January 17, 2024

Most Active Development Finance Institutions (DFI)

Mark Bruny
Most Active Development Finance Institutions (DFI)

As a founder or executive at a startup, you’re likely well aware of the key role that debt financing can play in meeting your long-term capital needs. What you may not have considered, is leveraging a Development Finance Institutions (DFI) for your financing.

DFI’s are organizations established to directly enable economies to grow and support businesses through investing and providing planning assistance. As such, it pays to know who some of the most active DFIs in debt investing around the world are so that your startup venture can access this form of financing if you qualify. In this blog post, we will provide an a list of the most active DFIs extending debt financing to startups across the globe.

Top 5 most active for financing companies

  1. Global focus: IFC
  2. Global focus: US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
  3. Global: German Investment and Development Company (DEG-KFW)
  4. Global: Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO)
  5. Latam: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) / IDB Invest

Other notable DFIs

  1. Global focus: FinDev Canada
  2. Asia: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  3. Global: Finnfund
  4. Global: Promotion and Participation Company for Economic Cooperation (Proparco)
  5. Global: Swedfund
  6. Africa: African Development Bank (ADB)

In conclusion, DFIs have provided invaluable assistance to many businesses around the globe and are an important resource for financing innovation and economic development. Whether you are just getting started on your entrepreneurial journey or in the more advanced stages of running a startup, it pays to be aware of the financing opportunities that DFIs present. If you believe your venture might be a fit for DFI financing, then reach out and put those resources to work for you.

Whilst we know our list isn’t exhaustive, we wanted to give a high level overview of the most active by region from our global experience.

You can download the full market map of the the most active emerging market debt investors below.

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