Organizational profile: Proparco is a subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) focused on private sector development. It has been promoting sustainable economic, social and environmental development practices for the past 40 years. Proparco provides funding and support to both businesses and financial institutions across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. It seeks to partner projects in key development sectors – infrastructure (with a specific focus on renewable energies), agribusiness, financial institutions, healthcare and education, etc. – and to boost the contribution of the private sector to achieving the sustainable development goals adopted by the international community in 2015.
It concentrates its’ actions on key development sectors: infrastructure with a focus on renewable energies, agro-industry, financial institutions, health, education, etc.
Financing Instrument: Equity, Loan, Technical Assistance
Project scale: In 2018, PROPARCO signed 68 new projects for a total amount of €1.36bn. Recent projects have ranged from €5,200,000 for the "Moringa Fund: Equity investment to combine agroforestry and agricultural activities", to €26,562,944 for the "Proteak: A loan to develop responsible forest plantations in Mexico".
Proparco offers loans (from EUR 3m to EUR 100m), in foreign or local currency, to companies and financial institutions with long maturities (up to 20 years)
Recipient countries/regions/country groups: Global
Recipient categories: Businesses
Eligibility Criteria: For Proparco, a “good project” is a profitable project, in line with its mandate and strategic orientations, led by a sound client, which will have impacts – particularly social and environmental impacts – on local development. Proparco supports the development of companies and financial institutions that are active in key development sectors (infrastructure, agriculture, industry, finance, social services…) – both local actors and French companies established in the South or seeking to develop subsidiaries there.
Proparco’s operations are complementary to the product ranges of local and international commercial banks and avoid any disturbance on the competitive financial market. Its operations focus on sectors where its assistance is most needed and where it has the highest added value.
Application guidelines: Contact Proparco directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.