East Africa,Africa Financial services

CRDB Bank Plc is the leading provider for financial services in Tanzania with operations in both Tanzania and Burundi, East Africa. CRDB offers a comprehensive range of corporate, retail, business, treasury, and wholesale microfinance services through a network of 120 branches.

It was established in 1996 and was listed on the Dar Es Salaam Stock exchange (DSE) in June 2009. It has a 20 per cent market share in Tanzania.

Our investment

In 2015, CDC and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) invested $24 million ($12 million from CDC) to acquire a 5 per cent holding in CRDB. The funding will enable the bank to continue its growth and expand access to financial services in under-served markets.

Expected impact

In Tanzania, only 19 per cent of the adult population has access to formal financial services. Yet, while the poor do not have the same access to financial products as wealthier individuals, their need for these services may be even greater.

Following the capital raise, CRDB is well-placed to address this deficit and aims to expand its branch network to cover three-quarters of the country.

As well as its branch network, it also runs a fleet of mobile banking vehicles and an agent network that reaches outlying and under-served areas. The firm employs over 2,300 staff and provides livelihoods for 1,067 agents.

By providing much-needed and accessible finance in these communities, CRDB will help to drive business growth and create direct and indirect jobs to support wider economic growth.

Environmental and social aspects

CDC has delivered capacity building to CRDB to strengthen its current E&S management system and we will continue to provide this support.

Key facts


Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

Africa, East Africa

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

Financial services
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

Direct Equity
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August 2015

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