Whether you are connected to a Dutch or African company working on a sustainable development commercial project, or if you represent an African public administration body aiming to improve the living conditions of local communities, or if you are simply in search of funding to achieve your company’s ambitions, Afric can help you reach your goal.

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, in cooperation with the European Union, offers a varied selection of grants largely unknown to African and European investors. Afric offers transparent advice on all of these resources and has a thorough knowledge of all the eligibility requirements.

  • Afric supports clients in defining projects, submitting applications, gaining access to and using resources, and monitoring and evaluating results.
  • Afric connects clients with potential technical and commercial partners on both continents.

Types of available funds

Here is a quick and simple overview of the various elements in this otherwise complex web of information relating to funding.

FDOV – Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security

Government organizations, public institutions, industry, NGOs, and knowledge institutions may collectively enter into a cooperative partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and become eligible for subsidies. The partnership must include at least one company and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

> Participation of other public institutions is preferred.

> The program should focus on the relevant themes listed below.

Food Security:

  • Increasing sustainable food production
  • Improving access to quality food
  • Increasing market efficiency
  • Improving the business climate

Sustainable Entrepreneurship:

  • Entrepreneurship Legislation
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Sector
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Market Access and Development

Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)

If you need financial assistance to do business in an emerging market or a developing country, or if you represent an investment fund that invests in businesses in such countries, the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) can help you!

By providing finance and insurance through the DGGF-programme, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs creates the conditions to development related trade and investment in 73 countries.

Dutch SMEs

The DGGF provides customised finance to Dutch SMEs doing business in developing countries and emerging markets.

> Investing

Do you want to invest in one of the DGGF countries but cannot get finance from your bank? The DGGF part Investing Dutch SMEs supplements private investments by means of guarantees and direct financing with a repayment obligation, such as loans and equity investments in projects.

> Exporting

Do you want to export capital goods to one or more of the DGGF countries? The DGGF part Exporting Dutch SMEs provides export credit insurance and export financing.

Local SMEs

Do you manage an investment fund that aims to improve local SMEs’ access to finance? Learn more about the possibilities the DGGF part Investment funds local SMEs offers.

MMF -Matchmaking Facility

Serious and reputable companies in developing countries often seek partnerships with trusted professionals abroad. MMF puts these companies in contact with Dutch companies. The objective is to stimulate public relations for exploitation, in terms of investment, trade, and transfer of knowledge, resulting in the strengthening of the private sector in developing countries and emerging markets.

ORIO – Facility for Infrastructure Development

> Why?

ORIO was created by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to encourage the development of public infrastructure in developing countries. ORIO promotes the actualization of good functioning, development relevant, public infrastructure in developing countries, thus contributing to both human development and private sector development

> For whom?

The central governments of approximately 50 countries may submit applications during the calls for proposals. Contact us to find out if you qualify for this grant.

FMO – Development Finance Company

FMO is the Dutch development bank. They finance companies, projects, and financial institutions in developing and emerging markets. The spirit of FMO is that each enterprise is key to sustainable economic growth and improves the quality of life for populations. FMO specializes in sectors where its contribution can have the greatest long-term impact. These sectors include financial institutions, energy, agribusiness, water, and food.

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