The Competitive Industries and Innovation Program (CIIP)

The World Bank (IBRD and IDA) along with a number of development partners such as the European Union (EU), the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat (ACP), and the Governments of Austria, Switzerland and Norway (which joined CIIP in December 2014) recognize the potential of competitive industries and innovation approaches for creating sustainable jobs so needed by developing countries.

Together, they formed a multi-donor partnership, the Competitive Industries and Innovation Program (CIIP), in an effort to provide valuable support to high potential country initiatives, and to expand the global knowledge frontier on “how to” effectively design and implement competitiveness strategies as part of a new and emerging growth paradigm.

CIIP aims to enhance economic growth, propel the creation of jobs, and maximize client countries' capacity to design and implement pro-growth investments by helping shape public policies and by helping design investment programs that promote competitiveness and innovation within and across industries.

CIIP envisions for its interventions to significantly alter country economic and job growth prospects by supporting transformational projects. To do this, CIIP resources are channeled by the World Bank Group (IBRD, IDA along with IFC) teams that are supporting governments to develop and implement policy reforms and public investment programs. The CIIP is implemented as two World Bank-executed trust funds. The Multi-Donor Trust Fund, supported by the governments of Austria and Switzerland as well as well as the EU, was established on November 15, 2012. Norway joined CIIP in December of 2014 with contribution to the MDTF.  The Single-Donor Trust Fund, financed through the EU European Development Fund (EDF) and hence with the specific geographic focus on the African Caribbean, and Pacific states, was established on July 18, 2013.

As Trustee and Administrator for both the funds, the World Bank is responsible for program development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.  The World Bank also hosts a small  Secretriat that provides support to the CIIP Steering Committee.CIIP resources are leveraged through World Bank (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA) lending operations and International Finance Corporation (IFC) investment activities (all members of the World Bank Group), and also complemented by private sector resources. The CIIP projects seek to tackle both market and governance failures that hinder firms from competing in global markets.

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CIIP Projects

Competitive Industries and Innovation Program (CIIP) resources are allocated to what the partners refer to as projects – country operations or knowledge products – where its partners believe they will be most effectively used.  CIIP projects provide design and implementation support to World Bank teams and other development partners working on country operations or knowledge products in support of government efforts.  CIIP projects help World Bank and donor teams leverage additional public funding (including World Bank Group lending) and generate substantive private investments.  

Three Financing Windows are used to allocate CIIP resources on a competitive basis to country operations or knowledge products:

  • Country Operations Window - supports high potential country operations using a multitrack system
  • Knowledge Management Window - supports cutting-edge analytics as well as dissemination and networking activities
  • Program Management Window - supports CIIP secretariat functions


Competitive Industries and Innovation Program (CIIP) is funded by the the European Union (EU), the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat (ACP), and the Governments of Austria, Switzerland and Norway. It is overseen by a joint Steering Committee consisting of all development partners supporting the program. The Steering Committee meets at least once a year to approve the Program's strategic directions, review its performance, and guide the operations and strategic directions of the partnership going forward. 

Operationally, the CIIP is housed within the World Bank where a small Secretariat is responsible for the daily operations of the program. 

Staffing and Support
The CIIP team is embedded within the World Bank Group’s "Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice" which places competitiveness issues at the forefront of country dialogue on private sector development.  CIIP aims to fully utilize these Bank Group institutional resources to further its goals.  It also draws on the knowledge sharing, training, and e-learning capacities of FCI and other Global Practices to expand its client base and enrich its country dialogue.  CIIP is further deepening its collaboration with the World Bank’s Development Economic Group on research relating to competitiveness and innovation.

A small self-standing CIIP Secretariat ensures coherence across the portfolio, alignment with partners’ priorities, as well as lean and quality management.  It is responsible for program strategy and management, financial management, knowledge and learning, monitoring and evaluation, strategic communications, and risk management. In CIIP’s first year of implementation, the secretariat has responded flexibly to CIIP’s dynamic and evolving needs—for instance, program launch, development of the program's first strategy and business plan, project development and review, donor engagement, and support for high profile knowledge activities. In addition to experienced secretariat staff, the CIIP team now includes 5 additional experts that actively support Bank project teams in country dialogue, analytics, as well as operational design and implementation.