Trade Development Bank

East Africa,Africa Financial services

The Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank – TDB Bank – is a regional development bank headquartered in Burundi. It has offices in Nairobi, Harare, and Ebene.

Established in 1985, its aim is to facilitate economic growth, trade and regional integration through its role as a financial intermediary providing trade and project finance in 17 countries across East and Southern Africa.

It invests in a range of sectors, including agriculture, trade, industry, infrastructure, energy and tourism and provides a range of financial products and services across both the private and public sectors.

Our investment

In 2016, CDC invested $50 million in TDB and this was increased by a further $50 million in 2018.

Our investment will enable the TDB to provide short, medium and long-term financing for projects in the target countries: Burundi, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Expected impact

Much of Eastern and Southern Africa suffers from a lack of basic infrastructure and reliable energy supplies. This severely limits business activity, particularly in rural areas.

Our investment will enable TDB to increase its infrastructure support throughout the region and provide longer-term funding to businesses and projects.

This includes providing finance to support vital trade and infrastructure projects – from hydro-electric power in Uganda to telecomms in Zanzibar.

TDB will also provide technical assistance and advice to clients setting up trade-related projects, particularly to support regional and cross-border trade.

Environmental and social aspects

CDC has worked closely with TDB to develop the bank's Environmental and Social Management System and environmental and social (E&S) checklists.

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 Debt
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October 2016

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