Private Sector Development Expertise



Your contact: Vincent Coppens
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Private sector development (PSD) and Development Finance are widely recognized by the international community as engines of sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

ADE has acquired strong experience in these fields through technical assistance, project monitoring, and strategic evaluations. It is also providing a series of trainings on blending to EU staff in headquarters and Delegations. ADE is also contributing to Blending events such as the OECD Knowledge Exchange on Blended Finance or the OECD Senior Advisory Group on Blended Finance. It is supporting a variety of clients, notably aid agencies and development banks.

Examples of strategic evaluations in these fields include the following:

  • Final Evaluation of the Support to the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment Partnership - FEMIP (on-going)
  • Evaluation of the Belgian cooperation's support to the private sector - PSD and PS4D (on-going)
  • End-term evaluation of the ACP Investment Facility managed by the EIB (on-going)
  • Evaluation of the Infrastructure Development Fund managed by FMO, the Dutch Development Bank (on-going)
  • Evaluation of African Development Bank support to Agricultural Value Chains (on-going)
  • Evaluation of Blending, covering the seven regional EU investment facilities (ITF, NIF,LAIF,CIF,IFCA, AIF, IFP) (2017E)
  • Evaluation of EU Support to Private Sector Development in Third Countries (2013)
  • Final Evaluation of the EU/ACP Microfinance Programme (2012)
  • Mid-term evaluation of the ACP Investment Facility managed by the EIB (2011)
  • Evaluation of the Centre for the Development of Enterprise in ACP countries (2011)
  • Evaluation of the EU Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Strategy in Third Countries (2010)
  • Evaluation of EU aid delivery through Development Banks (WB, ADB, AsDB) and EIB (2008)
  • Evaluation of support to private sector development in a series of wider country-level evaluations, notably for the European Union and African Development Bank

Most of these evaluation reports can be downloaded on ADE's website ( or on clients' website. ADE can also provide them upon request.

These evaluations covered a wide array of fields, including for instance:

  • Institutional & regulatory framework relating to the business environment
  • Financial inclusion / Access to finance by enterprises at all levels, incl. MSMEs, and access to foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • Enterprise competitiveness, incl. capacity building, and access to technology and new markets
  • Investment promotion, incl. support to intermediary organisations or business-to-business investment meetings
  • Job creation

These studies covered a range of (concessional) financial instruments: loans, equity, quasi-equity, mezzanine capital, other risk capital instruments, factoring, leasing, guarantees, other innovative instruments, etc.; and grants (notably as cash, interest rate subsidies or technical assistance).