Africa and the Middle East are regions with significant need for investment to improve living standards, foster connectivity with the rest of the world, address major challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, and pave the way to a more prosperous and stable future.

DFC is committed to supporting investments that address critical development challenges throughout Africa and the Middle East, from Ethiopia to Senegal, Nigeria, Iraq, and emerging economies across the region.

The agency has more than $8 billion invested across Africa and the Middle East in key sectors such as infrastructure, women’s economic empowerment, healthcare, and agriculture, as well as climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. These projects help support development and U.S. foreign policy goals by serving as a stabilizing force across the continent, and they advance the U.S. Government’s Prosper Africa and Power Africa Initiatives. 

DFC’s Joint Investment for Peace Initiative, created by the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act, strives to encourage cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis by promoting economic growth in the Palestinian private sector economy, particularly by increasing investment in small- and medium-sized enterprises in high value-added or emerging industries like technology and agriculture. To learn more contact investmentforpeace@dfc.gov.