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    We have been active in Sub-Saharan Africa since 1965. By financing projects and providing advisory services, we enhance economic growth, social progress and sustainable development, making a positive impact on people, the environment and livelihoods.

    Our key role is to support:

    Our activity in 2023

    We have long been an active partner in supporting projects across Africa – from infrastructure investments that help build stronger transport networks and energy systems, to initiatives that create jobs or reduce poverty. Over time, this engagement has grown significantly.

    In 2023, we have provided about €2.5 billion of financing.

    Country overview

    Find an overview of our impact by country. Additional country pages will follow.

    Our stories in the region

    We support projects that improve lives all over the world. Watch our videos and read our stories on how our work improves the quality of life in the region.

    What we offer

    We offer a broad range of financial products and advisory services for public and private project to enhance growth and development in the region.

    We work on several investment initiatives to maximise our local impact:

    Africa Investment Platform

    The platform promotes actions that foster economic activity, with a view to promoting socio-economic development and poverty reduction.

    Kulima Access to Finance Project

    This initiative improves access to suitable finance in Malawi, mainly to small and medium sized businesses active along the agriculture value chain.

    Zambia Agriculture Value Chain Facility

    This initiative improves access to suitable finance in Zambia, mainly to small and medium-sized enterprises active along the agriculture and aquaculture value chains.

    SME Access to Finance Initiative

    This initiative aims to enhance access to finance for small and medium businesses (SMEs), as well as financial inclusion of underserved segments, such as start-ups or youth- and women-led businesses.

    DEmand Side Management, Social Infrastructures and Renewable Energy Expansion (DESIREE)

    *DESIREE fosters sustainable and inclusive growth while developing business models to provide climate-friendly and energy efficient solutions.

    European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) Guarantee

    EFSD Guarantee is tailored to crowd in private investors, where viable business proposals meet social needs, and where limited public funds can attract private money.

    Mutual Reliance Initiative (MRI)

    The Mutual Reliance Initiative allows promoters of investment projects in EU partner countries to benefit from a larger project finance capacity.

    The EIB works with donors to create trust funds and provide in-depth support for projects in Africa through technical assistance, grants and loan guarantees.

    City Climate Finance Gap Fund

    The City Climate Finance Gap Fund is a climate action trust fund that provides early-stage project preparation support to cities in developing countries.

    EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund

    This fund provides grant support for infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa with the aim of reducing poverty and fostering economic growth in the region.

    Financial Inclusion Fund

    It aims to improve access to finance for small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing countries.

    Green Hydrogen Fund

    This trust fund provides strategic advice and capacity building to developing countries to help them prepare for decarbonising the industry sector through green hydrogen.

    International Climate Initiative Fund

    This fund aims to catalyse investment for ambitious climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in developing and emerging countries.

    Luxembourg-EIB Climate Finance Platform

    This is a joint initiative between Luxembourg and the EIB to mobilise and support investment in international climate finance, focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    Water Sector Fund

    This fund aims to support the development of water projects in low- and lower-middle income countries.

    We provide equity financing, primarily investing or co-investing along with funds on infrastructure, the environment, small and medium-sized enterprises and mid-size corporations.

    Our experts provide advisory services and technical assistance to improve access to finance and facilitate investment for:

    • public authorities
    • financial intermediaries
    • microfinance institutions
    • final beneficiaries

    We also offer expertise and technical assistance to support the design and structuring of low-carbon infrastructure projects in cities

    Our partnerships

    We work closely with the European Union and development partners to mobilise more development and climate finance, and to enhance our impact.

    We are the European Union’s international development bank. We promote the EU's principles, values and objectives and contribute to stable growth in countries beyond Europe’s borders.

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    Global Gateway

    As part of Team Europe we are supporting Global Gateway, a new European strategy to invest in sustainable, high-quality projects around the world that are good for people and the planet.

    Under Global Gateway, EIB Global is tackling some of today’s most pressing challenges, from fighting climate change to accelerating the digital transition. EIB Global is well on track to facilitate at least a third of the €300 billion of investment that Global Gateway aims to mobilise by 2027.

    This will help support projects that are focused on digitalisation, tackling climate change, clean energy, healthcare, education, as well as transport.

    Team Europe

    As part of Team Europe, the EIB has increased its development finance, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team Europe is a global recovery package that combines resources from the European Union, Member States, and the EIB, and supports the most vulnerable countries and people most at risk around the world.

    In line with Team Europe initiatives, our projects in the region are aimed at achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    To tackle challenges in the region, we work with various United Nations agencies international and financial institutions, such as the African Development Bank Group (AFDB) and the World Bank.

    Under the Clean Oceans Initiative, we also cooperate with the French Agency for Development (AFD), the German Development Bank (KfW), the Italian Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and the Spanish promotional bank (ICO).

    Our initiatives with KFW and AFD include, among others, the Mutual Reliance Initiative (MRI).

    Our projects

    We have financed projects that have had a positive impact on the lives of people in the region.

    Projects to be financed

    Financed projects

    Contact us

    Local authority or large corporate

    Contact us at our local offices in:

    Small businesses

    For small projects (generally less than € 25m)

    Contact our local partners

    General enquiries

    Contact the Information Desk for enquiries regarding the financing facilities, activity, organisation and objectives of the EIB.

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    Tel.  +352 4379-22000
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