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    Established in 2019, the Financial Inclusion Fund aims to improve access to finance for small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing countries worldwide. The trust fund seeks to do this by providing technical assistance and capacity building operations to microfinance service providers. The Financial Inclusion Fund was developed in partnership with Luxembourg.


    At a glance

    Contributions to the Financial Inclusion Fund will enable thousands of people to receive access to finance.


    Our donors

      Luxembourg is the first and currently only donor to the Financial Inclusion Fund.

    Expected impact

    200 000 female micro-entrepreneurs in Uganda provided with access to finance

    600 000 people in rural Zambia provided with access to finance

    26 400 people in Uganda benefitting from digital banking

    Sustainable Development Goals

    Donor-financed operations through our trust funds make a direct contribution to several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our collective actions unlock billions of euros in investment to combat climate change, eradicate poverty and fight inequality. These are some of the global goals targeted by our trust fund. 


    Improving people's lives

    The Financial Inclusion Fund is already improving the lives of people across Africa. Discover their inspiring stories.


    Donor-funded instruments

    The EIB uses donor funds to enhance the development impact of investment projects. The Financial Inclusion Fund currently provides technical assistance and capacity building operations. Other instruments, such as first-loss piece guarantees and local currency lending, can also be made available.


    Operations financed by the Financial Inclusion Fund are limited to countries referenced on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee list of Official Development Aid recipients.

    They include countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the EU’s Neighbourhood, Latin America and the Pacific.

    Financial Inclusion Fund traineeship programme

    The FIF-funded traineeship programme aims to promote knowledge exchange and support development of young professionals in the MENA and ACP regions.


    Key publications

    Highlighted stories