SIFEM Technical Assistance Facility, Replenishment

The replenishment of the SIFEM Technical Assistance Facility with CHF 4 million enables the continued financing of expert advisory and capacity building services for investment projects of the Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM). The Facility has been established at SECO in 2008 and administered by SECO since then.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Secteur privé et entrepreneuriat
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020
CHF 4'000'000
Contexte SIFEM is Switzerland’s development finance institution and a cornerstone of Swiss development cooperation. Its mission is to promote long-term, sustainable and broad-based growth to fight poverty and increase living standards in developing and emerging countries by providing long-term finance to private enterprises, particularly SMEs and micro-enterprises, in partner countries. Technical assistance as part of the investment package not only increases businesses’ chances of survival and growth, but also the economic, social and/or environmental impact of the investment and thus the firm’s ability to contribute to development.
Objectifs The Objective of the Facility is to add tangible value to SIFEM investments by providing know-how, technical support and training for financial intermediaries and investee companies to professionalize business management and ensure best practice working conditions, environmentally friendly production standards and processes, and integrity in business practices.
Effets à moyen terme Social & Environmental Returns: E.g. improved terms of employment, working conditions, quality of employment- gender effects- Compliance with national or international standardsFirm-level Returns: E.g. higher productivityFinancial Sector Specific Returns: E.g. regulatory improvements- increased Private Equity funding

Principaux résultats attendus:   Capital Access, i.e. access to financial products & services facilitated- financial institution building- mobilization of other sources of investmentsFinancial Sector Capacity Development, e.g. trainings for financial intermediaries, participation in corporate governanceMicro and Small & Medium Enterprise Sector Capacity Development, e.g. workforce capacity development, management capacity development, improved accounting & reporting

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   The provision of targeted technical support alongside SIFEM investments has proven relevant, important and necessary, not least in the areas of corporate governance and social and environmental standards, and has overall shown good results as exemplified in elaborate case studies on e.g. the Cambodia-Laos Development Fund.

Direction/office fédéral responsable SECO
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
  • Foreign Consultants

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   4'000'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   0 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   4'000'000
Phases du projet Phase 3 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020   (Phase en cours) Phase 1 01.10.2014 - 31.12.2019   (Phase en cours)