Understanding DFIs’ Private Sector Engagement in African Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

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Development finance institutions (DFIs) are mandated to invest in a sustainable private sector to spur private sector-led growth in developing countries. DFIs’ engagement in developing countries has grown significantly, from USD 10 billion in 2002 to USD 70 billion in 20141 . In fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS), approximately USD 4.9 billion was committed by 15 DFIs between 2014 and 20162 . Despite their growing role in FCS, few studies have examined the work of DFIs in these contexts3 . Through the exploration and analysis of four case study countries – Côte d’Ivoire (CDI), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia and Sudan – this paper seeks to better understand what efforts have been undertaken by DFIs in Sub-Saharan African FCS countries. 

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