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Our impact

Our investments are designed to enhance local added value in the long term. That is why DEG finances enterprises that focus on lasting success and operate responsibly – just as we do. Businesses that enjoy long-term success create skilled jobs and generate income, which helps people in developing countries to improve their prospects.

Private-sector enterprises are not just an important driving force for job creation. They are also actively committed to education and training for their staff and support the transfer of technology and know-how. With their investments, they expand local value chains and improve the supply of goods and services in a given country. Their taxes and export earnings contribute to government revenue and foreign exchange earnings – funds that are needed for investments in infrastructure, education and health.

An analysis of DEG’s portfolio shows what we are achieving with our commitment.

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Our contribution to Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aims to improve the living conditions of all people and to protect the planet. Through their financial success and responsible operations, the companies supported by DEG are driving forward sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda. In particular, they contribute to the following sustainability goals*:

Percentage of DEG portfolio customers actively contribu- ting to the SDG in question.
*Percentage of DEG customers actively contributing to the SDGs

Measuring effectiveness

To be able to measure this contribution and identify how its effectiveness can be increased, DEG uses its own Development Effectiveness Rating system (DERa). Here, customer performance is rated in five key outcome categories: decent jobs, local income, market and sector development, environmental stewardship, and community benefits.

Further information

We measure development outcome

The DERa assesses and rates individual clients’ contribution to development and follows up on changes in performance since DEG’s investment.

More information on DERa

We evaluate our work

Internally and externally executed topic-based evaluations are important tools which we can harness to make DEG's work even more effective.

Our evaluations and case studies

Recent DERa case study

How our customer Virú, a Peruvian asparagus producer, measurably promotes local development and contributes to achieving the SDGs.

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Focus: Skilled work

How can companies close skills gaps in their workforce and at supplier level? We present successful approaches.

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