DFC supports commercially viable and highly developmental projects in countries most in need of investment. To determine whether your project meets basic criteria for support, consider the following questions:
Is the project or business located in a country where DFC programs are available?
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Does the project or business comply with DFC’s environmental and social standards?
DFC requires that all the projects it supports respect the environment, worker rights, human rights, and local communities, while also encouraging a positive host country impact. Visit Investment Policies to learn more.
Does the project or business generate development outcomes aligned with the agency's priorities and/or advance U.S. foreign policy goals?
DFC partners with the private sector to finance solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world today. Through its investments DFC also advances American foreign policy by serving as a stabilizing force in developing countries around the world, including some of the world’s poorest countries and regions affected by conflict.
Does the investor or business have a successful track record in the industry?
All projects DFC supports must be within the competence of the management team, and should be demonstrated by a recent, proven record of success in the same or a closely related business as evidenced by financial statements.
Has the investor or business sought financing from private lenders?
DFC complements, rather than competes, with private sector lenders and supports projects that have been unable to obtain sufficient support from private lenders.