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UNDP and International Financial Institutions

International Financial Institutions (IFIs), including multilateral, regional and national development banks with international operations, are critical development partners to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IFIs have deep institutional expertise in providing and catalyzing investments in sustainable development and have taken steps to align their activities with the 2030 Agenda, including by scaling-up climate finance, designing and deploying innovative SDG-related financial instruments, and helping to crowd-in public and private resources to advance global public goods in areas such as combatting climate change and forced displacement.

As underscored by the UNDP Strategic Plan, the Secretary-General’s Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda and related Financing  Roadmap, UNDP is scaling up its engagement with IFIs. By leveraging the respective missions, added value and complementarities, UNDP works with IFIs at all levels, from joint assessments, analysis and research, to project development and implementation.  

Forging partnerships

In every region, UNDP is working with Governments and IFIs to leverage development expertise and resources towards shared outcomes to enhance support for national governments and local communities, and improve the sustainability of development efforts.

Since 2010, IFI partners have contributed more than $1.8 billion to UNDP programmes, both through direct grants to UNDP, and in the form of Government Cost-Sharing financing, through which UNDP provides capacity development or implementation support to national government projects financed by IFI loans.

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 America (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 the International Monetary Fund, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, and the Caribbean Development Bank.

In addition to global and regional Banks, UNDP is increasing collaboration with national development banks, including Germany’s KfW, the China Development Bank, Italy’s Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and BNDES, the Brazilian National Development Bank, and is currently in discussions with recently established 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:


The Financial Institutions team in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is working across UNDP to increase collaboration with IFIs. Please contact the Team with any queries you may have related to IFI-UNDP collaboration.


UNDP and IFIs for the Global Goals