The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
The South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) Venture Builder aims to develop a pipeline of sustainable, community-led "blue" enterprises to improve local livelihoods and reduce pressure on ecosystems. These enterprises are often vulnerable, undervalued and unable to obtain seed financing.
Developed under the Our Blue Future platform, the SWIO Venture Builder is working to identify and incubate the most promising small-scale enterprises, either individually or collectively, to the point where they present an attractive business opportunity to local microfinance schemes, patient capital, local banks and private investors.
The SWIO Venture Builder is an inclusive, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder entity designed to support micro, small and medium enterprises from inception to investment-readiness, so bridging the development gap that typically exists between the philanthropy-driven development of community enterprises and the incubation of investment-ready businesses.
A key role of the SWIO Venture Builder’s regional portfolio steering committee will be to strengthen the enabling environment for the SWIO Venture Builder’s long-term success by:
Engaging national governments to shape and implement enabling policies
Building local financing institutions’ interest and capacity to develop financial products better suited to the emerging sustainable blue MSME market
Building the capacity of implementation partners and entrepreneur support organisations in the region to better support coastal communities
Identifying value chains and unlocking market access.
Only businesses that are sustainable and align with the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles will be eligible for inclusion in the SWIO Venture Builder’s portfolio of MSMEs.