Ecological sustainability

German Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation (DSIK) supports local banks and (micro) financial institutions in financing investments in sustainable technologies for their clients. It assists project partners in designing and implementing suitable products such as loans and insurance for investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency. This also applies to resource-efficient production methods and improving adaptation to climate change, especially for farmers and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) that are active in the agricultural sector or otherwise exposed to climate change.

1. Green Finance

As a strategic approach to tackling the challenges of climate change, Green Finance is designed to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon and environmentally friendly world. Green Finance refers to any financial initiative, process, product, or service aimed either at protecting the natural environment or at managing the impact of the environment on financing and investment. German Sparkassenstiftung supports local banks in developing financial products for investments in sustainable technologies.

Project example: Myanmar - Green Finance for the food sector

The project in Myanmar aims to promote clean food production in conjunction with sustainable economic development. To this end, the project partner WWF works closely with political actors (including the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Conservation and the Ministry of Industry) and the consumer companies themselves to set the political course, by providing information and technical know-how. German Sparkassenstiftung's focus within the project is on creating and improving financing opportunities for these companies.

2. Rural Development

Lending, savings products, insurances, and payment transactions are essential components of rural development and financing. We focus on the needs of agricultural micro-enterprises and the creation of needs-based and tailored agricultural financing products considering cultivation cycles and seasonal fluctuations. However, rural finance also includes completing value chains and hedging instruments, such as targeted insurance products or payment and supplier guarantees.

Project example: Mexico - strengthening the agricultural sector and promoting rural development

German Sparkassenstiftung is committed to boosting agricultural productivity and ensuring a sustainable food supply for the growing population in Mexico. We offer training to improve financial and entrepreneurial education in rural areas. By broadening the entrepreneurial knowledge of agricultural producers, we secure agricultural incomes by boosting productivity and help to ensure a sustainable supply of food to the people. In addition, a hackathon was held in October 2019, where innovative digital solutions for small farmers and agricultural enterprises were developed.

3. Promoting solar energy systems

Development is not possible without energy. To reduce poverty, a sustainable energy supply must be established and expanded in developing countries.

Project example: Eastern Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya)

With mobile and stationary payment systems as well as savings and loans, our project partners in East Africa enable local energy supply systems at household or business level thus contributing to the electrification of rural areas. This is not only crucial for development but also for the promotion of environmentally friendly, local systems. German Sparkassenstiftung's projects in East Africa have equipped microfinance sector institutions at meso level with solar energy systems to secure their own energy supply and, above all, to motivate members and clients to use climate-friendly energy systems by setting an example.

Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation e.V.
Simrockstraße 4, 53113 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 9703-0
Fax: +49 228 9703-6613 or -6630

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