Social finance


With an emphasis on social justice, the ILO's Social Finance Programme supports efforts to extend financial services to excluded persons by addressing two main goals:
  • The promotion of better employment; and
  • A reduction in the vulnerability of the working poor.
The pursuit of better employment means creating jobs and improving the quality of employment through innovative financial services and conducive policies. The reduction of vulnerability can be achieved by improving access to appropriate risk managing financial services, including microinsurance.

Highlight

  1. Financial education

    New training material available to upgrade refugees’ and host communities’ financial education skills

    The latest ILO Trainee’s booklet in Financial Education for Refugees and Host Communities is finally out! Full of realistic case studies and a series of interactive activities, this new trainee’s booklet is meant to disseminate key financial education messages to refugees and host communities of East Africa, in the framework of the PROSPECTS project. After being thoroughly reviewed after both financial education trainings in Kenya and Ethiopia, this new booklet is available for you to check out!

Latest publications: Impact insurance

  1. Annual Report 2020

    24 August 2021

  2. Social Finance Brief: Designing emergency loans - the experience of Dvara KGFS

    28 April 2021

Latest publications: Sustainable investing

  1. Annual Report 2020

    24 August 2021

  2. Employment effects in impact investments

    26 October 2020

Projects with a social finance component

Global

Project name: Support CFC’s Development of a Social and Environmental Management System
Responsible unit/department: Social Finance
Web link: https://www.ilo.org/DevelopmentCooperationDashboard/#a28xobn
Type of intervention: Innovative financial services
Starts on: 12/4/18
Ends on: 3/31/20
Social Finance theme: Sustainable investing

Global

Project name: Building capacity for social compliance of investments in agriculture in Africa (AATIF)
Responsible unit/department: Social Finance
Web link: https://www.ilo.org/DevelopmentCooperationDashboard/#ai21hxm
Type of intervention: Technical assistance, capacity building
Starts on: 7/1/12
Ends on: 7/14/21
Social Finance theme: Sustainable investing

Global

Project name: Partnership with Insurance for Rural Resilience & Economic Development (INSURED)
Responsible unit/department: Social Finance
Web link: https://www.ilo.org/DevelopmentCooperationDashboard/#btj0h1b
Type of intervention: Technical assistance, capacity building
Starts on: 11/8/18
Ends on: 12/31/21
Social Finance theme: Impact insurance

Global

Project name: A Global Action Network to make agriculture insurance work better
Responsible unit/department: Social Finance
Web link: https://www.ilo.org/DevelopmentCooperationDashboard/#ado75e2
Type of intervention: Capacity building
Starts on: 10/1/14
Ends on: 12/31/19
Social Finance theme: Impact insurance

Global

Project name: Change Management to achieve impact with insurance - Phase II
Responsible unit/department: Social Finance
Web link: https://www.ilo.org/DevelopmentCooperationDashboard/#a2r6p31
Type of intervention: Innovative financial services, capacity building
Starts on: 4/1/16
Ends on: 11/30/19
Social Finance theme: Impact insurance

Global

Project name: Partnership for improving Prospects for host communities and forcibly displaced persons (PROSPECTS)
Responsible unit/department: Policy
Web link: https://www.ilo.org/global/programmes-and-projects/prospects/WCMS_725066/lang--en/index.htm
Type of intervention: Capacity building
Starts on: 7/1/19
Ends on: 6/30/23
Social Finance theme: Financial inclusion

Global

Project name: Joining Forces To Promote Impact Insurance
Responsible unit/department: Social Finance
Web link: https://ilo.org/DevelopmentCooperationDashboard/#a2b2urq
Type of intervention: Innovative financial services, capacity building
Starts on: 6/1/18
Ends on: 5/31/21
Social Finance theme: Impact insurance

Global

Project name: Le rôle de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire dans le développement durable, et l’avenir du travail et de l’emploi
Responsible unit/department: Social Finance
Web link: https://ilo.org/DevelopmentCooperationDashboard/#a2sa6ka
Type of intervention: Research
Starts on: 12/2/15
Ends on: 12/31/19
Social Finance theme: Financial inclusion
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