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Entrepreneurs worldwide who want to make an active contribution to creating better public infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries, in order to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and the development of the private sector, can apply for a DRIVE contribution. This contribution will enable them to offer more attractive financial propositions to governments in those countries when tendering for contracts.
When do you qualify?
Projects must clearly benefit the sustainable development of the private business sector in one of the DRIVE countries. Projects that will improve the local business climate, entrepreneurship and employment should focus on:
- food security
- water issues
- sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
- climate issues
Your project should support or correspond with the Dutch agenda for aid, trade and investment, for instance by joining initiatives that have already been developed as part of Dutch development policy. You undertake to comply with the OECD Guidelines on International Corporate Social Responsibility (ICSR) for multinationals when implementing projects. These guidelines clearly set out what the Dutch government expects of businesses in their international activities.
A project's minimum investment level must be €5 million, with a maximum level of €60 million.
How to apply?
The application procedure consists of three subsequent steps. We strongly advise you to fill out a Quick scan first. You apply to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.