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Good infrastructure is vital for the functioning of an economy. That is true for the Netherlands, but equally true for developing countries. Yet developing countries often have poor infrastructural facilities owing to a lack of financial resources, administrative capacity and technical expertise.

Inadequate infrastructure has immediate negative effects on anti-poverty efforts and economic growth in areas such as private sector development, foreign investments, free trade and exports. The Dutch government works to stimulate private sector development through contributions to public infrastructure projects. It provides finance and assistance for the realisation of public infrastructure such as harbours, irrigation systems, hospitals, coastal protection, reliable power supplies and so on.

On behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( is running three programmes whose aim is to bolster infrastructural development in developing countries and emerging markets. These programmes are Develop2Build, DRIVE and (the now-closed) ORIO.


Develop2Build (D2B) provides assistance for the least-developed countries and other Dutch development cooperation partner countries in the process of designing and tendering infrastructural projects. This is a bilateral government instrument to help countries to develop and tender infrastructural projects. This programme does not take applications, but if your company wishes to become involved, you can submit suggestions for projects. To learn more about this programme, continue reading!


The Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle (DRIVE) is keyed to the investment phase of infrastructural projects in a variety of emerging markets and developing countries. The programme offers flexible solutions to attract project funding in the form of subsidies, guarantees and/or loans. DRIVE is open to companies planning to take part in tenders for public infrastructure projects. Has your company got a foreign government project or tender in which it would like to take part? Learn more about the DRIVE programme, the terms and conditions and how to apply for funding.


ORIO is a programme set up to promote the development, implementation and operation of robust public infrastructure projects in developing countries. This programme is no longer accepting new applications. However, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( will continue to support the large number of ORIO projects which will come to fruition over the coming years. Continue reading to learn more about the infrastructure projects now underway.

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