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SIINC in Practice

SIINC is used in a variety of innovative programs that aim to provide time-limited rewards to high-impact enterprises.



SIINC LATAM is a multi-year program implemented by Roots of Impact and its partners the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Ashoka, New Ventures and IDB Lab. Through this program, partners support impact enterprises with premium payments for positive outcomes as part of the next financing round. You will find detailed information about the Social Impact Incentives (SIINC) mechanism here.

SIINC for skills, employment and income

Starting in 2019, SIINC payments are provided to impact enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean focused on skills, employment and income. A second call for applications was launched and closed in March 2020, out of which three enterprises were selected. For more information, please read our Two-Pager (or Spanish Two-Pager) or contact the Project Manager Patrizia Baffioni

For our Spanish speaking network, the SIINC solution is generally explained in this short document and this video.

SIINC for agricultural SME lending

This collaboration between Root Capital and Roots of Impact applies the SIINC model for the first time on a portfolio level. The model was piloted in Latin America. Here, market-correcting incentives are used to compensate for the high operating costs and risk associated with loans to early-stage agricultural businesses creating significant positive impact. For more information, please see Root Capital’s press release or the more recent article about how linking finance to impact creates positive change for smallholder farmers supported by Root Capital.

SIINC for off-grid clean energy in Kenya

In collaboration with GIZ’s Energising Development (EnDev) programme and 60 Decibels, a SIINC pilot project for off-grid energy enterprises operating in Kenya is ongoing. Time-limited premium payments will be disbursed to enterprises creating positive outcomes, including reaching next- and last mile customers. The call for applications will be launched in June 2020, and the selected companies will receive the SIINC payments throughout 2021 to 2022.

This pilot project is aimed at empowering implementing partners to be able to replicate SIINC in other geographies, while also informing the planned set-up of an outcomes fund for off-grid clean energy.   For more information, please contact the Project Manager Patrizia Baffioni

SIINC Endev Partners

SIINC in an access to finance for impact enterprises program in Bangladesh

The ‚Scaling Impact Enterprises in Bangladesh‘ program is an innovative, multi-year public private development partnership (PPDP) between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Roots of Impact, LightCastle Partners and other stakeholders such as investors, incubators and support organizations for impact enterprises. SIINC is a used as a key solution for catalyzing private investment to early stage impact enterprises ready to scale.

For more information about this program called ‚Biniyog Briddhi‘ and the SIINC component, please visit the program website

B-Briddhi Partners

SIINC for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Roots of Impact in collaboration with Aqua for All is implementing a SIINC pilot project in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, covering Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. Outcome-based incentive payments will be provided to impact enterprises working on a WASH-related solution, based on the additional social impact generated by their operations.

The SIINC for WASH call for application launched on August 18th, 2020 and ended September 27th, 2020. For more information, please study the leaflet, read our FAQ and/or contact us at

SIINC and Impact-Linked Finance solutions for job creation, gender-inclusive finance and other impact sectors

We are busy implementing SIINC in other contexts. Currently, we are preparing programs using SIINC and other Impact-Linked Finance solutions for several new regions and sectors, such as job creation and gender-inclusive finance. Would you like to know more? Stay up-to-date and register for our newsletter.