How does it work: governance and partnerships


CDC Plus is underpinned by a set of principles, which ensures it operates with both rigour and flexibility:

  1. CDC value add
  2. Additionality
  3. Sustainability
  4. Accountability
  5. Impact driven
  6. Transparency
  7. Learning and agility

Project proposals are reviewed by the CDC Plus Committee. The Committee currently comprises of four permanent members: three independent members – Alice Chapple, Ian Barney and Kanini Mutooni – and CDC’s Chief Impact Officer – alongside two CDC Directors (one Investment Director and one Impact Director). A sub-committee of the CDC Board, the Development Impact Committee, oversees CDC Plus. All CDC Plus committee meetings are also observed by DFID.

CDC Plus resources are only used for projects where CDC is well placed to have an impact through linkages to our portfolio and investment strategies.

Please note CDC grants cannot be used to support any activities that are on the list of Excluded Activities as per Schedule 6 of CDC’s Code of Responsible Investing.


CDC Plus partners with NGOs, development consulting firms, research organisations and others in project implementation.  If your organisation has experience or expertise in our priority sectors, geographies or themes and is a potential partner to CDC, the team would be pleased to learn more.

Please note CDC Plus does not accept unsolicited proposals.


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