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Financial Inclusion & Social Enterpreneurship

We drive economic growth and stability by strengthening financial sectors in developing economies, fostering inclusion in emerging markets and Europe. Our expertise focuses on microfinance, social enterprise finance, and capacity building, collaborating with diverse financial providers to meet unique enterprise needs. We excel in Institutional Strengthening, Downscaling, Upscaling, and Innovation within Financial Inclusion & Social Entrepreneurship, offering (digital) financial solutions, support services, and innovative product design for micro- and social enterprises.

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Consulting Services for the Implementation of the Project Microfinance III (Rural Microfinance) Sinapi Aba Savings & Loans

Ghana Financial Literacy Programme

Multiple countries

Design of a Bank-Wide Strategic Approach to Financial inclusion in Africa

Coverage Countries   54 African countries
Client  African Development Bank (AfDB)
Duration  2018

SME Banking & Development

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SMEs are crucial for economies, driving wealth creation, poverty reduction, and job opportunities. They often employ the majority of the workforce and contribute significantly to GDP. They promote inclusive growth, foster innovation, and enhance environmental sustainability. Despite these benefits, SMEs in many countries face financial barriers due to perceived risks. However, successful examples globally demonstrate that supporting SMEs can yield profits and manageable risks. We aid financial institutions in developing or enhancing sustainable SME finance as a business segment.

AfDB's Africa SME Support Programme Technical Assistance to support SME focused Financial Insititutions

Country Coverage  Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Eswatini, Kenya, Mauretania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia
Client  African Development Bank (AfDB)
Duration  2014 - 2019

Myanmar SME Lending Programme (SELP)

Strengthening the EBRD's Approach to Innovation and Innovation Policy in Turkey

Client  European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Duration  2018

Rural & Smart Agri-finance

We offer holistic advisory services for sustainable rural and smart agri-finance. This includes finance access for farms, agribusinesses, and rural enterprises, along with improved technology and cost-effective channels. We assist financial institutions in developing innovative tools and products to minimise risks and costs in agricultural lending, overcoming traditional barriers in serving these sectors.

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Azerbaijan Agricultural Finance Facility (AzAFF) Technical Cooperation Programme - Phase I

Client  European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Duration  2015 - 2019


Enhance Competitiveness of Tajik Agribusiness (ECTAP)


Support to Develop Agriculture Access Bank Tanzania


Technical Assistance Programmes to Vakifbank's Staff and Clients

Client  Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Duration  2018 - 2019

Turkey Agricultural Finance Facility (TURAFF) Lending Programme for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Client  European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Duration  2010 - 2017


Uganda Rural Challenge Fund

Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance

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The Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance partners with Frankfurt School and UN Environment Programme. It offers strategic advisory services to drive innovative solutions for green, resilient finance. Through a blend of research and practical expertise, the Centre supports the shift towards a prosperous, climate-resilient future. This aligns with our broader thematic areas, aiding global financial institutions in diverse activities.

Multiple countries

Finance Fit for Paris (3fp) Tracker

Country Coverage  Multiple countries
Client   European Climate Foundation (ECF)
Duration  2018 - 2019

HR Management & Development

Effective human resource management (HRM) and development (HRD) are vital for financial institutions (FIs) to gain a competitive advantage. We specialize in enhancing HR systems for partners, encompassing strategy design, recruitment, performance appraisal, succession planning, and training. These aspects, often underestimated, can significantly impact operational success and business planning.

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Training Programme for Bunna International Bank

Executive Seminar for the Board of Directors of the Bank of Abyssinia

Executive Seminar for the Board of Directors of Abay Bank


Development of a Microfinance Management Certificate Course in the Lao PDR Training of Trainers Delivery

Client  Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA) and Lao Microfinance Association (MFA)
Duration  2015 - 2019

Multiple countries

Strengthening Middle Management Skills Capacity Building on Leadership, Management and Supervisory Skills

Risk, Governance & Regulation

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For over two decades, Frankfurt School has adeptly implemented risk management frameworks across diverse markets for banks, microfinance institutions, and more. With a core focus on finance, they annually train around 15,000 professionals. Their expertise spans Credit Risk, Scoring Development, Financial Risk, Treasury, Operational Risk, and Regulatory Compliance.

Multiple countries

Review and Implementation of an Enterprise Risk Management Framework

Coverage Countries   Various African countries, headquarter in Kenya
Client   Shelter Afrique - Financing Affordable Housing for Africa
Duration  2018-2019

Technical Assistance Package - Risk Management

Coverage Countries   Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia
Client   REGMIFA TA Facility
Duration  2017 - 2019


Developments of a Credit Scoring Model for a commercial bank in Phillipines

Client  Deutsche Invetitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)
Duration  2018 - 2019 

Women, Youth & Refugee Banking & Empowerment

We prioritize empowering underserved groups like women, youth, and refugee entrepreneurs globally through diverse programs spanning training, consultancy, capacity building, policy development, and extensive research on these beneficiary categories, with a specific focus on women/youth-led micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Our customized strategy targets equitable access to finance, markets, and knowledge-building, guided by principles of gender and social equity, ensuring tailored support for the needs of each individual, including customers of partner financial institutions.

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Exploring the opportunities for Women - owned SMEs in Cambodia

Client  International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Duration  2018 - 2019

Affordable Housing Finance

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Access to decent shelter is a fundamental requirement and a key objective of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. Adequate housing financing is crucial for achieving this goal, with the provision of suitable financial services playing a pivotal role in enhancing living conditions globally. IAS has long been committed to advancing housing finance through institution and capacity-building initiatives, encompassing a wide spectrum from housing microfinance to mortgage lending and energy-efficient residential building promotion.

Multiple countries

Green Housing Fund, Feasibility Study

Thematic Area   Affordable Housing Finance
Client   Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)
Duration  2017-2018


National Housing Finance Programme Nigeria


Housing Finance Program Phase IV Armenia

Client  National Mortgage Company / Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)
Duration  2016 - 2018

Digital Financial Solution

Frankfurt School offers cutting-edge technology solutions, training, and customized software development, managing projects from start to finish. We assist institutions in embracing transformative "New IT" concepts like Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence. Leveraging our skilled in-house team, we develop secure software using Java technology for statistical modeling and machine learning algorithms, while ensuring seamless data migration and conversion from legacy systems.

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Azerbaijan Agricultural Finance Facility (AzAFF) – Technical Cooperation Programme ICT-solution AzALES

Coverage Country  Azerbaijan
Client  European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) 
Duration  2015 - 2019

Capacity Building for Dar-Es-Salaam Community Bank Plc (DCB): Roll-out of Best Practice SME Banking Model

Coverage Country  Tanzania
Client  Fianancial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) - Tanzania
Duration  2017 - 2019

Trade Ready Programme for Georgia and Serbia

Coverage Country  Georgia & Serbia
Client  European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Duration  2018