Funding of Country Gateways : LUSENET : Country Gateways : One Thread

How Country Gateways will be funded?

-- Oleg Petrov (, September 08, 2000


At the initial stage, infoDev program will provide the seed money, but CGs should also approach multilateral/bilateral donors or seek matching contributions from private sector. One of the criteria to be eligible for infoDev grants is demonstrated ability to secure sufficient funding and achieve self-sustainability after the initial resources provided by infoDev are utilized.

UNDP, Japan, Soros Foundation, Eurasia Foundation, IREX, British Council, EU, Netherlands, Finland seem to be the most promising funding partners of the Gateway at present.

Fundraising for Country Gateways is responsibility of the local counterparts of the Global Gateway although the GDG will support local efforts.

-- Oleg Petrov (, September 08, 2000.

Governments may also seek Learning and Innovation Loans (LIL) from the Bank, or use portions of other Bank Loans/IDA Credits to fund the setup costs of Country Gateways. The LILs may be sought by countries to fund a package of activities such as connectivity and building infrastructure for Global Distance Learning Network, including setting up Country Gateways. The World Bank Group will work closely with countries interested in setting up Country Gateways in developing LILs geared toward the above objectives.

-- Oleg Petrov (, September 08, 2000.

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