The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) supports a strong private sector in developing and/or emerging countries, to enable them to gain access to growth and sustainable development within the framework of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. BIO invests directly in private sector projects and as such makes a structural contribution to the socio-economic growth of those host countries with a focus on development impact. By Year End 2015, Bio had total funds committed to investment of EUR 620 million.

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CDC is the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI). It is the world’s oldest DFI with a history of making successful investments in businesses which have become industry leaders thereby having enormous impact on the private sector in their country and region as well as improving the lives of many individuals. CDC’s mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places. CDC’s portfolio of investments is valued at £ 3.4 billion (year end 2014) and includes 1,331 investee businesses. Last year these companies together employed over 1,100,000 people and paid £ 1.5 billion in local taxes.

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The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) is an initiative of the NL Government and managed by Triple Jump/PwC with the aim to reach out to local entrepreneurs in developing countries, who are often unable to obtain traditional (bank) financing. By DGGFs support of (mainly locally operating) existing or new intermediary funds, these funds in turn invest in SMEs in the 68 DGGF countries, with a focus on young and female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in fragile states and drive economic growth. It also helps direct development of the financial sector in developing countries and emerging markets.

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FMO is the international development bank of the Netherlands. FMO invests risk capital in companies and financial institutions in developing countries. With an investment portfolio of EUR 5.3 billion, FMO is one of the largest bilateral private sector development banks worldwide. Thanks in part to its relationship with the Dutch government, FMO is able to take risks which commercial financiers are not – or not yet – prepared to take. FMO’s mission: to create flourishing enterprises, which can serve as engines of sustainable growth in their countries.

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International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development, mobilizing private capital, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. Our new investments totaled US$ 14.4 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing countries during the financial crisis.

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Lundin Foundation

The Lundin Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Lundin Group of Companies. The Lundins are natural resource entrepreneurs who have enjoyed considerable success in Africa and elsewhere for over 35 years and have a strong commitment to ensuring that benefits from the resource sector are shared with host countries and communities. The Lundin Foundation embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of the Lundin Family. The Foundation invests in high potential small- and medium-sized businesses across Africa, with a view to generating wealth and employment needed to alleviate poverty on a sustained basis. Strategic grants are deployed to provide investees with technical or managerial assistance pilot or field-test innovative pre-commercial products or services, or to help outstanding individuals and organisations solve a critical systemic challenge.

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The Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique (Proparco) is  the private sector financing arm of Agence Française de Développement (AFD), and has been working to support development in Southern countries for some 40 years. It plays a key role in AFD Group and the French cooperation mechanism: financing and support for projects led by companies and financial institutions in developing and emerging countries – from SMEs to regional banking groups, including microfinance institutions. Proparco has a balance sheet of about EUR 5 billion, operates in 80 countries with some 538 clients (2015).