In our strategy 2024-2028 we have chosen the fields of green finance, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and financial inclusion, private infrastructure and industry, and gender equality as our focus areas. We are committed to Paris Alignment at project and portfolio level and aim to strengthen our activities in Africa and Least Developed Countries.

Better living conditions through a vibrant private sector

Our mission is to finance sustainable private-sector projects in developing countries around the world that make sense in terms of development policy and are economically viable.  Our projects aim to improve the living conditions of local people and support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

With our projects we contribute to a vibrant economy and thus create better living conditions for people in developing countries. In doing so, we are guided by the vision of a good life for the 8.5 billion people who will inhabit the earth in 2030 within the ecological limits of the planet and take account of the commitment given by Austria at the Paris Climate Conference to make its own contribution towards the international goal of climate financing. 

Our focus areas

In the current strategy period 2024-2028, our strategic focus is on the following four key areas:

Green Finance

We want to support our partners in the transition to green, low-carbon and climate-resilient business models and thus contribute to green economic growth. Our projects in this area make a direct contribution to SDG 13 'Climate action'.

MSME/financial inclusion

By strengthening local financial markets, we contribute to closing the financing gap for micro, small and medium-sized businesses and promote financial inclusion. In doing so, we contribute to SDG 8 'Decent work and economic growth' and SDG 10 'Reducing inequalities'.

Infrastructure and Industry

We invest in private, economic infrastructure and support industrial, private companies with necessary investments. Our projects make a direct contribution to SDG 9 'Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure'.

Gender Equality

We want to specifically strengthen women's participation in economic life and promote gender equality. In doing so, we contribute to SDG 5 'Gender Equality'.

Climate protection 

We are committed to the United Nations International Climate Goal and the Paris Alignment at project and portfolio level and aim to reach net zero financed emissions across our entire portfolio by 2040.

Other topics

We have limited scope to support investments that go beyond the strategic focus areas if they have a high added value in terms of development policy or serve significant Austrian foreign trade interests in developing countries. 

Geographical orientation

We see ourselves as a thematically focused development bank with a broad geographical approach. We can operate in all developing countries according to the OECD DAC list and have not established a fixed list of priority countries and regions.

Our aim is to achieve a broad, geographically balanced diversification of our committed portfolio and to strengthen our commitment in Africa and the least developed countries (LCDs).

Financing our Shared Future

Read more about our strategy 2024-2028 and our focus areas for the next five years.

Contact us

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG - OeEB
T +43 1 5331200-0
F +43 1 5331200-5252