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Welcome to the Development Business Team

What We Do

The Development Business Team liaise, on your behalf, with all the main international aid-funding agencies including the World Bank Group, the European Commission, the United Nations agencies and the various Regional Development Banks. Last but not least we also liaise with our own UK Department for International Development (DFID).

All these agencies exist to improve the prosperity and well-being of people in developing countries. But they need commercial firms to realise their projects. They also recognise that promoting joint ventures, partnerships and investment between our companies and those in the developing world will also assist in the development process. Fostering the private sector in poorer countries promotes growth and emplyment, develops capacity and encourages the transfer of technology.

The agencies spend around sixty billion dollars each year, which represent substantial business opportunities.

Further information, guidance and news can be found in the Guidance and News sections on this page.


The DBT have a range of guides to help you win aid funded business with the following International Financial Institutions and Programmes including:

Access Africa, European Union, EU Pre-Accession (Phare, ISPA and SAPARD), TACIS (Former Soviet Union), Inter-American Development Bank, MEDA (Middle East and North Africa)

Like a copy of any of these? Please send a short facsimile to Mrs Irene Perry on 020 7 215 4535.

The Team

Nigel Dickerson - Head of Team, UN agencies, Sectoral Initiatives
020 7215 8329

Cliff Wilson - Deputy Head of the Team. EU programmes; Pre-Accession, MEDA, Balkans; EDF,TACIS,ALA and EU co-funding instruments - AL-Invest (Latin America), Asia-Invest.EBRD; co-ordination with other Government Departments including DFID, Support to Regional Offices.
020 7215 4624

Peter Ausden
World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, Support to Overseas Posts
020 7215 4449

Irene Perry
General Enquiry Line and Administrative Support
020 7215 8458 Fax 020 7215 4535


Development Business Team
UK Trade & Investment
Room 528/529
Kingsgate House
66-74 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6SW

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Publication date: 20/10/2004

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