DSIK (Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (DSIK)

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Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (DSIK)
Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (DSIK)
Founding year: 
Total number of staff: 
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Between 50 and 70%
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
NGO, Foundation/trust
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Mr. Niclaus Bergmann
Simrockstrasse 4
+49 (228) 97030
Organisation summary


Over the last 200 years, German Sparkassen (Savings Banks) have developed into one of the largest financial groups worldwide, successfully combining a high degree of professionalism with a strong social mandate. The mission of the Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (German Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation - DSIK) is to make the German Sparkassen experience accessible to similar financial institutions in developing and transition countries. To this end, the German Sparkassenstiftung provides state-of-the-art training and services to its partner institutions around the globe.


The German Sparkassenstiftung aims to enhance the professional capacity of its partner institutions, empowering them to offer their customers permanent access to financial services. In particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), but also poor population strata and social fringe groups belong to the target groups of the German Sparkassenstiftung's partner institutions. Focusing business operations on the SME sector and small-income earners actually benefits the partner institutions themselves: serving small businesses and private clients allows the generation of stable and sufficient profits on a sustainable basis.

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: Prudential regulation, Supervision, Client protection, Supporting networks and associations, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector, Capacity building (focused on all MFIs)
  • Intermediate level: Community-based finance solutions, Rural finance, Value chain development, Business development services, Social impact/performance, Environmental microfinance, Urban finance, Gender, Youth, Health
  • Micro level: Financial product development and innovation, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Performance (financial and social), Strategic planning, Marketing, Graduation of MFIs, Risk management, Management
  • Other themes: Academic research, Impact and performances studies
Main competences: 
  • Development of retail banks
  • SME lending
  • Microfinance
  • Human resource development and training
  • Financial-sector development
  • Financial literacy and mobilisation of savings
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