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Governing Council

IFAD's highest decision-making authority

The Governing Council is IFAD’s main decision-making body. It consists of all of IFAD’s Member States and meets annually. It is attended by the official Member State representatives, i.e. Governors, Alternate Governors and any other designated advisers. Observers are also invited to attend sessions.

All powers of the Fund are vested in the Governing Council, which takes decisions on issues such as approval of new membership; appointment of the President of IFAD; matters pertaining to the permanent seat of the Fund; approval of the administrative budget and adoption of broad policies, criteria and regulations.

Governing Council Sessions are chaired by the Chairperson of the Governing Council Bureau. For two-year terms, the Bureau is composed of a Chairperson and two Vice-Chairpersons representing each of the three Lists of the Member States of the Fund.

Governing Council Bureau

As per Rule 12, paragraph 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Governing Council “The Governing Council shall at alternate annual sessions elect from among the Governors a Bureau consisting of a Chairperson and two Vice-Chairpersons who shall serve for two years and shall hold office until their successors are elected.”

Latest sessions

Latest sessions

Governing Council Special Session: Appointment of IFAD President

July 2022 - EVENT
A special session of IFAD’s Governing Council will be held in order to appoint its new President. Nominations received by the Secretary of IFAD for the presidency will be considered by Member States.

GC45 Informal Event: Sahel, a land of opportunities

February 2022 - EVENT
Join this Governing Council 45 informal event to learn how joint regional operations and financing can be used to bring together key players in the Sahel and harness the opportunities of this unique region.

GC45 Informal Event: Private Sector Financing Programme

February 2022 - EVENT
Join this Governing Council 45 informal event to hear our distinguished panel discuss how we can mobilize private investments to better support smallholder farmers face climate risks.