Public Development Banks and Development Financing Institutions Database
The First Global Database on PDBs and DFIs Worldwide




Public Development Banks (PDBs) and Development Financing Institutions (DFIs) are public financial institutions initiated by governments to proactively achieve public policy objectives. They are potentially useful policy instruments for fixing market failures, incubating markets, coordinating public policies with stakeholders, and promoting economic structural transformation in an equitable and sustainable manner.

To fulfill the development potential of PDBs and DFIs, it is important to systematically identify these public financial institutions and collect relevant data on basic profile and financial indicators. The development financing research program of the Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University (INSE) initiated to build the world's first development financing institution database in September 2017.

Recognizing INSE's pilot effort, French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD), aims to identify those that could form a world coalition to emphasize the importance of incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the corporate strategies of PDBs and DFIs. On that basis, the INSE and the AFD have collaborated to build on the INSE's pilot effort to strengthen first ever comprehensive database on PDBs and DFIs with rigorous criteria and methodologies.

We hope that our pilot and persistent efforts to build the comprehensive database can promote original research on the rationales, operations, governance and performance of PDBs and DFIs to enhance our understanding of such important public financial institutions and realize their full potentials.

  • The Distribution of PDBs&DFIs by Size Category

  • The Distribution of PDBs&DFIs by Official Mandate

  • The Distribution of national PDBs&DFIs by income levels