Support & Funding

Dutch Support and Funding Programs for the Private Sectors

The Dutch government is committed to sustainable economie development in developing countries. It therefore works to create a stable business environment. Companies are given the opportunity to not only work on business success, but also to have an impact on the creation or profil of a sector. The Netherlands provides business Instruments to this end. These programs have a dual purpose: they enhance your business and the development of the country you are operating in.

Private Sector Investment Programme

Under the Private Sector Investment programme (PSI), subsidies are available for Dutch and foreign companies entering into long-term cooperation with local partners in developing countries. This means that a comprny from Bangladesh needs to have an international project partner in order to be in a position to apply. The preferred, yet not exclusive, sectors for Bangladesh are agriculture and agro-business, and information technology.
The objectives of PSI are to stimulate financial growth, create employment opportunities and generale income in developing countries. This is achieved by providing companies wilh an opportunily lo make an innovalive inveslment togelher wilh a local partner.
The maximum budgel per projecl is 1.5 million euro of which 50% will be provided in Ihe form of a granl. PSI has two granting procedures a year.
The Nelherlands Foreign Trade Agency, EVD, carries oul Ihe PSI for the Dulch Minislry of Foreign Affairs/Developmenl Cooperalion.

Projecl crileria:

Submitted projecls are judged, among olhers, by Ihe slandard of local innovation. One of Ihe beneficial effecls of PSI is that it introduces developing counlries lo new knowledge. Furthermore, both parties must be financially sound. In addition, the scale of planned expenditure must ensure further investmenls in the fulure.
For more informalion Visil
On Ihis websile you can find more general informalion, intake documents and programme guidelines, and deadlines for tenders. You can also find the relevant application form on Ihis website.
Call Ihe EVD/PSI on +31 (0)70 7788513.

Matchmaking Facility (MMF)

Serious companies in developing countries are often on the lookout for reliable business partners abroad. MMF puts those companies in louch with Dulch businesses. The goal is lo slimulale joinl business relalions (inveslmenl, Irade, knowledge transfer) that will strenglh en Ihe privale seclor in developing counlries and upcoming markets. Do you want lo use Ihe Malchmaking Facilily? You can submil your requesl for MMF lo the Dutch Embassy. Surf to sies-and-consulates.hlml, selecl Ihe website of the Dutch Embasiy in your counlry. For more informalion visil: T: +31 88 602 8110; F: +31 88 602 9026; E-mail:

ORIO facility for infrastructure development

The ORIO facility for infrastruclure aims lo contribute to the achievement of Ihe Mi’iennium Development Goals by investing in public infraslruclure in developing counlries. Fe r Bangladesh Ihe applicable sectors are: waler managemenl, energy, environmenl, and ORIO contributes to the development, implementation (construction and/or expansion) and exploitation of public infrastructure in developing countries, After approval of the project proposal, funding is available for the further development of the project plan (100% funding) and the implementation of the project procurement and installation (50% funding). After completion of the implementation phase, also the operations and mainte nance (O&M) of the infrastructural works will be supported by 50% funding of the O&M costs up to lOyears.

The total annual funds available for ORIO worldwide are € 180 million Euro. The budget for each project must be between 2 and 60 million Euro. The Bangladesh! Government is the applicant for ORIO funding, but private sector companies are invited to initiale project proposals. The ORIO programme has two tenders a year. ORIO is funded by the Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation and implement ed by the EVD, the Netherlands Government Agency for International Business and Cooperation.

More Information


On the website of the ORIO programme you will find more Information on the PORIO programme.

For further information please visit the website of the programme: For country specific information; visit the ORIO country page of Bangladesh

Send an e-mail to

Call ORIO at +31 (0)70 778 81 04

FMO Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V.

With the Fund Emerging Markets (“FOM”) the Dutch Development Bank or Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (“FMO”) stimuiates Dutch entrepre neurs to invest in Emerging Markets or Developing countries.

In many cases commercial finance to fund f.i. expansion plans of production facilities or to finance the start-up of Greenfield projects in the local market is scarce or even not available to Dutch entrepreneurs. The tenors are too short; the collateral is not sufficient, the local bank requires a positive track record and presence in the country of at least three consecu tive years etc.

FOM is able to extend long or medium term loans to 100% fully owned subsidiaries of Dutch corporates. Even joint ventures with local partners are eligible as long as these are for a majority controlled by Dutch companies.

FOM is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Economie Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (ELI) and the Nederlandse FinancieringsMaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden. For more detailed information on the Fund Emerging Markets, please visit the FMO website.

Daey Ouwens Fund: smal) scale renewable energy projects

Subsidy for small-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries.

The Daey Ouwens Fund aims to provide more people in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with access to energy, by promoting small-scale projects in the area of renewable and job-creating forms of energy supply. The most important target group are the LDCs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Projects that are directed towards these countries therefore take precedence over projects in other LDCs.

The Daey Ouwens Fund fits into the Netherlands’ wider purpose of contributing towards the achievement of the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals. The fund focuses particularly on Goal l (eradicating extreme poverty and hunger) and Goal 7 (creating a sustainable environment).

The total available budget worldwide for 2009 is 18.5 million Euro. The minimum subsidy is 100.000 million the maximum is 2.5 million euro. The maximum subsidy that parties receive is 50% of the incurred costs.