Norfund is Norway’s Development Finance Institution.

  • Norfund's mandate is to support the building of sustainable businesses in poor countries and thereby contribute to economic and social development. 
  • Norfund is an active strategic minority investor – wholly owned and funded by the Norwegian Government.
  • Norfund was founded in 1997 by the Norwegian Government.
  • By year end 2016, Norfund’s committed portfolio was USD 1,95 billion / NOK 16,8 billion and included more than 770 companies.
  • Norfund’s strategy is to invest in sectors and countries where we can have the greatest impact, where the private sector is weak and access to capital is scarce.
  • The priority geographical areas are primarily sub-Saharan Africa, but also some selected countries in South East Asia and Central America.

                      

  • We invest in three sectors; Clean energy, Financial institutions and Food and Agribusiness. We also invest in Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds that target small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in need of early phase or growth capital.
  • When we exit investments, the funds are reinvested in other businesses.
  • The average annual return on our investments is 4.9 per cent since inception.
  • Norfund has 69 employees, 47 in Oslo and 22 in our regional offices.
  • Norfund is a member of the Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) together with the 14 other bilateral Development Financial Institutions in Europe.