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About ADA

ADA, inclusive finance expertise

Over the past 24 years, ADA has been dedicated to increasing the financial inclusion of populations excluded from conventional banking channels in developing countries. Our work consists primarily of empowering and supporting the growth of microfinance institutions (MFIs), professional associations and networks. We also work closely with governments to support and develop the regional and national microfinance sectors.

ADA has developed innovative microfinance products for our MFI partners that can positively impact the lives of thousands of people. Our work includes projects on the financing of young entrepreneurs, access to sustainable energy and even microinsurance.

We also hold trainings for microfinance professionals in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, so that they can develop their skills. Driven by the same goal, we participate in the creation of management tools like Microfact. We also address the funding needs of MFIs through a partnership with the Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund (LMDF).

ADA is also increasingly involved in research in the fields of rural finance and social performance evaluation. The practical knowledge we have gained through projects in the field plays an important role in our research, which in its turn influences our decisions and approaches.

We frequently participate in and organize conferences and meetings to share and exchange our skills and knowledge. We therefore contribute to important dialogues about microfinance, both in Luxembourg and in countries of the Global South.

ADA, which is based in Luxembourg, is a non-governmental organisation that is approved and co-funded by the Luxembourg Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and is placed under the High Patronage of Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

To learn more about ADA and its work, download our publications (in French only):

The ADA Strategic Plan 2018 / 2021 is available on request: 


Press release - January 4, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg renews its support to ADA

On 4 January 2018, Romain Schneider, the Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, has signed the new agreement between the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA). This support will cover a four-year period from 2018 to 2021. This is the third agreement between the Ministry and ADA since 2007.

ADA is a Luxembourg NGO whose aim is to both strengthen and accelerate the financial inclusion of populations excluded from the conventional banking circuits in developing countries.

Through its activities, ADA supports the priorities of Luxembourg Cooperation, which accord particular attention to women and the most deprived, especially in the least developed countries and the rural areas in the countries of the South.

This new agreement takes the recent developments in the world of microfinance into consideration. ADA will place a greater focus on Luxembourg Cooperation’s partner countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Laos, Mali, Nicaragua, Niger and Senegal.

Press release issued by the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.  

Tel.: (+352) 247-82373            

From left to right: Gilles Franck (Vice-President of ADA) ; Olivier Massart (Director of ADA) ; Romain Schneider (Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action) ; and Manuel Tonnar (Director of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action)

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