US International Development Finance Corporation

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is the US Government’s development finance institution. DFC partners with the private sector to finance solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world today. We invest across sectors including energy, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and technology. DFC also provides financing for small businesses and women entrepreneurs in order to create jobs in emerging markets. DFC investments adhere to high standards and respect the environment, human rights, and worker rights.

Our Mission

DFC launched in December 2019 with a mission to confront the most urgent issues facing developing countries across the globe. Today, emerging markets need significant investment to generate electricity for growing populations, expand access to modern technology, confront climate change, provide quality healthcare, and increase manufacturing capacity, including the capacity to manufacture lifesaving vaccines.

DFC’s tools are helping businesses pursue promising opportunities that improve lives across the developing world, helping address critical development challenges as well as advance US foreign policy and national security. The agency’s portfolio spans over 100 developing countries across Africa, Latin America, the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and DFC prioritizes investment in low and lower middle-income countries to deliver inclusive growth among underserved populations.

DFC investments are also helping advance development finance institution collaboration on infrastructure development to bolster private sector investment in shared priority sectors including climate, health, gender equity, and digital connectivity.


Debt Financing

Direct loans and guaranties of up to $ 1 billion for tenors as long as 25 years, with specific programs targeting small and medium US businesses

Equity Investments

DFC direct equity investments can provide critical support to companies committed to creating developmental impact

Feasibility Studies

Support for the analysis of a potential DFC project

Investment Funds

Support for emerging market private equity funds to help address the shortfall of investment capital

Political Risk Insurance

Coverage of up to $ 1 billion against losses due to currency inconvertibility, government interference, and political violence including terrorism. DFC also offers reinsurance to increase underwriting capacity

Technical Assistance

Support to increase the developmental impact or commercial sustainability of existing DFC projects or develop potential DFC projects

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Our Focus Global Health

DFC responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic and supports multiple projects that are expanding vaccine manufacturing capacity across the developing world. The agency is also prioritizing investments in other areas including water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and food security, which contribute to improved health outcomes.


DFC is a leader in financing projects that generate power from renewable sources and is focused on advancing climate mitigation as well as adaptation and resilience to help developing countries adapt to severe weather and other impacts they are experiencing due to climate change.

Our Impact Gender Equity

DFC’s 2X Women’s Initiative has catalyzed more than $ 13.5 billion and is working to catalyze an additional $ 12 billion by 2025 toward women’s economic empowerment by investing in projects that are owned by or led by women, or which provide a product or service that delivers a strong benefit to women.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

DFC recognizes ICT as an important tool for advancing development and supports investments that expand access to affordable technology, strengthen infrastructure such as data centers and subsea cables, and support critical services such as fin-tech, telemedicine, and online learning.

Expanding access to clean water in El Salvador

Financing to Azure Source Capital is supporting loans to small towns and rural communities for investment in new and rehabilitated water pumps, pipelines, and storage tanks to improve water supply for 300,000 people.

Bolstering vaccine manufacturing capacity in India

DFC’s financing to woman-led Indian manufacturer Biological E. Ltd. will help the company expand capacity to produce at least one billion COVID vaccine doses by the end of 2022.

Protecting vulnerable populations against natural disasters

A DFC loan is helping the InsuResilience Investment Fund work with financial institutions to develop and expand insurance to protect climate-vulnerable and low-income populations against extreme weather.

Advancing ICT infrastructure in Africa

Financing is helping Africa Data Centers build and expand data centers in South Africa, Kenya, and other countries to meet a growing demand for information and communications technology.

Helping refugees access financial services

DFC financing will help Kiva Refugee Investment Fund LLC support microfinance lending to refugees, internally displaced persons, and impacted host populations in 13 countries, with a focus on women and youth.

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