Investing to create jobs, boost growth, and fight poverty and climate change

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The European Association of bilateral DFIs

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Improving people’s lives – for current and future generations – in the world’s poor places through the engine of private sector growth.

Entrepreneurship creates sustainable economic growth and jobs. European Development Finance Institutions support entrepreneurs and enter markets where few others dare to tread, providing long-term financing at market-oriented rates.

What is a DFI ?

DFIs – development finance institutions – are government-backed institutions which invest in private sector projects in low- and middle-income countries. Alongside aid agencies and development banks, DFIs promote job creation and sustainable economic growth, contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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What is EDFI ?

Founded in 1992, the Association of Bilateral European Development Finance Institutions, or EDFI,  represents 15 member institutions. In addition to support members to implement their vision, EDFI serves to inform the public and government stakeholders about their role and contribution to development.

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What is EDFI's role ?

  • The EDFI mission is to foster cooperation by EDFI members with European Union institutions and other DFIs, improve member efficiency and effectiveness, provide them with common representation, develop and support joint policies, and secure financing opportunities.
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  • News

    EDFI adopts harmonised Paris Alignment approach

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  • Events

    EDFI Academy: New DFI staff network, exchange ideas on sustainability, impact investing

    25.10.2023 Brussels
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