Solid partnerships at all levels are essential for development projects to achieve the best possible outcomes. This is a key takeaway from our more than 60 years of experience in international development cooperation. For this reason, we work closely with local, national, and international partners. 

Swisscontact has partnered with microfinance policymakers and is a member of the Association of Microfinance Institutions in Kenya and Uganda.  

IFP partnered with a wide array of regulated and licensed financial service providers who cater to the specific needs of marginalized rural and urban communities.  These include grass-root savings and lending groups, Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs), Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), and commercial banks.  

IFP partnered with higher education institutions to undertake the development and implementation of microfinance courses.  

Partnerships were also established with commercially oriented providers. Partners were selected based on their economic feasibility, relevance for economic growth for the aspiring people at the bottom of the pyramid, existing and potential outreach to client beneficiaries and relevance with regards to gender and governance standards.