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. The projects aim to have a positive impact on people, the environment and society.
Specifically, Develop2Build provides funding for preliminary studies needed for infrastructural project tenders, such as feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments and conceptual designs. Develop2Build also offers technical support and capacity building where needed.
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;
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Develop2Build projects must have a demonstrably positive effect on society. They must mitigate negative effects on the environment by adhering to the highest ESIA (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) standards.
Implementation of projects through DRIVE
Develop2Build is part of the follow-up to the now closed ORIO programme. Once a project has completed the Develop2Build cycle, it can receive continued funding from the programme DRIVE (Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle). This is the ORIO successor for the implementation and operation of infrastructural projects.
Through these 2 programmes, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) offers a complete package of support for robust public infrastructure projects in developing countries.
Develop2Build is a Government-to-Government programme. Companies cannot apply for this programme. All projects are tendered.
To qualify for a Develop2Build grant, project proposals must meet 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 bring 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.
The development phase of public infrastructure projects often requires additional studies. Develop2Build (D2B) funds these studies for a select number of countries. The business community initiates the studies.
Here you can find the invitations to tender that are currently open for the execution of infrastructural projects.
The available budget from 2015 to 2020 is € 75 million. This is about € 10 million per year.
Every year, RVO.nl draws up a strategic plan for Develop2Build. This plan determines the focus for project identification for the coming year. The focus is determined on the basis of the existing project portfolio. And on current policy priorities and developments relating to other Dutch programmes and activities under the Aid, Trade and Investment Agenda (in Dutch).
- Adoption Develop2Build policy rules (Government Gazette, 16 June 2015; in Dutch);
- Letter to Parliament on DRIVE and Develop2Build launch (16 June 2015; in Dutch).
The Develop2Build programme is administered by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) on 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. The programme is aimed at promoting inclusive economic growth in developing countries.