Financing across the globe

Our key investments around the world help create stability, sustainable growth and fight climate change everywhere.

Over the last 10 years, our financing outside the European Union has totalled €69.6 billion, of which €21.8 billion has gone to Africa.

Our response to the pandemic outside the European Union

Coronavirus is affecting each and everyone of us around the world. There is only one way to tackle this pandemic: setting aside our differences and bringing together what unites us. Here is our response to the pandemic outside the EU:

Our impact

We work hard on the ground to ensure that our investments have a major impact. We fight deforestation and climate change. We create good jobs in rural areas and improve journey times on sustainable urban transport. We provide clean energy, clean water and sanitation. Our new projects outside the EU in the last six years (2014-2019) will result in


42.1 million

benefit from clean water and sanitation 


47 million

benefit from electricity 


7.2 million tonnes
of CO2 equivalent

greenhouse gas emissions avoided


2.7 million

sustained in small businesses and mid-cap firms

We improve lives outside the European Union

We invest massive resources each year outside the EU in Southern Neighbours, Africa, Enlargement countries, Eastern Neighbours, Caribbean and Pacific countries, Asia and Latin America.

Concrete solutions

Effective solutions for today’s most pressing global challenges

Safe drinking water

Challenge: In Cambodia, only 1 in 4 people use safely managed drinking water that’s available on premises, when needed and free of contamination

Solution: A water treatment plant financed by the EIB provides clean water to 2.5 million Cambodians

Access to finance for women

Challenge: Women are overrepresented among the world’s unbanked. About 980 million women have no account, 56% of unbanked adults globally

Solution: Sheinvest, a new EIB initiative to mobilise €1 billion of investment for better access to finance for African women

Our goals

We emphasise areas critical to sustainable development.

Climate action

We dedicate at least 35% of our loans outside the EU to projects that have a climate action component.

That’s a major contribution to these sustainable development goals:

Climate action

Find out how we tackle climate change  

Resilient infrastructure

We build transport infrastructure, energy efficiency and renewable energy infrastructure, and social and urban infrastructure.

A commitment to these sustainable development goals:

Resilient infrastructure

Economic resilience, growth and jobs

Our Economic Resilience Initiative and our migration package for Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific support the countries of origin, transit and destination of migrants from North Africa, the Middle East, the Western Balkans and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our programmes advance these sustainable development goals:

Economic resilience

Gender equality

Equality and women’s economic empowerment drive inclusive and sustainable development. 
We invest in women’s entrepreneurship. We work to promote gender equality and protect the rights of women.

Our projects reinforce these sustainable development goals:

Gender equality

In the spotlight

Meet the people behind our projects.

For the past five decades, we have delivered EU investments in Africa and around the world.

We have built significant development expertise and an increasing set of banking instruments to support private sector development in fragile economies.

  • Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB

Our financing and advisory tools

Innovative finance and expertise for people, planet and prosperity

Financial products  

Loans, guarantees, equity investments for clients of all sizes

Advisory services  

Technical and financial expertise for our clients

Donor partnerships  

A lasting impact in developing countries


How our projects tackle global challenges