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Asian Development Bank (ADB)
The Asian Development Bank aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. Approximately 1.7 billion people in the region are poor and unable to access essential goods, services, assets and opportunities to which every human is entitled. With $21.02 billion in approved financing, ADB, in partnership with member governments, independent specialists and other financial institutions, is focused on delivering projects that create economic and development impact.
African Development Bank (AfDB)
The overall objective of the AfDB Group is to support the economic development and social progress of African countries individually and collectively, by promoting investment of public and private capital in projects and programs designed to reduce poverty and improve living conditions. Combating poverty is at the heart of the Bank’s efforts to assist the continent to attain sustainable economic growth.
GNESD is a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of Member Centres of Excellence and network partners worldwide. The main objective of GNESD is to carry out analysis and produce policy advice on energy-related issues which can be instrumental in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by increasing access to clean and affordable energy.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Established in 1959, the IDB is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. The IDB has an evolving reform agenda that seeks to increase its development impact in the region. While it is a regular bank in many ways, the IDB is also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, the IDB also provides grants and technical assistance, as well as performing research. The IDB shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have a majority ownership.
OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centred, focusing on projects that meet basic needs - such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.
Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. They find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology, Practical Action enables poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions - transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.
Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)
In September 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) as a global initiative that would mobilise action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives: providing universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is an action-focused global network. It is supported by partner organisations from governments, national and international organisations, businesses and civil society organisations.
Since 1966, the United Nations Development Programme partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves everyone's quality of life. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP promotes inclusive and sustainable human development and works to reduce poverty in all its dimensions. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals.
UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is the specialised agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability. The mandate of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries. Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Bank has more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide. The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: to end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3%, and to promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.
World Energy Outlook
The IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) is one of the world’s most authoritative sources of energy market analysis and projections, providing critical analytical insights into trends in energy demand and supply and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. The Africa Energy Outlook, a Special Report in the 2014 World Energy Outlook series, shows that more than 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa (two-thirds of the population) live without electricity, and nearly 730 million people rely on dangerous, inefficient forms of cooking. The use of solid biomass (mainly fuelwood and charcoal) outweighs that of all other fuels combined, and average electricity consumption per capita is not enough to power a single 50-watt light bulb continuously.