Deutsche Bank was the first global bank in the world to create a microfinance fund more than a decade ago. During this decade, we have been an important innovator in the microfinance sector, lending our voice and using the Deutsche Bank platform to further the microfinance industry.
In the last twelve years, Deutsche Bank has strengthened its leadership role by pioneering the first microfinance investment fund for institutional investors, structuring the industry’s first global subordinated debt fund, and playing a critical role as an industry thought leader to convene key players on topics like client protection and industry transparency. Deutsche Bank sees microfinance neither as exclusively social or commercial, but as a hybrid model where both the social and financial aspects are integral to its success. Like a DNA strand, they are intertwined. Deutsche Bank’s microfinance strategy is to use our financial know-how to further social goals. Our vision is to embrace social investing as a specialized investment banking business with the dual objective of social return and profitability. Our mission is to be a catalytic leader by providing socially responsible lending, investing, and philanthropic resources of development and growth in distressed communities globally. We use our social financing expertise, investment banking skills, structuring capabilities, business resources, and worldwide relationships to create financial instruments that benefit social enterprises.