Promoting entrepreneurial initiative to fight poverty

The Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM) is the development finance institution of the Swiss Confederation and a cornerstone of Swiss development cooperation. SIFEM‘s mission is to promote long-term, sustainable and broad-based growth in developing and emerging countries.

Successful entrepreneurial activity creates quality employment opportunities and promotes knowledge transfer. This enables developing and emerging countries to overcome poverty on a sustainable basis by drawing on their own resources and merits.

SIFEM supports enterprises in its partner countries by making capital and loans available and providing knowledge to professionalize business management. In addition, as a responsible investor, SIFEM encourages fair working conditions, environmentally friendly production standards and integrity in business practices.

SIFEM is advised by Obviam, a privately owned advisory group.

14.08.2014 - SIFEM contributes to economic development in Central America by investing USD 5m into Central American Small Enterprise Investment Fund III

31.07.2014 - SIFEM supports job creation in North Africa with a USD 10m commitment to Abraaj North Africa Fund II

01.07.2014 - SIFEM becomes a founding member of newly launched Swiss Sustainable Finance platform