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.

28.10.2015 - EDFI publishes the booklet "Investing for a Greener Future" for the occasion of the COP21 in Paris in December.

21.09.2015 - The economics magazine ECO of the Swiss television channel SRF presents a program about development aid, showing also the work of SIFEM (in German)

07.07.2015 - SIFEM extends a USD 10m subordinated loan to Banco Lafise Bancentro, Nicaragua