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.

18.06.2015 - SIFEM commits to reaching the rural poor via USD 6m investment in agricultural Rural Impulse Fund.

05.06.2015 - SIFEM commits USD 10m to the Investment Fund for Health in Africa II, a  private equity fund that will invest growth capital in private healthcare companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

25.02.2015 - SIFEM supports the development of the mezzanine asset class in Sub-Saharan Africa by investing USD 12m to the Vantage Mezzanine Fund III.