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Partnership and Networking 

 

In order to augment resources and enhance the impact of its poverty reduction interventions, a key pillar of the ISFD strategy is to forge partnerships, especially in the areas of health, education, food security, microfinance, and capacity building for the poor. The following the following are some of our key partners;

 

  ​-The Earth Institute (EI), Columbia University and MDG Centre (MDGC) in Nairobi: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Earth Institute and IDB-ISFD on 07 June 2011. The purpose of the MOU is to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the IDB, the EI & MDGC in their common aim of poverty reduction, sustainable development and achievement of MDGs. In terms of operationalizing the MOU, several activities are being carried out by the ISFD: partnering in the Sustainable Villages Programme (SVPs), collaborating on new initiatives in 1433H and beyond, namely the Drylands Initiative and looking at possibilities of scaling-up the existing Millennium Villages Projects (MVPs).

 

-The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA): Subsequent to the partnership of BADEA, with its input of US$ 8.20 million in SVP-Chad, and as per the instructions of the IDB President, the ISFD is preparing a draft partnership MOU for submission to the Management of BADEA for their consideration.

 

Partnerships in the Making
   

 
 
-The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID): OFID agreed to co-finance the Sustainable Villages Programme (SVP) in Kyrgyz Republic. Further to this co-financing, ISFD is engaging OFID to co-finance various other projects and programmes. In this regard, a draft MOU is under consideration by OFID.
 
 
-The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) & Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA): Starting in 1433H, the ISFD is continuing discussions with Abdullateef Jamil Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and its sister institution, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) on three major areas of collaboration: (i) jointly work on an Impact Evaluation Study (which is rigorous and scientific) for the Sustainable Villages Project, Mozambique, (ii) initiate a knowledge series with the leading researchers and development economists working with JPAL and IPA to engage in technical discussions/workshops and townhall session with IDB staff and management to raise awareness and share results of the latest innovations in various sectors (such as Agriculture, Health, Education, etc.) with a view to influencing and informing project development, and (iii) Discuss and work towards developing an internal training program on Impact Evaluation by J-PAL and IPA for IDB staff in 1434H (to help IDB staff to improve project design and M&E).
 
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