UNCDF (United Nations Capital Development Fund)

UNCDF profile

  • Overview

    The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers ‘last mile’ finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
    Through capital grants, loans and guarantees, UNCDF applies its finance and business models in thematic areas, such as infrastructure and services, women’s and youth economic empowerment, food security and nutrition, climate change, innovation and digital finance.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    UNCDF is looking forward to engaging with the private sector in the areas of:
    • Financial inclusion, to expand the opportunities for individuals, households and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and
    • Local development finance, to show how fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance and structured project finance can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development.

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Provision of services / personnel

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 5. Gender equality; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 13. Climate action; 17. Partnerships for the goals

    Issue areas

    Climate Change; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Women's Empowerment

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Financial Services