Key partnership delivering development results: India, Brazil, South Africa and the United Nations

19 May 2014

New York, USA – The Ambassadors of India, Brazil and South Africa to the United Nations, the United Nations Secretary-General and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) highlighted the achievements of their joint activities carried out through the India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation, known as the IBSA Fund.

The IBSA Fund is an innovative mechanism, spearheaded by three democratic developing countries with multi-ethnic societies, in partnership with developing countries and the United Nations system.

Since it began operations in 2006, IBSA countries have contributed 27 million US dollars to socio-economic empowerment initiatives across the globe, led by partner governments and implemented by various specialized agencies of the UN and non-governmental organizations.

The IBSA Fund partners with 13 countries, mostly least developed ones, for projects addressing food security, health, infrastructure, youth and other interrelated development challenges.

For example, the Fund has afforded access to solar energy to 25 villages in Guinea-Bissau; built a hospital pavilion to provide care for 2,000 children with special needs in Cambodia, while also trained six doctors and eleven paramedic; built a health clinic enabling 39,000 yearly consultations on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health in Burundi; and trained government officials on management for effective public service delivery in Sierra Leone.

At the panel discussion titled “IBSA Fund in Partnership with the UN: Symbol of South-South Cooperation and Solidarity,” which took place at the UN headquarters, IBSA Ambassadors, partner country Ambassadors and UN leaders discussed the merits and many contributions of this strategic partnership and its distinct cooperation modality. A photo exhibition and the 2014 overview of project portfolio report were also launched.

The Fund is managed by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation. Its vision and leadership is steered by its Board of Directors, comprised of Ambassadors to the United Nations, following the strategies established by IBSA Heads of State through the IBSA Dialogue Forum.

“The UN Development Group’s agencies, funds, and programmes are proud to partner with IBSA countries in the successful development of the IBSA Fund and its rich portfolio of South-South projects. The IBSA Fund is an innovative mechanism, spearheaded by three democratic developing countries with multi-ethnic societies in different regions of the world,” affirmed Helen Clark, Chair of the United Nations Development Group and UNDP Administrator.

The IBSA Fund was the recipient of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Champions Award in 2012, an MDG Award in 2010 and the United Nations South-South Partnership Award in 2006.

Contact Information

Ms Ines Tofalo, Programme Specialist, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation: Tel: +1 212 906 5123; Mail: ines.tofalo@undp.org