Partnering with NGOs

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are key to IFAD's work to reduce global poverty. We partner with NGOs in a number of ways. At the local level, projects and programmes supported by IFAD often leverage the experience of NGOs and their local knowledge for project implementation. IFAD also supports NGOs on regional and global initiatives relating to our advocacy and research initiatives.

Key partnerships:

Making Cents International

The Near East and North Africa region has the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. IFAD is working with Making Cents International to promote youth wage and self-employment by developing a series of financial products in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen to enable young people to have the same opportunities as their rural counterparts. Learn more


In Haiti, an IFAD project is working with the NGO Welthungerhilfe (Agro Action Allemande) and the World Food Programme to rehabilitate watersheds that have been harmed by deforestation and erosion. Learn more


Since 2009, IFAD has partnered with InterAction, an alliance of more than 200 NGO member organizations that provide development or humanitarian assistance around the world. With support from IFAD, InterAction has developed two interactive global platforms, a Food Security Aid Map that promotes partnership opportunities, reduces duplication, and identifies gaps, and the NGO Aid Map that describes more than 6,700 projects from 130 organizations in 151 countries and helps NGOs and donors identify prospective partners.


Under an IFAD grant, OXFAM-Novib is working to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers in Peru, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The programme aims to bridge the gap between science and traditional knowledge by developing locally appropriate adaptation strategies for food security. It also aims to influence policies and institutions on the sustainable use of biodiversity for food security in the context of climate change. In its first year, the programme established 49 farmer field schools in the three countries.