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The CDC Group


CDC was established in 1948 as the first ever Development Finance Institution (DFI). Wholly-owned by the UK Government, we are part of the Department for International Development’s private sector strategy to alleviate poverty. Our mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.

CDC is self-funding and we invest from our own balance sheet. Revenues from our investments are recycled back into future investments. This means CDC has had no new capital from the government since 1995. The institution is currently invested in over 1,200 underlying businesses that support over 1,100,000 jobs.

Our Projects

CDC provides capital in all its forms, including equity, debt, mezzanine, and guarantees, and this capital is typically used for growth. We invest directly and through fund managers we believe are aligned with our aims.

We apply high-quality commercial investment processes because development impact is well-correlated with strong financial performance. This is how our investments make a lasting difference and demonstrate to others that it is possible to invest successfully in hard places. As a responsible investor, helping companies achieve good standards of governance, along with strong environmental and social policies, is an integral part of how we add value.

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