Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
United Nations Capital Development Fund
Founding year: 
United States
Total number of staff: 
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Between 50 and 70%
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
UN Organization with an investment mandate first and foremost in the least developed countries (LDCs)
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Mrs. Hanadi Tutunji
Two United Nations Plaza, 26th floor
NY 10017
New York
United States
+1 (212) 906 6082
Organisation summary

UNCDF’s mission is to reduce poverty in the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). Promoting financial inclusion is one of its key strategies for doing so. UNCDF works first and foremost in the LDCs to ensure that more households and small businesses gain access to credit, savings, insurance and other financial services that expand opportunities and reduce vulnerabilities. UNCDF's ability to provide risk capital directly to the private sector is helping bring new financial products to underserved markets and spurring innovations. By ensuring formal financial systems include poor people - with savings, credit, payments, insurance, and remittances - UNCDF helps poor families and small businesses generate income, build assets, invest in opportunities and strengthen resilience to setbacks.

Type of intervention: 
  • Loans
  • Guarantees
  • Subsidies / donations in money
  • 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: 
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Client protection, Supporting networks and associations, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector, Capacity building (focused on all MFIs), Non-prudential regulation
  • Intermediate level: Rural finance, Post-conflict/disaster microfinance, Environmental microfinance
  • Micro level: Financial product development and innovation, Energy products, or other products related to environmental issues, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Mobile money
Main competences: 

Sector development and financial inclusion specifically in the LDCs, in addition to thematic initiatives focused on savings, youth financial services, mobile money, clean energy, client protection and responsible finance. Expertise in difficult markets, post conflict and tier 2 and tier 3 financial service providers.