Partnering with Foundations

Philanthropic foundations around the world collaborate with IFAD because of our global reach with rural development projects in almost 100 countries worldwide.  Through these partnerships, foundations capitalize on IFAD's relations with governments and the close alignment of our strategies to national and local priorities. The flexibility of foundation support helps us explore new ideas and innovative development approaches, which can eventually be scaled up through the IFAD project portfolio. IFAD is actively focused on building new partnerships with foundations and philanthropists who share a commitment to fighting poverty and hunger and building more equitable and prosperous rural communities.  

Some key partnerships:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2012, IFAD and the Gates Foundation formed a strategic partnership to coordinate investments in key countries that have a high poverty burden and a substantial smallholder agriculture sector. IFAD and the Gates Foundation are coordinating investments in agricultural research, improving smallholder access to markets, empowering rural women, and providing capacity-building for local rural communities and farmers' organizations. In 2015, IFAD and the Gates Foundation signed an agreement to work together on an in-depth analysis of the goat industry in India, with the aim of demonstrating how goat production can be developed into a sustainable enterprise and contribute to alleviating poverty. Learn more 

European Foundation Centre

In 2014, IFAD and E4F began working towards strengthening coordination and consultation on strategies in support of family farmers at both the country and global level. They will explore ways to scale up projects with demonstrated impact by sharing outcomes and data on current grants and investments.

Additional new partners include the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf to share knowledge and build collaboration on natural resource management and other environmental issues; theEuropean Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to pursue innovative financing mechanisms, including with the private sector; and the Export-Import Bank of Korea to collaborate on country-level investments, national capacity strengthening, policy dialogue and knowledge management.

Other examples of IFAD's innovative financing initiatives include the EUR 300 million Spanish Food Security Cofinancing Facility Trust Fund, and a Joint Programme with the Belgium Fund for Food Security