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Development finance is a complex endeavor requiring the management of resources over long periods of time, the juggling between political and economic demands, and liaising with numerous national, international, and multilateral donors and actors. Find here a list / directory of some of the key financial institutions making security and development projects possible throughout the developing world. Indeed, private security is a necessary component of many of these projects.
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Association of European Development Finance Institutions(EDFI)
EDFI is a group of 15 bilateral institutions which provide long-term finance for private sector enterprises in developing and reforming economies:
AWS Austria Wirtschaftsservice (Austria)
BIO Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (Belgium)
CDC CDC Group (United Kingdom)
COFIDES Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo (Spain)
CNBZMR Corvinus International Investment (Hungary)
DEG Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (Germany)
FINNFUND Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation (Finland)
FMO Netherlands Development Finance Company (The Netherlands)
IFU Industrialisation Fund for Developing Countries (Denmark)
NORFUND Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norway)
PROPARCO Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique (France)
SBI-BMI Belgian Corporation for International Investment (Belgium)
SIFEM Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (Switzerland)
SIMEST Società Italiana per le Imprese all'Estero (Italy)
SWEDFUND Swedfund International (Sweden)


Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (IDB)
A long-standing initiative of the Latin American countries, the Inter-American Development Bank was established in 1959 as a development institution with novel mandates and tools. Today, the IDB is the oldest and largest regional development bank. It is the main source of multilateral financing for economic, social and institutional development projects as well as trade and regional integration programs in Latin America and the Caribbean..


China Development Bank (CDB)
Over the past decade, CDB has issued an accumulated total of 1.6 trillion yuan in loans to more than 4,000 projects involving key fields of infrastructure, and basic and pillar industries.


China Export-Import Bank
Established in 1994 and solely owned by the central government, The China Eximbank is a state policy bank under the direct leadership of the State Council. At present, the Bank has seven business branches, six domestic representative offices and two overseas representative offices - one for Southern & Eastern Africa and the other is Paris Rep. Office. It has established and maintained correspondent relationship with 140 foreign banks worldwide.


European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
EBRD was established in 1991 when communism was crumbling in central and eastern Europe and ex-soviet countries needed support to nurture a new private sector in a democratic environment. Today the EBRD uses the tools of investment to help build market economies and democracies in countries from central Europe to central Asia.


European Investment Bank (EIB)
IEIB, the European Union's financing institution, is to contribute towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the Member Countries. To this end, it raises on the markets substantial volumes of funds which it directs on the most favourable terms towards financing capital projects according with the objectives of the EU. Outside the EU, EIB implements the financial components of agreements concluded under European development aid and cooperation policies.


Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)
Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the US. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. With more than 70 years of experience, Ex-Im Bank has supported more than $400 billion of U.S. exports, primarily to developing markets worldwide.


Global Fund
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need.


International Development Association (IDA)
Established in 1960, IDA is the part of the World Bank that helps the world's poorest countries. IDA complements the World Bank's other lending arm-the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)-which serves middle-income countries with capital investment and advisory services. IBRD and IDA share the same staff and headquarters.


International Finance Corporation (IFC)
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is a global investor and advisor that is committed to promoting sustainable projects in our developing member countries that are economically beneficial, financially and commercially sound, and environmentally and socially sustainable.


Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
MCC is a United States government-owned corporation responsible for the stewardship of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), which is the mechanism proposed by President George W. Bush to implement a new model for providing foreign aid to the world's developing nations.


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
» UNDP and the International Financial Institutions (IFIs): IFIs account for a large portion of the other resources (non-core) received by UNDP, as partners, particularly programme country governments, increasingly realize the added value brought by UNDP. Examples of IFIs in additions to all the institutions listed above:

African Development Bank (AFDP)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)


Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's foreign policy interests in expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing world. Spending less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID works around the world to achieve these goals.



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