SCBF | Swiss Capacity Building Facility

for Income and Employment Generation


The SCBF welcome other Swiss private sector institutions to join, provided that they share both the objectives of the SCBF as outlined in the SCBF Articles of Association (SCBF) as well as contribute financial resources and/or technical expertise to the SCBF.


Allianz SE Reinsurance (Zurich)

Allianz SE Reinsurance (Allianz Re) is managing Allianz Group’s risk landscape and capital through reinsurance and capital market instruments. With more than 300 employees in four locations, Allianz Re provides individual reinsurance solutions to about 400 clients globally with a financial strength rating of ‘AA’ by Standard and Poor’s (27th January 2012). Allianz Re’s Zurich office was established in 2007 with a focus on open market clients. The Zurich branch further provides special expertise in Agricultural Reinsurance internationally. Further information can be found at

Bamboo Finance

Bamboo Finance is a global private equity firm managing 250M USD representing a portfolio of 35 investments in 24 countries with offices in Luxembourg, Geneva, Bogota, San Francisco, and Singapore.  We invest in companies that expand access and improve quality and affordability of essential products and services for low income populations, who represent the fastest growing consumer segment in emerging markets. Our pioneering history in financial services gives us a unique ability to identify regions that are poised for growth and sectors that drive economic viability. By financing companies with the potential to scale that merge business innovation with local expertise, we aim at creating inclusive economies and accelerating the next generation of leaders in healthcare, energy, financial services, housing and education. Further information can be found at


BlueOrchard was founded in 2001 as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide. BlueOrchard is committed to advancing socially responsible financial inclusion worldwide and offering attractive investment solutions to investors seeking to generate financial returns and social impact. To this day, the company has deployed in excess of USD 2bn in loans to microfinance institutions, providing access to microcredit to over 30 million individuals across 50 countries.

Investors in BlueOrchard-managed funds include private and institutional investors, supranational institutions as well as renowned foundations. The company employs highly experienced staff with backgrounds in traditional and development finance including 22 investment professionals in Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Lima, Phnom Penh, Bishkek and Nairobi. Further information can be found at

Business & Finance Consulting

Business & Finance Consulting (BFC) is a leading boutique consulting firm specialized in development banking that promotes and facilitates financial sector development in emerging and developing economies in Eastern Europe, Balkans, Central and South East Asia, MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since its inception in 2003, BFC established a successful track record of over 100 projects in 56 countries by providing solutions in MSME lending and data analytics, capacity building support to banks and MFIs, and  performing financial market research. BFC is headquartered in Zurich and employs over 50 permanent staff. Further information can be found at

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse AG is one of the world’s leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as ‘Credit Suisse’). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 48,200 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse’s parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information can be found at is a Swiss-based disruptive financial technology (fintech) startup working in the developing world. The concept sparked from the realization that the 2 billion who still do not have access to financial services will not be financially included if we are to continue on the same path of developing complex and supply-side products. People at the bottom of the pyramid hardly understand such products and financial education is thus required to avoid pitfalls of over-indebtedness or account dormancy.’s answer is to leverage the traditional knowledge of informal savings which exist all around the developing world under different names but with the same core mechanism which is collective peer-pressure and time-bound commitment. Our goal is to revolutionize finance by making it collective. Further information can be found on


KiWi empowers micro-merchants in emerging markets through community-based ePayment solutions. Merchants receive from KiWi a card reader that they can plug into their phones, as well as an eKiosk platform allowing them to accept cards payments, build loyalty programs, and become agents for bill payments, airtime topup and other services. KiWi helps micro-merchants becoming more competitive through adapted ePayment solutions. Further information can be found at

Opportunity International

Opportunity International Switzerland (charitable Swiss foundation) is associated partner of the Opportunity International Network. Since 1971, Opportunity International has provided access to loans, savings and insurance to help women grow small businesses; teachers build local schools and smallholder farmers to increase their crop yields. Opportunity is actively serving 12 million hardworking entrepreneurs in 25 countries around the world.

Opportunity supports local microfinance organisations that provide innovative financial solutions to empower people, create jobs and build vibrant communities. The products, services and training enable clients to develop businesses, to save and to insure against an uncertain future. Opportunity strengthens and influences value chains to benefit the clients, connect them to viable markets and drive economic progress. Opportunity empowers people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.


responsAbility Investments AG is one of the world’s leading asset managers in the field of development investments and offers professionally-managed investment solutions to private, institutional and public investors. The company’s investment solutions supply debt and equity financing predominantly to non-listed firms in emerging and developing economies. Through their inclusive business models, these firms help to meet the basic needs of broad sections of the population and to drive economic development – leading to greater prosperity in the long term.

responsAbility currently has USD 3 billion of assets under management, invested in 540 companies across 90 countries. Founded in 2003, the company is headquartered in Zurich and has local offices in Bangkok, Geneva, Hong Kong, Lima, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Oslo and Paris. Its shareholders include a number of reputable institutions in the Swiss financial market as well as its own employees. responsAbility is registered with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.

