Partnerships at the IDB



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At the IDB, we believe that together we can go further.

That’s why the Office of Outreach and Partnerships (ORP), through its teams in MadridTokyo, and Washington DC, works globally to forge and strengthen alliances that improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Leveraging the Bank’s expertise, resources, and regional presence, as well as partners’ financial and non-financial contributions, partnerships at the IDB have long proved a reliable and effective vehicle for development.

Creating and sustaining strategic partnerships that make a meaningful impact involves many components. Therefore, ORP works dilligently to: 

  • Strategically identify partnerships conducive to development,
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends in development thinking and policy, 
  • Promote effective and efficient use of grants and co-financing resources,
  • Report back to donors,
  • Ensure compliance with fudiciary obligations, and  
  • Consistently conduct monitoring and evaluation activities. 

The team at ORP ultimately engages partners from all sectors and all regions, successfully reaching entities from the public sector, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia.

  • Public Sector: The IDB partners with the Bank's non-borrowing member countries to provide technical cooperation activities, loans, grants and knowledge transfer to the region.
  • Private Sector: The IDB partners with companies pursuing socially responsible growth that applies private sector practices to generate public good.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations: The IDB partners with foundations, NGOs, civil society organizations and individuals to find joint, results-based solutions to development issues.
  • Universities: The IDB partners with academic institutions both in the region and around the world, tapping into the talent of its students and staff and bringing its own expertise to the table for joint projects. 
Why Partner With Us?

Partnership is essential to our work at the IDB, as we believe joining forces, complementing resources, and sharing knowledge and expertise is the surest way to make a meaningful impact in the region.

Here is what we bring to the table:

  • Through our convening power, close government relationships, specialized knowledge and vast network in 26 LAC countries, we provide greater efficiency and impact to our collaborations.
  • Through our ties across the region, we connect diverse and valuable stakeholders.
  • Through our expertise and financial support, we help implement scalable programs that deliver results.

Here is what our partners bring to the table:

  • Through knowledge and information sharing, our partners provide innovation and know-how to improve projects.
  • Through people, diverse organizations provide and finance experts so the region can tap into their skillset and experience.
  • Through financial resources, our partners help fund solutions to the region’s development challenges.

Here are examples of what we can accomplish together:

  • We can inspire innovation.
    • The 2013 IDEAS Energy Contest brought together GDF Suez, the Nordic Development Fund and the Government of South Korea to reward innovative solutions to the region’s energy challenges.
  • We can connect communities.
    • The Government of South Korea, GSMA, UIT, Internet Society, OECD, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and a handful of prospective partners are helping the IDB connect communities through increased broadband access.
  • We can energize the future while protecting the environment.
    • With support from the IDB and the Associação Brasileira das Empresas Aéreas (Abear) da União Brasileira do Biodiesel e Bioquerosene (Ubrabio), GE and Boeing, GOL airlines flew the first ever bio-fueled plane in Brazil.
  • We can spark social change for the better.
    • Through sports for development projects, the IDB and 36 partners have worked toward the social inclusion of youth, teaching them values through play that will prove essential for life.
  • We can promote transparency and support institutions.
    • Through the Bank’s Transparency Trust Fund, Canada, MasterCard and Norway have helped strengthen the institutional capacity of borrowing member countries and supported accountability throughout the region.
  • We can shape the building blocks of society.
    • Corporación Andina de Fomento, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank are improving Quito’s metropolitan transport system through co-financing resources.
  • We can support equality. 
    • To improve and accelerate the expansion of its Coletivo program, which provides training and support to low-income entrepreneurial women and youth, the Coca-Cola Company has joined forces with the Multilateral Investment Fund.
  • We can invest with an impact.
    • With partners like the Global Impact Investing Network, the IDB is working to create an ecosystem for impact investments that generate social and financial returns for all.
  • We can build a more inclusive labor market.
    • SABMiller is helping the IDB revolutionize the labor climate in LAC helping small shopkeepers, or ‘tenderos,’ escape poverty through access to formal and low-interest microcredit loans, professional training and support.
How Can You Partner With Us?

