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What we do

For 55 years DEG, a subsidiary of KfW, has been a reliable partner to private-sector companies operating in developing and emerging countries. We provide them with long-term financing and promotional programmes, and advise them as they implement their investments. They can thus develop successfully and sustainably, while generating local added value and creating qualified jobs. As a development finance institution, we deliberately enter difficult markets as well, and promote private sector expansion there.

We develop solutions for our customers

We provide companies with long-term investment capital in the form of loans or equity, which is often difficult to obtain in developing countries. We advise and accompany our customers continuously to help them design their investment and company professionally, efficiently and sustainably. Our “Business Support Services” and range of promotional programmes also contribute to lasting entrepreneurial success.

Our customers are

  • companies from industry, agriculture and services;
  • private infrastructure companies in the energy, transport, utilities and telecommunications sectors;
  • financial institutions and funds that provide small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular, with reliable access to debt and equity financing.

Our customers are based in developing and emerging countries, Germany and other industrialised nations.

Find out more on: Our solutions.

Entrepreneur in Kenia
The Kenyan entrepreneur Richard Kimani purchases raw materials from smallholder farmers and thus ensures their regular income.

Our commitment has a lasting impact locally

We pay particular attention to ensuring that our investments generate positive development impacts in our partner countries. With our solutions, we ensure our customers can open up new markets and compete successfully. In doing so, they create qualified jobs and income, and contribute to local added value and economic development on the ground.

In addition, many of our customers take on wide-ranging responsibility (corporate social responsibility). They pay above-average wages, provide insurance coverage and set up nurseries and health centres. Their involvement often benefits their own staff and families, in addition to the people in the surrounding communities.

Find out more about the impact of our commitment by clicking on: Our impact

Commendable production hall in Vietnam
Financed by DEG, the textile company Padmac operates an exemplary manufacturing plant in Vietnam.

We establish international environmental, social and corporate governance standards

With our involvement, we are actively working to establish and disseminate international environmental, social and corporate governance standards. We carry out careful environmental and social audits and provide intensive support to companies in the implementation of contractually agreed action plans. This task is undertaken by a team of DEG’s own experienced specialists, supported by outside experts.

We observe

  • the IFC Performance Standards – the standard for the private sector;
  • the "Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines" of the World Bank Group; and
  • the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

DEG works with its clients to promote good corporate governance. Key issues are the rights and equitable treatment of shareholders and other stakeholders, internal control environment and processes, disclosure and transparency, and the Board of Directors. Read more

The entire KfW Group and thus also DEG have committed themselves to actively respecting and protecting human rights by signing the Declaration of Human Rights of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

An exclusion list defines the areas in which we do not operate on principle.

Find out more: Our standards

Our partner countries

DEG finances only in emerging and developing countries. These are regularly defined in the OECD Development Committee (DAC). The current DAC list with our partner countries can be found here.

DAC list

Success stories

Every investment tells its own story, made up of people with outstanding ideas. We support these by providing capital and know-how. Here you find some examples.

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DEG: Financing opportunities – shaping development for the long term.

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