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Development Grant Facility (DGF)

What activities does the program fund? The DGF is the bank's instrument for financing global programs and partnerships that can not be supported adequately through the regular country assistance operations of the World Bank. DGF programs are designed to address global and region challenges, and are intended to encourage innovation, catalyze partnerships and broaden the scope of Bank services. DGF supports partnerships with external agencies, providing up to 15 percent of funding for a given activity.

Who is eligible? DGF funds are normally intended to be executed by an external agency. Most DGF funds are executed by existing leading development institutions (e.g. WHO, SIDA, IFAD, UNESCO, or OECD) or by newly created institutions to coordinate program works (e.g. the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest, the Global Forum for Health Research, or the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative). Global and regional programs executed by NGOs are eligible for financing, but have to be sponsored by the relevant World Bank unit. Where DGF funds are provided to existing institutions, such institutions should have a record of achievement in the program area and financial probity. Single country initiatives are excluded.

How to apply? Programs requesting grants by the Bank through the DGF must be sponsored by relevant Bank staff in a particular sector. To ensure greater efficiency and transparency, GPPs will now follow procedures similar to those used in other major Bank lending products. The new GPP approval and management process looks a lot like a simplified lending process, with familiar operational concepts (the project life cycle) and systems (existing product lines in SAP and the Operations Portal). The roll out of this new process will take place in phases over the next several months. The current Partnership Approval and Tracking System (PATS) will be phased out. Starting on December 6th, 2004 PATS will only be used for proposals that have already been initiated in that system, including those ongoing GPPs that are seeking FY06 DGF funding. All new DGF-supported proposals should use the new business process.

World Bank Unit: Global Programs and Partnerships (GPP)

Development Marketplace

What activities does the program fund? Promoting innovation in creative solutions to poverty reduction and development. Development Marketplace (DM) seeks to foster partnerships between various groups in the development community to find these solutions.
The Program operates on two levels.
Global: the Global Competition is generally held every 18-24 months in Washington, D.C. and includes a global competition as well as a knowledge forum.
National/Regional: Country Innovation Days (CID) are replicas of the global program but on smaller scale. They are designed to include a competition and a knowledge forum that address national/regional development issues.

Who is eligible? Anyone with an idea to effectively address the challenges of poverty, can apply to the Global Competition. Country Innovation Days limit eligibility to participants to residents of the respective country in which the CID is being held. Unless otherwise noted, both Country Innovation Days and Global Competitions are open to individuals, NGOs, academic organizations, faith-based groups, local government, local government, private sector companies, official aid agencies, and grass roots organizations. Private sector companies are asked to partner with an NGO or other public agency.

How to apply? The DM team invites proposals to be submitted between 9-10 months before convening a Global Competition. Individual World Bank Country Offices invite proposals to be submitted 5-6 months before holding their respective Country Innovation Day. Winners at these competitions are awarded funds to implement their project ideas. For themes, criteria, and application procedures on the Global Competitions or CIDs, please visit the DM website.


World Bank Unit: Development Marketplace Team, Corporate Strategy Group, Strategy and Resource Management.

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Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)

What activities does the program fund? Providing grants to directly support the improvement of services and facilities for poorer population groups, reinvigorating social safety nets, etc., or the innovation and testing of new approaches which could then be replicated on a larger scale or be a precursor for future Bank Group-financed operations. Financing capacity building measures to bolster the participation of local communities and NGOs in the development process.

Who is eligible? Governments of low-income and lower middle-income Bank Group borrower countries in East, South and Central Asia. Local community groups and NGOs may be selected as executing agencies following demonstration of financial soundness (including satisfactory arrangements for use and accounting of grant founds) and relevant experience.

How to apply? Only Bank staff can officially submit JSDF applications. NGOs should establish contacts with World Bank resident mission staff as a first step in pursuing JSDF grant funding. NGOs and community groups could get involved at the preparation stage of a JSDF grant proposal. NGOs could collaborate with the World Bank task team responsible for management of the Bank operation.


World Bank Unit: Trust Fund Operations, Resources Mobilization and Cofinancing.

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