DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH)

KfW LogoDeutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG), a subsidiary of KfW, is a European development finance institution which provides long-term project and company financing. DEG has been financing and structuring the investments of companies in developing and emerging market countries in order to contribute to sustainable progress for the past 50 years. 

DEG was founded in 1962 by the first German Minister for Development, Walter Scheel, and the former Minister-President of the German state "Schleswig-Holstein", Kai Uwe v. Hassel. 

An important part of the German development cooperation

DEG invests in profitable projects that contribute to sustainable development in all sectors of the economy, from agriculture to infrastructure and manufacturing to services. The company also focuses on investments in the financial sector in order to facilitate reliable access to capital locally. To date, it has worked together with more than 1,600 companies. Its current portfolio of more than 5.6 billion euros has contributed to an overall investment volume of around 39 billion euros. 

DEG’s Mandate – Developmentally Sustainable, Environmentally and Socially Compatible 

DEG's purpose is to promote private enterprise initiatives in developing and emerging market countries as a contribution to sustainable growth and improved living conditions of the local population. It provides long-term capital and advice for private enterprises investing in those countries, and will only commit to projects that have an effective development policy impact, meet environmental standards and comply with social principles. DEG’s developmental mandate and guidelines for social and environmental sustainability form the framework for decision making.

The ESEFA project, worth in excess of €3 million, is co-financed by DEG with public funds from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, together with SAP. 

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