The positive impact of SECO’s projects

In the years 2012–2015, SECO’s work has helped to:

  • create or retain 470 300 jobs,
  • train over one million people in small and medium-sized enterprises,
  • save around 3.8 million tonnes of carbon emissions and generate 2.4 billion kilowatt hours from renewable energy and energy efficiency,
  • deliver better public water and power services to 119 million people,
  • trigger USD 19.4 billion in investments.

This is what the beneficiaries of SECO projects have to say:


After 2008, I couldn’t get a loan to finance my rapidly expanding furniture factory. When the SECO Start Up Fund stepped in, I was able to continue. Standard AD now employs 360 people.

Edin Dacic
Director of Standard AD Prnjavor, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Our know-how has been improved through technical reports and exchanges with experts. The Central Bank's capacity to accomplish its main mission has been strengthened.

Moez Lajmi
Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Tunisia


Since Gansu Zhangye Julong has had a reliable power supply, our production has gone up. My salary is now 25% higher.

Gao Chao
Worker at Gansu Zhangye Julong Building Material Company, China


Effectiveness is verified …

SECO systematically reviews the effectiveness of its projects. It applies international rules based on causal chain approache
(Theory of Change model) to assess the progress of its projects and programmes:

1. Service provided

SECO and its partners invest money, time, know-how and equipment in a project.

2. Immediate impact

These investments are used, for example, to produce studies, prepare projects, deliver training, or improve processes,
infrastructure and legislation.

3. Medium-term impact

Improvements are made in the quality of services, offerings, infrastructure and the underlying legislation.

4. Long-term impact

The quality of life of the communities concerned is improved.

… and measured

SECO measures the impact of projects by routinely compiling key figures and evaluating the (interim) results of projects.

  • Based on this data, SECO then reviews the intermediate status together with its project partners. They discuss the results, challenges and difficulties and decide on any adjustments or improvements.
  • In independent evaluations, experts verify that the projects have achieved the intended results. They analyse the experience and results from the project, draw up the findings and recommend improvements.

The findings and recommendations are presented in evaluation and accountability reports.

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