Our role

Our role

Our objectives and approach

We support sustainable growth in Partner Countries, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN's 2030 Agenda.

We offer access to our technical and financial expertise, along with our ties to Italian, European and international bodies, to help bring about projects that have a positive economic, social and environmental effect.

We offer advisory solutions and financial products, combining both public and private funds, to invest in the green transition, infrastructure growth and the development of local business ecosystems.

We support development projects with custom solutions, designed to suit each unique situation and meet the needs of fair and sustainable growth.


Our approach is based on a number fundamental principles:


Areas of operation

We operate in defined areas in order to contribute to the sustainable growth of International Development Partner Countries:

Green-digital transition and climate adaptation

We address environmental and climate challenges through the adoption of sustainable solutions by integrating innovative and digital technologies.

Food security and basic infrastructure

We work to strengthen food security and support the development of basic infrastructure, such as water and sanitation, to improve the quality of life in Partner Countries.

SME innovation and private-sector development

We promote access to credit, inclusive finance and job creation, emphasising diversity and gender inclusion.


Our work supports

Public entities

  • we finance states or public entities using third-party funds, which may also be combined with CDP’s own resources
  • we support multilateral and international financial institutions by financing them directly or by co-financing specific investment programmes in Partner Countries

Private sector

  • we provide financing at market rates to companies operating in our partner countries, for activities that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • we finance targeted initiatives in high-impact sectors, pooling our resources with those of other leading international financial institutions involved in development finance



International partnerships

The complexity of global challenges requires joint and coordinated action between the main players in the public and private sectors to help achieve sustainable development goals.

We work with Italian, European and international bodies such as associations, financial institutions and non-governmental organisations to maximise the impact of our activities.

Discover our partners


Italian institutions
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI)
  • Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)
  • Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS)
  • Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security (MASE)
European institutions
  • European Commission
  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI)
  • Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KFW)
International Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF)
  • Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB)
  • International Development Financial Club (IDFC)