Development finance statistics

Development finance institutions and private sector development


National and international development finance institutions (DFIs) are specialised development banks or subsidiaries set up to support private sector development in developing countries. They are usually majority-owned by national governments and source their capital from national or international development funds or benefit from government guarantees. This ensures their creditworthiness, which enables them to raise large amounts of money on international capital markets and provide financing on very competitive terms.

Bilateral DFIs are either independent institutions, such as the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), or part of larger bilateral development banks, such as the German Investment and Development Company (DEG), which is part of the German development bank KfW. They are both among the largest DFIs worldwide.

Multilateral DFIs are the private sector arms of international financial institutions (IFIs) that have been established by more than one country, and hence are subject to international law. Their shareholders are generally national governments, but could also occasionally include other international or private institutions. These institutions finance projects in support of the private sector through mainly equity investments, long-term loans and guarantees. They usually have a greater financing capacity than bilateral development banks and also act as a forum for close co-operation among governments.


The main bilateral DFIs are:

OEEB (Austria), BIO (Belgium), IFU (Denmark), FINNFUND (Finland), AFD/PROPARCO (France), KFW/DEG (Germany), SIMEST (Italy), FMO (Netherlands), NORFUND (Norway), SOFID (Portugal), COFIDES (Spain), SWEDFUND (Sweden), SIFEM (Switzerland), CDC (United Kingdom) and OPIC (United States).

The main multilateral DFIs are:

International Finance Corporation (IFC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank Group (AFDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and European Investment Bank (EIB).


DCR 2014 cover‌  The growing development potential of other official flows,
Development Co-operation Report 2014

 DFI workshop summary (July 2014) 

Summary of main points discussed at the working session with DFI experts (pdf)


Bilateral DFIs' data visualisation

Non-ODA - DFI charts by sector-institution-region-income‌ 


Data on bilateral DFIs' operations
with the private sector for 2008-2013



  • Sectoral allocation

  • Institution ranking by volume

  • Regional allocation

  • Income group allocation


Multilateral DFIs' data visualisation (to come)


Further information