Improve the quality of life of low-income and vulnerable households, smallholder farmers and MSMEs, particularly women

SCBF is a...

public-private development partnership (PPDP) and its intervention strategy is to give grants to technical assistance (TA) providers to work with financial sector partners (FSPs) to develop and upscale client-centred financial products, channels and services. 

The financial products and services include savings, loans, insurance, digital financial services, or financial education, among others. Thereby increasing access and usage to SCBF’s end-clients; low-income people, smallholder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs to improve their livelihoods.

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Projects Co-Funded
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Outreach to Low-Income Women
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Low-Income Clients Reached

Our goals


Building resilience to protect living standards …

… access to savings and  insurance products build resilience to better respond to the negative effects of adverse weather events, catastrophes, death / illness of the breadwinner or of conflict.


Advancing economic empowerment to increase income and asset building …

… tailored loan, leasing and insurance products, enable end-clients to invest in productive activities, increase income through increased access to markets, create employment opportunities and build assets.


Accessing essential services to improve current / future generations’ living standards …

… adequate payment services and channels, enable access to electricity, clean water, sanitation, education and health care on affordable and predictable terms.

Our interventions

SCBF co-funds technical assistance projects in developing and emerging countries to enable the development of client centric financial products, channels and services to increase financial inclusion.

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Innovation / Product Upscaling

Co-funding technical assistance (TA) to develop and scale innovative client centric financial products, channels and services (FPCSs) to reach the SCBF’s target end client.

Feasibility Study

Co-funding feasibility studies and pilots required to introduce new FPCSs and supporting existing financial institutions, FinTechs and InsurTechs.

Only available to SCBF Members.

Financial Education

Co-funding financial education for SCBF’s target end-client that are essential to accessing FPCSs.

Only available to SCBF Members.

The challenge

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People have still no access to basic financial products and services.
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Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries have unmet financing needs.

Our uniqueness - Public-Private Partnerships

The public-private development partnership (PPDP) approach combines the complementary expertise and resources of Swiss competence centres in microfinance, microinsurance, FinTech and InsurTech, Swiss impact investors, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) so as to optimise the Swiss contribution to financial inclusion” worldwide.

SCBF members

Public institution, asset managers, corporates, consultants, financial institutions, and civil-society organisations.

Financial sector partners (FSPs)

Leveraging Swiss expertise and private investment to over 110 FSPs in 47 countries.

Technical assistance providers (TAs)

Know-how and innovation transferred to FSPs by over 36 TA providers.