Who We Are?

ACCESS Development Services is a global catalyst to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. By accelerating collaborative action with global, regional, and local stakeholders, ACCESS is driving financial resilience and security as key outcomes. Set-up in March 2006, ACCESS is structured uniquely to build evidence, create models and align thought leadership in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations, Governments, Private Sector, Donors and Multilateral / Bilateral Agencies.

ACCESS has built strong competencies over the years by building a community of practice around inclusive finance, generating evidence, convening regional and global programmes, supporting thought leadership and building a professional team.

To achieve outcome based impact, ACCESS pursues a 3-tier approach:

Tier I – Improve value chains through innovation and digitisation
Tier II – Empower stakeholders through capacity building and evidence generation
Tier III – Support narratives through consultations and publications

ACCESS Vision and Mission


ACCESS is a global partner of choice, providing inclusive innovative livelihood solutions and enabling the poor to overcome poverty and live with dignity.


To build capacity of community-based institutions that deliver relevant financial and livelihoods services to the poor and unreachable households.

What makes ACCESS Unique?

ACCESS has developed certain core competencies over the years by learning from experience, implementing a multitude of programmes in diverse contexts and geographies, and building a strong professional team, and applying these competencies to its initiatives.

Among others, a few areas in which ACCESS has demonstrated core strength, include:

  1. Host and promote a global discourse on Financial Inclusion and Resilient Livelihoods
  2. Ability to work at all levels of the sectors.
  3. Develop “Lift and shift” models
  4. Positioned as a gateway agency between the poor and the markets
  5. Ability to work at scale
  6. Build local capacities (capacity building of capacity builders)
  7. Support inclusive value chains, favouring primary producers
  8. Identify and incubate innovations
  9. Invest, incubate and strengthen community-based institutions / model