Improved Access to Finance
for Green Enterprises in Uganda

The Uganda Green Enterprise Finance Accelerator aims to facilitate the flow of green finance into the Ugandan SMEs sector through strengthening green SMEs and improving available financial mechanisms for SME debt financing.

We reduce the risk of financing change by working together with financial institutions to co-create funding facilitation mechanisms for green SMEs, and launch them with enterprises that have graduated from our acceleration programme to prepare for a wider roll-out.

We support green enterprises through a comprehensive and finance-focused accelerator programme to develop the business and financial skills needed to access financing and scale their positive environmental impacts and employment contributions.

Our Team

Christine Meyer
Christine MeyerProgramme
Eddie Sembatya
Eddie SembatyaProgramme

Green Finance Team

Fred Opio
Fred OpioEnterprise Finance
Martin Rohler
Martin RohlerGreen Finance
Annika Hercegfi
Annika HercegfiGreen Finance
Rainer Agster
Rainer AgsterGreen Finance

Events & Partnerships

Maggie Sloan
Maggie SloanEvents & Partnerships
Merab Twinomugisha
Merab TwinomugishaEvents & Partnerships

Enterprise Support Team

Barbara Akello
Barbara AkelloEnterprise Support
João Eleutério
João EleutérioEnterprise Support
Paula Cros Marchena
Paula Cros MarchenaProject
Camilla Shearman
Camilla ShearmanEnterprise Support
Andrés Olarte Peña
Andrés Olarte PeñaEnterprise Support
Selina Blum
Selina BlumEnterprise Support
Tabea Lessing
Tabea LessingProject

UGEFA Business Advisors

Fred Opio
Fred OpioBusiness Advisor, Kampala
Joseph Okello
Joseph OkelloBusiness Advisor, Kampala
Simon Abias
Simon AbiasBusiness Advisor, Fort Portal
Fred Drani
Fred DraniBusiness Advisor, Gulu
Barbara Akello
Barbara AkelloBusiness Advisor, Kampala
Fahad Ndugwa
Fahad NdugwaBusiness Advisor, Mbale
Peter Owori
Peter OworiBusiness Advisor, Fort Portal
Claire Kagga
Claire KaggaBusiness Advisor, Gulu
George Bryson
George BrysonBusiness Advisor, Kampala
Ancel Ochino Bwire
Ancel Ochino BwireBusiness Advisor, Mbale
Noah Wandera
Noah WanderaBusiness Advisor, Gulu
Moses Angeny
Moses AngenyBusiness Advisor, Gulu


Who is behind UGEFA
Which partners contribute to our success

The Uganda Enterprise Finance Accelerator is a four year project funded fully by the European Union. It is implemented by adelphi research gGmbH, a public policy consultancy and think tank focused on climate, environment and development based in Germany. The project is further implemented in collaboration with Finding XY and SEED.
European Union

This project is funded fully by the
European Union


This project is implemented by
adelphi research gGmbH


This project is implemented in collaboration with

Finding XY

This project is implemented by
Finding XY

Our Activities

Catalyser Programme

Prepare green enterprises with growth potential to bring their solutions to scale through interactive group-level trainings.

Accelerator Programme

Support green enterprises after loan approval to invest the funding through tailored one-one-one advisory.

Funding Facilitation

Facilitate access to loans tailored to green business growth.

Green and Climate Finance Trainings

Implement trainings for financial institutions to build the case for green SME financing and to leverage opportunities for green and climate finance.

Green Finance Dialogue Fora

Provide a platform for networking and exchange of knowledge and insights on green and climate finance, based on interactive and innovative formats and workshops.

Training Business Advisors

Build a community of top-tier Business Development Advisors through participatory Training of Trainer workshops and tried and tested toolkits.

Our Objectives & Expected Results

Our Specific Objectives
What we aim to achieve with the Accelerator


Engage green enterprises

through a 3-stage programme of capacity building workshops and peer mentoring sessions to improve their business models, financial systems and capabilities, and prepare for external financing.

Co-create financial mechanisms

with financial institutions that address challenges in financing green SMEs, making the case for green SME financing.

Build a supportive ecosystem

around the green SMEs by training business development advisors, preparing trainings for financial institutions, and creating a green finance community, including through annual Green Finance Dialogue Fora.

Our Expected Results
What we consider as success of the Accelerator

Through an integrated package of enterprise capacity building, facilitation of tailored and accessible loans, and engagement with the green enterprise ecosystem in Uganda, the Uganda Green Enterprise Finance Accelerator expects the following results over four years:



supported through the Catalyser Programme to prepare for external financing


successfully submitted applications to commercial banks in Uganda to access tailored loan finance



received tailored loan finance and benefitted from one-on-one advisory to absorb the funding


Green Finance Dialogue Fora

provided a platform for networking and exchange