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Sector expertise

FMO services sectors that we believe can have the highest long-term impact – Financial Institutions, Energy and Agribusiness, Food & Water.

Access to money, sustainable energy and secure food supplies are crucial for achieving economic and social progress in developing countries. FMO can also support businesses from other sectors that demonstrate this potential. For these sectors, we will team up with our global network to complement our expertise.

FMO’s investments encompass various needs – including the skills, knowledge and processes that drive businesses forward.

Investing in people

FMO believes that by enhancing capacities in the private sector, fledgling initiatives can become successful, sustainable enterprises – with greater development impact.

But businesses in developing markets not only face limited access to traditional funding – their funding is also limited for training, skills development and other areas of knowledge.

We answer to this need with the ‘Capacity Development’ program, which we run partly on FMO budget and partly on behalf of the Dutch government.

Access to resources

The program provides clients with financial support for realizing their internal business endeavors in areas such as:

  • Management development
  • Organisational development
  • Corporate governance
  • Environmental and social performance
  • Product development

Identifying and fulfilling needs

The need for Capacity Development support is often identified and assessed by those who know our clients best – our investment officers. Our Capacity Development team then creates a package to complement our  investment financing.

Strong requirements are defined for participation, including where improvements are expected and how development outcome and impact will be measured.

The FMO Capacity Development program can provide up to 50% of the funding budget, for a project or program, with beneficiaries co-financing the rest.

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Sector Expertise

Financial institutions

By supporting financial institutions, FMO paves the way for financing SMEs, micro-enterprises and individuals as well. More


Access to affordable energy is not just essential for everyday living – it can also empower those who use it. More

Agribusiness, food & water

FMO finances farming, processing and distribution initiatives that promise great impact with minimal footprint. More

Diverse sectors

High-impact initiatives from other sectors can also benefit from FMO’s services, expertise and global network. More