Financial sector development aims at creating sustainable access to financial services (savings, insurance, money transfer and credit) for broad sections of the population, who have so far enjoyed only limited or no access to such services.
SDC supports financial sector development in selected partner countries to promote income and employment, as well as fostering asset building by poor households, individuals (notably women), small farms and enterprises by means of reliable and sustainable access to demand-oriented financial services. SDC’s support aims at maximum depth and breath of outreach by strengthening financial sector at four levels:
SDC's approach is summarised in the Policy for Financial Sector Development:
SDC is collaborating with many Swiss organisations in FSD, notably in PPDPs with the Swiss financial sector (see also
"SCBF"). The below study provides an overview of the global role Swiss investment managers and advisers play in microfinance investments. It provides also a brief overview of other Swiss microfinance activities in chapter 2.3,
January 2012Author: Symbiotics Research & Advisory S.A.The study was co-funded by Symbiotics and SDC. The idea for this study emerged from the 2011 annual policy dialogue of Swiss microfinance practitioners with the director of SDC, Ambassador Martin Dahinden, to better understand the role the Swiss private sector plays in expanding responsible financial services to poor households and small businesses in developing and emerging countries in the South and East.