EFSE: Sustainable financing for entrepreneurs and households since 2005

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) is an impact fund that takes a comprehensive approach to fostering economic development and prosperity in Southeast Europe and the EU Eastern Neighbourhood Region.

By investing in local financial infrastructure that provides dedicated financing to micro and small enterprises, the fund supports the backbone of these regions’ economy. What is more, EFSE helps create the conditions for local businesses to thrive by building the capacity of local financial institutions or facilitating knowledge-sharing through its Development Facility, and by providing on-the-ground training and mentorship through its Entrepreneurship Academy. In this way, the fund aims to achieve impact on both an individual and systemic level.

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    Neonila Stadnik | Founder, Prolisok Farmhouse | Agroprosperis Bank, Ukraine



    Markus Aschendorf | Chairman, EFSE Development Facility



    Mladen Marian | Vegetable producer | Patria Credit IFN, Romania


Our impact

EFSE’s mission is to foster economic development and prosperity in Southeast Europe and the EU Eastern Neighbourhood Region by supporting the success of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and improving living conditions for households.

That is why EFSE invests in the ability of local financial infrastructure to supply the resources entrepreneurs and families need to thrive. By enabling these groups’ access to responsible financing, EFSE strives for long-term, systemic impact.

The fund’s investment activities are complemented by the nonfinancial support of the EFSE Development Facility, which builds capacities, facilitates knowledge exchange, and nourishes an environment for entrepreneurs to grow.


As of Q2 2022


Number of indirect jobs supported by MSEs receiving financing through Partner Lending Institutions* (cumulative)

of which, women > 780,000 


Total volume of sub-loans enabled for MSEs through EFSE financing (cumulative)


> 1.1 Million

Number of sub-loans facilitated to MSEs and households (cumulative)


Share of total rural and MSEs sub-loans disbursed below EUR 20,000 (current)


Share of total MSEs and rural sub-loans disbursed in local currency (current)


Percentage of Partner Lending Institutions with dedicated rural & agri outstanding investments from EFSE (current)

> 35,000

Number of Financial Institution staff and entrepreneurs trained on EFSE prioritiy topics (cumulative)

of which, women: >16,000

* Figure draws on Partner Lending Institutions reporting and estimations by EFSE.

The Fund

EFSE is a pioneering impact investment fund. Its blended finance structure set a precedent for combining capital from public and private investors in order to mobilise more resources for sustainable development. EFSE’s solid, fifteen-year track record in expanding financial inclusion has made it a role model for development finance.


The Development Facility

The EFSE Development Facility provides customised technical assistance, training, and other support to institutions, organisations, and individuals across the financial sector and the wider ecosystem. By expanding capacities, opening up access to resources, promoting best practices for sustainable finance, and more, the Development Facility multiplies in the impact and outreach of the fund, creating conditions for sustainable entrepreneurship to thrive.

The Development Facility IN DETAIL

Woman and man working together textile production facility
At its core, entrepreneurship is turning inspiration into success.

News & Events

Strengthening Bank Lviv’s IT infrastructure to ensure business continuity

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Luxembourg and Bucharest, 15 September 2022 – The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), an impact investment fund focusing on fostering economic…

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Programme to increase knowledge and expertise about financial inclusion and analysis, green finance, and sustainability

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·         The Basel-III compliant Tier 2 facility will strengthen the bank’s capital structure and ultimately supply funding for MSMEs and the…

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The investment supports the fund’s mission to enhance local financial infrastructure and support MSMEs

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Latest Impact Report details how the fund has created long-term transformation across various levels of impact

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The USD 10 million investment is part of the EFSE crisis response package to finance MSMEs operating in critical sectors

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Sarajevo, Podgorica and Frankfurt, 31 March, 2022 – The Development Facility of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE DF) has developed the…

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Funding and development facilities to improve financing capacity for start-ups and young entrepreneurs

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Luxembourg and Baku, 31 January 2022 - The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) has partnered with Bank Respublika in Azerbaijan by providing USD…

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Interested in learning more about how the fund works, or seeking partnership opportunities? Contact an EFSE representative today.


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