Ivana Ostojić, PhD
Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia
Sanja Stojković Zlatanović, PhD
Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia

Development Finance Institutions are legally independent, state-supported institutions that foster sustainable development through private sector investments in developing and underdeveloped countries. Their role is not only financial and investment, but this type of institution is also focused on achieving sustainable development goals such as job creation, poverty reduction, financing of micro, small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs, as well as on supporting projects of environmental protection, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources. Giving a brief sketch of the conceptual ground and practical significance of DFIs, the paper provides insights into the regulatory and institutional framework of countries of the region in this field, by using normative and comparative methods. Accordingly, recommendations in terms of tackling the global challenges i.e. sustainable economic growth, social inequalities, and environmental protection ought to be identified based on the analysis of the Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian legislation in the developing finance sector and on the ground of critical consideration of national normative and institutional solutions.

Keywords: development finance institutions, sustainable development, regional countries, institutional framework.

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