UNDB is the official source for international procurement information from major multilateral development banks.
UNDB represents a $90 billion procurement market.
The UNDB database includes, but is not limited to, information and contracting opportunities from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank Group, the Central American Bank for Economic Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Caribbean Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Islamic Development Bank, and the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank.
UNDB also publishes procurement notices for United Nations System entities, national governments, and NGOs.
Below is a list of institutions represented in the UNDB database.
With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.
The IDB works to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, it helps to improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. The aim of the IDB is to achieve development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.
The ADB assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development. It is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region.
The overarching objective of the AfDB Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs), thus contributing to poverty reduction.
The CDB intends to be the leading catalyst for development resources into the Region, working in an efficient, responsive and collaborative manner with their Borrowing Member Countries and other development partners, towards the systematic reduction of poverty in their countries through social and economic development.
The EBRD was established to help build a new, post-Cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. It has since played an historic role and gained unique expertise in fostering change in the region - and beyond -, investing more than €170 billion in a total of over 6,400 projects.
The IsDB builds collaborative partnerships between communities and nations, across 57 member nations. They bring together the public and private sectors as well as civil societies and the development sector through Public Private Partnerships and other joint projects.
The BADEA, owned by eighteen Arab countries members of the League of Arab States (LAS), was created for the purpose of strengthening economic, financial and technical cooperation between the Arab and African regions and for the embodiment of Arab-African solidarity on foundations of equality and friendship.
The MCC is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign assistance agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004 with strong bipartisan support, MCC has changed the conversation on how best to deliver smart U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership, and results.
The BCIE was founded in 1960 by Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It has since expanded to 15 members including Spain and Taiwan. The Bank’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development of Central America with special emphasis on low interest loans for infrastructure projects.
The EDB is an international financial organization established to promote economic growth in its member states, extend trade and economic ties between them and to support integration in Eurasia. EBRD's activities are aimed at creating the conditions necessary for encouraging sustainable economic development, promoting integration between EDB member states and mitigating the consequences of the global financial and economic crisis.
The AIIB is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia. Headquartered in Beijing, operations began in January 2016 and have now grown to 100 approved members worldwide. By investing in sustainable infrastructure and other productive sectors in Asia and beyond, the AIIB seeks to better connect people, services and markets that over time will impact the lives of billions and build a better future.
The OAS is the world’s oldest regional organization dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. That meeting approved the establishment of the International Union of American Republics, and the stage was set for the weaving of a web of provisions and institutions that came to be known as the inter-American system, the oldest international institutional system.
The mission of Project HOPE - as a global health and humanitarian relief organization - is to place power in the hands of health care workers to save lives across the globe.
Australian AID is the brand name used to identify projects in developing countries supported by the Australian Government.
BRAC is a development success story, spreading anti-poverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 11 other developing countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Seeing the creativity, ingenuity, and drive in each person, BRAC is a global leader in providing opportunities for the world’s poor and provides people living in poverty with the tools they need to create the life they want for themselves, their families and their communities.
DCA supports the poorest of the world in their struggle for a dignified life and helps those whose lives are threatened. DCA provides emergency relief in disaster-stricken areas and long-term development assistance in poor regions to create a more equitable and sustainable world.
The GEF has provided close to $20 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $107 billion in co-financing for more than 4,700 projects in 170 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme, the GEF has provided support to nearly 24,000 civil society and community initiatives in 128 countries.
The GCF is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts.
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) is an innovative, country-driven network of practitioners and policymakers from around the globe who co-develop global knowledge products that help bridge the gap between theory and practice to extend health coverage to more than 3 billion people.
The NDF is the joint development finance institution of the five Nordic countries i.e., Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. NDF was established in November 1988 and commenced operations in February 1989. The objective of NDF's operations is to facilitate climate change investments, primarily in low-income countries.
The OPEC Fund for International Development is a multilateral development finance institution established in 1976. The 12 member countries are: Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The Global Fund partnership mobilizes and invests more than US$ 4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.
The BOAD is the common development finance institution of the member countries of the West African Monetary Union (WAMU). It was established by an Agreement signed on 14 November 1973 and became operational in 1976. Member countries include Benin, Burkina, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.
The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
The Secretariat, one of the main organs of the United Nations (UN), is organized along departmental lines, with each department or office having a distinct area of action and responsibility. Offices and departments coordinate with each other to ensure cohesion as they carry out the day-to-day work of the Organization in offices and duty stations around the world. At the head of the United Nations Secretariat is the Secretary-General.
UNDP is the United Nations' global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations.
UNOPS was established in 1973 as part of UNDP. It became an independent, self-financing organization in 1995. The vision of UNOPS is to "advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts" in some of the world's most challenging environments. UNOPS concentrates its support in areas where it has a clear mandate and expertise: infrastructure, procurement, project management, human resources and financial management services.
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life.
Once primarily a provider of volunteers to the United Nations (UN) system in support of programme countries, UNV has evolved greatly over the past 42 years in terms of the size and spread of its mandate, mobilizing volunteers to enable more people to be directly involved in humanitarian, peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery, as well as sustainable development and poverty eradication work of the UN.
The JOF is a pilot project of the United Nations in Brazil that proposes to streamline key operational areas of participating agencies by consolidating support services into one facility at the country level. This consolidation is expected to reduce duplication of functions and lower administrative and transaction costs, while at the same time increasing the quality and effectiveness of these services.
UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
UNESCO's aim is "to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information" Other priorities of the organization include attaining quality Education For All and lifelong learning, addressing emerging social and ethical challenges, fostering cultural diversity and a culture of peace, and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.
UNICEF is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world. Its programs emphasize developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children. Most of its work is in the field, with a presence in 192 countries and territories. Its network includes 150 country offices and 34 "national committees" that carry out its mission through programs developed with host governments.
IFAD is an international financial institution and specialized United Nations agency based in Rome, the UN’s food and agriculture hub. It invests in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. It helps them build resilience, expand their businesses and take charge of their own development. Since 1978, IFAD has provided over US$ 21 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 491 million people.
The FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.
Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff members are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere. It works to combat diseases – communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease. WHO helps mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. It ensures the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink and the medicines and vaccines they need.
UNHCR has developed a global network of suppliers, specialist agencies and partners to help with the operational needs of those who flee war and other crises attain long-term protection and rehabilitation. Projects can range from dispatching emergency teams to the scene of a crisis; providing emergency food, shelter, water and medical supplies; and arranging major airlifts for a large exodus of refugees or a flotilla of small boats for smaller numbers of fleeing civilians. Among a host of other programmes, there are projects to help protect the environment, build schools and raise awareness of such problems as HIV/AIDS.
In accordance with the United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention, UNODC actively contributes to international and national efforts to prevent and control crime. UNODC assists requesting member states to enhance the capacity of key crime prevention actors and systems to operate more effectively, with particular attention to vulnerable groups. To that effect, UNODC works in close partnership with national and regional counterparts, other UN agencies, civil society organizations, academia, the business sector, and other key actors.
UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Assisting 86.7 million people in around 83 countries each year, the WFP is the leading humanitarian organization saving and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed itself to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the work of WFP in the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.
Cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges. There has been a phenomenal shift towards urbanization with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.
Some government entities in the developing world have made it mandatory to publish procurement information in UN Development Business. These projects are largely funded by the governments themselves and not by any multilateral development agency.