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Doing Makes the Difference

We are FMO. The Dutch entrepreneurial development bank. We don’t have a wish list, we have a 'to-do' list. 

We invest where we consider the needs as most urgent. Where our involvement can have the greatest impact. And where risks are often too high for commercial investors. They aren’t the easiest projects, but we believe in 'doing'.

We establish new partnerships to accelerate change. Together we steer our investments towards businesses and projects that create decent work and economic growth, help to reduce inequality and fight climate change. In the end, we believe that entrepreneurs are the game-changers who drive local prosperity.

A good financial return and having a positive impact in developing countries and emerging markets can go hand-in-hand. Something we demonstrate through our approach. How? By doing. 

Doing makes the difference.

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Doing makes the Difference

We are the do-bank. We do not just have a wish-list, we have a to-do list. In the light of pressing global challenges we feel the urgency to 'do', to persevere and to make tough decisions to enhance local prosperity. Change is never easy, but it has to happen.

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Why invest in a complex and high-risk industry that has failed in the past?

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Why lobby for five years to invest in the most hazardous sector in Bagladesh?