How we learn

Learning is really important to us

We strive to ensure that evaluations and research are at the heart of how we make decisions and drive impact.

Our approach to learning has two core components: multi-year sector studies that look at how to create impact in our priority sectors, and our Rapid Insights programme, which helps us and the companies we work with better understand and enhance their impact. We will always share what we learn to ensure it benefits as many people as possible.

Find out more about our approach to learning and evaluation.

Our impact in numbers


jobs directly supported by our portfolio in Africa and South Asia.


5-year average annual job creation rate, compared to background growth rate of 2.2%


taxes paid by our investees in Africa and South Asia


capital deployed by CDC in 2017 went to countries with the most difficult investment environments

Key contacts

Alex MacGillivray

Director, Evaluations

Paddy Carter

Director, Research and Policy

Kate Griffith

Manager, Evaluations