India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Facility

India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Facility


3 Southern leaders in South-South cooperation


Over $35 million in contributions


20 partner States, mostly least developed countries


17 Sustainable Development Goals advanced

The India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation (IBSA Fund) is not only a remarkable example of cooperation among three developing countries but also a pioneering initiative to implement South-South cooperation for the benefit of other Southern countries in partnership with the United Nations system. Its purpose is to identify replicable and scalable projects that can be disseminated to interested developing countries as examples of best practices in the fight against poverty and hunger. The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation is the Fund Manager for this initiative. The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation is the Fund Manager for this initiative.

The IBSA Fund, which was established in 2004 and became operational in 2006, supports projects on a demand-driven basis through partnerships with local governments, national institutions and implementing partners. Initiatives are concrete expressions of solidarity and objectives range from promoting food security, to addressing HIV/AIDS, to extending access to safe drinking water – all with the aim of contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Important concerns of IBSA partners in the design and implementation of the Fund’s projects include capacity-building among project beneficiaries, built-in project sustainability, and knowledge sharing among Southern experts and institutions. The successes and innovations of the IBSA Fund have been recognized by governments, United Nations officials, academics and development practitioners.

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Successful completion of WHO Vietnam implemented IBSA funded project “Innovative E-Learning Approach for Health”

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About IBSA Trust Fund

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 nations of the South. This fund facilitates the execution of human development projects to advance the fight against poverty and hunger in developing countries.

Main Objectives

  • To alleviate poverty and hunger in nations of the South;
  • To develop best practices in the fight against poverty and hunger by facilitating the execution of replicable and scalable projects in interested countries of the global south;
  • To pioneer and lead by example the South-South cooperation agenda;
  • To build new partnerships for development.


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 United Nations Office 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.

Development impact across the world includes:

  • Bolivia: 120 wells providing water for livestock production and for indigenous farming communities
  • Burundi: 39,000 yearly reproductive health consultations enabled
  • Cape Verde: 12,000 residents provided with access to safe drinking water; 450 people from remote communities gained access to health-care services
  • Cambodia: 6 doctors and 11 paramedics trained; Over 1,200 youth improved their employability through volunteering
  • Comoros: 1,140 farmers implementing sustainable and productive agricultural practices
  • Fiji: 1,500 women empowered to participate in economic activities and improve livelihoods
  • Grenada: A national health insurance programme to provide universal health-care services
  • Guinea-Bissau: 13,000 farmers’ diets enhanced; 25 villages afforded access to solar energy; 1,000 adults, mostly women, attained functional literacy
  • Guyana: 180,000 residents gained access to better solid waste management infrastructure and practices
  • Haiti: 442 youth received vocational training and secured jobs; 400 livelihoods supported in waste management activities
  • Kiribati: A national coconut-sector development strategy to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic: 7,700 farmers’ agricultural yields improved thanks to irrigation structures
  • Saint Lucia: 150 sheep and goat farmers improved their productivity, livelihoods and nutrition
  • Sierra Leone: 100,000 people having access to loans and savings through digital financial services; Presidential cabinet and 5% of ministerial staff trained
  • State of Palestine: 1,200 youth engaged in sports and team activities; 2 hospitals and a medical centre built or refurbished
  • Sudan: 2,995 young labourers improved their skills and secured jobs
  • Timor-Leste: At least 1,437 subsistence farmers increased their resilience and food security
  • Viet Nam: 4,000 household livelihoods enhanced through improved rice production; 300 health-care staff improving their ability to treat non-communicable diseases
  • Zambia: 2,000 smallholder farmers improving productivity, income and household nutrition

Feedback from Partners

For further inquiries or to submit documentation or comments for the IBSA Board of Directors please contact the IBSA Trust Fund Secretariat at the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, or the IBSA Focal Points for their respective countries.


The building we inaugurated provides access to reproductive health services, including HIV/AIDs for men, women and youth, in particular vulnerable individuals… This IBSA initiative is a testimony to the solidarity among countries of the world’s continents.

Dr. Sabine Ntakarutimana, Burundi’s Minister of Public Health and Fight Against AIDS, 2012

Cape Verde

We would like to thanks IBSA for this great investment in the water sector that will guarantee the sustainability in the distribution of water to the communities. This is a structural project supported by IBSA jointly with the government and the United Nations, and that will greatly contribute to resolve the water shortages in the Municipality of Ribeira Brava and also in the island of Sao Nicolau

Mr. Americo Nascimento, Mayor of Sao Nicolau, 2013


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development truly appreciates IBSA projects. These initiatives model goes beyond the logic of supporting agricultural producers and seeks to embrace rural development as dynamic as a whole.

Mr. João Aníbal Pereira, Director of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2013

IBSA projects have brought numerous advantages to Guinea-Bissau. Just to name a few, after solar energy was introduced, villagers have been able to attend school at night, increase their access to water and use much less wood and gasoil – which is very important for the environment. I must also mention that working within a South-South Cooperation framework proved to be practical and result-oriented.

Julio Antonio Raul, Director General, Direction of Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, 2013


Urban aesthetics and cleanliness are a side effect of this project, its main objectives are employment generation, sanitation and good governance. Its impact is a lot greater than its official title.

Mr. Jean Yves Jason, Mayor of Port-au-Prince, 2007

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The project financed by IBSA in Bolikhanxay will provide water during the dry season and it’s already gathering people to participate in the water users’ and watershed management groups. Besides providing a reliable irrigation system that enables a second crop throughout the year; IBSA is enhancing food security, forest and water sources conservation and diversification. Farmers are cooperating and working side-by-side with implementers; guaranteeing ownership and fairness after the project conclusion.

Dr. Souvanny Xaysana, Vice governor of Bolikhamxay province, 2013


The Palestinian leadership puts special focus on the youth sector, building its capacities and providing the necessary services for its growth and empowerment … I convey the President’s appreciation to the support provided by the three IBSA countries to the Palestinian people.

H.E. Hussein Al Araj, Palestinian Authority, Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, 2011

Sierra Leone

The project enabled significant learning, knowledge networking and experience sharing within the South-South framework, includingexchanges between Sierra Leone and Kenya on performance contracting; a study tour by the Cabinet Secretary to Ghana to share experiences on good practices to support the cabinet business processes, and a major input by the Nigeria Foreign Service Academy to Sierra Leone’s reform efforts.

Mr. George Pessima, Sierra Leone Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, chairing the project’s Steering Committee, 2013

Viet Nam

This project establishing a Rice Seed Production Hub in Danang is an important initiative for agriculture and rural development of our city. The project will create positive changes in farmers’ perceptions, make the plant varieties of Danang city integrated with the country’s general system and establish a seed brand for efficiency of production.

Mr. Phung Tan Viet, Vice president of the People’s Committee of Danang province, 2012


Piloting this cooperation project with IBSA and UNDP is a very important developmental landmark for Sudan. The project addresses the core of the country’s strategic priorities for poverty reduction which is employment. Most essentially, it focuses on capacitating 2000 youth with vocational skills and creating rapid employment opportunities through labour-based work

Ms. Hanim Borhan Eldeen Mohamed, Undersecretary, Sudan Ministry of Labour and Administrative Reform, 2015

IBSA Photo Book

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IBSA Guidelines

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Contact Information

Secretariat United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in United Nations Development Programme

304 East 45th Street, FF-11 New York, NY, 10017

Ms. Ines Tofalo, Chief, Programme Support Unit
Tel: 212 906 5123

Mr. Bhushan Shrestha, Result Management Specialist