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...the Private Sector

Private Sector Development in Infrastructure

DFID works closely with both multilateral agencies and bilateral donors to encourage and facilitate private sector participation and investment in infrastructure and basic services, which in turn contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.

In partnership with other like-minded donors, DFID has contributed to the development of a range of initiatives intended to address the major constraints to the private sector. Details of these are contained in a brief overview of DFID support for Public Private Partnerships in infrastructure

DFID wholly owns the Commonwealth Development Corporation , although it has no involvement in the day-to-day running of the company. CDC is a public company and aims "to maximise the creation and growth of viable businesses in poorer developing countries, through responsible investment and mobilising private finance". CDC also manages Actis,  an investment fund management company, which manages CDC's existing portfolio of investments as well as its commitments to a group of new funds for Africa, South Asia, Power SMEs, China and Malaysia. Actis is a limited liability partnership between its management, staff and Government. DFID owns 40% of Actis.


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