FIRST Strengthens Financial Sectors

The FIRST Initiative supports developing countries in building stable, diverse, and inclusive financial systems through technical assistance. Robust financial systems are more resilient to financial crises, increase access to financial services and enable economic growth. To date, the FIRST Initiative has funded over 680 projects across the globe, worth more than $135 million in over 120 countries. Since 2007, FIRST’s catalytic projects have facilitated over $900 million in funding from other donors and development agencies. As a response to clients’ needs for more comprehensive support, FIRST began funding longer programs in Financial Stability, Financial Inclusion and Market Development. In this video, FIRST’s partners and clients share testimonials about their experience working with the Initiative.