Partnerships at the IDB
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does the IDB define ‘partnerships’? The IDB defines “partnerships” as institutional relationships in which each party commits financial or knowledge resources to a shared activity intended to advance development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our definition of partnerships requires that each actor contribute something tangible to a shared effort and does not include transaction-based relationships in which the IDB procures a product or service from your firm (for procurement opportunities, click here).

What types of organizations does the IDB partner with? The IDB has cultivated a global  partnership network comprised of government agencies, companies, institutional investors, universities and think tanks, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. It seeks partnerships across diverse industries and geographies, primarily including but not limited to actors based in its borrowingThe IDB has cultivated a global  partnership network comprised of government agencies, companies, institutional investors, universities and think tanks, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. It seeks partnerships across diverse industries and geographies, primarily including but not limited to actors based in its borrowing and non-borrowing member countries.

How can I partner with the IDB? Do you have a partnership idea? Please reach out to us! By emailing us at partnerships@iadb.org we can make sure you get in touch with the right people.

What does the IDB’s project cycle look like? The IDB’s project cycle can be assessed along the five project stages of identification, preparation, analysis, negotiation, approval, and execution. In each of these, and from the time a project is first conceived, the Bank examines the need for the project and its feasibility though technical, socioeconomic, financial, legal, and environmental analysis and ex ante evaluations.  More information on project preparation, evaluation, and approval, as well as general operational policies, can be found here.

How long will it take to get my partnership off the ground? Each partnership conceived by the IDB and an external institution is unique and timelines vary depending on multiple factors. These include the alignment of partner interests with the IDB’s institutional priorities, the complexity of the partnership in question, country demand and preferences, and the feasibility of execution.

Can you give me a practical example of a partnership at work? We have many examples of active partnerships that cover the gamut of the IDB’s ever-evolving development agenda. Check out our latest Partnership Report for a taste of how we work with others.

What are current initiatives that are seeking partners? We are glad you asked. Our multi-donor trust funds, which are thematic, or IDB-managed trust funds that finance sector-specific projects by blending the IDB’s own capital with donor resources, are always open for business. For other partnership opportunities, reach out to us.