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    Partnerships are critical to the mission of the World Bank Institute (WBI). They allow the Institute to enrich the content of its programs, scale them up, intensify their outreach, and continue to support them far beyond what would have been possible working alone. Partnerships enable WBI to significantly broaden the reach and deepen the impact of its work in its focus countries worldwide.

    Over the years WBI has built partnerships with a wide range of organizations. It currently maintains more than 60 formal partnerships with groups that share WBI’s mission and provide expertise, content, facilities, staffing, funding, and many other inputs to support joint capacity building programs. In addition, many other organizations work in partnership with WBI under less formal arrangements.

    WBI cooperates with two broad types of partners:

    Resource Partners augment WBI’s intellectual resources, content, strategy, knowledge networks, and financial resources. Almost half of the Institute’s working capital comes from resource partners. Such partners, in both the public and private sectors, help to create cost-effective programs, coordinate activities, and harmonize aid.

    Delivery Partners are located mainly within WBI’s client countries and help WBI to deliver programs and activities. At the same time, they strengthen local ownership and commitment, mobilize local resources, and apply local knowledge. Delivery partners include NGOs, foundations, universities, think tanks, and training institutions. Typically, some 50 percent of WBI’s offerings are delivered jointly with partners each year.

    All WBI partnerships have a common set of characteristics:

    • The partners share the goals and objectives of the joint activity and have a strong interest in the partnership;
    • The partners formally commit resources (intellectual, financial, technical, logistical, and/or personnel) to the joint activity;
    • The partners are jointly responsible for the output of the activity and share the risks;
    • The partners have demonstrated technical competence: relevant faculty and/or skills and experience, requisite infrastructure and networks in the country or region, proven track record in the area of the activity, and/or commitment to strengthening capacity in the selected area;
    • The partners adopt standards for procurement, financial management, auditing, and reporting that are acceptable to both;
    • The partners agree to a common approach for measuring outcomes and results.

    Click here for WBI's Partnership Principles.
    Click here for a list of WBI Donors.

    For more information about WBI Partnerships, please contact us.


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