Empowering communities and promoting self-reliance through enterprise-driven development

FMI was originally founded to assist private sector firms in frontier markets, and this enterprise-driven ethos remains at the core of our development work. For nearly three decades, FMI has viewed private enterprise as the driving force behind sustainable growth, and the single most reliable means to improve livelihoods, strengthen communities, and accelerate self-reliance. FMI’s private sector engagement work seeks to harness the unique capabilities of the private sector and channel these resources to address problems that cannot be solved solely by donor or government intervention. This includes collaborating with a range of banks and financial institutions, investors, SMEs, corporations, NGOs, and CSOs to achieve scalable results through market-oriented solutions. FMI has assisted thousands of local businesses to improve their operations and create permanent jobs, has implemented comprehensive training programs to improve firm and workforce competitiveness, and has created strategic private sector linkages that promote knowledge and capital transfer to developing markets.


Promoting SME Competitiveness in Jordan

FMI’s “FOR Jordan” program focused on increasing the competitiveness of Jordanian SMEs and improving the ability of local banks to safely and confidently lend to SMEs. By assisting SMEs to improve financial and operational capacity, link with suppliers and buyers, and accurately present their financial data to creditors and investors, FMI was able to expand business and profitability for 250 firms (including more than 150 female entrepreneurs). 22 beneficiary firms received loan and equity investments of over $10 million during this 18-month initiative.

Expanding Workforce Development in Indonesia

FMI is currently working to equip Indonesia’s most vulnerable youth with the training and opportunities needed to participate and benefit from the country’s growing economy. FMI is filling critical gaps in existing workforce development programs by incorporating work-relevant life and financial skills training in vocational and technical institutions across Indonesia. By 2022, FMI will have improved the employability of over 20,000 young women and men and established a network of workforce development and financial life skills trainers in over 25 districts of Indonesia, working with partners from government, the private sector, and academia.

Engaging Diaspora Businesses in Bosnia-Herzegovina

FMI is working to mobilize the BiH diaspora and channel diaspora resources to create new private sector jobs in BiH. FMI provides managerial and business development support as technical assistance and investment facilitation to diaspora-owned SME beneficiaries. This includes operating a “one-stop-shop” that provides local firms with operational, managerial, market access, corporate governance, legal, accounting, and business-to-business matchmaking assistance so that they are better positioned to access credit and equity investments. FMI expects to generate $15 million in private sector investment through this work.