CDC Plus

Technical assistance and support

CDC Plus is our technical assistance and support facility, which aims to make a lasting difference to the lives of under-served groups – by increasing economic opportunity, improving standards of living and creating a more sustainable environment. In doing so, it aims to contribute to a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (1, 5, 8, 10 and 13).

We use our expertise and experience as an investor in Africa and Asia to identify projects where we believe this assistance and support can make a real difference. And we work closely with the Department for International Development (DFID) to ensure our work complements its own activity.

The facility is funded by DFID, and is intended to support our pipeline and portfolio companies, as well as the wider market in Africa and Asia.




Our story so far


CDC Plus funding approved until end 2018


Investees benefitting from CDC Plus funding


Projects approved until end 2018


Of CDC Plus funding deployed in Africa

Our objectives

Creating value beyond our portfolio

CDC Plus works with industry stakeholders to develop and test solutions to address business challenges or uncover opportunities in priority sectors and geographies.  CDC Plus also seeks to support projects that shape the private sector’s approach to cross-cutting themes such as gender equality, climate change, job quality and human capital.


Adding value to companies in our portfolio

CDC Plus provides support to deepen our portfolio’s development impact. We support our companies to become more inclusive and sustainable by providing technical expertise and in some cases, co-funding, for targeted value-addition activities. For example:

  • Improving workforce job quality and gender diversity
  • Supporting innovative business models to reach underserved groups through distribution support or by developing new products/services
  • Initiating or scaling up smallholder supply schemes
  • Improving a company’s natural resource management systems and capabilities
  • Providing expertise and capacity building to investees within our Catalyst Strategies to improve their performance and chances of delivering impact



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Our Team

Sarah Marchand

Director, Value Creation Strategies - CDC Plus

Ellinor Jensrud

Executive, Value Creation Strategies team - CDC Plus

Alex Kucharski

Executive, Value Creation Strategies team - CDC Plus