Policy paper

Development capital – catalysing investments to benefit poor people

How we use public investment in the private sector to help developing countries.


Development Capital


Development capital is public investment made in the private sector to achieve development objectives. It is a tool used by DFID to catalyse investment that benefits poor people. Development capital follows a double bottom line approach: we seek modest financial return alongside significant development impact. Returns will be redeployed into development programmes, making UK aid better value for money. This paper sets out the context and drivers of development capital and how DFID will deploy it.

Published 15 July 2015