3 July 2024

Philippe Guichandut recently went on a mission to Uganda to evaluate the financial inclusion program for refugees implemented in partnership with UGAFODE.

A financial inclusion program for refugees:

Together with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)* and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)*, the Foundation had launched a program to promote access to financial and non-financial services for refugees and host communities in Uganda. The program provided debt financing and technical assistance to selected financial service providers, enabling them to expand lending operations and access to entrepreneurship and financial literacy training to over 100,000 refugees and host communities, 75% of whom were women.

The program ended in October 2023.

UGAFODE, a key partner:

Since its creation in 1994, UGAFODE has been mobilizing resources to provide affordable primary financial services to its customers. UGAFODE’s mission is to transform the living conditions of Ugandans, both economically and socially. The institution has played a crucial role in the success of the program, demonstrating proven expertise in the provision of financial services to refugees.

Find out more about the Financial Inclusion of Refugees program


Further information

*The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) works on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government to reduce poverty worldwide. Through its actions and in cooperation with other actors, it contributes to the implementation of Swedish policy for international development. The Agency is present in 46 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
www.sida.se  / @AIDS

*The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated by the United Nations to coordinate international action for the protection of refugees. The organization provides essential aid, helps guarantee fundamental rights and develops solutions for the well-being of its target populations. UNHCR works in 135 countries on behalf of 108.4 million people.
//www.unhcr.org/ @Refugees