About Us

Vision and Mission


‘To be the centre of excellence which efficiently and pro-actively facilitates development finance solutions for the SADC region.’


‘To provide capacity building, policy research and advisory services in development finance to SADC development finance institutions and Goverments – thereby contributing to SADC’s goals of economic growth and sustainable development.’


Development Finance Study of SADC 1998 (DL)

The DFS98 is one of the three studies that were undertaken under the EU funded SADC-FISCU 1998 Research Project. This study recommended that SADC creates a SADC wide network of existing national DFIs and a Development Finance Resource Centre to support the network’s capacity building needs. The centre was also to have a policy research and analysis capacity and offer advisory services to SADC governments and DFIs, and to be complemented by a Development Fund.

Establishment of the DFI Network and the DFRC

As a result of the recommendation of the DFS98 study, 15 DFIs adopted a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2000, establishing the DFI Network. In August 2000, the Network agreed to establish the DFRC under a Trust Deed, and to finance its recurrent administrative expenditure from start-up, then approach Donor Agencies for other infrastructure, technical and capacity building needs. The DFRC began operations on 1st July 2003 as the Secretariat and Central Hub for the DFI Network following approval of its establishment by the SADC Council of Ministers at their October 2002 meeting in Angola.

The DFI Network and the DFRC are now protocol based institutions of SADC, following ratification of the SADC Finance and Investment Protocol in July 2011.

Feasibility Study for the Project Preparation and Development Fund (PPDF) (DL)

Also recommended by the DFS98 study was the establishment of a SADC Development Fund, and that a full feasibility study be carried out to determine the viability, sustainability and potential modus operandi of such a fund. This recommendation was implemented with a two-phase KfW-funded feasibility study, managed by the DFRC and the DBSA acting as the implementing agency.

Phase I examined the desirability, viability and sustainability of a development fund. It began in December 2002 and culminated in a report to the DFI Network by consultants in June 2003. The study recommended a Project Preparation and Development Fund (PPDF), for the preparation, promotion and development of bankable projects. Its recommendations were adopted by Ministers of Finance on 7 August 2003 and endorsed by the SADC Council at its Meeting in Dares Salaam, Tanzania in August 2003.

Phase II began in 2004 and examined the modus operandi, location and potential structuring of the Fund. Germany’s KfW again funded this phase of the project. A draft report was discussed with the Network DFIs and Senior Treasury Officials in January 2005, and a final report completed in May 2005.

Phase III is the final design for implementation