UNDP and the International Financial Institutions

UNDP and the International Financial Institutions (IFIs)

International Financial Institutions (IFIs), including the World Bank Group, other multilateral and regional development banks, and national development banks with international objectives, are critical development partners to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to policy expertise, economic analysis and knowledge products, they bring to the table considerable development resources and deep ties to national governments.

IFIs are already important contributors to UNDP’s project-specific (non-core) funding. Since 2010, IFIs have contributed more than $1 billion to UNDP programs. Some of these contributions were provided through direct grants to UNDP, while the majority (approximately 60 per cent) came in the form of Government Cost-Sharing arrangements, through which UNDP provides capacity development or implementation support to national government projects financed by IFI loans.

Forging partnerships

In every region, UNDP is working with Governments and IFIs to leverage development expertise and resources by collaborating on analysis, assessments and planning, pipeline development and project implementation towards shared outcomes to enhance support for national governments and local communities, and improve the sustainability of development efforts.

UNDP recognizes that scaling up its engagement with IFIs is essential to achieving the SDGs, as underscored by the UNDP Strategic Plan. The Financial Institutions (FI) team in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is working across UNDP to help improve collaboration with IFIs. Please contact the Team with any queries you may have related to IFI-UNDP collaboration.

Current collaboration

UNDP has entered into formal agreements with the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Council of Europe Development Bank, Development Bank of Latin American (CAF), Eurasian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development BankInternational Fund for Agricultural Development, Islamic Development Bank, and the World Bank Group.

UNDP also works closely with national development banks, including KfW, the China Development Bank and BNDES, the Brazilian National Development Bank, and is currently in discussions with emerging banks, namely the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank and the New Development Bank.

Most collaboration with IFIs takes place through one of several modalities. These include:

  • Research and knowledge products, such as the African Economic Outlook Reports with the African Development Bank; and assessments and analysis, for example joint post-disaster needs assessments with the World Bank in Nepal, Ecuador, the Philippines, or joint post-conflict, recovery and peacebuilding assessments in Ukraine, Yemen or the Central African Republic;
  • Partnering through joint priorities or “parallel financing”, working with IFIs on common projects and joint outcomes through separate funding streams;
  • Project implementation, where at the request of national governments, UNDP supports the design or execution of national development projects funded by IFIs, while developing long-term capacity. Click here to access examples of tripartite collaboration between Governments, IFIs and UNDP globally.

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