The EFSE Development Facility responds to specific requests for support from the EFSE’s partner lending institutions and also proactively identifies their technical assistance or capacity building needs. In this way, the EFSE and the EFSE Development Facility work hand in hand to build and reinforce long-term partnerships that maximise development finance impact and outreach.
Individual Technical Assistance
The EFSE DF supports the EFSE’s partner lending institutions in building their capacities to efficiently and effectively serve micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and low-income households in a sustainable manner.
Since 2006, more than 460 projects with a volume of over EUR 27 million have been implemented in the following areas:
- Core Capacity Building
- Strategic Advice
- Business Development
- Sales and Marketing
- (Credit) Risk Management
- Operational Efficiency and Cost Management
- Management Information Systems
- Internal Control and Audit
- Asset and Liability Management
Financial Sector Support
The EFSE DF works with sector bodies in supporting transformational processes within the financial sector to improve the financial infrastructure. Sector bodies include central banks, microfinance and banking associations, and debt advice centres.
More than 100 financial sector stakeholders (Central Banks, Credit Bureaus, Banking Associations, etc) have been reached in all partner countries with a very broad range of projects, including:
- Workshops on Responsible Finance and other relevant topics
- Awareness raising campaigns
- Development of client educational materials (e.g. brochures, movies, interest rate calculators)
- Sector-wide trainings/seminars
The EFSE DF sponsors and conducts studies to address institutional as well as sector needs and challenges, identify market trends, and monitor development finance impact.
The EFSE Development Facility has sponsored and conducted 45 studies on a wide range of topics, enabling the Fund to calibrate its activities to better address institutional and sector needs as well as to identify market trends and evaluate development finance impact. The research includes:
- Impact studies
- Studies on the over-indebtedness of MSE clients
- Studies on local currency lending
- Market assessment studies
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