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Financial Intermediary Fund Management Framework (English)

Financial Intermediary Funds (FIFs) are an important tool in the development finance toolbox, offering customized financing platforms for partnership programs and special financing mechanisms. FIFs are a type of trust fund (TF) for which the World Bank provides tailored administrative, operational, legal and financial services. Typically focused on vertical themes and launched at high-level, multilateral forums, FIFs provide the global development community with independently governed multi-contributor collaboration platforms, often in support of global public goods. Consistent with its feature of adaptability, the FIF portfolio is a highly diverse. The World Bank facilitates the establishment and operation of FIFs by offering a set of roles and responsibilities tailored to the circumstances of each FIF. The World Bank is a valued partner as trustee for FIFs, building on a well-established financial, investment management and accounting platform developed by the World Bank over the past two decades, and experienced specialized legal and treasury services. In addition, the World Bank is often host to the FIF secretariat and one of the implementing entities. The primary objective of this framework is to facilitate more effective World Bank Group engagement in global partnerships and financing mechanisms through FIFs, from theidea stage through their life cycle. The paper is organized as follows: Chapter 1 provides context for the framework. Chapter 2 presents the approach to strengthening selectivity and oversight at entry for potential new FIFs. Chapter 3 explains the World Bank Group roles and policies that will be clarified and improved for better risk management and partnership. Chapter 4 outlines processes to support World Bank Group life cycle management of its roles in FIFs and enhance awareness of FIFs as a portfolio. Chapter 5 concludes with next steps, including highlights of directives, procedures, and guidance notes that will be available for staff working on FIFs. The annex provides a set of background data and information on the current FIF portfolio.


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Financial Intermediary Fund Management Framework (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.