Enabling better futures: Abler Nordic new name for NMI

We're excited to announce that Abler Nordic is the new name of Nordic Microfinance Initiative! We were established in Oslo in 2008 as a public-private partnership investing in companies in Africa and Asia supporting low-income households with financial services


As the financial inclusion field has developed over the past 15 years, Abler Nordic has evolved along with it. A focus on traditional microfinance matured into a broader approach of holistically including low-income households in the financial system through a range of services that enable people to strengthen their overall financial health and build resilience.

 “Poverty has risen for the first time in 20 years and low-income people in developing countries are hardest hit by climate threats that they have contributed very little to. Well-designed financial services such as savings, leasing, agricultural financing, and affordable housing finance help people adapt and strengthen their ability to manage economic and climate shocks,” says Arthur Sletteberg, Managing Director of Abler Nordic.

“Our diverse investments in recent years and active engagement in the companies we are invested in is in line with the wider concept of financial inclusion, and it was time for our name to reflect this. Abler Nordic plays on the terms enable and sustainable and emphasizes our Nordic roots and values.” - Arthur Sletteberg, Managing Director of Abler Nordic.

The name Abler Nordic rests on the following pillars:

Enable: We strive to enable opportunities for both our investees and their customers.

Sustainable: All our results, both social and financial, must be sustainable.

Abler together: We create all our results together with our partners.

As the same time the new name is introduced, Anders Misund, partner in EQT, has been announced as the new Chair of Abler Nordic. He succeeds Bjarne Kveim Lie, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Verdane, who has stepped down after 10 years of service.

“The UN says 5-7 trillion USD invested annually is needed to reach the SDGs, and mobilising private capital is critical to achieving this. Abler Nordic’s public-private partnership is more relevant than ever, and it is an honour to take the baton from Bjarne and support the company’s continued growth,” said Anders Misund, commenting on his appointment.

At Abler Nordic, public investment capital between the respective Norwegian and Danish governmental funds for developing countries, Norfund and IFU, is blended with commercial capital from private investors, including Ferd, DNB, KLP and PBU. Since 2008, public investment has been used catalytically to mobilize 140 million USD from private Nordic investors who see finance as a tool to enable positive and sustainable change in society.

“Since 2008, our well-functioning public-private partnership has contributed to providing responsible financial services to 12 million people in developing countries. Our outgoing chair Bjarne Kveim Lie has done an excellent job throughout the last ten years, aand during this period the commitments to our funds have more than tripled, from USD 100 million to around USD 344 million. We look forward to continued growth with Anders Misund at the helm,” concludes Arthur Sletteberg, Managing Director of Abler Nordic.

Even though the name Abler Nordic and our web page and graphic profile is new, we are the same team working for the same purpose. We're looking forward to sharing more news in the coming days!

About Abler Nordic

Abler Nordic (formerly Nordic Microfinance Initiative) was established in Oslo in 2008 as a public-private partnership and invests in companies in Africa and Asia that offer financial services to low-income households. The objective is to combine strong social and sustainable financial results.

 Abler Nordic currently manages five funds, with total commitments of USD 344 million. In addition to original investors, new investors from both Norway and Denmark have joined with each new fund launch. In Abler Nordic's last fund, with total commitments of USD 140 million, 60 percent of the capital came from private investors. Since 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad have contributed funds for currency hedging and technical assistance. Abler Nordic has offices in Nairobi, New Delhi, Jakarta, Copenhagen, and Oslo, with a total of 22 employees.

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Abler Nordic was established in 2008 in Oslo, Norway as a partnership between the public sector and private investors. Abler Nordic invests in institutions building financial inclusion in Africa and Asia.
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