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.
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:
- Onchocerciasis Control Program (OCP) Successfully halted transmission of river blindness in 11 countries with a collective population of 35 million.
- Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Created and promoted crop improvements in developing countries over the last 30 years through a network of research centers.
- Global Environment Facility (GEF)Provides grants to developing countries to fund projects that benefit the global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities.
- Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP) Expands access to microfinance by the poor in developing countries through a consortium of 28 public and private development agencies.
- Financial Sector Reform and Strengthening Initiative (FIRST)Provides flexible, practical assistance to developing countries to strengthen their financial systems and adopt international financial standards.
- Global Water Partnership (GWP)Supports countries in the sustainable management of their water resources.
- Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) Collaborates in the design of customized learning solutions for individuals and organizations working in development.
- Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) Provides regional support to governments in Africa in strengthening their health systems.
- 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 Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Seeks to protect public health worldwide through the widespread use of vaccines.
- The Carbon Fund Works to develop viable, flexible market mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol.
- Roll Back Malaria Coordinates the international fight against malaria, which kills more than 1 million people a year, most of them children in Africa.
- Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Advocates for global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and works with civil society, the business community and the private sector.
- Education for All Focuses attention on education and strives to ensure an education for every citizen in every society.
- Infodev Works at the intersection of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction.
- 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.
- Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) Works with developing countries and financial centers to prevent the laundering of the proceeds of corruption and to facilitate more systematic and timely return of stolen assets.
- 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.