The India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation is a unique initiative to enhance South-South cooperation for the benefit of the neediest nations of the South. This fund facilitates the execution of human development projects to advance the fight against poverty and hunger in developing countries.
The IBSA Trust Fund operates through a demand driven approach. Governments requesting support by this fund initiate discussions with focal points appointed among IBSA countries’ officers around the world. These focal points submit proposals to the IBSA board of directors for review. If a proposal receives favorable review, UNDP’s Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, which acts as the fund manager and board of directors’ secretariat, initiates contact with a potential executing agency to advance a project formulation, and to facilitate the project’s implementation.
IBSA projects are executed through partnerships with UNDP, national institutions or local governments. Important concerns of IBSA partners in the design of their projects include capacity building among projects’ beneficiaries, build-in project sustainability and knowledge sharing among Southern experts and institutions.
The IBSA Fund Board of Directors
The IBSA Fund Board of Directors comprises the Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives and Deputy Permanent Representatives, of India, Brazil and South Africa to the United Nations in New York. The Board approves summary proposals and detailed projects and continuously provides strategic direction to IBSA projects to ensure their successful implementation through strong South-South partnerships. The Fund’s Directors are assisted by technical experts who closely monitor project progress and the Fund’s portfolio.
Project Formulation and Reporting
IBSA projects are formulated following the IBSA guidelines, as well as UN and UNDP standards. They also incorporate South-South cooperation concerns, government and IBSA partners’ priorities, as well as the requirements and capacity of their executing agency.
The IBSA Board of Directors and Experts are periodically briefed about projects’ progress and receive quarterly reports from project’s executing agencies.
The Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in UNDP, in its capacity as Fund Manager, has organized Exhibitions and special panel presentations on the IBSA Fund at:
Global SS Development Expo hosted by the World Bank in Washington D.C. (Dec. 2009)
UN High-level Conference on SSC in Nairobi, Kenya (Dec. 2009)
UN Pavilion of the Shanghai World Expo (May-Oct. 2010)