What we do >>

Nieuwe afbeelding (14)Blue Rhino

Since 2003, Blue Rhino is facilitating and promoting financial service provision to SMEs in rural areas in Southern and East Africa. We have a strong track record in enhancing affordable and appropriate access to finance for farmers and agro-entrepreneurs not easily reached by established microfinance institutions and banks.

Why?

We have identified a key challenge for African countries: Achieving economic growth  and efficient use of natural resources while preventing costly environmental degradation and climate change. We aim for bio-diverse production systems with sustainable links to local, regional and international markets.

How?

We build public-private partnerships, creating win-win situations for people, the environment and businesses. We develop business models that provide return on private investments, but also secures the living of local communities. We tailor our services to the demand of our clients, targeting financial service providers, donors, business support organisations and (private) investors.

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Nieuwe afbeeldingProFound – Advisers In Development

Blue Rhino cooperates closely with its sister company, ProFound – Advisers in Development. In this strategic partnership, ProFound works towards the structural enhancement of earning capacities in areas of agriculture, biodiversity and trade, while Blue Rhino is well-positioned to sustain these efforts by designing appropriate financial support mechanisms.


Team >>

Bert-Jan Ottens

Founder and Director of Blue Rhino

Bert-Jan Ottens

25 years experience in regional economic development and international economic linkages. Focused on linking financial services to rural enterprises.

  • Programming & facilitation of agro-biodiverse landscaping
  • Trainer SME development
  • Advisory Board member Master Programme ‘International Development Studies’ at the University of Utrecht
  • Board member Communication & Marketing at the FairWild Foundation
Robbie Hogervorst

Senior Consultant at Blue Rhino Consult

Robbie Hogervorst

10 years of experience with institutional support to international organizations with strategic policy papers and conferences, value chain research and value chain finance.

 

Evgenia Papoula

Consultant at Blue Rhino Consult

 

Evgenia Papoula

Strong interest in finance strategies, supporting various organizations with strategic policy papers and conferences.

  • Teaching Economics, and, Mathematics at Business and Economics department of the University of Amsterdam.
  • Subject Leader UFP Economics at Cambridge Education Group
Herman Abels

Advising partner of Blue Rhino Consult

Herman Abels

25 years experience as grant maker, senior consultant, investor, policy analyst, researcher and institution builder.

  • Director Operations at Medical Credit Fund
  • Particularly interested in the frontier areas of microfinance and building multi-sector partnerships to that end.

Expert network >>

Miriam Cherogony

Rural Finance / Knowledge Management Specialist

Miriam Cherogony

Miriam has over 20 years local, regional, and international development finance experience in rural, micro and agricultural finance.

Henry Oketch

Consultant and Senior Technical Advisor Inclusive Finance and Small-Enterprise Development

Henry Oketch

With more than 2 decades of experience, Henry is specialised in conducting operations research, strategy formulation and business planning.

Clients >>

BTC

BTC

BTC contributes to the change processes that are necessary to build a fair world. To meet this challenge BTC continuously searches for innovative and effective solutions, commits to supporting the initiatives of our partners by supplying high-quality services.

www.btcctb.org/

Oxfam-GB

Oxfam-GB

Through its Gendered Enterprises and Marketing approach, Oxfam-GB supports sustainable income generating agricultural activities of rural women.

www.oxfam.org.uk

European Microfinance Platform

European Microfinance Platform

e-MFP is a growing network of organisations and individuals active in the area of microfinance. Its objective is to promote co-operation amongst European microfinance bodies working in developing countries, by facilitating communication and the exchange of information.

www.e-mfp.eu

Rural Finance Knowledge Management Partnership

Rural Finance Knowledge Management Partnership

KMP is an IFAD grant funded regional programme that is focusing on the rural finance thematic area. The main tenet of implementation is knowledge management support to IFAD programmes.

www.ruralfinancenetwork.org

IFADAFRICA

IFADAFRICA

IFADAFRICA is a platform for knowledge exchange created to improve rural development effectivenessand poverty reduction in Eastern and Southern Africa. It is financed through a grant programme of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),and draws on the knowledge of development practiceembedded in IFAD’s projects and programmes in the region.

www.ifadafrica.org

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