
  • How can the necessary financial resources be mobilised and available to the Mediterranean private sector?
  • How can we help Business Support Organizations (BSOs) in the Mediterranean play a more active role in developing the private sector, SMEs and entrepreneurs, beefing up exports, luring investments and creating new jobs?


Alaa Ezz

Secretary General, Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations, (Moderator)

Ingrid Schwaiger

Deputy Head of Unit, DG NEAR (European Commission)

Sufyan Al Issa

Regional Head of Operations MENA, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)

Marie-Alexandra Veilleux-Laborie

Director, Head of Morocco, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Jean Luc Revereault

Head of Representation to Tunisia and Algeria, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Rabah Arezki

Chief Economist and Vice President for Knowledge Management and Economic Governance, African Development Bank Group

Mohammad Abbadi

Senior Investment Manager, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Dr. Esmat Karadsheh

Programme Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office Coordinator, ENI CBC Med

Join us at the MedaTalks and get to know the new trends,
find inspiration, and most importantly: do great business!


  • B2B Networking meetings between regional and global investors and entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean arranged in a speed dating format.
  • Showcase your innovation and technological skills.
  • Support entrepreneurs and start-ups to showcase their innovative projects to investors.
  • Join our list of Mediterranean Halal Industry Forum Sponsors & Partners.
  • Encourage and register team members who are interested in innovation to attend the Forum.

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