Appui au Développement Autonome
Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
Appui au Développement Autonome
Founding year: 
Total number of staff: 
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Between 70 and 100%
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
NGO, Network/Association/Platform
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Mr. Christophe Hebting
39, rue Glesener
+352 (45) 68 681
+352 (45) 68 6868
Organisation summary

ADA, an expert in inclusive finance and a driver of partnerships and innovation

ADA (Appui au développement autonome) is a Luxembourgish, non-governmental organisation that has been increasing the autonomy of vulnerable people in Africa, Latin America and Asia with inclusive finance since 1994, thereby contributing to achieving the sustainable development goals.

ADA leverages its resources and expertise to innovate, support local partners, implement technical support programmes, give investment advice and manage knowledge to positively and sustainably impact targeted populations. 

ADA’s activities focus on three main topics: youth entrepreneurship, agricultural and forestry value chains as well as access to basic services. These activities touch upon three transversal themes: climate change, gender and the use of digital technologies. 

In organisational terms, the team includes around 45 employees and a dozen technical advisors in the field. ADA has an average annual budget of 15 million euros.


ADA is a Luxembourgish non-governmental organisation that strengthens the autonomy of vulnerable people by leveraging inclusive finance to improve their living conditions.

Type of intervention: 
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. technical assistance/capacity building, evaluation)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. research / information dissemination)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. policy advice / development / lobby)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. networking/ donor / coordination)
Countries of intervention: 
South America
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Supporting networks and associations, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector
  • Intermediate level: Microfinance investment vehicules, Business development services, Social impact/performance, Environmental microfinance, Youth
  • Micro level: Financial product development and innovation, Performance (financial and social), Ratings and external audits, Strategic planning, Risk management
  • Other themes: Academic research, Sector mapping
Main competences: 

Product development (youth, remittances, microfinance and energy, microinsurance), management tools & trainings (financial & social performance, risk management, human resource, governance), microfinance investment services, intermediation (networking and coordination), project management on behalf of third parties.

Please indicate any innovations in your microfinance program planned for the coming year: 

Micro-leasing, microfinance and access to water, internet for rural areas, African Microfinance Week

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