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Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development cooperation and humanitarian aid with Southern and Eastern partner countries delivered by the Swiss Confederation. SDC is engaged in multiple social and economic sectors as well as decentralization and governance reforms at country, regional and global level in collaboration with public, private and civil sector partners within its overall mandate of poverty alleviation. Among others, it is engaged in financial sector development for forty years at national and global levels. It focused on institutional strengthening of rural financial service providers during the 1990’s and 2000’s to promote access of rural low-income households, smallholders farmers, and small businesses to client-oriented savings and lending services offered responsibly. Since then SDC is concentrating much on agricultural and other insurance market development through public-private development partnerships with the (re)insurance industry to address the last frontier for financial inclusion. At the global level it is promoting responsible finance / social performance management practices to help inclusive financial institutions and their investors putting their social mission effectively into practice. Further information can be found at and related to its work on financial inclusion at

Swisscontact │Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

Swisscontact is the Swiss private sector organization for development cooperation. It was founded in 1959 by representatives from the Swiss economy and universities as a politically and religiously neutral foundation. Swisscontact is involved in over 20 developing countries and Eastern Europe in vocational education and training, supports the development of small and medium‐sized companies, and is committed to effective environmental protection. Swisscontact projects help people to help themselves. Further information can be found at

swiss microfinance holding (SMH)

SMH is a holding company specializing in equity investment mainly in rural Africa. Created by FIDES in 2007, SMH provides capital and ensures sound governance for the microfinance institutions (MFIs) developed and managed by FIDES. It offers a variety of tailor-made financial products and services active primarily in rural contexts in developing countries. A joint stock company uniting a range of private social investors, swiss microfinance holding sa  is registered and headquartered in Fribourg, Switzerland. Further information can be found at

Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing direct and working through brokers, its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients. From standard products to tailor-made coverage across all lines of business, Swiss Re deploys its capital strength, expertise and innovation power to enable the risk taking upon which enterprise and progress in society depend. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of over 60 offices globally and is rated “AA-” by Standard & Poor’s, “A1″ by Moody’s and “A+” by A.M. Best. Registered shares in the Swiss Re Group holding company, Swiss Re Ltd, are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and trade under the symbol SREN. Further information can be found at:


Stonestep is a niche venture project development firm focused on the design and implementation of innovative business models and businesses which deliver insurance products, services, and distribution (e.g. with retailers, mobile phone carriers, and corporate supply chains). It builds businesses which are both profitable and strategic for providers and which provide real risk-pooling benefits for consumers.Stonestep offers expertise in all areas of the insurance value-chain with deep in-market experience of product design, operations and management. It additionally offers unique experience and ideas for innovation in microinsurance, impact measurement, and related strategies. Further Information can be found at:


Symbiotics, incorporated in 2004 in Geneva, is an investment company specialised in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance which offers market research, investment advisory and asset management services. Since 2004, Symbiotics has invested over USD 2.4 billion in more than 275 microfinance institutions in 50 emerging countries, working with more than 28 investment funds and many institutional investors.​ Furthermore, Symbiotics’ experienced Capacity Building and Technical Assistance (CB&TA) Unit offers specialized, customized and fully-fledged CB&TA management services. CB&TA goes hand-in-hand with our investment activities, targeting to maximize impact and strengthen the institutional capacity of our partners. The company is headquartered in Geneva, with offices in Cape Town, London, Zurich, Mexico City and Singapore with a staff of over eighty professionals. Further information can be found at:

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) is an independent not-for-profit Foundation established by Syngenta in 2001. The Foundation’s mandate is to create value for resource-poor small farmers in developing countries through innovation in sustainable agriculture and the activation of value chains. The operational strategy of the Syngenta Foundation focuses on smallholders, productivity, and markets. The Foundation works with partners in developing countries and emerging markets to help small farmers become more professional growers by extending know-how, facilitating access to inputs, and linking smallholders to markets in profitable ways. This adds value for rural communities, and sustainably improves food security. Further information can be found at

Venture South

Venture South International (VSI) is a Swiss Holding company which works through subsidiaries who lend directly to small and growing businesses US$ 2,000 – US$60,000. Venture South also provides end-user financing in partnership with other organizations. The principal loan products are purchase order financing, working capital and fixed asset loans designed for small business needs. The company, founded in 2008, has proven the niche and their model and today works in Colombia, Kenya and the Philippines, with plans to expand to new countries in the coming years. Venture South focuses on the underserved SME niche because it has the most potential to expand the economy and increase jobs. These jobs are the gateway out of poverty and towards the expansion of the middle class. Over the years VSI has created an enviable track record and now stands as a leader in this niche.

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich)

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets. It offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized and large companies as well as multinational corporations. Zurich employs about 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. The Group, formerly known as Zurich Financial Services Group, is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt program which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information can be found at