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.
08.12.2014 - SIFEM together with 24 other International Finance Institutions release a new website to present the results of their harmonization work on development indicators for private sector operations. 

03.12.2014 - SIFEM facilitates the trade of primary agricultural commodities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine by investing USD 5m in the Commodity Value Chain Sustainable Investment Fund.
24.10.2014 - SIFEM supports impact initiatives for low-income entrepreneurs in Latin America by lending USD 3m to Social Impact Fund 5.0