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There are tens of thousands of donor-funded development projects worldwide, each governed by countless demands, guidelines and procedures designed to protect the projects and ensure that aid gets to the poor. Experience shows that capacity in developing countries can be improved and strengthened quickly when donors better coordinate their activities and harmonize their procedures.

As such, the World Bank works with other international institutions and donors, civil society and professional and academic associations to improve the coordination of aid policies and practices in countries, at the regional level and at the global level.

Partnerships at Work

The adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 solidified an historic global partnership to focus on reaching seven specific targets to reduce poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy. The eighth goal, Develop a Global Partnership for Development by 2015, identifies the means to achieve the other seven.

Here are some of the global partnerships in which the World Bank participates:

  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)

    Global Environment Facility (GEF)

    Provides grants to developing countries to fund projects that benefit the global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities.

  • Roll Back Malaria

    Roll Back Malaria

    Coordinates the international fight against malaria, which kills more than 1 million people a year, most of them children in Africa.

  • Global Water Partnership (GWP)

    Global Water Partnership (GWP)

    Supports countries in the sustainable management of their water resources.

  • Infodev


    Works at the intersection of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction.

  • Global Development Learning Network (GDLN)

    Global Development Learning Network (GDLN)

    Collaborates in the design of customized learning solutions for individuals and organizations working in development.

  • Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF)

    Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF)

    Mobilizes, coordinates and allocates contributions from bilateral and other donors to finance high-priority projects, programs and budget support to help finance post-earthquake reconstruction

  • Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)

    Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)

    Works directly with client governments at the local and national level to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation services.

  • Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA)

    Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA)

    Funds, designs, demonstrates, and documents output-based aid (OBA) approaches to improve delivery of basic infrastructure and social services to the poor in developing countries.

The World Bank works with the following international institutions to improve the coordination of aid policies and practices in countries, at the regional level and at the global level:

Multilateral Development Banks

Multilateral Development Banks are institutions that provide financial support and professional advice for economic and social development activities in developing countries. The term Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) typically refers to the World Bank Group and these four Regional Development Banks:

These banks are characterized by a broad membership, including both borrowing developing countries and developed donor countries, and not limited to member countries from the region of a regional development bank. Each bank has its own independent legal and operational status, but with a similar mandate and a considerable number of joint owners, the MDBs maintain a high level of cooperation.

Multilateral Financial Institutions

Several other banks and funds that lend to developing countries are also identified as multilateral development institutions, and are often grouped together as other Multilateral Financial Institutions (MFIs). They differ from the MDBs in that they have a narrower ownership/membership structure and they focus on special sectors or activities. Among these are:

Sub-Regional Banks

A number of Sub-Regional Banks, established for development purposes, are also classified as multilateral banks, as they are owned by a group of countries (typically borrowing members and not donors). Among these are banks such as Corporacion Andina de Fomento; Caribbean Development Bank; Central American Bank for Economic Integration; East African Development Bank and West African Development Bank.

Aid Coordination Groups

The World Bank Group works in partnership with the development agencies of individual countries to better coordinate aid and to more effectively achieve development goals. Work is coordinated by various committees and consultations that take place throughout the year. See the Comprehensive Development Framework for more information on the Bank's work with aid coordination groups, some of which are listed here:

Over the years, the World Bank has collaborated with the United Nations in nearly every region and sector, deepening this engagement since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the international community.

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This strategic relationship liaises through the Bank's offices in New York and Geneva, in a proactive and forward-looking manner, coordinating positions as necessary with a Bank-wide network of managers and staff engaged in UN matters.

The World Bank office in New York focuses on three different levels:

This substantive diplomatic dialogue assures and promotes the strengthening and cooperation on development issues of mutual concern, including key thematic areas: fragile states, climate change and human development issues.

The New York office also represents Bank management in key UN meetings and forges strategic alliances while providing intelligence to the Bank’s staff; assists with the interaction between senior Bank managers and high-level UN officials, and facilitates participation in UN events, conferences, roundtables and summits.

Our work is to ensure the Bank’s position as a key advocate for development in the UN setting, the accuracy of its views included in the UN agenda, and also the correct understanding of the UN policies and operations and their incorporation, when appropriate, into the work of the Bank in support of development.

For more information about the World Bank's office in Geneva please visit the website.