Infrastructures

Rapid economic growth in Southern countries and improving living conditions for their populations are closely related to the provision of efficient infrastructure.
Access to effective and sustainable services for energy, drinking water, sanitation, as well as to transport and telecommunications networks, are core development issues. Infrastructure is one of Proparco's traditional sectors of operation.

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Green growth and energy security

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In the energy sector, our financing has two main objectives:

  • Support renewable energy projects (solar, wind, hydro, biomass) on all continents in order to meet increasing energy needs in Southern countries, while focusing on production methods that are less polluting than fossil fuels; 
  • Secure the energy supply in Africa by developing local conventional and renewable (gas, hydro) natural resources, which provide a rapid response to the installed capacity deficit.

Reducing the digital divide

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Reducing the digital divide

Proparco supports the development of private telecoms operators in the least developed countries of Africa and Asia (Chad, Bangladesh…) and post-crisis countries (Iraq, Afghanistan…). Indeed, the extension of mobile phone networks and implementation of infrastructure for broadband Internet access (3G, fiber optics…) improve the productivity and profitability of companies, and create employment and wealth.

They also make it possible to provide mobile banking services to populations that are not covered by “traditional” banking networks, as well as social applications, such as distance education and telemedicine.

Transport

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Transport

Efficient transport networks are essential to the economic and social development of Southern countries. They play a crucial role in structuring trade and the competitiveness of local production, and foster the regional and international integration of countries.

By facilitating access to the labor market, and to goods and services, they also contribute to improving access for populations. It is for this reason that Proparco supports the construction, extension and upgrading of basic infrastructure (road networks and airports), as well as rail and port projects to boost import-export traffic, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Water and sanitation

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Water and sanitation

Climate change will have an extremely serious impact on the availability of water resources in a number of countries. There are, in addition, the consequences of the pollution of rivers, groundwater…

Sustainable drinking water management, the protection of its quality and the control of demand are one of the challenges of the century. It is for this reason that Proparco supports projects to implement integrated water resources management, improve yields on water networks, and increase storage and wastewater treatment capacities in countries subject to high water stress.

Mining

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Mining

The mining industry is driven by global demand and constitutes an opportunity for Sub-Saharan Africa, which holds 30% of world reserves. In order to increase the sector’s contribution to development, Proparco focuses its financing – either direct or via funds – on projects with high added value, particularly projects that focus on local mineral processing, which generates more wealth than raw material exports.

Proparco’s support is conditional on the adoption of best practices in terms of health, safety, the environment, social development, as well transparency in the allocation of licenses and the sharing of revenues between public and private partners.

Close to €800 M
signed by Proparco for infrastructures
Over 8500
new people suscribed to telephone networks in qreas previously unconnected
Over 7000
new passangers per year
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