Develop2Build (D2B)

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Develop2Build (D2B) is a Government-to-Government programme. It offers governments in 37 developing countries and emerging markets direct assistance in setting up infrastructural projects with positive impact on people, the environment and society.

Specifically, Develop2Build provides funding for preliminary studies, such as feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments and conceptual designs, needed for infrastructural project tenders. Additionally, Develop2Build offers technical support and capacity building where needed.

The Develop2Build programme is administered by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( on the behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Develop2Build is part of the Aid, Trade and Investment Agenda of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, aimed at promoting inclusive economic growth in developing countries.


Good infrastructure is vital to the functioning of any economy and a point of particular concern in developing countries. Passable roads make it easier for farmers to get their food to local markets. A working water supply system is crucial for safe drinking water, which leads to higher living standards.Develop2Build targets the development phase of precisely this type of public infrastructure, thereby improving the local business climate and stimulating private sector development. Develop2Build funds projects in the following sectors:
-    Food security
-    Water
-    Climate
-    Sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Develop2Build projects must have a demonstrably positive effect on society and mitigate negative effects on the environment by adhering to the highest ESIA (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) standards.

Develop2Build is part of the follow-up to the (ORIO) programme. Once a project has completed the Develop2Build cycle, it can receive further funding from DRIVE (Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle), the ORIO successor for the implementation and operation of infrastructural projects. Through these two programmes, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency offers a complete package of support for robust public infrastructure projects in developing countries.


To qualify for support through a Develop2Build grant, project proposals must comply with the following requirements:
•    The infrastructural project must be implemented in one of the countries on the Develop2Build country list.
•    The infrastructural project should make a positive contribution to private sector development.
•    The infrastructural project should bbring added value to the market.
•    The infrastructural project should tie in with national or regional policy objectives.
•    The infrastructural project should contribute to an overall positive impact on society, and its economic value should outweigh its costs.
•    The infrastructural project must be socially, economically and financially sustainable.

Note: Develop2Build is a Government-to-Government programme. Companies cannot apply for funds under this programme. Since Develop2Build is a government-funded programme, all projects shall be tendered.


Develop2Build is a grant-based programme that is open exclusively to governments on the Develop2Build country list. The available budget for 2015-2016 is EUR 10 million. This budget will be reviewed annually.

Strategic plan

Every year draws up a strategic plan for the deployment of Develop2Build, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the strategic plan (pdf), the focus on project identification is determined for the coming year. This focus is determined on the basis of the existing project portfolio, current policy priorities and developments relating to other Dutch programmes and activities under the Aid, Trade and Investment Agenda.

Official publications

Adoption Develop2Build policy rules (Government Gazette, 16 June 2015)
Letter to Parliament on DRIVE and Develop2Build launch (16 June 2015)


For questions regarding the programme, feel free to contact Team Infrastructure at

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