WHO IS OUR CLIENT
Founded in 1970, Developpement international Desjardins (DID) is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Desjardins Group, the largest integrated financial cooperative and the sixth largest banking institution in Canada. DID's mission is to "empower the disadvantaged in developing countries and countries in transition by supporting community owned and operated financial institutions which can have an impact on poverty reduction". This Capacity Development (CD) project is for the benefit of EFC Uganda.
The aim of the project is to support the set up of a microfinance institution (MFI) in Uganda dedicated to small and micro entrepreneurs - EFC Uganda. The model developed by DID is known as a Entrepreneurial Finance Centres (EFC, or CFE in French).
WHY WE FUND THIS PROJECT
The EFCs aim to increase access to financial services for small-scale Ugandan entrepreneurs and to encourage development of local wealth is in line with FMOa€™s ambition to become the worlda€™s leading impact investor by 2020 by supporting the development of an impact investing ecosystem in Africa.
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF FMO
Communities who believe they will be negatively affected by a project funded by the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) may be able to file a complaint with the Independent Complaints Mechanism, which is the joint independent accountability mechanism of the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the German Investment Corporation (KfW) . A complaint can be filed in writing, by email, post, or online. The complaint can be filed in English or any other language of the complainant. The Independent Complaints Mechanism is comprised of a three-member Independent Expert Panel and it can provide either problem-solving, compliance review or both, in either order. Additional information about this accountability mechanism, including a guide and template for filing a complaint, can be found at: https://www.fmo.nl/independent-complaints-mechanism.