Proparco’s capacity to select projects that have the most impacts is crucial.
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The impact that the operations financed by Proparco have on improving living conditions for communities, the fight against climate change and, more generally, the development of Southern countries, is among the main selectivity criteria.

During project appraisal, Proparco uses a tool that is common to several European institutions to assess this contribution and effectively direct its investments: the GPR Corporate-Policy Project Rating ), which was devised by its German counterpart DEG , and has been tailored to its needs.

Financing projects with strong impacts on local development

Depending on the type of client (companies, infrastructure, banks or investment funds), Proparco assesses, for example, its impacts on:

The maintenance and creation of jobs;

  • Gender issues;
  • Environmental practices (reduction of GHG emissions, use of renewable energies), social practices (employment conditions, hygiene, and safety of workers…) and the governance of counterparties;
  • The improvement in access to essential goods and services for disadvantaged communities;
  • The public revenues generated;
  • The transfer of technology and know-how…
infrastructure projects
When the financing request concerns a financial institution, Proparco also assesses its contribution to providing communities with access to banking services or the diversification of the allocation of loans to key sectors and/or actors for development (microfinance products, SMEs, start-up companies…).

When the request concerns infrastructure projects, Proparco assesses, for example, the reliability and security of the technologies used and the contribution that projects make to improving access in a region (electricity or water supply, for example).

The rating may be increased if the project promotes innovation (technical or social), supports a public development policy, contributes to additional investment in the country, or reaches isolated communities.

Every year, Proparco consolidates the results of signed operations in order to have an overall vision of its activity.

Monitoring and evaluating our activity


The monitoring and evaluation of the operations financed by PROPARCO are essential to the effectiveness of its action. Indeed, they make it possible to test the assumptions that justified the financing (number of jobs created, GHG emissions avoided, etc.), refine its sectoral and geographical strategies and, more generally, report on its activity.

  • An annual monitoring of the development of certain indicators is conducted using data provided by PROPARCO’s clients: depending on the sectors of activity, this reporting compiles data concerning employment (direct and indirect), the number of women in the company, the wastewater treatment capacity, the amount of corporate tax paid…
  • A more in-depth ex post evaluation is conducted for certain projects or groups of project by the ESGI team or with support from consultants.
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These two types of “exercise” make it possible to compare the actual results of projects with the results expected at the time of the signing. The ex post studies also help learn lessons and feed into PROPARCO’s strategic thinking.

PROPARCO has completed this approach by adopting a set of harmonized indicators , along with other development finance institutions, in order to provide a consistent reporting on its development results.

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