Our company

We support economic growth and deliver a return for the UK taxpayer.


Our mission

A development-focused mission is at the heart of what we do.

CDC helps solve the biggest global development challenges by investing patient, flexible capital to support private sector growth and innovation. 

It is the world’s first impact investor with over 70 years of experience of successfully supporting the sustainable, long-term growth of businesses in Africa and South Asia. 

CDC is a UK champion of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – the global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for us all. 

The company has investments in almost 1,200 businesses in emerging economies with total net assets of £6.8bn and a portfolio of £5.2bn.

How we operate

We have a dual objective: to support growth and jobs and to make a financial return, which we reinvest into more businesses.

In this way, we use our capital over and over again to help create the jobs and economic stability that will enable countries to leave poverty behind.

Our corporate governance

We are a public limited company. Our only shareholder is the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

We are proud to be owned entirely by the UK Government. Our unique structure combines the best of private sector skills with a public-spirited mission.