ADA asbl
39, rue Glesener
L-1631 Luxembourg
Téléphone : 00352 45 68 68 1

Who are we?

Activity report 2018

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ADA, an expert in the inclusive finance sector

Since 1994, ADA has been working to develop microfinance services in favor of populations excluded from the conventional banking circuits. Our action is designed to reinforce both the autonomy and capacities of microfinance institutions (MFIs), professional associations and networks. ADA also assists governments in their efforts to support and structure the microfinance sector at the regional and national level.

With this aim in mind, we propose and develop specific and innovative microfinance products which have a positive impact on the life of thousands of people, we organise training sessions for microfinance professionals, and we provide advice and support to MFIs in their search for funding. Furthermore, we carry out research activities to anticipate future needs in the microfinance sector and to measure the social impact of our actions. Our flexible approach enables us to adapt each project according to the needs of our partners and the reality in the field.

ADA’s head office is in Luxembourg. Our organisation counts on an annual budget of 10 million EUR and 43 employees.

ADA enjoys the High Patronage of HRH the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

Mia Adams 20 ans

Mia Adams

Mia Adams - Founder and Honorary President of ADA

"ADA – Appui au Développement Autonome – was created in May 1994. It was an organization meant to be, as its name aptly puts it, a support, i.e. a backing over time of the projects needed by people willing to make them happen. It was a way of making people accountable."

ADA is busy working in relevant and important areas

Mission and vision

Mission, vision, values

ADA's mission statement

Poverty reduction by providing the populations concerned, mainly micro and small entrepreneurs, with responsible financial and technical solutions adapted to their needs.

ADA's vision

ADA acts as a catalyst to generate, identify, develop and implement solutions that facilitate inclusive development.

ADA’s approach is innovative. For ADA, innovation does not necessarily mean creating, but rather adapting existing solutions to specific contexts. The results of the projects developed by ADA are intended to be sustainable. Its actions consider all stakeholders in the same sector, the same value chain, in a holistic development approach.
Activities are always defined in a way that best serves the final beneficiaries, working closely hand-in-hand with partners in the field.


Discover a summary of our strategy by downloading the document below:

February 18, 2020

ADA: committed on all fronts

ADA has become a new member of IMS Luxembourg (Inspiring More Sustainability), the leading network of Luxembourg companies involved in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Full article on ADA's blog

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