The EIB invests in a wide range of projects in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, as well as the Overseas Countries and Territories (ACP and OCT) that support sustainable economic development. We work with our partners to finance large infrastructure projects and businesses in the private sector.
What all our projects in the ACP and OCT regions have in common is that they are designed to improve lives and create job opportunities, especially for women and young people. This is in line with the European Consensus on Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The EIB manages the ACP Investment Facility revolving fund, under the Cotonou Mandate. The Bank also invests in the ACP regions using our own resources. The Investment Facility is usually used for private sector operations, while own resource financing tends to go towards vital infrastructure projects in the public sector. Together, these promote sustainable economic development. For details on how the Investment Facility has contributed to achieving the goals of the Cotonou Mandate, refer to the “End-term review of the ACP IF” carried out by ADE.
Besides financing sustainable infrastructure projects and businesses in the private sector, our role in the ACP and OCT regions is to support:
- Climate action
- Economic resilience
- Fragile economies
- Food security
- Gender equality and youth
- Regional integration
The EIB has operations in a broad range of countries in the ACP regions, and several representative offices on the ground.