Development Credit Authority
About the Development Credit Authority
Benefits of DCA
- Promotes private-sector investment - To encourage financial institutions to lend the untapped private capital for developmentally beneficial projects, credit guarantees can be used to cover part of the risk on new loans where financing had been unavailable or inaccessible.
- Encourages lending by reducing risk - USAID guarantees up to 50% of the net loss on principal for investments covered by a guarantee, sharing the risk with the private-sector partner.
- Builds banks lending capacities - Guarantees provide local financial institutions with the security to extend credit and expand into new sectors. These guarantees are often coupled with training and professional assistance from USAID designed to strengthen a financial institution’s long-term involvement in local credit markets, beyond the coverage of a DCA guarantee.
- Demonstrates benefits of credit by providing local partners with access to less expensive credit. Subsequently, by demonstrating the sustainability and profitability of development activities using that credit, local institutions are more likely to expand financial services to traditionally underrepresented economic sectors and social groups.
- Maximizes U.S. Government funding - By using credit from local sources to finance development activities, one dollar from the U.S. Government can leverage up to 50 dollars in loans.
For more information about USAID's DCA, please refer to the USAID DCA Website.
The Development Credit Authority in Senegal
In Senegal, USAID supports the microfinance industry through a DCA loan portfolio guarantee (LPG). USAID/Senegal promotes microfinance institutions (MFI) lending to micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises’ working capital and capital investment needs. In addition to supporting MFI development needs, USAID/Senegal is also interested in supporting the agriculture and natural resources sector. The goal is to help extend credit to micro and small enterprises active, for example, in agriculture/natural resource management products which are not well served by the commercial banks because of the applicant's lack of credit history, the bank's lack awareness of the potential of these sectors or just the absence of bank presence in the target areas. As a result of the DCA arrangement, loans have been given to local rice processing, the marketing of charcoal and natural gums, and sectors comprising mostly microenterprises, have for the first time received loans.
For more information on how the DCA at USAID/Senegal, please contact Peter Trenchard, Economic Growth Office Director, USAID/Senegal at Ptrenchard@usaid.gov.