By working with us, our partners’ contributions help improve lives, raise standards, and accelerate LAC’s journey to a brighter future. To accomplish this in a sustainable and forward-thinking way, the IDB seeks not short-term isolated connections, but rather long-term commitments to collaborate, share resources, risks, results and knowledge for the good of the region.

Sparking innovative solutions, generating knowledge, leveraging financial resources and providing visibility for results are often the fruits of a partnership. But how are they achieved? We view partnerships as a four-stage process:

  1. Identify and Outreach: To set the stage for partnership, one must identify potential partners, gather information about them, and establish contact.
  2. Planning: Once contact is made, partnership commitment must be secured. This often involves negotiating, defining an action plan, and formalizing through a memorandum of understanding or letter of intent that outlines the future collaboration.
  3. Implementation: To effectively implement a partnership and achieve results, the parties must identify the best partnership vehicle to work through, strive to meet deliverables, sustain communication, and measure performance.
  4. Review and Sustaining: The IDB seeks long-term relationships with its partners, making this step one of the most crucial. By effectively evaluating and monitoring the partnership, building sustainability into the partnership structure, and identifying opportunities for continued collaboration, a partnership becomes positioned for longevity and continued success.
What Are We Up To?

In 2013, the IDB and its partners worked diligently to promote development and reduce poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Here are a few accomplishments:

  • $3.1 billion was mobilized by the IDB through 148 transactions involving 104 partners, composed of 55 private sector entities and 49 public sector organizations.
  • $431 million was mobilized in grant financing, while $2.7 billion was in co-financing arrangements.
  • A total of 40 new institutional agreements were signed, and the IDB is currently developing portfolio of opportunities with more than 140 public and private sector organizations.

Here are some stories we are really excited about:

  • The government of China established a US$2 billion Co-Financing Fund to complement IDB projects in LAC, of which US$196.2 has already been approved for eight initial projects.
  • US$28 million in grants were secured for education reform in Haiti from CARE, the Caribbean Development Bank, Finn Church Aid, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and World Central Kitchen.
  • The Energy Innovation Center hosted expert secondees from and Abengoa, ENEL Green Power, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Korea Gas Corporation, the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, Scottish Development International, and Vestas—an example of partnering through people and bringing quality expertise to the region.
  • A US$13.5 million grant was provided by the Nordic Development Fund for climate change projects, including energy efficiency technical assistance and guarantee funds, and the IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest.
  • The European Commission contributed US$81 million in grants to projects for infrastructure, citizen security, climate change, renewable energy, and more.
  • The PepsiCo Foundation joined Austria and Switzerland as the AquaFund’s first private sector partner, contributing US$5 million to facilitate access to water and sanitation in the region.
  • To support Haiti’s reconstruction efforts, a contribution of $3.5 million from The Coca-Cola Company, as well as its juice production and market development expertise, boosted the incomes and crop output of Haiti’s 25,000 mango farmers.
  • Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona (la Caixa) became the first private sector partner to support the IDB’s Social Entrepreneurship Program, contributing non-reimbursable funds to target business and rural finance projects.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute (ICSS), the government of Spain, and the IDB work to reduce health equity gaps affecting the extreme poor in Mesoamerica through the $142 million Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative.
  • A Sports for Development partnership in Bolivia brought together entities including Baisa, Save the Children and Trilogy International to harness love for sport as a tool for youth development and gender inclusion, providing a Bolivian community a sports center, safe transport, basic water and sanitation, and electricity.
  • Microsoft, the IDB’s first private sector partner, joined forces with the IDB to help Haiti deploy a state-of-the-art technology platform to increase efficiency in the use of reconstruction resources.
  • The IDB and Food for the Poor joined forces in 2012 to shelter 400 families displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Their collaboration resulted in the building of 400-home the Les Orangers housing development, the inauguration of which marked a major milestone in Haiti’s reconstruction.
  • The IDB, Fundación FEMSA, the Global Environmental Facility’s Earth Fund and the Nature Conservancy launched a $27 million project to establish water funds in five LAC countries. Part of the Regional Platform for Water Resource Management, these funds will finance the protection of key watersheds and the provision of long-term payments for environmental services.
  • Since its establishment in 2009, the IDB’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative Trust Fund (SECCI) has brought together public sector donors including Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.