History of ACGF
The CGF-A, the predecessor of ACGF, was founded by BMZ and USAID and implemented by DEG in 2004 to address key development concerns pertaining the private sector in Afghanistan. Based on successful performance for a decade, BMZ and DEG decided to pursue an incorporation strategy to ensure the facility’s financial viability, thus establishing ACGF in 2014 to take over CGF-A’s operations from DEG.
Over the years, ACGF and CGF-A received funding from the BMZ (EUR 7.4m), DEG (EUR 5.7m) partly funded by USAID, the World Bank/Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan (USD 28.4m), and the KfW Development Bank (KfW) (EUR 7.4m). While the projects funded by World Bank (SAFI) and KfW (CERG) were put on hold after the political developments in Afghanistan in 2021, ACGF reached an agreement for new funding with the European Union in the end of 2022.
CGF-A, the predecessor of ACGF, is founded through financing from BMZ and USAID.
USD 100m in loans guaranteed
Establishment of ACGF
Based on the success of CGF-A, donors decide to pursue an incorporation strategy in order to promote the facility’s institutional sustainability.
Establishment of SCSA
SCSA, the Afghan-based subsidiary of ACGF, is founded as a financial consulting company working across all regions of Afghanistan.
Funding under Access to Finance
ACGF receives funding of USD 9.1m from the World Bank through MoF to expand its credit guarantee activities and TA activities. Over the project timeframe (2017-2021), ACGF onboards three new PIs and successively scales up its guarantee operations both in numbers and in volumes.
USD 200m in loans guaranteed
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Guarantee Scheme for MSME in Afghanistan (CERG)
Based on strong support from BMZ/KfW, ACGF rapidly initiates an effective COVID-19 response programme for Afghanistan. Under CERG, ACGF facilitates USD 14.7m in lending to 5,211 crisis-affected businesses since September 2020. CERG contributed by the responsive adjustments to its guarantee conditions, as well as selected TA to PIs.
Strengthening Afghanistan Financial Intermediation (SAFI)
Under the project ACGF receives new funding from the World Bank through the MoF, strengthening its capital to support credit guarantee activities and bolstering technical assistance to PIs. In addition, a new matching grants program is developed to support up to Afghan MSMEs.
August 15, 2021
Adverse political events in Afghanistan
The events of August 15, 2021, heavily affect ACGF operations in Afghanistan and lead to a suspension of new business generation. The CERG and SAFI projects are put on hold accordingly and remain dormant until today. For several months, ACGF operates with limited presence on the ground. While administering its existing guarantee portfolio and providing selected TA, ACGF adjusts its processes and procedures to ensure the proper functioning of its operations in the future.
The future of ACGF
ACGF is strongly committed to continue its operations in Afghanistan, supporting its PIs so they can lend with confidence — promoting stability and growth of the MSME sector in Afghanistan. To this end, ACGF actively engages its funders, its PIs, as well as other international organizations, to support the development of adjusted or new initiatives, potentially receiving additional donor support to fully resume and expand its operations. In the meantime, ACGF is building up capacities at its local subsidiary, SCSA, to ensure a successful roll-out of the foreseen operations.