Financing the EU's External Investment Plan

The European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) combines a new EFSD guarantee with blending activities in two Regional Investment Platforms (Africa and the Neighbourhood) to unblock bottlenecks to private investment by addressing the risks involved.

This guarantee will have a number of investment windows under which partial guarantees will be provided to a portfolio of investments made by public finance institutions and the private sector.

Approved investment windows

On 23 November 2017 the European Commission approved 5 investment windows or priority investment areas

  • Sustainable Energy and Connectivity
  • Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Financing
  • Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Entrepreneurs and Agribusiness
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Digital for Development