A shift from aid to investment
The world faces enormous challenges. Poverty, inequality, environmental degradation and climate change are among them. The EIB helps countries and emerging economies find innovative solutions to promote sustainable growth, reduce poverty and inequalities, and improve people’s lives.
For more than 40 years, the EIB has been operating as the EU’s development arm outside the European Union. Connections between the economies of Europe and the rest of the world are increasingly close. Events around the globe such as the global forced displacement crisis and climate change can have a significant effect on Europe. So it’s important for Europe to promote its principles, values and objectives and contribute to stable growth in the countries beyond its borders.
At the EIB, we believe in international cooperation to ensure the interests of the poorest countries and people are at the centre of global decision-making and action.
Together, we need to support a shift from aid to investment, from poverty to prosperity.
Our impact by the numbers
We create good jobs in rural areas, more clean energy, fighting deforestation and climate change,provide clean water and sanitation and improve road journey times on sustainable urban transport in developing countries. We work hard to ensure that our investments have a major impact. Our new projects outside the EU in the last five years (2014-2018) will result in
We improve lives outside of the EU
We devote a big part of our resources each year to investments outside the EU:
Southern Neighbours, Africa, Pre-Accession Countries, Eastern Neighbours,
Caribbean and Pacific countries, Asia and Latin America.
Solving real problems
Actions speak louder than words.
Here’s how we bring effective solutions to address today’s most pressing global challenges
We put special emphasis on areas that are critical to sustainable development
in less advanced economies.
In the spotlight
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Our financing and advisory tools
Delivering innovative finance and advice for people, planet & prosperity
Discover how our projects help tackle global challenges