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OPEC Fund for International Development

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs - such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.

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The Aga Khan Development Network

Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) brings together a number of development agencies, institutions, and programmes that work primarily in the poorest parts of Asia and Africa. A central feature of the AKDN's approach to development is to design and implement strategies in which its different agencies participate in particular settings to help those in need achieve a level of self-reliance and improve the quality of life.

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Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development

Kuwait Fund For Arab Economic Development is the first institution in the Middle East that took an active role in the international development efforts.

The Kuwait Fund extends Loans on concessionary term to finance development projects in the developing countries. The Fund also provides technical assistance to finance the costs of the feasibility studies of projects, as well as the training of nationals of the borrowing countries. In addition, the Fund subscribes in the capital of international and regional development institutions. Today, the Kuwait Fund forms a solid bridge of friendship and solidarity between the state of Kuwait and the developing nations.

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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a CGIAR center focused on research for development to deliver new evidence-based approaches that address key water-related challenges. CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. IWMI is the lead center for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

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International Development Enterprises

International Development Enterprises (iDE) is a global effort that spans offices in 14 countries, encompassing 4 social enterprises, employing over 1,000 people directly, and indirectly enabling many more through our market-based approaches in agriculturewater, sanitation, and hygiene; and finance

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ICCO Cooperation

ICCO Cooperation is a global, non-governmental organization. ICCO gives people the opportunity to link up to viable and sustainable agribusiness value chains, acquire income and produce sufficient and quality food for a balanced diet. They connect organisations and investors, and develop skills to enhance farmers’ livelihoods. They also support organisations that help farmers obtain land titles and work with private sector businesses that purchase produce, set quality standards and strengthen producer organisations.

ICCO applies and combines funding sources, different financing instruments and business entities from the ICCO Group. By doing so they accept a certain measure of risk-taking by combining grant based co-financing with non-grant based funding mechanisms like loans, equity and impact investments.

At present ICCO has country offices in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a global partnership that helps developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change.

GFDRR is a grant-funding mechanism, managed by the World Bank, that supports disaster risk management projects worldwide.

Working on the ground with over 400 local, national, regional, and international partners, GFDRR provides knowledge, funding, and technical assistance.

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Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP)

Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support.

GAFSP projects are led by governments, private sector, and civil society organizations (CSOs). To ensure quality, GAFSP has partnered with the world’s leading development institutions to enable access to their experience, capacity and quality, and to assist recipients in preparing, implementing and coordinating relevant and successful projects. GAFSP recipients determine which expert institution to work with.


GAFSP offers a range of public and private investment tools including grants, concessional loans, blended finance, technical assistance and advisory services. With a combination of public and private investments, GAFSP projects deliver strategic support to agricultural systems that expand the horizon of agricultural financing, increasing its reach and impact.

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Climate Investments Funds (CIF)

Since the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) was established in 2008, 14 donor countries have contributed over $8 billion in support of scaling up mitigation and adaptation action in developing and middle-income countries. These precious public resources are held in trust by the World Bank, and they are disbursed as grants, highly concessional loans, and risk mitigation instruments to recipient countries through multilateral development banks (MDBs).

The CIF is the only multilateral climate fund to work exclusively with MDBs as implementing agencies. This ensures due diligence and high standards, and the CIF benefits from the banks’ ability to leverage financing, mobilize other actors, and harmonize policy support. The CIF, in turn, facilitates cooperation among MDBs, which benefits recipient countries, climate-friendly market growth, and the MDBs themselves.

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Climate Development and Knowledge Network

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is able to provide support through its alliance organisations and procure the best services from around the world. They strive to deliver the highest quality technical advice, forge uniquely effective partnerships, and drive the latest and best thinking on climate compatible development.

Within the broad scope of climate compatible development, CDKN works across four strategic themes:

  • Climate compatible development strategies and plans
  • Improving developing countries’ access to climate finance
  • Strengthening resilience through climate-related disaster risk management
  • Supporting climate negotiators from the least developed and most vulnerable countries.

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network was funded from March 2010 to March 2018 by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS). As of March 2018, CDKN has received funding from 12 donors, including the Governments of Norway and Sweden, the US Department of State and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Knowledge management

CDKN’s knowledge management work aims to: enhance the accessibility and relevance of knowledge on climate and development; maximise the uptake, application and impact of this knowledge to support climate-resilient, low-carbon development at scale; and enhance leadership and collaboration – help developing country actors to become more influential, informed champions of climate action.

Technical assistance

CDKN’s technical assistance service provides tailored and demand-driven support to developing country decision-makers in the design and delivery of climate compatible development policies and practices, and acts as a catalyst to maximise the impact of increasing flows of donor climate and development funding.

Negotiations Support

CDKN works with the leaders and negotiators of developing countries to help them become better informed and more skilled at negotiating, as well as to become more active, networked and influential actors in the international climate change talks. Only once they have a strong voice and can exert their influence in the international negotiating arena will more robust, progressive and equitable outcomes be possible for all parties.


CDKN supports a wide range of demand-led, policy-relevant, applied research projects, led and implemented by a wide range of universities, private sector partners, NGOs and international agencies. CDKN looks for projects which not only demonstrate scientific excellence, but which also clearly respond to identified developing country needs and demand and promise high policy impact. CDKN values innovative, game-changing research within the context of climate compatible development.


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China Trust Fund

In 2012, UN Environment and China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (China MEP) signed a framework agreement on strategic cooperation. Its overall objective was to strengthen mutual support and to build the capacity of developing countries to address environmental issues, sustainably develop their economies and increase awareness of environmental challenges.

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British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership (BATBP)

The Biodiversity Partnership focused its resources on addressing the challenging issues surrounding the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.

The British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership (BATBP 2001-2015) closed in December 2015. 

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Arcadia Fund

Founded by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, Arcadia supports charities and scholarly institutions to preserve cultural heritage, protect the environment, and promote open access.

Arcadia environmental grants protect threatened biodiversity and landscapes, train conservation professionals, and make research freely available.

Their focus on four approaches: on-site conservation, off-site conservation, policy advocacy, and conservation leadership.

Since 2002 Arcadia has awarded 71 grants to protect endangered nature, totalling $184m.

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This project is funded by the European Union

And implemented by a consortium led by